David Gewirtz | BIO
Editor-in-Chief, ZATZ Publishing
I am seriously concerned that our former Vice President may have gone off his meds.
During the post-9/11 years of the Bush administration, whenever anyone in the media or the loyal opposition spoke out against the administration's policies, that person was immediately accused of emboldening the enemy.
The theory was that if Al Qaeda, or the Iraqis, or the Iranians knew that there was some disagreement among Americans, they'd feel safe in attacking us - perhaps even fighting us over here, instead of fighting us over there.
Hiding out in his secret, undisclosed lair for nearly the entire duration, Vice President Cheney ran the country with an iron fist. Our enemies knew that if they attacked us, he'd put on his Darth Vader hat, and hunt them all down single-handedly.
When anyone in America voiced opposition to the Cheney/Bush policies, retribution (or at least accusation) was swift. The opposition voice was accused of emboldening the enemy, and even of possible treasonous activities. Had someone ranted then, like Dick Cheney is whining and complaining about the Obama administration now, Mr. Cheney would have lost his mind.
We really don't know what went on with Mr. Cheney while he was in his various undisclosed locations, but one imagines each one must have had, at the very least, a shooting range where he could keep his marksmanship up to par. One also imagines that his secret service protectors were some very, very jumpy dudes.
But when the Bush administration left office, Cheney no longer had all the might of the U.S. government within the palm of his black-gloved hand.
Now, Mr. Cheney is apparently lair-less. If he can't oversee torture and mayhem, at least he can be out and about, keeping busy bad-mouthing the new president. He scowls and growls, he snipes about the current administration's policies, and his regular television appearances remind us all why he makes such great theater.
Then you have to ask, "What are the boundaries of Mr. Cheney's patriotism?" Could he possibly be putting what he thinks are the interests of the Republican party first, before the health, safety, and well-being of America as a whole?
What makes me really worry about whether Dick's got his meds mixed right is what he's saying about Rush Limbaugh and Colin Powell. According to Mr. Cheney, Rush is better for the Republicans than Colin Powell.
There's no doubt in anyone's mind that Rush Limbaugh is vastly more entertaining that Colin Powell. Mr. Powell rarely makes an outrageous, hateful, or unreservedly full-goose bozo statement and Mr. Limbaugh's got a million of 'em.
Look, I'm not trying to be partisan here. I voted for Ronald Reagan. Twice. And I think America truly needs the Republican party. There needs to be loyal opposition and the Dems (with the possible exception of President Obama himself) certainly haven't shown they've got the stones to take on our own fancy-pants bankers, let alone evil-doing terrorists.
But to be taken seriously, the Republicans can't have total nutballs as their standard bearers. For all his faults (you know, decorated military hero and all that), Colin Powell might well be a better (if less amusing) voice for the Republicans than Mr. Limbaugh.
And Dick knows that. He's just still sore that Powell sided with Obama and not McCain in the last election. Mr. Cheney also can't forgive the former Secretary of State for disagreeing with him over America's foreign policy.
But since America needs the Republican party, we need the Republican party to be at least marginally sane. If every time we see a Republican and he's spitting and swearing and got drool running down his red face, we're going to think Republicans are more like the crazy old uncle we all have than the thoughtful leaders of a nation we all need.
When it comes to our crazy old uncles, we're not sure we want to let them go out in public, never mind run a country. Hmmm...maybe that's Mr. Cheney legacy. Now that we've let our Dick hang out in public, maybe he's simply going for the crazy old uncle vote.
Or maybe he's just off his meds. Again.
Editor’s note: David Gewirtz is Editor-in-Chief, ZATZ Magazines, including OutlookPower Magazine. He is a leading Presidential scholar specializing in White House email. He is a member of FBI InfraGard, the Cyberterrorism Advisor for the International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals, a columnist for The Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, and has been a guest commentator for the Nieman Watchdog of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. He is a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley extension, a recipient of the Sigma Xi Research Award in Engineering and was a candidate for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Letters.
