MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT Dick Cheney's Heart of Darkness
"Everytime Dick Cheney laughs, an angel gets stabbed in the back (or fill in the bleep)," Jon Stewart declared the other night in a take down of Dick Cheney.
Cheney, whose vampire heart is still beating due to a defibrillator he has strapped to his body, recentlly took to the airwaves to trash President Obama's foreign policy, including the recent appointment of John Brennan to head the CIA, denouncing him as a "yes man" to Obama. Now, Truthout at BuzzFlash has many objections to Brennan's nomination, starting with his ownership of the infamous Obama administration "kill list." But given that Brennan held senior intelligence positions in both the White House and CIA under the Bush/Cheney administration, Cheney is basically denouncing his own stewardship on intelligence matters.
The problem with Brennan in the Obama administration is that he represents a continuation and extension of the Bush/Cheney encroachment of civil liberties in the name of the "war on terrorism." Yet Cheney vilifies his own legacy because, well because he's Dick Cheney – and virulent arrogance is his trademark.
For more than eight years, BuzzFlash covered his Darth Vader policies, bellicose and misleading statements, treachery and cunning, beginning with his insinuation onto the Bush ticket. Remember that Cheney was appointed to vet a vice-presidential candidate for Dubya, but ended up getting himself named to the position.
Cheney – along with Donald "Known Unknown" Rumsfeld -- who co-quarterbacked a campaign of deception to lead us into the disastrous and deadly Iraq War. When Cheney's team was unmasked by Joe Wilson for just one of its lies, (the claim of "yellow cake" shipments from Niger to Iraq), Cheney had his chief of staff, Scooter Libbey, out Wilson's wife, CIA operative Valerie Plame, destroying her network in the process and rendering her useless as a CIA asset by blowing her cover. (BuzzFlash, along with David Corn then at The Nation, covered the Plame outing extensively before it became a national story.)
As a symbol of how destructive Cheney was to the national interest, Plame specialized in reducing the risks of rogue nations obtaining nuclear weapons or materials. In short, Cheney and his loyalists (and Karl Rove escaped indictment for the Plame leak by a hair) seriously compromised a US intelligence effort to reduce the spread of nuclear weapons and material just after justifying a calamitous invasion of Iraq with the chief untruthful assertion that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction that didn't exist.
It is hard to get a handle around Dick Cheney's tenacious malevolence, his implacable venom. After all, you sort of catch your breath in a combination of fear and farce when he pops up on TV, just when you have assumed that he's gone back into his cave to live out his senior years – and that you won't have to view his bitter mug on your plasma screen again. But there he is, as upsetting and distressing as a serious case of heart burn.
How can anyone who is so defiantly and maliciously wrong and deadly harmful still be commanding national attention?
Isn't it long past time to just say, "Stuff it Dick!"