The Cheney Fallacy

Why Barack Obama is waging a more effective war on terror than George W. Bush.
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Informant: Duane Roberts

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Terrorism: The new communism

Boston Globe
by Dan Payne

05/29/09

Dick Cheney, who didn’t say eight words publicly in eight years as vice president, suddenly won’t shut up. Every day it seems he’s doing interviews and giving speeches on national security, 9/11 and torture…. Torture is having to listen to Cheney sneer his way through a speech on why he and his president were right about everything and President Obama is wrong. Selling fear. Cheney mentioned 9/11 only 27 times in his recent speech, flatly declaring that Obama was making America ‘less safe.’ But a poll taken after the speech showed 51 percent of Americans disagreed with his wild charge (38 percent agreed). … The numbers are good, but if it’s one thing Republicans are good at it’s making Democrats look weak on national defense. Consciously or not, Cheney is attempting to make terrorism the communism of the 21st century...

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Vice: The dispiriting legacy of Dick Cheney

The Nation
by Stephen Holmes

05/28/09

Having catapulted himself back into the national spotlight as ‘the highest-profile critic of the new administration,’ in the words of the New York Times, Dick Cheney has also invited us, inadvertently, to revisit his dispiriting legacy. Along with his support of cruel interrogations, Cheney’s everyday resort to stealth and subterfuge during his eight-year tenure in the Bush White House inspired certain administration insiders, privately and not necessarily derisively, to call the former vice president ‘Dark Side.’ Angler, Barton Gellman’s study of the Cheney vice presidency, provides the most probing and comprehensive account we have, based on hundreds of original interviews, of Cheney’s behind-the-scenes maneuvering, not only in the ‘war on terror’ but also in energy policy, environmental policy, tax policy and executive-legislative relations. But Gellman helps us explore an even more tenebrous domain. As it turns out, the proportions of calculating underhandedness and heady delusion commingled in Cheney’s political style remain frustratingly difficult to assess...

//www.thenation.com/doc/20090615/holmes


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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