If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it

Is Dick Cheney evil? It somewhat depends on how you define evil. If you think evil is some other worldly force that takes possession of a person and forces them to do unconscionable acts against their will then Cheney is not evil. If you think that evil is when a human being acts with harmful and malicious intent against other people or nations then yes Cheney is more likely then not evil, CIA analysis finds no Iranian nuclear weapons drive: report

A classified draft CIA assessment has found no firm evidence of a secret drive by Iran to develop nuclear weapons, as alleged by the White House, a top US investigative reporter has said.

Seymour Hersh, writing in an article for the November 27 issue of the magazine The New Yorker released in advance, reported on whether the administration of Republican President George W. Bush was more, or less, inclined to attack Iran after Democrats won control of Congress last week.

A month before the November 7 legislative elections, Hersh wrote, Vice President Dick Cheney attended a national-security discussion that touched on the impact of Democratic victory in both chambers on Iran policy.

“If the Democrats won on November 7th, the vice president said, that victory would not stop the administration from pursuing a military option with Iran,” Hersh wrote, citing a source familiar with the discussion.

Cheney said the White House would circumvent any legislative restrictions “and thus stop Congress from getting in its way,” he said.

The Democratic victory unleashed a surge of calls for the Bush administration to begin direct talks with Iran.

But the administration’s planning of a military option was made “far more complicated” in recent months by a highly classified draft assessment by the Central Intelligence Agency “challenging the White House’s assumptions about how close Iran might be to building a nuclear bomb,” he wrote.

“The CIA found no conclusive evidence, as yet, of a secret Iranian nuclear-weapons program running parallel to the civilian operations that Iran has declared to the International Atomic Energy Agency,” Hersh wrote, adding the CIA had declined to comment on that story.

A current senior intelligence official confirmed the existence of the CIA analysis and said the White House had been hostile to it, he wrote.

Cheney and his aides had discounted the assessment, the official said.

Why not save the taxpayers a few bucks and do away with the CIA and its intelligence assessments and much like they did with Iraq just make up threats out of thin air. Cheney views the U.S. Constitution and the judicial branch of out our government in much the same way he views any intelligence reports that do not support his ideas about what constitutes reality, Dick Cheney at the Federalist Society last night — translated

In the days following 9/11, the President authorized the National Security Agency to intercept a certain category of terrorist-linked international communications. On occasion you will hear this called a domestic surveillance program. That is more than a misnomer; it’s a flat-out falsehood. We are talking about international communications, one end of which we have reason to believe is related to al Qaeda and to terrorist networks.

Glenn Greenwald replies,

We are spying on American citizens inside the U.S. as they talk on the telephones in their homes. And we are doing so in secret, with no warrants or oversight of any kind. But it is a “flat-out falsehood” to say that this is “domestic surveillance.” Everyone knows that when a Government spies on the conversations of its own citizens while they are inside the country, that has nothing to do with “domestic surveillance.”

Glenn points to this post by the Anonymous Liberal at The Carpet Bagger Report, Cheney’s Deeply Pathological Speech to the Federalist Society

Rather than be repetitive, let me just add that if Cheney truly is confident that the “Terrorist Surveillance Program” rests on “firm legal ground,” then he is utterly detached from reality and entirely insulated from the people actually running things in the West Wing. After all, there’s a reason the White House has been trying so hard, post Hamdan, to secure legislation legalizing the TSP. There’s a reason why, after Hamdan, they were suddenly interested in working with Arlen Specter where they hadn’t been before. It’s because they know that, absent legislation, the program is sure to be struck down. Indeed it already has been by one court (a decision Cheney is “confident” will be overturned).

Let’s do a quick review of the relevant law. Cheney claims that the AUMF “provides more than enough latitude for these activities” and “[t]herefore the warrant requirements of the FISA law do not apply to this wartime measure.” That is just such rubbish. No serious person bought this argument even before Hamdan, but post-Hamdan, it is entirely frivolous.

