You would think that after all the damage that one Richard Bruce Cheney has done to this nation, it’s institutions, laws, and our international reputation, that he would keep his mouth shut and do the decent thing and simply go away. But this is Dick Cheney we’re talking about, and there’s nothing decent about him (or for that matter, anyone else in his wretched family).
So, the loathsome head of the most despicable political family in modern American politics decided to rear his head last week on a number of radio and television programs to hawk sales of his newly published memoir “In My Time.” My only question about the book is this - is it going to be located in the “Crime” or the “Fiction” section of my local Barnes and Noble?
Given the reactions of many - including former members of the Bush Administration who would be considered to be friendly to the disgraced former vice president - like Condi Rice and Colin Powell - there are so many mistruths filling the pages that it could not possibly be considered to be anything but a work of fiction.
On the other hand, given Cheney’s previous admissions - along with those made in this book
- it becomes increasingly clear that Cheney has committed violations of U.S. and international law. Unfortunately, President Obama and Attorney General Holder both lack the courage to do the right thing and launch a criminal investigation into the activities of Cheney and his henchmen to finally bring these lawbreakers to justice. While this nation’s leaders might lack the spine to bring charges against this thug, that may not necessarily be the case in other nations. Cheney - like other Bush Administration officials - are rightfully apprehensive about traveling outside the borders of the United States. Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, stated last week that Cheney is fearful that someone will “Pinochet” him (a reference to the former Chilean dictator Agusto Pinochet, who was arrested in London in 1998 after being indicted for committing crimes against humanity).
Lacking that, the only judgement Cheney will face is that of history, and in that courtroom there is little doubt that he will be found guilty.