I’ve had a standing rule for a while now and it’s pretty simple: If you worked for the Bush administration, or were a key figure in starting the war in Iraq, you never get to criticize another person for how they handle foreign affairs.
And one of the biggest names this rule should apply to is Dick Cheney. For this man to give his “expert advice” on how any other administration handles foreign affairs is absolutely laughable.
So when I read comments where Dick Cheney had the gall to say that President Obama and Hillary Clinton acted with “incompetence” when handling foreign affairs—I honestly had to make sure what I was reading wasn’t satire.
Sadly, it wasn’t.
The man who was a key figure behind getting us into the Iraq War, which produced exactly zero WMD’s (you know, the whole premise for going to war), thinks President Obama and Hillary Clinton are incompetent?
Are you serious?
“I think the incompetence of this administration in the way they’ve handled these kinds of affairs, especially in the Middle East, is one of the worst aspects of this presidency.”
We’re headed into year five of the Obama presidency and so far we’ve ended one war and are winding down the second—both wars that the Bush administration started. Oh, and we managed to get Syria to surrender their chemical weapons without firing a single shot.
And on top of all of that, we’ve yet to start a single new war during Obama’s presidency.
But Cheney didn’t stop there. He went on to talk about — you guessed it — Benghazi! Because no idiotic statement from a Republican about foreign affairs would be complete without perpetuating the right-wing created “Benghazi conspiracy” that’s been debunked more times than the Loch Ness Monster.
Cheney said of Hillary Clinton:
“She clearly wasn’t hands on, and now she doesn’t want to be hands on. And she’s doing everything she can to avoid responsibility for what clearly fell into her bailiwick. I think the Benghazi thing is one of the great, it’s not just an embarrassment, it’s a tragedy, because we lost four people that night. And what I always recall is her testimony saying, ‘What difference does it make?’ And the fact of the matter is it makes a huge difference.”
First, he completely distorted what the, “What difference does it make?” comment was in reference to. When she said that, she wasn’t referring to the lives that were lost. She was responding to the the ridiculous back and forth from Republicans about why the attack took place. Her comment of, “What different does it make?” was her response stating she didn’t quite understand the importance as to what caused the attack in Benghazi, but that there was an attack and what triggered it doesn’t really matter.
She was in no way referring to how many lives were lost, as Cheney tries to imply.
Second, is the man who was one of the key figures behind the Iraq War (which resulted in over 4,000 American soldiers being killed and thousands more being permanently disabled, to say nothing about the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis), trying to act appalled over 4 American deaths in Libya? He must be out of his damn mind.
Oh, but it gets even more ridiculous. He then went on to attack President Obama for how he handled the killing of Osama bin Ladin:
“By going public the way they did, they lost, I am convinced, some opportunities. You don’t go out and broadcast the fact that you’ve got the guy. You want to take that intelligence and be able to exploit it over the next few nights, and wrap up large parts of the network. They were in such a hurry to go out and announce victory, that I’m convinced that they probably did not get maximum damage out of the intel that they had captured.”
Where the hell to even begin with that? The man who was VP to the president that flew onto an aircraft carrier in a flight suit years before the Iraq War ended declaring “Mission Accomplished,” is saying President Obama was quick to announce victory?
I mean seriously? I honestly can’t even mentally grasp that level of stupidity. It’s as if he realizes what a total disaster the Bush presidency was, therefore mentally he’s completely blocked every single embarrassment he and President Bush put this nation through.
Well, he didn’t block out all of it. He also implied that President Obama has yet to give any credit to the 10-year intelligence gathering that led to the killing.
In almost 8 years following 9/11 they couldn’t “get the job done.” Then, when Bin Ladin is finally killed, Cheney wants Obama to give credit to the Bush administration’s incompetence?
Here’s a newsflash: If Bush hadn’t mishandled our foreign affairs to such pathetic degrees during his time in the White House, he might have actually been able to find and order the killing of Osama bin Ladin himself. Then he and Dick Cheney would be able to bask in all the glory.
It’s just petty and pathetic that Cheney would actually imply that a part of Obama’s “flaws” in handling the Bin Ladin killing has been not giving the Bush presidency enough credit.
Especially considering any time the economy is mentioned, Republicans like Cheney will usually say it’s time Obama stops blaming Bush for the less than ideal condition of our nation’s economic situation. An economy that is the fault of the Bush administration as we’re still fixing the problems that are lingering from 8 years of horrific economic policies.
Yet, there he sat, pouting that President Obama hasn’t yet given the previous administration credit for the killing of Osama bin Ladin.
The whole interview was just completely absurd. Reading his comments, I couldn’t help but think this man has apparently blocked out 98% of his time as Vice President.
Because for, of all people, Dick Cheney to criticize President Obama and Hillary Clinton for “incompetence” when handling foreign affairs, is an absolute joke.
This man is clearly out of his mind. But then again, judging by many of the comments I get from conservatives on my Facebook page Right Off A Cliff and on Forward Progressives, I think many Republicans are in complete denial about what went on between January 2001 and January 2009.
Many of them really act as if those years were full of nothing but sunshine and rainbows with balanced budgets. Then suddenly, on January 20, 2009 (the day President Obama took office), then we were suddenly in two wars, our national debt doubled and the economy crashed.
But Bush had nothing to do with any of it. It all started the moment President Obama came into office. At least that’s how many Republicans seem to believe it happened.
Then Republicans like Dick Cheney have the nerve to seek credit for something that happened 2 years after they left office? While seemingly absolving themselves from everything that went on while they were actually in the White House.
This interview with Dick Cheney might have just been the most absurd thing I’ve ever read.
But the next time someone like Cheney wants to talk about the incompetence of someone else, he might first want to take a good long look in the mirror.
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