The Dick Cheney

A few days ago Dick Cheney told an interviewer: “The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected.” That’s the sort of thing that sounds like wisdom to an egotist. Respect and love are not separate entities. Where there is no respect, there is no love; where there is no love, there is no respect. What Cheney really meant, of course, is that he believes other countries should fear us. But he can’t use that word.

A few years ago, my wife Judy and I were in Jackson, Wyoming to do a presentation on the parrot movie at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Afterward, we were to fly to Denver from Jackson and then on home, but we got held up on the runway. The pilot explained that we had to wait for the Vice President’s plane to give us permission to pass. It was sitting next to the runway, engines off, doors open, ramps down, not going anywhere. It wasn’t at all clear what was going on, and, of course, nobody explained. As the window for catching our connecting flight to San Francisco shrank, my contempt for the son of a bitch—already high—grew by the minute. Finally, they let us go. As far as I could see, nothing outside the plane had changed at all. That little episode reeked of imperial hubris. In a democracy, the people in the government are supposed to be the servants of the people, not their lords and masters. People like Cheney, and there are many of them, don’t care whether we love them or not. They want to rule over us and prefer to be feared rather than loved or respected. They need to be weeded out.

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9 Responses to “The Dick Cheney”

  1. embee Says:

    The Cheney quote is incredible. In my opinion almost every syllable that Cheney ever uttered has been false, foolish, deliberately misleading or having disastrous effects, and yet the guy still cannot learn to keep his trap shut. Of course it might be worse when he’s not speaking, especially if he’s still got that Elmer Fudd shotgun of his.

  2. markbittner Says:

    I just finished a very interesting book by Peter Dale Scott called “The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America.” It’s not a conspiracy-type book, but it makes you wonder if Cheney, despite being out of power, is truly powerless. It’s a somewhat depressing book in that it makes clear that there are circles of power—the Deep State—that don’t entirely depend on who is President. It’s all well-documented for those who care to read about it. The Deep State gets away with a lot of what it does because we’ve lost the will to govern ourselves. We’re too enmeshed in frivolity. Maybe that’s changing now, but it’s too soon to say.

  3. JaneDoe Says:

    I seriously hope one day Cheney goes to jail. It was nice to see him getting wheeled away from Washington. I hope to heck he is powerless.

    • markbittner Says:

      Yes, it was nice to see him being carted away. I don’t mean to suggest that he has a hand on the levers of power. But it’s clear that there is a layer of off-the-books power mongers, and he is influential within those circles. The Military-Corporate Complex, in other words.

  4. embee Says:

    Yes. Scott is wise, and he’s fearless. The SF political writer Dan Benbow did an excellent interview with him last year which is online:
    “Off the Books: The Outsourcing of American Foreign Policy”

  5. chris Says:

    perhaps you don’t appreciate the need for security around the president or VP’s plane. you don’t even know what was going on inside it, so you’re just speculating. i think you need to cut them a break and realize that if someone did attack the plane it would be damaging to our country’s interests. your bias is showing here.

    • markbittner Says:

      No, I didn’t know what was going on inside the plane. But why did they allow a situation to develop where they were stopping regular traffic? I’d grown accustomed to the arrogance of this man, so it irritated me. It isn’t bias to dislike the man. I believe he’s a criminal, something that can be seen in objective and absolute moral terms. The only reason he’s not in a prison cell right now is the lack of political will to prosecute him. I think what you’re really saying is that I should have shown respect for Cheney based on his position. But he’s not worthy of it. You don’t gain respect merely from your position, but from your conduct in that position. He’s the most evil American politician that I’ve seen in my lifetime. I don’t often use the word “evil” in public discourse, but it fits him.

  6. embee Says:

    Chris, Cheney supporters are on shaky ground when they use the word “security” in the same breath with his name. He’s admitted to federal investigators that he was involved in the Valerie Plame leak. Criminally reckless and malicious, wouldn’t you say? And this doesn’t even take into account the tens of thousands of lives lost because Cheney spurred on Boy George to murderous, senseless adventures in Iraq.The main word that occurs to me when I think of Cheney is “treason.”

  7. Bobalink09 Says:

    Yea, ‘treason’ a good way of putting it. Carrying on a criminal war that you inherit is one thing (Nixon), but starting one from scratch is a whole new category of moral terpitude. And yea, “Off the Books” by Dan Benbow is spectacular.

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