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Dick Cheney gets a heart

The media announces with great fanfare that the former vice-president has a new heart. What? I never knew he had one in the first place. The briefest look at the man’s track record warrants skepticism. Two overt wars and any number of covert ones, either full-blown or simmering; contempt for America at its peak despite Obama’s commendable efforts at repairing our image abroad, an exploded world that has lost its moorings.

The criminal fanatics who attacked us on September 11, 2001 killed 3,000 people. How many Americans have been killed since as a consequence of Cheney’s lies and his lack of scruples and how many hundreds of thousands of deaths can be laid directly at his door, counting Iraq, Afghanistan, and the brave Americans butchered in these unconscionable conflicts all created so that Halliburton, Cheney’s old turf where it is said he still owns options and where he definitely still counts buddies in droves, could have immensely profitable contracts?

The list of the wounds this one person has inflicted on America and on the world, either directly or as a consequence of his terrible decisions, is unending. There’s something more, and perhaps even worse, in the long run, than the totally unsuccessful wars we’ve engaged in and that are still killing our troops–or making many among them unfit for civilian life–and draining our resources, worse than the destruction we’ve brought to other countries and their people, worse than the fanaticism we’ve engendered and the new ways of torturing we’ve learned to inflict and virtuously disguise under other names. With Cheney and his crony Rumsfeld and their easy manipulation of a clueless Bush, America has lost its way. People have become cynical, fueled by spite and hatred, and conspiracy-minded. Of course, only an idiot would think that the pre-Bush era was perfect. Far, far from it. But the post-Bush era is one where everything we took for granted in a democracy has crumbled: civil liberties and individual rights, our privacy, and, glaringly, reasonable political discourse.

All this, I’m sorry to say, the work of one single man. Great job, Dick! May the heart you’re finally getting open you up to the possibility that maybe, just maybe, there was another way.

  1. bobbietroy
    March 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Very well said, Saideh. Many of Bush’s cronies did not have hearts, but Cheyney is definitely at the top of the list.


  2. chavert
    March 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Wow!….. Thanks Madame, I have nothing to add to your comments! just precise, concise and incisive.


  3. Sol B Troy
    March 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I believe that much of the GOP leadership’s motivation lies in insatiable greed. After all, war brings big profits to the big corporations. The American public are just sheep to be used in any way that benefits monsters like Cheney & Co.!


  4. Melinda Barnhardt
    March 28, 2012 at 1:17 am

    The irony of this post’s title, “Dick Cheney gets a heart” says it all; the situation is a post-modern twist on the moral tale of the Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz,” turning it upside down!


  5. March 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Great comment!


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