I'm sitting here watching Jim Lear's interview of Dick Cheney.
Just fargin' wow.
Dear Mr. Vice President, you sir are a complete hack. Your logical constructions do not impede air flow let alone hold water. I feel very sorry for those who follow you, as you are providing them a disservice. How you were able to control Haliburton, with the inability to see reality, is simply astounding. My guess is many people were happy to see you take time to pursue politics (1996 and 2000 election where you became VP).
What comes to me is that you're a very scared man, one that lacks the courage to make the "tough decisions" as you like to call them. Instead you made the "safe decisions" instead of ponying up. The world is a dangerous place, your party did everything possible in the 90's to gut our ability to respond. Now you're attempting to put plastic caps in the electrical plugs of the world. And in doing so you disemboweled the very honor and integrity that you think you still have, and that you believe the country still has.
Your argument of "you know things we don't" no longer is viable. You don't. Sorry, many of us know enough and retain enough skills to know you're bluffing. At least your tells are less visible than the Presidents, but they're still there (the lowered head, the cheshire grin and peering over glasses).
Your devotion to ideology is hampering your ability to see clearly. You might want to get some news from some other source than Fox (as per your visiting instructions).
The hundreds of ghosts that haunted you from your initial dealings with Saddam Hussein have been replaced by the legions of ghosts. I know you believe that these ghosts are better or more tolerable than if there had been another attack on US soil (see my previous comments about the attack on our embassy in Yemen). Understand, sir, that many of us know exactly why there hasn't been another attack in the continental US, that it is very expensive to launch operations here, that many "activists" become disenchanted when they experience our culture as deep cover operatives, and the good law enforcement we had (note, this means that you're "enhanced methods" by the superlegal processes you instilled or the new powers given by the Patriot Act were not responsible here, just good old fashion police observation in normal circumstances, not intelligence).
You have no shame for in one breath taking credit (for the administration) having economic and job growth during 2003-2004 and then state that you have nothing to do with the economic situation we currently find ourselves. The self-deception of those remarks are, quite frankly, the window into your soul. You take no responsibility for yourself and your actions believing that all that you can go is good. This is a psychosis.
And just for your information, waterboarding is torture. We have prosecuted other countries nationals for such activities as crimes against humanity. Our old field manual forbid it as torture. We train our own service men to resist it as a part of our anti-torture/interrogation training. We have admitted, and I believe you have as well, to waterboarding some of the terrorists. You can not claim we have not tortured. It's prima facie. Of course to admit to this would be to admit error, as well as committing war crimes, and you don't have the courage to own up to it.
My wish for you, Mr. Vice President, is that in your retirement you realize the truth of your administration's actions and come to terms for your own peace of mind. That you are some how able to find forgiveness for your actions.
Unfortunately for the rest of us we will continue to deal with the destruction of our country's reputation, economy, politics, business, projection of power, and life in general that your administration and ideology (I hesitate to call it politics as it seems to be more of a religion for you than a philosophy) has inflicted on the rest of us. It will take generations to heal these rifts.
Oh, and just in general, yes you did just say that there were ties between Saddam and al Qaeda and that al Qaeda is no longer relevant. This in the face that every other national intelligence estimate, internal and independent analysis, and review of the reports contradict these statements. So for all your proponents who say "you never said that," I just heard you. And it was clear.
You are delusional. That you were entrusted to power is a severe blot on our history.