Cheney & The GOP: Masters of Disaster

Rachel Maddow resoundingly demolishes the Republican’s lying, hypocritical douchebaggery in response to last week’s attempted terror attack.

As for Dick Cheney’s latest mendacious tirade, perhaps this recent piece from James Fallows says it best: “The former vice president, Dick Cheney, has brought dishonor to himself, his office, and his country. I am not aware of a case of a former President or Vice President behaving as despicably as Cheney has done in the ten months since leaving power…. Cheney has acted as if utterly unconcerned with the welfare of his country, its armed forces, or the people now trying to make difficult decisions. He has put narrow score-settling interest far, far above national interest.”

Why the right-wing continues to venerate this utterly disgraceful coward, completely escapes me.

Political Tourettes Update: On yesterday’s Ed Show Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) delivered a stinging rebuke and challenge to Cheney.

So come on Dick, man up and debate Massa on Fox or wherever. I’m sure lots of folks would pay to see that contest.

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20 responses to “Cheney & The GOP: Masters of Disaster

  1. mala_fides

    Maybe it is time for Dick Cheney to be charged with war crimes.

    If there is an actual case to be made against, perhaps some good country would make it.

    Then we could at least rest assured that if this gutterbag asshole ever ventures out of the USA, he will be picked up and be put through at least a minimal amount of discomfort.

  2. Gutterbag… I like that one!

    Oh, and I concur entirely. Cheney should be treated like the war criminal he is and punished accordingly.

  3. Ottlib

    “Why the right-wing continues to venerate this utterly disgraceful coward, completely escapes me.”

    When you have no future you turn nostalgically towards the past.

  4. Bill

    After 9/11, everyone rallied around POTUS. Now this fuckbag , Richard Cranium, uses this event to once again divide the nation.

    String the fucker up and I’ll bring the kerosene.

    BTW: Happy New Year’s all!

  5. If only there were more journalists like Rachel Maddow. . .

    Love her challenge at the end.

  6. Frankly Canadian

    She hit’s the nail on the head when she says that her colleges in the media have two choices, they can either copy down what these Republican/Conservatives spew out as the truth and just hit send, or you can fact check those comments and put them into context, it’s your choice it’s your country. My question to this is, when are the media journalist and the networks that broadcast this crap going to be held accountable? In advertising, this is called false advertising and is illegal, its almost fraudulent and in some cases probably is. Canada has the same type of slack factually wrong journalism her as well. Almost all the talking heads on television here do nothing more than take their talking points from the P.M.O. spokespeople, and they never seem to hold this government accountable for more than a day or so, just long enough to make it look like they’re doing their job. Good post Red.

  7. Bill

    Media won’t call them out because the shows need these talking heads to come on.

    When Matalin said that W had inherited the 9/11 attacks, the interviewer should have ripped her a new one.

    Shame Canada doesn’t have its own Rachel.

  8. Ti-Guy

    Canada has the same type of slack factually wrong journalism her as well. Almost all the talking heads on television here do nothing more than take their talking points from the P.M.O. spokespeople, and they never seem to hold this government accountable for more than a day or so, just long enough to make it look like they’re doing their job.

    It’s not as bad yet, but it’s getting there. In the past, interviews like the ones here with Mary Matalin and Dana Perino would have featured a panel of people, some of whom would have corrected the record immediately (thus sparing the moderator from doing so and being charged with political bias). However, the segments broadcast have become too short for that kind of thing and the interviewees, particularly those on the right, have become too shrill, strident, obstreperous and unpleasant for most informed people to be all that willing to challenge them. They should be, but it’s rather difficult to do so and maintain decorum.

    What I’ve noticed now in Canadian media is that the propagandists are interviewed all by themselves. The moderator might try to correct factual errors (but with right wingers, practically every assertion is wrong, incomplete or an outright lie, so it’s very time-consuming and difficult to do so) and then some other guest(s) is/are invited on immediately afterwards to respond. That’s mostly resulting in a he said/she said brand/”We report, you decide” style of news reporting, which isn’t all that informative either.

    In the end, the result is that broadcast news, particularly television, has become entirely useless in communicating the facts of an issue (it in fact, has never been good for that) and should be dispensed with altogether, except with issues where immediacy is of prime concern (such as in emergencies or when there’s some value in following a story that’s breaking live). It is actually the case that the more one spends following broadcast news, the less one is informed.

  9. Ti-Guy

    Shame Canada doesn’t have its own Rachel.

    You need to listen to more CBC Radio. There are plenty of Rachel Maddows…Michael Enright, Paul Kennedy…even Anna Maria Tremonti can do a passable job when she’s got enough time. They’re currently running a tally of all the Harper ministers who’ve denied requests for interviews. The guests they invite on are also very willing to call these liars out and correct the record.

