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Friday, May 30, 2014

Cheney? Dick Cheney? As Assessor Of A US President?

A comment from POTUS that has to make US conservative war-hawks sick to their jingoist stomachs.

"Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail." — President Obama on U.S. leadership in the world

I am certain the comment and subsequent Tweet has John McCain salivating in rage, Lindsey Graham holding McCain hand in sympathetic solace and Kelly Ayotte enacting a "what do I do next?" followers posture.

Presidents Obama's announcement of the US draw-down of US troops in Afghanistan is the natural next stage of removal of the 'Hammer when there is no nail worthy of continued driving forces.' The draw-down is also the anticipation and expected continuum of the graphic just above.

Reuters November 2013 captured the Obama Afghanistan "surge" and associated coalition deaths....(added text and identifiers via The Pardu.) 

President Obama enacts Executive Branch leadership by reducing US troop strength and presence in Afghanistan. Of course, the chorus from the Right is: "....weak, failure, sending messages to the Taliban, sending message across the globe." The very loudest and most detestable of whiners is of all people Dick Cheney.

Cheney is the least credible person to comment about US incursion into foreign nations. Since, we know his history, his dark side and his ineptitude, we will not dwell on an old man who should simply pass away in time much like his former WMD conspirator: George W. Bush.  

Let's instead take a look at how polled Americans view military involvement in Afghanistan. In 2013, ABC News published a George W. Bush survey that reflects other sourced information available to President Obama.

ABC News Poll (Langer Research) December 2013
"Most Want Some Troops In Afghanistan Despite Strong Criticism of The War"

If polled Americans have much less interest in continuing Afghan "nation protecting and nation building," what would be the logic of following GOP war hawks who are so obviously wanton of war? 

Only news show hosts on MSNBC can effectively analyze the rambling blabber of Dick Cheney and Fox News facilitating propagandist: Sean Hannity. We will start with brief Politics Nation, Al Sharpton comments following Cheney's Hannity appearance. (1:44 minutes)

Now for a much more detailed analyses and comment session from The Last Word (fill-in host) Ari Melber along with two MSNBC show host.

The Last Word Intro (Ari Melber)

A detailed discussion.

Late yesterday morning, Huffington Post published a piece with comment from Richard Clark, former counter-terrorism official in the Clinton and Bush Administrations. Clark's comment when coupled with comment from former Colin Powell aid Lt. Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson cast a real shadow on Cheney's inane ramblings about appearing "weak." 

Former Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke: Bush, Cheney Committed War Crimes


"I think things that they authorized probably fall within the area of war crimes. Whether that would be productive or not, I think, is a discussion we could all have,” said Clarke, who resigned in 2003 after the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq. “But we have established procedures now with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where people who take actions as serving presidents or prime ministers of countries have been indicted and have been tried.”
In the first-ever judgment of its kind, Bush and seven other top members of his administration were convicted in absentia of war crimes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2012 for the unlawful invasion of Iraq. 
“So the precedent is there to do that sort of thing. And I think we need to ask ourselves whether or not it would be useful to do that in the case of members of the Bush administration,” Clarke continued. “It’s clear that things that the Bush administration did -- in my mind, at least, it’s clear that some of the things they did were war crimes." 
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff, also accused Cheney of war crimes in 2011, citing the former vice president's affinity for enhanced interrogation techniques.

"Waterboarding is a war crime, unwarranted surveillance ... all of which are crimes," Wilkerson said in 2011. "I don't care whether the president authorized him to do it or not, they are crimes."
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As Alex Wagner stated in the video clips above, Cheney seems to have deep rooted inertia for legacy remedy and character props. Of late, the former vice president  appears before cameras with any mention of Iraq or Afghanistan and his appearances seem to have devolved to mere Obama character assassination. Fox News provides an open platform for the old predator as the network (regardless of recent ratings) fulfills its role as a devotee to delivery of Right-wing dogma. 

On May 19th, we published a piece about Cheney, his book-hawking wife, and Chris Wallace in discussion of President Obama. 

Question. Is it possible Fox News actually feels it is providing new worthy broadcast segments of Dick Cheney?