Some of the symptoms of antisocial personality disorder include: failure to respect norms with respect to lawful behaviors, reckless disregard for the well being of others and a lack of remorse regarding behavior that has been indifferent to hurting others or rationalizing being partner to that harm. Cheney Has “No Regrets” Over Interrogation Policies, War On Terror
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on Sunday, that he had no regrets about the course of actions he and the Bush administration pursued when it came to interrogating suspected terrorists or, more broadly, waging the war on terror.
“No regrets,” Cheney declared during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I think it was absolutely the right thing to do. I am convinced, absolutely convinced, that we saved thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of lives.”
What a convient memory. Thousands of dead Americans, tens of thousands maimed or wounded, hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis – the ones Dick and George wanted to save from Saddam’s tyranny, supposedly. Dick and his small band of supporters ( a 20% approval rating in 2008) are like an arsonists who claims that burning down your house didn’t matter, what mattered is he killed a few rats. Cheney is the poster boy for the average rightwinger’s inability to understand the basics of costs benefit analysis. Just from a public relations point of view the only people that are happy to have an arsonist defend their counter productive and immoral agenda are fellow arsonists. In that context consider Cheney thinks that Rush Limbaugh is a better representative of the Republican party then Colin Powell. While Powell has made some attempts at redeeming his reputation, which is probably better then Limbaughs, Cheney inadvertently tells us how far far Right conservatism has become and would like it to stay. Powell was neck deep in Iran-Contra, an episode in right-wing history that Cheney claims taught him a valauable lesson. Cheney Learned Iran-Contra Lessons
In a new article by Stephen “W.W. Beauchamp” Hayes, former Vice President Cheney gripes extensively about the Obama administration. It’s exactly what you’d expect.
But what you might not expect is that Cheney (seemingly inadvertently) confirms that there was a massive cover-up of the Iran-Contra scandal by the Reagan administration:
“I went through the Iran-Contra hearings and watched the way administration officials ran for cover and left the little guys out to dry. And I was bound and determined that wasn’t going to happen this time.”
Considering that two national security advisers (Robert McFarlane and John Poindexter) and the Secretary of Defense (Caspar Weinberger) were some of the “little guys” who were prosecuted for Iran-Contra, it’s obvious who Cheney is talking about as hanging them out to dry: President Reagan and Vice President Bush.
Here’s how journalist Robert Parry describes the conclusions of Iran-Contra Special Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh, as described in his memoir, Firewall: According to Firewall, the cover-up conspiracy took formal shape at a meeting of Reagan and his top advisers in the Situation Room at the White House on Nov. 24, 1986.
The meeting’s principal point of concern was how to handle the troublesome fact that Reagan had approved illegal arms sales to Iran in fall 1985, before any covert-action finding had been signed. The act was a clear felony — a violation of the Arms Export Control Act — and possibly an impeachable offense.
Though virtually everyone at the meeting knew that Reagan had approved those shipments through Israel, Attorney General Edwin Meese announced what would become the cover story.
According to Walsh’s narrative, Meese “told the group that although [NSC adviser Robert] McFarlane had informed [Secretary of State George] Shultz of the planned shipment, McFarlane had not informed the president. …
“[White House chief of staff Don] Regan, who had heard McFarlane inform the president and who had heard the president admit to Shultz that he knew of the shipment of Hawk [anti-aircraft] missiles, said nothing. Shultz and [Defense Secretary Caspar] Weinberger, who had protested the shipment before it took place, said nothing.
“[Vice President George] Bush, who had been told of the shipment in advance by McFarlane, said nothing. Casey, who [had] requested that the president sign the retroactive finding to authorize the CIA-facilitated delivery, said nothing.
“[NSC adviser John] Poindexter, who had torn up the finding, said nothing. Meese asked whether anyone knew anything else that hadn’t been revealed. No one spoke.”
When Shultz returned to the State Department, he dictated a note to his aide, Charles Hill, who wrote down that Reagan’s men were “rearranging the record.” They were trying to protect the President through a “carefully thought out strategy” that would “blame it on Bud” McFarlane.
It really is considerate of Cheney to tell the truth about this.
In the investigations that have taken place into Bush administration policy regarding abusive treatment of detainees, only a few rank and file soldiers have taken any heat. Its pretty obvious that for Cheney powerful elitist and “little guy” are synonymous.
Cheney May Be Willing To Testify Under Oath About Torture Program. Which is about as sincere as Sean Hannity’s promise to be tortured to prove his point. Cheney and Limbaugh, two people generally disliked and strongly distrusted are the spokes people for the Republican party. Ann Coulter and Micheal Savage aside, there are no better Republicans in America at turning the public off of conservatism. They manage expose conservatism’s basic contempt for American values while simultaneously being in denial about their abject failure as a movement and the costly, frequently deadly consequences of their polices.
Lastly a big thinks to the big bad librul broadcast and print media for giving Cheney a never ending forum.