He goes out the door as stubborn and defiant and out of touch as ever, talking about the way he defended and protected the Constitution. Talking now because soon nobody will care what he says. Saying that history will be so much kinder to him and Bush than their current critics. It can only mean Cheney believes history is dumber than Donald Rumsfeld’s postoccupation strategy in Iraq." Mike Lupica
The red part is from Frost versus Nixon. I watched this Cheney interview. It was so disturbing that a general sense of malaise settled over the house in spite of the previous ascent into Yuletide cheer.
Cheney’s utter certitude is the worst part. He is insistent that in "wartime" the president has dictatorial powers. He made a snide (but correct) little joke concerning Biden’s inability to cite the Constitution correctly. He is unrepentent for having told Senator Leahy "go f**k yourself" in the senate. All these things speak of a man who is proclaiming to his followers the end of the rule of law in the United States. He is saying that "we did what we pleased and we got away with it." This lesson is being learned.
The "existential threat" to the United States by the Al-Qa’ida nuts was always greatly exagerated. Cheney is one of those responsible for the exageration. This was an exageration calculated to stampede the American people toward the occupation of Iraq in a war that was clearly a desired end of Bush policy from the beginning of his first term.
The law is what the president says it is? That principle should be tested in federal court. Everyone who loves this country as it has been, as the Framers intended it to be, should press for criminal indictments against Bush, Cheney, Rumsefeld et al. They should be made to defend themselves in the dock.
Will Obama want to do that? I doubt it. He is a member of the "club" of office holders now.
It will be up to the people. pl