Dick Cheney Has No Regrets

He hasn’t gone anywhere, in case you were wondering. And he remains entirely unrepentant about all of his decisions and actions while in office. The authorisation of and boasting about torture, the clampdown on civil liberties, all of it. Andrew Sullivan has curated some of the latest goings-on in Dick Cheney Land.

The Dish

The trailer for R.J. Cutler’s The World According To Dick Cheney, which premiered last March:

What has long struck me about Dick Cheney was not his decision to weigh the moral cost of torture against what he believed was the terrible potential cost of forgoing torture. That kind of horrible moral choice is something one can in many ways respect. If Cheney had ever said that he knows torture is a horrifying and evil thing, that he wrestled with the choice, and decided to torture, I’d respect him, even as I’d disagree with him. But what’s staggering about Cheney is that he denies that any such weighing of moral costs and benefits is necessary. Torture was, in his fateful phrase, a “no-brainer.”

Think about that for a moment. A no-brainer. Abandoning a core precept of George Washington’s view of the American military, trashing laws of warfare that have been taught…

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In Praise of Glenn Greenwald

Glenn Greenwald, former blogger at Salon.com and now writing at The Guardian, is one of the best and most articulate people talking about civil liberties and pressing back against the intrusive power of the government today.

Exhibit 1, in which he tears apart the war criminal Dick Cheney for the casual way in which he celebrated his own lawbreaking and contempt for the US constitution on the eve of the publication of his memoirs:

 

Exhibit 2, in which he rips into CNN (both the network, the host and her former Bush administration talking head stooge) for their coverage of Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks scandal:

 

And finally exhibit 3, in which he takes on Bill Maher and Andrew Sullivan in a roundtable discussion on the morality and constitutionality of extra-judicially ordered drone strikes on US citizens.

 

Keep fighting the good fight, Glenn.

Don’t Say Anything Mean, Don’t Say Anything Mean…

Politico reports that the former Vice President, Dick Cheney, recently received a heart transplant:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74431.html

Cheney, 71, had been on a transplant waiting list for more than 20 months, and is now recovering in the Intensive Care Unit of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va.

“Although the former vice president and his family do not know the identity of the donor, they will be forever grateful for this lifesaving gift,” Cheney aide Kara Ahern said in a statement, according to the news service.

Dick Cheney is not a tremendously nice man, at least in terms of his public work. He was the dark force behind some of the most egregious power grabs by the executive branch in recent memory, enthusiastically and unapologetically supported the use of torture by US forces, and was in every respect one of the most ruthless proponents of the worst of neoconservatism ever to have occupied high public office.

Nonetheless, the man is recovering from heart surgery so I will spare him the polemic that I normally feel like writing whenever he is forced back into my consciousness by current events.

However, I can’t help but allow myself a little chuckle when I think back on this old article from The Onion:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/new-heart-device-allows-cheney-to-experience-love,2294/

New Heart Device Allows Cheney to Experience Love. Image from TheOnion.com

That is all. For now.