Just as the planet has limited resources, so too does the collective goodwill or tolerance of the world’s population.  After the recent tragedy alternatively known as the Cheney/Bush presidency, the world had its full measure of that administrations’ unrivaled certitude.  Having lived in Texas around the time of Bush’s ascendency to president, I experienced the palpable momentum that would literally dominate the political and cultural landscape for the next eight years.  This extreme nationalism was not confined within the borders of the U.S., but exported across the globe to people who had no other choice but to listen.  The Middle East transformed into a sick social engineering project which, predictably, has yet to resolve itself.  Domestically, the American population victimized by both government manipulated fear and a stunning lack of real governance.  ‘American Exceptionalism’ indeed.  And after all that, there is still room on the national stage for people like Dick Cheney. 

Maureen Dowd (pssst, call me…) in her usual prescient fashion, wrote a great piece on the Cheney clan in the New York Times, drawing everyone’s attention to this hard to understand phenomena.  She also discussed his daughter Liz and her efforts to perpetuate and build on her fathers’ dubious legacy. But how is it possible that a person like Cheney with all of his infamous accomplishments can still be given a platform to forgive me, lie?  He helped bully his countrymen and members of the UN into a war of choice in Iraq, in no small part by fabricating evidence of WMD as well as fairy tale linkages of Iraq to Al Qaeda, claims he continues to endorse despite being debunked more times than the term ‘sociable!’ is hollered at the Lower Deck pub on a Saturday night.  Also, his transparent war profiteering via his old oil company Halliburton, adding insult to torture to the people of Iraq. And speaking of torture, as Maureen Dowd mentions in her article, his continued pathological insistence that the use of such ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ not only worked but did not constitute torture.  And if it did constitute torture, it’s not a problem.  Why?  Because ‘we’ did it.  If Cheney were a member of the Democratic Party and not a Republican, would he not been impeached, imprisoned and impaled?  That question and its answer are things very worthy of honest discussion.

 When reminded by ABC’s Martha Raddatz in an interview on Good Morning America in 2008 that  Americans had decided the questionable war in Iraq was not worth it, Cheney’s response, delivered with his trademark crooked smile summarized his contempt for people and democracy perfectly: ‘So?’

 The reporter, like the rest of us, was momentarily stunned.