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Cheney was/is so corrupt I keep hoping Obama appoints someone to investigate and bring to light all the terrible things Cheney did during his time in office. The torture stuff was just the tip of the iceberg. All the contracts handed out for Iraq, sweetheart deals for Haliburton etc. etc. The guy needs to answer for what he did, and if the repubs are smart they'll let him hang for it.
Well, Mr. Cheney certainly seems to be passionate about security. Just keeping an eye on things, I guess. A reminder to not become complacent.
What is getting stranger by the day is why doesn't the media discuss what is getting more apparent every day....Bush was not in charge, Cheney was! What else were they hiding? I have to wonder.... was our president incapable of making the required presidential decisions or was he suffering from some condition that required Cheney to make decisions or worse was he under the control of others who controlled him?
The problem with Colin Powell is that he was part of the problem just as much as the rest of them. He presented all the rhetoric to the United Nations and his endorsement of Obama was a latch ditch effort to make himself look innocent of everything. If you oppose the war you should oppose Colin Powell. I am not a supporter of the Bush administrations policies or Dick Cheney for that matter but he makes one good point. Release of any documentation that shows that harsh interrogation procedures were used only gives the enemy an excuse to do it to us. While the procedures were wrong disclosing them in such detail just to make a point as the Obama administration has makes us more vulnerable. It would have been better for Obama to shut up, tell the CIA to cease all interogation techniques that they deemed unlawful and move on. When our sons and daughters are tortured we will no longer be able to complain. You can place the primary blame on Bush and the rest on Obama for politicizing it. And Obama has no one to thank but himself. You can't change the past but you can change the future. This was not the change we needed.
I believe that George W and Dick Cheney had a better national security policy than the current administration. Our govt should do whatever they deem necessary to keep us safe. Mr Cheney is a tough old coot. I felt safer with him than Joe " talk alot" Biden. Mr Cheney has no problem calling a terrorist a terrorist. Find those terrorist and kill them....thats what I say. The only person making this country less safe is those weak democratics who think that talking to a bunch of killers is the way to be bring peace. Winning the wars we are in is the only way to bring peace.
Its very interesting that you have personalized your concern with Mr. Cheney. Doing the very same thing you abhored during George the Second to Darth Vader Cheney. "Off his meds", "iron-fisted" please stop following the Alinsky methodology. Doesn't every America have a right to say what they wish? From reading this blog I guess not. Only the right thinking is suppose to verbalized. It just reconfirms that CNN is the Clinton News Network. I am a republican who voted for Obama because of what happened to the Republican party. The party gave us a moderate republican that was even more tired than Bob Dole. If McCain was your idea of a republican then you have no idea what a republican is. Perhaps you should read Mark Levine's book to find out what republicism is. I voted for Obama because I saw a socialist and a socialist dressed in sheep's clothing. I rather want to give what the people deserve to remind them why socialism is a bad thing. We live in interesting times.
We, as a country, are so "over" where we were at when Cheyney skulked around. Funny, we never heard a word, officially, from the master ventriloquist while he was V.P. The people of the United States of America have spoken. In November '08, we elected someone who calls for hope; who asks international leaders, like or unlike us, "How can we cooperate?" and Can we build some consensus? He realizes that treating other leaders, cultures, and religions with respect is key to gaining mutual cooperation and a pathway to problem solving. Bush and Cheyney played on people's fears (orange, read and yellow alerts ... "oh, my... which one is it today...?!) to invade and conquer countries who had resources they wanted. The words of WIlliam Faulkner to writers of his day who might be fettered by fear (of the atomic bomb) resonate today: "He must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid; and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the old universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed – love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice. Until he does so, he labors under a curse." Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the noted Jesuit Paleontologist, firmly BELIEVED that humanity could EVOLVE to a higher state of cooperation and unselfish love. He stated, a couple generations ago, that "The age of nations is past. The task before us now, if we would not perish, is to build the earth." He BELIEVED that "The world was made round so that friendship may encircle it." It may sound naive in the face of suicide bombers, but is it any more dangerous than sabre rattling and provocative accusations and labelling of "the axis of evil"? If I was accused and so labelled by the most powerful copuntry on earth, I, too, would feel challenged and damn well get a nuclear program up and well in order like Iran and N. Korea!!
