Dick Cheney

Don't Kill Dick!
December 01, 2009

CNN.com makes mention of a new effort--complete with freshly launched web site--to draft Dick Cheney for a 2012 White House run. This is just plain daft. Love him or hate him, I think we can all acknowledge that a presidential campaign, much less a term in the hot seat, would almost certainly put Dick in the ground. Parts of him may be only 68, but he has cardiovascular system of a 130 year old. The man's ticker barely made it through his VP years. Liz Cheney's recent joking on Fox News about her dad's running again was enough to make me cringe.

Cheney for Fisherman
November 29, 2009

Jon Meacham is clearly an intelligent person and skilled writer, but his judgment about America and what America needs is somewhat inferior to that of my cat Lexie. Last November, he was telling us that the election affirmed the nation’s conservatism. Now he is urging Dick Cheney to run for president in 2012.

Under the Bus (cont'd)
November 16, 2009

Following up on Mike's post about the various people Obama has thrown under the bus, it does seem that there's an unusual amount of handwringing going on about Greg Craig, or at least about the manner in which he was thrown, through a series of well-orchestrated leaks. One of the most overwrought bits comes Steve Clemons who, in a Daily Beast piece titled "The Assassination of Greg Craig," writes: What just happened to Gregory Craig should not have happened in Obama Land.

Cheney-ite vs. Hillary
October 30, 2009

John Hannah, who served as Dick Cheney's national security advisor, takes to NRO to express his anger that Hillary Clinton was bashing the Bush legacy in Pakistan this week. First, what Hillary said: As a way of repudiating past U.S. policies toward Pakistan, Clinton told the students "there is a huge difference" between the Obama administration's approach and that of former President George W. Bush. "I spent my entire eight years in the Senate opposing him," she said to a burst of applause from the audience of several hundred students.

Today at TNR (October 27, 2009)
October 27, 2009

Washington Diarist: The Trouble With Common Ground by Leon Wieseltier Why Russia Won’t Cooperate On Iranian Sanctions by Seth Robinson Are Democrats Taking Money From the Poor to Help the Middle Class?! by Jonathan Cohn TNR Q&A: John Kerry on Afghanistan, Karzai, and the Way Forward by Jason Zengerle Just How Ambitious Is the Senate’s Climate Bill?

Slideshow: Dick Cheney's Top Ten Most Combative Statements
October 26, 2009

Dick Cheney is not one to hold his fire. After leaving the White House, he's eschewed the low profile taken by past vice presidents in order to blast the Obama administration's national-security decisions frequently and openly. Click through this TNR slideshow to see the top ten most combative statements made by Cheney since January 20, 2009.

What Did Bush Bequeath Obama in Afghanistan?
October 22, 2009

Dick Cheney says the Bush administration left the Obama administration with a plan (and a good one) for Afghanistan: The President’s chief of staff claimed that the Bush Administration hadn’t asked any tough questions about Afghanistan, and he complained that the Obama Administration had to start from scratch to put together a strategy.

Stat of the Day
September 15, 2009

Joe Biden's making his third trip* of 2009 to Iraq. That's the same number of trips to Iraq Dick Cheney made in his eight years as vice president. *--One of Biden's Iraq trips was taken when he was veep-elect.

Cheney Versus The Crows
August 30, 2009

I don't even know what to say about this: Did you know that crows recognize human faces? To prove this, [naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt] writes, a researcher at the University of Washington conducted an experiment. Volunteers who had captured and banded crows (something crows resent) while wearing caveman masks were cawed at and dive-bombed whenever they re-entered crow precincts.

“We Can’t Just Do Nothing”
August 27, 2009

Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror By Mahmood Mamdani (Pantheon, 398 pp., $26.95) The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and For All By Gareth Evans (Brookings, 349 pp., $24.95) I. IN THE SUMMER OF 2007, Mahmood Mamdani found himself at a meeting of activists and politicians, listening to sentiments that had by then become quite common among a certain class of politically active Americans. The speakers were calling on the United Nations to send peacekeepers to Darfur.