Cheney Still Speaking

ABC interviewed Dick Cheney, the VP too good to impeach, during his recent Middle East junket.

When asked about the toll multiple deployments have taken on U.S. military members, Cheney sarcastically asked the reporter how she would deal with it. Meaning he didn't know how he should.

A week earlier the same reporter asked Cheney about polls showing that "two-thirds of Americans say the fight in Iraq is not worth it."

Cheney's reply was "So?" The new meme the Administration is putting out is that Lincoln, like Bush, was also unpopular and weighed down heavily by a war. The countermeme is Honest Abe was re-elected in 1864 at the bottom of his popularity. Also an elective war in Iraq isn't the same as a war of national unification where a key issue was slavery.

Cheney's views on the world and politics are roughly at the level of old guys you see sitting on courthouse steps in small towns, whittling and hawking phlegm onto the sidewalk. It's disturbing he's still being given a respectful forum to air them and inflict them on others.

Update: Evidently the Lincoln analogy wasn't going too well so now Cheney's saying the Iraq War is like Ford's pardon of Nixon (i.e., reviled at the time but best for all in the long run). Whatever, Dick.