Lets discuss Colin and Cheney. Has Cheney by any chance read Colin’s book, “ My American Journey”? Colin voted for Carter prior to voting for Reagan. Colin as an American proclaimed in his book that he will vote for what is best for the country. Maybe that is what all Americans should be thinking of instead of party lines. I feel the same as Colin Powell. I feel he is a true American and should not be in the same sentence as Cheney and Limbaugh. I feel this is an injustice to a man that left an administration when he realized they were on the wrong course. We should be doing more to highlight his position…..
Squarely for Country…no doubts
Which means strong people, economy, defense and foreign policy including diplomacy as a cornerstone. The four cornerstones of any strong nation. These are true American values. I am not a democrat, independent or republican. I am an American that will also vote for the country.
This is a senseless man whose arrogance can not catch up with reality. It's now obvious that this man is evil and he succeeded in bringing the legacy of compassionate Bush into question. Dick Cheney you live in another planet with Rush
I heard more from Dick Chenney since he is out office then when he was in it. Could we just pretend that he is Vice President so we dont ever have to hear from him again. The GOP and Bush Administration act like they took over office on Sept. 12th. Listening to Chenneys comments makes me feel like Americas a lot safer and in better hands.
Is Cheney emboldening the enemy? Are the voters "the enemy" now in the leftist journalists' minds? Wanda Sykes(and our president laughing at her clearly reverse racist spew) could foment a mass peaceful civil rebellion at the ballot boxes by 2010 and 2012. Will the president still be laughing with buddy "Wanda" then? Reverend Wright gets disowned and Wanda gets applauded. Does the president judge his black male and female friends' faults separately?
i think the fact that dick cheney is doing so much talking and george w. bush is so silent is very telling as to who was really running the country for the past 8 years!
Dick Cheney had practically nothing to say when he was in office. Now he won't shut up. What a jerk!!! And Jim from California you're talking out of your ass....You must be a redneck!
I wonder, why in the past few months we are getting to hear more from former VP Chaney or see of him on different TV programs than all his 8 years of his administration combined? Now? Why all of a sudden his reputation is becoming important to him? Why now he is concern about how he will be perceived in the history of this country? He did not seem to care for it when he was given the opportunities?
Granted, I did not vote for president Obama, However, I never believe in a leader such as Mr. Chaney who separates himself from his people. During his administration I was looking for a reason to explain his silence toward American people, media and find wisdom to his diplomacy..... I did not get anywhere.
I also, find it embarrassing that someone of his stature to bring himself to the level to support Rush Limba and his kinds. During his administration I do not ever recall his office support Rush Limba comments in any forms, I wished he would like any other VP stay with the tradition and write his memoir. I got accustom to not see him on TV in the past few years as a VP and I wish he continued in the same manner now.
If American people are wise enough should always remember these two names” Bush & Chaney” and never forget 2009 financial disaster, lives we have lost in Iraq and Afghanistan ine the past 8 years, & the democracy we were not able to export rather have endangered.
We are seeing more of Dick Chaney now than ever. When he was Vice President he was almost MIA, never seen, seldom heard, but now that we have an intelligent President that's doing a good job at running the country he and Rush Limbfat can't stand it. Get over it you two losers and just face it. The Country, World, Universe is a lot better now that we have a new President.
