Under Cheney’s Terms: Mission Accomplished
By Christopher Truscott
If Vice President Dick Cheney’s interview with Fox News is any indication as to the administration’s goals, Mission Accomplished.
“We didn’t get elected to be popular,” Cheney said. “We didn’t get elected to worry just about the fate of the Republican Party.”
How refreshing! But one shouldn’t forget that he and President George W. Bush were elected for a reason and do have non-political responsibilities they have shirked time and time again.
They were elected to worry about the fate of our country. They were elected to make us better off than we were when they took office. They were elected to strengthen America’s standing in the world. They were elected to lead in a time of crisis – even if it defies traditional ideological restraints.
By these standards the administration fails miserably. From the economy to losing Osama bin Laden to Hurricane Katrina and to Iraq, they have allowed their own rigid agenda to get in the way of the best interests of the country.
It’s great that Cheney can admit – much to Karl Rove’s chagrin – that he and the president weren’t elected to be popular and advance their political party. But after more than six years, it’s time they do what they were actually elected to do. America has waited for too long.
Christopher Truscott can be reached at email@example.com. He wishes Cheney would throw his hat in the ring for the Republican presidential nomination. It would be fun.