Dick Cheney Attacking President Obama and Hillary Clinton Proves He’s Out of His Damn Mind

dick-cheneyI’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?

Cheney said:

“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.”

Really?

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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Linda Olsen

    I have noticed the republicans being interviewed on various news shows over the past few weeks (months?) are using this word “incompetence” – a lot. Someone in their leadership is coaching their mouthpieces to use this word, and use it often, hoping the slam sticks. I’ve noticed this with them before – they’re given a word or a phrase, as loaded as possible, and told to keep it out there in the public consciousness. Similar to the “slimdown” vs “shutdown” thing…

    • Toney Wright

      their new word is debacle.

      • saikaku

        Since they are so enamored of the words,I think we should begin referring to the previous administration as an “Incompetent Debacle”!

      • Sunny Day

        Their new word is train wreck.

    • FunnyBones

      They get a different buzz word every day. Watch the news for one whole day and you will notice. Then a new buzz word the next day…

  • Stephanie PhDiva Miller

    His stupid ass should be under the jail for war crimes! foh!

    • thomasbone63

      He can’t leave the country for fear of arrest for was crimes committed to humanity and he wants to degrade another President’s foreign policy?

      • gemma liar

        yo,,,TB!!! we want cheney to live a LONNNNG life so he can se the fruit of Obama and Hillary and see the FINAL crushing of his scumbag white trash regressive repub parteeeeeeeee!!!

  • Diana Reichardt

    Considering they are Republicans I really don’t listen to what they have to say because it is all basically lies.

  • Monkey’s Uncle

    He is the vilest of the vile.

  • Phillip Berkun

    Does he remember September 11, 2001? That was in his bailiwick.

    • Afro-Latino And Proud !

      They seem to want to forget what happened on 9/11 2001.

  • SusanB in IL

    What an arrogant ars …. after the billions of US dollars wasted and thousands of American lives lost, he has the balls to criticize the President & Hillary…..go crawl back under the rock you slithered out from under.

    • Margaret Mills

      I’d say it’s closer to trillions at this point.

  • Katherine

    This man is responsible for one of the biggest transfer of funds from the U.S. government to a private company. So successful they even have to move their head office out of the country to avoid paying U.S. taxes.

  • Barbara Harrison

    Dearest Dick….here is your sign “STUPID”. You are a draft-dodging, chicken-s**t excuse for a man and your mouth is a cesspool of putrid, hate-filled garbage. Want to know why all that work on your heart needs to be re-done, tuned up so frequently? It’s because the rottenness inside you poisons everything you even think about, much less touch and expound on.

    • Stephen Sano

      Wow! I just wanted to say your comment is incredible!

      • Barbara Harrison

        Thank you Stephen! There are a lot of Republicans that really get my ire up, but this one really gets me going! Ted Cruz is cruising closely behind and could overtake him….naaah…Cheney KNOWS what he and his sidekick “W” destroyed in America, so how dare he pontificate about ANYTHING!

      • gemma liar

        don’t forget REAGAN,,,,,, SAINT Reagan who stared this mess a’rollin with his 189% increase in debt and NO minimum wage increase as well as OUTSOURCING our manufacturing jobs overseas to line pockets of his financial backers. IRAN CONTRA giving sterling weapons to terrorists and that silly escalation of selling our debt to asia. Funny how FOX “news” sidesteps these!

  • gemma liar

    these articles are great—but sadly they don’t do anything. They REMIND us of creepy politicians ( rightwing regressive trash) who will do and say anything- no penalty for lies such as these- and they KNOW that– so I almost get tired of the TRUTHFUL but unfulfilling pages that Clifton writes. I Like him; I appreciate his honesty: but sadly the only ones who read this ( usually) are we liberal centrists who do enough homework to know MOST of whats going on ( as opposed to FOX “news” watchers. However I do enjoy reviling the regressive crybabies who say that Obama is communist hitler/socialist stalin/ martian Kenyan best on destroying America so muslims( muslims are communists???) can make America land of the single star and crescent moon

  • waterlilys

    Thing is DICK didnt block anything at all…. he is rewriting history… the more you say something and are not challenged the better chance it has to trickle down it to the apathetic clueless American populous. He should be on trial for war crimes.