Dick Cheney is right to stick up for the national security concerns of the Republic and her citizens. It's as if the Obama/Emaneul Administration will never make any of the hard choices, that they have to make to function, that might possibly seem politically incorrect. Wide open borders with impending Swine Flu, extremely corrupt and Roman Empire like epicurian TARP CEO bailout lear jets and golden toilets, job guillotining a CEO in the auto industry who actually produced a "real product," unlike the sucker fish leach bankers, and now Wanda Sykes signaling out harmless dolt and idiot Rush Limbaugh for mob lynching(while the president laughs on at the obvious reverse racism). Just wait till the voters have their say at the ballot box in both 2010 and 2012.
After 8 years Mr.Cheney has shown us that he has been WRONG on every single thing he has warned us about. Mr. Cheney and Mr. Bush made the world a more dangerous place by their reckless disregard for the law and human rights. They have fueled the war on terror by creating a world cry against us.
Why does the media still ask Mr. Cheney for any insight or wisdom, What is his proven track record? Mr. Cheney has the same wisdom of Mr. Madoff, except the United States was Mr. Cheney's victim. Would the media please expose Mr. Cheney for the real man he is and not be so hung up by his title of "former VP". The title does not make the man.
At last, someone is asking the question "is the enemy being emboldened?" Strangely, it is being asked in reference to the wrong person.
All manner of safeguards were put in place after the attacks of 9/11, enabling us to avoid yet another devastating attack for the last 7 years and allowing us to "connect the dots" regarding potential terrorist threats. This was done by the previous administration.
Now, as the safeguards are being systematically stripped away and our current president is releasing documents which truly could embolden terrorists and threaten the lives of our troops, no one in the media has asked if these actions might embolden our enemies.
However, let someone who truly is concerned about our national security question the current administrations bizarre policies and the question is finally asked, "Is Cheney emboldening the enemy?" Strange days have truly found us.
Dick Cheney is a prime example of what is wrong with the Republican party. The more he talks, the more he hurts the Republican image.
@ Jim S California: How is he not giving Cheney the chance to defend himself? Cheney is all over the place bashing Obama, and no one is stopping him from spilling his opinions. You sir are blind.
It is my opinion that Dick Cheney is ruthless and without integrity. As we've discovered through his time as Vice president, this is a dangeroud mix. He is dangerous for our nation, a danger to the world and dangerous for humanity.
Cheney is not as dumb as he looks. This man clearly knows that after eight years of bold criminality, looting, no-bid contracts, Iraq, etc the new administration may come after him. And he has clearly positioned himself to look like a victim of political witch-hunt.
Dick Cheney had his shot...no pun intended.
Bad form for the ex vice president to continue to play the game of "frighten" the masses in order to gain control. His team lost in 2006 & 2008. What doesn't he get? We are not less safe. Does anyone remember that we were attacked, 911, on George W. Bush's watch?! Cheney is a neocon living in the dark ages. Millions of Americans felt a tremendous sense of relief when Cheney, Bush and company left office. How many years can a populous live under the dark cloud of fear..fear used to control the citizens in this country. control so their agenda could be advanced...go quietly Cheney. We've had enough!
the arrogance shown by this horrific man defies any rational thought. the cheney administration left office with approximately 68% of the country thinking he was wrong, and wanting him gone. were were wrong? does he simply think that everyone is wrong? that the country was where it should be? why won't he go away? hasn't he done enough damage to this country? infuriating, insufferable, war monger. please go away, dick!!
This is ridiculous! Why is this man even given air time? He has been and still is a horrible reflection on this nation.
Why is he talking now? He has said a half of dozen words in the last 8 years-no one could even find him for the last half of his reign, but he sure has had his mits in the pot. He shouldn't be given air time. Come on media... he isn't someone we even want to hear from or about.
Your time is over...deal with it Mr. Cheney. YOU GUYS LOST.
No one cares what you have to say, and it's really sad you're picking NOW to talk.
BUH BYE... It's President Obama's turn...
Cheney is a thief and a liar. Who really cares what he thinks or says.
