Behind Cheney’s Attacks on Obama

April 24, 2009 at 9:47 am | Posted in Barack Obama, Media Watch, Torture | 1 Comment
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Former Vice President Dick Cheney has assumed position against Obama on torture, digging in as the “ranking Republican speaking out against Obama,” according to the NYT.  The article’s headline reads: Unemployed, Unapologetic and Unrestrained: It’s Cheney Unbound.  But, I wouldn’t say that Cheney is taking the helm of the Republican attack machine against Obama because he’s unemployed, as an act out of pure boredom.   Or that the gloves have come off because he’s no longer restrained by the VP statesman title (then again, when did Cheney ever show restraint?).

Rather, the way I see it, Cheney is on the war path to defend the conservative goals he, not Bush, set for the country for 8 years.  It’s an argument for the ideology he ascribed to, the agenda he set, and the policy structure he constructed.  And, he can’t bear watching it crumble.  Cheney’s assault on Obama isn’t a heroic gesture of support for a struggling Republican Party.  In fact, quite the opposite.  Cheney is throwing a tantrum in response to Obama literally rewriting his plans for the country.  And, in the midst of this child-like behavior, Cheney is actually confirming all the speculation over his role as the real force pushing controversial, ideology-driven policy within the White House.

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  1. Hi,

    I like to think that both the ex-vice-prez Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh are wannabe comedians. Unfortunately, we have had enough killing & bloodspilling. Not Funny!

    Thanks,

    Phil Edwards
    (pmespeak.com)


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