Dick Cheney’s book just came out, and in it, he apparently decided to cast himself as the superhero of the 43rd presidential reign, wherein he leads the administration, was totally right about everything, and kicked the asses of all those weepy bitches that said invading Iraq made no damn sense.
One person who isn’t especially happy about this is Colin Powell, for whom the majority of Dickie’s ire is saved. Powell’s hitting back though, especially via his former Chief of Staff, saying his book reads more like a “tabloid” from a man who needs vindication, and that he fears being tried for war crimes.
“He’s developed an angst and almost a protective cover, and now he fears being tried as a war criminal so he uses such terminology as ‘exploding heads all over Washington’ because that’s the way someone who’s decided he’s not going to be prosecuted acts: boldly, let’s get out in front of everybody, let’s act like we are not concerned and so forth when in fact they are covering up their own fear that somebody will Pinochet him,”
Let me say that the “obvious” interpretation of this all is that Lawrence Wilkerson is accusing Cheney of war crimes and that this book is an attempt to stop that nonsense before it starts, but that’s not really correct. What we’re seeing is a picture of Dick Cheney as a paranoid megalomaniac who would probably be more than happy to invade every American city that voted for John Kerry if he was given half the chance. This book is him trying to convince the world at large that what he did was brave, correct, and not at all the product of a guy who watched 24 and thought it was an instruction manual. It’s not that he’s outright accusing Cheney of war crimes.
“From what I’ve read, Cheney seems to criticize everyone, including President Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, [Deputy Secretary of State] Rich Armitage, and a host of others except himself. Waterboarding is a war crime, unwarranted surveillance… all of which are crimes. I don’t care whether the president authorized him to do it or not, they are crimes,” Wilkerson said. “Cheney was a good secretary of defense in my view. In fact I would put him up amongst the top three in the short history of the position. No longer do I feel that way, and I don’t know what happened to Cheney.”
Well shit, scratch that. I guess that’s exactly what Wilkerson is saying.