June 30, 2014 |
For Dick Cheney, Iraq means never having to say you're sorry. His recent interviews damning President Obama for losing Iraq make him sound as if he's suffering from amnesia. But memory loss has not blotted out his central role in creating the Iraq mess. He just refuses to admit he made any errors. His willful blindness doesn't only distort the past; it also helped create a terrorist haven in Iraq that didn't exist before America invaded. And his hubris dims any future chance of driving out the terrorists.
March 15, 2013
* THE WORLD ACCORDING TO DICK CHENEY. 9 p.m. Friday, Showtime. YOU'D HAVE to have strong feelings about Dick Cheney to spend two hours on Friday night watching a documentary about him. Fortunately for Showtime, where "The World According to Dick Cheney" makes its TV premiere this week, plenty of people have strong feelings about Cheney, whose vice presidency made him a lightning rod for controversy. And a willing one, at that. In the excerpts from several days of interviews with documentary filmmaker R.J. Cutler ("The War Room," "The September Issue")
July 23, 2012 |
Foreign policy hasn't figured much in the presidential campaign, which is lucky for Mitt Romney. With scant foreign policy experience, Romney has had trouble projecting himself as a statesman. His foreign policy statements have veered from vague to disturbingly hawkish. So this week, he's off to Europe and Israel in hopes of burnishing his image as the future leader of the "free world. " Unfortunately, the world Romney seeks to lead no longer exists. Romney's foreign affairs statements have a Rip Van Winkle quality, as if he had just emerged from a sleep of two decades.
October 16, 2011
A Professional and Personal Memoir By Dick Cheney with Liz Cheney Threshold Editions. 565 pp. $35 Reviewed by Frank Wilson Wikipedia may not be the last word when it comes to finding information, but it does make a useful distinction regarding memoirs, namely, that they "are structured differently from formal autobiographies . . . focusing on the development of [the author's] personality. " Whether former Vice President Dick Cheney thought about this or not, the fact remains that he has called his book a memoir and as such it ought to be judged.
September 7, 2011 |
IF YOU THINK that on the 10th anniversary you know the whole story of 9/11 - and here I'm addressing conspiracy-minded "truthers" and the 13 percent who approved of the job Dick Cheney did as vice president - actually, you don't. Time has upheld the broad story line of how hijackers loyal to Osama bin Laden hijacked four planes and killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001 - claims about holograms being used to attack buildings instead of jetliners notwithstanding. At the same time, the dictum of famed investigative reporter I.F. Stone about all governments - i.e., they lie - is no less true about 9/11 than any other event.
September 11, 2009
HOLY Halliburton! Dick Cheney to run for president in 2012! Gadzooks! If he is elected, it would be like the perpetrator returning to the scene of the crime. Also, those who elected him could be considered accessories before and after the fact. Bob Singer Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
July 16, 2009
Fumo's sentence was an insult On Saturday, you reported the release of H. Beatty Chadwick, a lawyer who spent 168 months in prison for contempt of court. He was never convicted of a crime, and, indeed, 14 years of investigation into his alleged crime (hiding money from his ex-wife) failed to find any supporting evidence, according to your story. And this Tuesday we learned that former State Sen. Vincent Fumo, another lawyer, who was convicted by a jury on 137 counts of corruption, was sentenced by federal Judge Ronald Buckwalter to a paltry 55 months in prison!
June 13, 2008 |
A few words about white trash. I've always found that term offensive, its ubiquity notwithstanding. I have a number of reasons, but the most important is that it is a gratuitous insult to the white poor. Of course, they are one of the few groups remaining one can insult with relative impunity. Granted, Vice President Cheney did not actually use the term white trash in the "joke" he attempted last week at the National Press Club in Washington. He didn't need to. It was there, understood, without being spoken.
May 31, 2007 |
Samuel David Cheney has two mommies, and isn't that nice? asks a stay-at-home mother I'll call Joanna. A conventional housewife, Joanna is happy that her two young sons and baby girl have a daddy, but she says, "Boy, wouldn't it be great to let Mommy No. 2 take over while I get my hair done?" As the global village knows, Vice President Cheney's new grandson comes into this world by way of his daughter Mary and an anonymous sperm donor. Samuel will be raised by Mary and her lesbian partner, Heather Poe. That Joanna sees much logic in the arrangement says something about our changing culture.
March 19, 2007 |
"What is wrong with Dick Cheney?" asks Michelle Cottle in the inaugural issue of the newly relaunched New Republic. She then spends the next 2,000 words marshaling evidence suggesting that his cardiac disease has left him demented and mentally disordered. The charming part of this not-to-be-missed article (titled "Heart of Darkness," no less) is that it is framed as an exercise in compassion. Since she knows that the only way for her New Republic readers to understand Cheney is that he is evil - "next time you see Cheney behaving oddly, don't automatically assume that he's a bad man," she advises - surely the generous thing for a liberal to do is write him off as simply nuts.