    • Amelia Lopez

      Yes,to understand this men shit,please read (1984 book from George Orwell)

      • vetch

        Add Brave New World by Aldous Huxley to your reading list.

      • Wayne Bassett

        “1984” should be required reading in all schools. I was in school during 1984 ( I was 7 yrs old) and we did half a term on the book. Opened my eyes at such a young age to political propaganda and how to see through it.

  • Shane Patrick

    It amazes me that Cheney could be so clueless and self-absorbed. At least GWB has had the decency to make an effort to keep his mouth shut and stay out of politics.

    • gemma liar

      agreed

  • Acebass1

    It’s typical of the right wing. They are talking to a select few as they have always been but now it’s glaringly obvious. Like when they said they wanted government off our backs, “Our” was big business but everyone thought they were talking to all of us.

  • merr7242

    His attempt at smiling looks like he’s had a stroke. I dream on.

  • Chance702

    Why hasn’t that old heartless zombie died yet? And 99.9% of the Teabaggers and Conservatards couldn’t find Benghazi if you handed them a map.

    • gemma liar

      they think Benghazi is a new pizza topping on PAPA JOHNS regressive rightwing pizza

  • Kojo

    We will always have to swim upstream against the republican current of disinformation. Stupidity, slander and lies are easy to believe. Many people don’t even care to remember ‘details’ from the stories of yesterday. Cheney knows that. He knows his base is the kind of people who will run to drink his pre-digested kool-aid and it will only help swell his ranks. The Democrats do not play by their rules. But it is these very tactics that will sink the GOP for the foreseeable future. Watch Cheney and the rest fight the current to stay above the toilet rim.

  • Darrell West

    Cheney need to shut up

  • Amelia Lopez

    este hombre es VICTIMA de su propia DEMENCIA.

  • thomasbone63

    What a pompous as&^^%%hole. Of all the nerve to criticize the President’s foreign policy. He and Bush started two unnecessary wars that contributed to thousands of lives. Wars paid for with a credit card that we are still paying for now and probably the next 20 years. He needs to sit his tired as*& down somewhere and shut the hell up.

  • Jeff King

    “By going public the way they did, they lost, I am convinced, some opportunities”.
    I think the cat was out of the bag when we crashed a helicopter into the compound…

  • John jacobson

    I think if he wants to try and criticize ANYONE for ANYTHING he should probably point the criticism-shotgun at himself first. Along with any real ones that happen to be laying around as well. Cuz we all know how thats going to turn out.

  • Matthew Reece

    The Bush and Obama administration foreign policy officials should all be tried for crimes against humanity.

  • Barbara Laman

    Obama’s biggest mistake was to stop any investigations into the previous administration’s war crimes. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al. should be in prison.

  • Reason

    Bush-Cheney ignored 6 months of warnings that Bin Laden was going to attack the US. This led to 3,000 US deaths on 9/11/2001. Gross negligence and incompetence. Did Bush-Cheney want an incident so they could attack Iraq, as their New American Society “study” suggested a few years earlier? Very suspicious.

  • Ricky Dale Jordan

    I hate this A$$hole more than having extremely bad cramps and diarrhea!

  • kajunteddy@Yahoo.com

    I guess Ole Dick forgot about the 9 embassies that were bombed on his watch…and the 3500 ppl that died on 9.11….but Obama be DAMNED because 4 ppl died in Bengahzi.

  • After all, FDR caused the Great Depression.

    • gemma liar

      and kennedy shot himself

  • Elaxra

    My memory is failing, what was the date Bush/Cheyney killed BinLaden??

    • gemma liar

      on 9/ 11,,,,,,,,,,,,,, they killed him with laughter and glee as he evaporated 3000 plus americans

  • Irish_lass

    war profiteer.

  • sleepyo

    DICK, needs to shut TFU, lie, lie lie, we know who and what you are DICK.

  • Beartx

    Sort of like giving Reagan credit for releasing the Iran hostages. The fact that Iran was comfortable releasing them under Reagan is telling.

  • kentmcmillen

    And Cheney wants credit for capturing BinLaden AFTER HE SAID “IT WAS NOT A PRIORITY?