X-vp cheney is a jerk who's time has come and gone. He should just SHUT HIS MOUTH and go shoot someone I mean something. President Obama is doing a good job the media needs to back off and give him a chance to get on with his plan.
Thank God Dick Cheney is warning Americans. He's a Patriot!
Is Cheney living in Dubai? Is he paying his fare share of taxes to America.? Does he have offshore banks.? Is he ever going to be tried for war crimes ? Is he going to be tried for murder ??
The statement by the republican strategist or whatever he is while being a guest on 11 May 09 alongside Anderson Cooper during AC360, "Dick Cheney and the administration made Colin Powell who he is", is totally ridiculous! The statement was out of touch, dumb, degrading and borderline racist! The media should really analyze and expose that statement. Is this man related to Rush Limbaugh?
Of course Cheney is emboldening the enemy. Now I use O'Reilly's favorite word..!
Cheney Pinhead......All he is doing is perhaps motivating and encouraging the terrorists to attack again by Commenting that we are less safe Now .
He needs to shut up!
why does'nt some one put a leash around Dicky's red neck and throw him into the guantanomo prison to meet his end,
to Jim S: If the United States wants to maintain its position of ambassador of goodwill to the rest of the World, then it has to move away from the same torture tactics used by terrorists. By opening up to "the enemy" (as you say), Obama is extending an olive branch by saying, "Listen, we want to work _with_ you, not against you, so that we both can live in peace." Once the message is clear and understood, and that all who truly want peace for themselves and their loved ones will be working together, only those who have ulterior motives will be left to fight the United States, and they'll see just how little power they then will have.
And as for Obama not giving Cheney a chance: what about Cheney not giving Obama a chance? I think this is a case of spin: either side will say the other is not playing fair.
After the comment from the other Califorian, I had to write.
All of the terrorism experts (except for Meany Cheney) have said that torture does not produce reliable information as the subject will say ANYTHING to get the torture to stop.
Cheney is fearful of his own legacy and being investigated for authorizing torture. The Red Cross and the U.N. have criticized the US for it's torture techinques. The Obama administration had to stop a practice that goes against the very core of what America stands for. We should not act like the terrorists (by torturing people) we abhor.
I think the Dick Cheney, really, really need's all of the attention he can get, and i do not think the country is is less safer than during the Bush administration !
The man is Out of control, and he just looking for ways to get back in the business of politics, they was never any Weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and that was the hole motive behind the torture policy; now it's all in the open !
An by the way Dick Cheney could Never be a Collin Powell.
(#1) Obama has banned water boarding therefore he can not be giving our interrogation procudures to the enemy. (#2) The enemy already know we will water board them if we get the chance. IT'S NOT A SECRET! (#3) I have already had another terrorist attack. It happen over 2 years while Former VP Cheney was office. They stole information that could be used to defeat our new $300 billion taxpayer funded aircraft.
Can anybody see a presidential run by Cheney?
I really don't care what Dick has to say, it really don't matter. He knows what he's doing, I ain't gonna bother with him, if he wants to go out and bust out, then let him, I'm his approval ratings will determine his future...
@Jim S California
By the way, nice judgment and the way to show your patriotism...we getting attacked before 2010 and you're talking about emboldening the enemy, who's the hypocrite now.
Chaney's re-emerging? He is now the spokesperson for the most powerful, most rich, most racist white conservative population of USA.
I'm white, born to wealth, know those folks well. Sad, sad.
Emboldening the enemy.....hell no!!! He's letting them know there are still good Americans who will hunt them down and meter out what they deserve if they come onto our country for jihad bs. They might get a break for 4 yrs, but I believe most Americans KNOW we are at war with terrorism.