The Court observed in Hamdan that “there is nothing in the text or legislative history of the AUMF even hinting that Congress intended to expand or alter the authorization set forth in . . . the UCMJ.” All you have to do is substitute “FISA” for “UCMJ” and you know exactly what the Court would say about Cheney’s argument. You’ll never see a Supreme Court precedent more precisely on point.

There is an America and then there is a country in which Dick Cheney resides and that country exists solely in his delusional Republican. Cheney isn’t even an original hack at disseminating propaganda. On the contrary Cheney sounds like an echo of Limbaugh, Coulter, O’Reilly, G. W. Bush and Joseph Goebbels

This ability to believe is rather weak in some circles, above all in those with money and education. They may trust more in pure cold reason than a glowing idealistic heart. Our so-called intellectuals do not like to hear this, but it is true anyway. They know so much that in the end they do not know what to do with their wisdom. They can see the past, but not much of the present, and nothing at all of the future. Their imagination is insufficient to deal with a distant goal in a way such that one already thinks it achieved.

[ ]…That is why their carping criticisms generally focus on laughable trivialities. Whenever some unavoidable difficulty pops up, the kind of thing that always happens, they are immediately inclined to doubt everything and to throw the baby out with the bath water. To them difficulties are not there to be mastered, but rather to be surrendered to.

One cannot make history with such quivering people. They are only chaff in God’s breath. Thankfully, they are only a thin intellectual or social upper class….

[ ]…The people want nothing to do with them. These Philistines are the 8/10 of one percent of the German people who have always said “no”, who always say “no” now, and who will always say “no” in the future. We cannot win them over, and do not even want to. They said “no” when Austria joined the Reich; they said “no” when the Sudetenland followed. They always say “no” as a matter of principle.

One does not need to take them all that seriously. They do not like us, but they do not like themselves any better. Why should we waste words on them? They are always living in the past and believe in success only when it has already happened, but then waste no time in claiming credit for it.

The people want nothing to do with these intellectual complainers. The year 1938 was filled with great and sometimes unnerving tension. But they are delighted at the close of this year with the Führer’s great historical successes.

This people are once more happy about life. Never before has there been such a happy Christmas as that of a week ago, and never before have we looked forward with so much confidence and courage to a new year as we do to 1939.

Embittered Insiders Turn Against Bush

Joshua Muravchik, a neoconservative at the American Enterprise Institute, said he is distressed “to see neocons turning on Bush” but said he believes they should admit mistakes and openly discuss what went wrong. “All of us who supported the war have to share some of the blame for that,” he said. “There’s a question to be sorted out: whether the war was a sound idea but very badly executed. And if that’s the case, it appears to me the person most responsible for the bad execution was Rumsfeld, and it means neocons should not get too angry at Bush about that.”

It may also be, he said, that the mistake was the idea itself — that Iraq could serve as a democratic beacon for the Middle East. “That part of our plan is down the drain,” Muravchik said, “and we have to think about what we can do about keeping alive the idea of democracy.”

Iraq was not a good idea whose execution was bumbled by some people pretending to be grown-ups. It was simply a bad idea. Bush didn’t even know the difference between a Sunni and Shia before he decided to invade, much-less plan for post invasion. Neither Bush, Cheney or any of the neocons realized the extent to which Saddam held together all the tribal and religious factions by force and absent that force the neocons really really believed that they would all instantly fall under the spell of McDonalds, the Gap and bad pop music once the initial invasion was over. Cheney especially is fond of saying that if John Kerry had his way Saddam would still be in power, leaving out the idea that Saddam was bottled up with sanctions and getting old that it wasn’t worth trading 3000 American lives and counting to remove someone that was on his way out anyway. Now who would like to place a bet on what year it will be that Iraq becomes even a remotely stable country much less a democracy. Bush and Cheney will both be in their graves nightmares of world history.
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” – Joseph Goebbels

“There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.” – Dick Cheney