  10. Bill

    “It is actually the case that the more one spends following broadcast news, the less one is informed.”

    Amen.

  11. Bill

    You need to listen to more CBC Radio.

    I do…I find Kathleen Petty the most balanced of them all.

  12. Ti-Guy

    I do…I find Kathleen Petty the most balanced of them all.

    I’ve gotten out of the habit of listening to CBC Radio live and listen to podcasts exclusively, so I don’t know who the local personalities are anymore.

  13. Guzzeuntite

    RT, you quote James Fallows: “The former vice president, Dick Cheney, has brought dishonor to himself, his office, and his country. I am not aware of a case of a former President or Vice President behaving as despicably as Cheney has done in the ten months since leaving power….”

    Al Gore, 2004:

    “George W. Bush promised us a foreign policy with humility. Instead, he has brought us humiliation in the eyes of the world.

    “He promised to “restore honor and integrity to the White House.” Instead, he has brought deep dishonor to our country and built a durable reputation as the most dishonest President since Richard Nixon.

    “Honor? He decided not to honor the Geneva Convention. Just as he would not honor the United Nations, international treaties, the opinions of our allies, the role of Congress and the courts, or what Jefferson described as “a decent respect for the opinion of mankind.” He did not honor the advice, experience and judgment of our military leaders in designing his invasion of Iraq. And now he will not honor our fallen dead by attending any funerals or even by permitting photos of their flag-draped coffins. …

    “… He has exposed Americans abroad and Americans in every U.S. town and city to a greater danger of attack by terrorists because of his arrogance, willfulness, and bungling at stirring up hornet’s nests that pose no threat whatsoever to us. And by then insulting the religion and culture and tradition of people in other countries. And by pursuing policies that have resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent men, women and children, all of it done in our name.”

    See the bile in full here:

    http://pol.moveon.org/goreremarks052604.html/

    And that’s just one occassion. Try Googling “Al Gore attacks George Bush” for more.

    There you’ll see more stuff, like this review of Gore’s “Assault on Reason”:

    “Al Gore has finally found his voice against Bush. For seven years, since losing to George W. Bush in a Supreme Court decision after Gore won the popular vote, Gore kept his mouth shut on direct criticism of Bush. That has ended.

    “Gore directly attacks Bush and Cheney for many very large woes suffered by America today, claiming…

    “Bush lied to the American public about Iraq;
    Cheney incorporated plans to invade Iraq into the Energy Task Force, which is why it had to be kept so secretive; Bush ignores important US law like FOIA, habeus corpus, and torture; Bush upsets the Constitutional balance of power with excessive signing statements; Bush distorts Christian doctrine by dividing world into good vs. evil;
    Bush ignores real-world facts in pursuit of his ideological agenda, resulting in isolation of America from the rest of the world, a massive budget deficit, and shredding of civil rights.

    “There are no holds barred here — except maybe Gore could review the 2000 election results, and chooses not to. But the real question for OnTheIssues readers is this: Does this book indicate that Al Gore is running for the presidency?”

    I we won’t even discuss what the worst president ever and nastiest ex-president ever, Jimmy Carter, has said.

    Fallows is a fool and, likely, a liar. I am surprised the memories are so short for all lefties (no not really).

  14. philosoraptor

    You need to listen to more CBC Radio

    Whatever you do, stay the hell away from Tapestry. I’d rather have dead air.

  15. Ti-Guy

    Notice the Guzzler doesn’t think there’s a difference between self-serving lies Cheney’s lies and Gore’s truths, which, as an American, naturally *hurts* when it is told. But then, that’s America for you, a nation more comfortable with pathetic lies about itself than anything remotely resembling reality, which they react to, not just with surprise, but with unbridled hostility.

  16. Ti-Guy

    self-serving lies Cheney’s lies sb Cheney’s self-serving lies.

  17. Guzzeuntite

    You know what your problem is, Ti-Guy? You are boring and predictable. First of all, your attack conveniently misses the entire point. Fallow’s point was Cheney’s “unprecedented” attacks on a sitting president. I showed THAT to be a lie. However, you don’t address THAT because to do so you be inconvenient. Second, you exhibit the ever-so common bile of the mindless reactionary of the Left: When you disagree with someone, it’s not that they are wrong; it’s that they are “psychotic” or they “lie.”

    Go away, Ti-Guy, even when you are not in attack-dog mode (which is pretty damn rare) you are a crashing bore. And an un-self-aware boob.

  18. Guzzy — I take you’re points regarding Gore’s criticisms of Bush, but these were made more than four years into GWB’s presidency and not, as Fallows stated in the case of Cheney so immediately after leaving power.

  19. Ti-Guy

    Christ…and I double-checked those tags!

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