Jim S are you really from Cal? Hope not Hollywood, you just might get superstars parking across the street to keep and eye on the conservative in their midst. psst ....don't use his middle name in public
jim california you think that the enemy dont know about torture? dah and how did obama attack dick? he is an ass does not deserve any respect, he lost that along with bush when they took us to iraq under false premisises. wake up smell the coffee. this world is not yours it belongs to all nations. are u religous? well that is why we are at war religion. and most wars in our world history have been about differences in religious beliefs. are we safe hell no and never will be until religion does not govern peoples lives
Re: Dick Rollins
Has he lost his mind? How can he disrespect Colin Powell and say that Dick Cheney made Gen. Powell! That is the most asinine comment I have heard in the past 5 years. Did he get that one from Ruch Limbaugh? Colin Powell would have been successful in Rep or Dem party, men like that do not need many to get where he is The republicans made their own bed and must sleep in it! Do not bring down the few respectful republicans with Dick Cheney.
I agree on one the hand with Cheney. yes since we are not trying to terrorize the world, expand our influence and pretty much enforce our policy to the rest of the world with the use of military action, we are more vulnerable to terrorist attack. Being a peace keeping country always leaves the peaceful at risk. But being the bully of the world also keeps us more at risk...case and point..anyone heard anything from Iran since Obama came in office...lol. Nope.
I totally agree with Jim in California. Thanks for voicing your opinion amid the opposition.
Cheney is the only one hurting the country at this time. He is making the enemies feel that there is dissention in our country with our president. He broke the law...as waterboarding is against the law and he feels he is correct in doing this. He will not admit that it was wrong so he is trying to get the attention away from him and on the the president and his policies. He is doing more harm than good and as for Rush Limbaugh...we give him too much credit and legitimacy every time his name is mentioned. He is not one that I would stand up with or for. He is an extremest and is only concerned with his own ego.
i think we should waterboard him to find out what he is masterminding in his very sick mind
Dick Cheney represents all the very worst aspects of America, arrogance, ignorance and a warped ideology. In this instance his undermining of the President really is a galling thing to watch. After all the talk of Democrats being unpatriotic, not supporting the troops and emboldening of the enemy, we now see the former Vice President trying to tell the world that the Government is not looking after Americas security interests. In reality torturing detainees, starting unnecessary wars for ideological reasons, and alienating almost every other country around the world seems to be the perfect way to actually weaken our countries national security and really embolden our enemies.
Cheney should return to his pixalated, undisclosed location until he is tried for war crimes.
When ever VP Cheny speaks all I can think of is how nice to hear a VP who is not a buffoon. He is absolutely right in that making those memos public was the best thing for our enemies and the worst thing for us. He doesn't need to take all this liberal name calling and abuse he says what he says to try and bring some common sense to the front and because he is a patriot and that is not a dirty word.
The behavior of Dick Cheney is inexcusable. There is no question in the minds of many that Cheney is the embodiment of evil. For 8 years he lied and made millions off of the lives of America's young men, all under the cloak of weapons of mass destruction. No vice president in modern times has engaged in the negative rhetoric exhibited by Dick Cheney. It is Cheney who is endangering this country and perhaps endangering the life of our current president with this mean spririted incitement.
SHAME ON YOU DICK CHENEY
Our former VP Mr. Cheney said he is speaking out against the Obama adminstration because he "wants the truth to get out"........Well the "truth" is that Wall St. "traders" reaped huge monetary rewards "shorting" stocks on regulations relaxed by the Bush adminstation at the hands of everyday hard-working Americans as teachers, policemen, and firefighters whose retirement saving have been decimated.
Meanwhile Mr. Cheney's retirement has skyrocketed by Halliburton no-bid Pentagon contracts and Iraq War profiteering!
We are in a tumultous time. We need to hear both sides to find a balance. I'm glad Vice Pres Cheney is speaking out, whatever his motive. There has to be Truth somewhere between the 2 extremes.
Cheney? Where is his mind? Or is he just evil wanting, with Limbaugh, to destroy our democracy and then blame the Democrats?
What a simpleton... or, with charity, is he off his meds? At least he is off somewhere in the world of unreason. What a destructive man, truly Darthvader (but what an insult to Darthvader!).
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