The bigger the real-life problems, the greater the tendency for the discipline to retreat into a reassuring fantasy-land of abstract theory

The past week has probably caused quite a few blisters on right-wing typing fingers as they manufactured outrage over a few comments over at Huffington Post and Bill Mahr. Both instances involved one Richard Cheney former friend of Saddam Hussein and currently vice-president of the United States. The Right is shocked , shocked to find that Dick Cheney might be one of the most despised figures in American history. Bill Maher’s show heats up

Maher’s panel discussion moved to the attempted assassination of Vice President Cheney last week, and Maher asked his panel why it was necessary for the Huffington Post to remove comments by readers concerning their disappointment that he didn’t fall victim to a bomb blast.

While not condoning the real possibility of Cheney’s planned demise, Maher did point out he felt that many more service men and women would live as a result of the VP not surviving a bomb blast.

This has been interpreted, some might say conveniently interpreted by the Right as wishing Dick Cheney had been killed. This interpretation is convenient as we come off the same week that right-wing pundit Ann Coulter was substituting insults for political discourse in disparaging remarks she made about Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. But I digress. Dick Cheney has said,

CHENEY: I think, in fact, if we were to do what Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Murtha are suggesting, all we’ll do is validate the al Qaeda strategy. … I think that’s exactly the wrong course to go on. I think that’s the course of action that Speaker Pelosi and Jack Murtha support. I think it would be a huge mistake for the country.

Yet Cheney has said in the past,

1991 speech – “The notion that we ought to now go to Baghdad and somehow take control of the country strikes me as an extremely serious one in terms of what we’d have to do once we got there. You’d probably have to put some new government in place. It’s not clear what kind of government that would be, how long you’d have to stay. For the U.S. to get involved militarily in determining the outcome of the struggle over who’s going to govern in Iraq strikes me as a classic definition of a quagmire.”

AS Bush, Cheney and the other dead ender war supporters pushed the “surge” after three years of failed war Iraq policy the British decided that they would pull out some troops, Cheney said,

“Well, I look at it and see it is actually an affirmation that there are parts of Iraq where things are going pretty well,” Cheney told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl.

The escalation is what they need, yet the pull out of troops is good. Statesman or manipulator? Is this a person that you would buy a used car from. John McCain (R-AZ) has said,

The president listened too much to the Vice President. … Of course, the president bears the ultimate responsibility, but he was very badly served by both the Vice President and, most of all, the Secretary of Defense.

Not well thought of by one of the top conservative presidential candidates. Over three years after Cheney said about Iraq, ” My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators”, Cheney said, “I think we have made significant progress.” [1/27/07] and “If you look at what’s transpired in Iraq, Chris, we’ve made enormous progress.” [1/14/07], Cheney: Talk of blunders in Iraq is ‘hogwash’

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday dismissed as “hogwash” the suggestion that blunders may have hurt the administration’s credibility on Iraq and led members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to question President Bush’s plan to send more troops to Baghdad.

In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, conducted a day after Bush delivered his State of the Union address, Cheney was asked to respond to some Republicans in Congress who “are now seriously questioning your credibility, because of the blunders and the failures.”

To that, Cheney answered, “Wolf, Wolf, I simply don’t accept the premise of your question. I just think it’s hogwash.”

Cheney said the administration is committed to moving ahead with its plan to send more troops to Baghdad, even if Congress passes a resolution in opposition.

“It won’t stop us,” he said. “And it would be, I think, detrimental from the standpoint of the troops.”

If U.S. forces were to pull out of Iraq, “we would simply validate the terrorists’ strategy that says the Americans will not stay to complete the task … that we don’t have the stomach for the fight. That’s the biggest threat.”

Cheney has become America’s little one man Pravda gum ball machine. You don’t even have to put in a penny he despenses piles of bull for free. After six years of treating the American people and the truth with such contempt its really not that difficult to see that why he hasn’t exactly endeared himself to people. He accuses his political foes of being terrorist’s sympathizers. He accuses those that think he should back up and have a plan that succeeds instead of assuring a continuing quagmire and more American deaths as defeatists and the Right can’t understand why America doesn’t think of Dick as Santa Claus in a dull suit. Gee some people just don’t get it, are in permanent denial mode or manufacture outrage faster and cheaper then a sweat shop can make t-shirts.

When conservatives aren’t involved in the newest scandal they’re busy ignoring them, GOP Leadership In Texas Did Nothing When Notified About Sex Scandals At Youth Prisons

Jim Kunstler looks at the economy and the housing market and it doesn’t look good, Singing the Vegetable Opera. I hope Jim is wrrong, but the economy in many ways is floating on debt.

“The bigger the real-life problems, the greater the tendency for the discipline to retreat into a reassuring fantasy-land of abstract theory and technical manipulation.” Tom Naylor