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May 21st, 2009
05:58 PM ET

The Unbalanced

Andrew Sullivan
The Atlantic

A simple note having now read the former vice-president's despicable and disgraceful speech. It confirms the very worst of him, and reveals just how callow, just how arrogant, and just how reckless and unrepentant this man is and has long been.

There was not a whisper of regret or reflection; there was a series of lies and distortions, a reckless attack on a graceful successor, inheriting a world of intractable problems, and a reminder that while serious men and women will indeed move on, Cheney never will. He remains a threat to this country's constitution as he remains a stain on its honor and moral standing.

I never believed I would hear a vice-president of the United States not simply defend torture but insist on pride in it, insist on its honor. But that is what he said, with that sly grin insisting that fear always beats reason, that violence always beats dialogue, and that torture is always an American value.

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  1. randy

    as a member of the armed forces i guess i could sue the fed for the "torture"i endured in sear school.! get real while it was no day at six flags it caused me no dammagee....

    May 22, 2009 at 5:16 am |
  2. David Byck

    Anderson, in reference to this controversy in regard to torture of terror combatants discussed at length with Cheney’s daughter, are we saying that torture is wrong unless useful information is obtained? I personally do not think so. Let’s leave the torturing of terrorists to Jack Bower. In real life it only strengthens our enemies position. As a civilized nation there must be some difference between us and our enemies.

    Is the real reason Cheney is defending what he did whilst in office is because he sees a date with the International Court of Justice inevitable?

    Thanks Anderson,

    David Bcyk

    May 22, 2009 at 4:38 am |
  3. Marge

    Your article said it all. What a disgrace this supposedly human being is to our country. HE is the reason we are in this mess with the Iraq war. George Bush followed his lead and look where we are. He's a sadistic, sad man. If he wants the truth to come out about things ... then let's release the 'secret' meetings he had with Enron and find out the 'real' cause of the cost of electricity that happened in California and other places. Of course, those meetings were 'executive privileged'.

    What a disgrace this man is - maybe God will take care of him. We can only hope. He apparently hasn't noticed that he's NOT IN OFFICE ANYMORE.

    May 22, 2009 at 1:35 am |
  4. Deborah Carne

    It is frustrating that as Americans we continue to turn on each other as a country. Repeated slander of our brave military, CIA, etc should make our forfathers turn in their graves. The United States was respected in the CIVILIZED community in my parents lifetime.
    Because we stood as strong, steadfast and brave. We now have a sitting President who trashes our citizens in other countries. It is shameful. I do not have anything in common in what the powers potray today.

    May 22, 2009 at 1:33 am |
  5. John

    Dick Cheney daughter and Anderson had a great exchange and she made perfect sense. I think its perfectly fine for the former VP to rebut false statements from the President.

    May 22, 2009 at 1:29 am |
  6. Heidi Ann Berg

    Cheney does not want there mess they made cleaned up .

    May 22, 2009 at 12:07 am |
  7. ERNEST

    It is a high time Dick Cheney keep his mouth shut and stop criticizing a sitting president. President Obama deserves respect and not not those gabage that comes out ot his mouth. They had their 8 years, of those years, all they brougt to us was political, social and economic misries!

    May 21, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  8. Doug

    It would almost be funny if not for the fact that we are entering Memorial Day weekend. It would almost be worth argument if men in his own party who had actually endured torture at the hands of an enemy could even support him. It would almost be funny only if Darth Cheney was the next one waterboarded. Actually... I couldn't even do that to him... but then... I voted for Obama.

    Please take the time this weekend to remember the real Americans who are stationed in war zones, and all of the those buried beneath the soil of this country that has been sanctified by their sacrifice. So many gave their lives, since the day we declared our independence, just to ensure the perpetuation of this great country of ours... please don't forget them.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  9. Michelle - St Augustine, FL

    Chenye has no respect for the constitution now nor in the past. He has walked over it and literally spat on the document to which this country was founded on. His embracement of a flawed sense of security found in the act of torture is disgusting. He bases his fear induced language on the same lies he used to start the Iraq war. He has no new arguments and his existing arguments have been proven wrong over and over again. But no one seems to have told him. Mr Cheny your term is over. You have abused your office and the constitutional laws of this country while in office and the recent election proved that the people of the US are not buying your fear induced babble anymore

    May 21, 2009 at 9:27 pm |
  10. Ivor

    Be honest with yourself.

    Bush/Cheney botched 911 and failed our nation in a time of crisis. They then our country again with Katrina… How dare he, Cheney should be entitled to his opinion but had his chance and blew it.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:08 pm |
  11. Luke

    Cheney should be charged with treason! I cannot believe that the media is continuing to give this despicable, evil, unpatriotic liar more time. It's obvious he's doing what he can to keep himself out of prison and a nice PR push for his upcoming book. I suppose the media will be scheduling interviews with him so he can promote all of his lies and evil deeds in print too. Disgusting and appalling!

    May 21, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  12. Annie Kate

    Cheney needs to go home and be quiet. He only keeps the wound open and festering by being out and defending the undefendable – torture. Perhaps at some point the government will say enough already and charge him on the policy of torture – it shouldn't be hard to convict him; we have all his statements he recently made that are a confession of the crime. Arrogant doesn't even begin to describe Cheney. .

    May 21, 2009 at 8:25 pm |
  13. Julius Colina

    The recent emergence of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s position and commentary on President Obama’s policies is a real indicator of who was really in charge during W Bush years. I’m surprised on how much attention is being paid, to what should be to no one's surprise, their sharp contrasts, as to who really set and "influenced" policy in the Bush White House…I wonder how history will view this...

    May 21, 2009 at 8:25 pm |