Monday, May 14, 2007

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 He wishes Cheney would throw his hat in the ring for the Republican presidential nomination. It would be fun.

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At 11:18 PM, Blogger Prendergast said...

I like the picture, though...

So: the surge isn't working. No one thought it would, inside or outside the government. The GOP guy who supported the surge is going around the country calling Bush incompetent. Then Bush announces he'll negotiate with the terrorists, Syria and Iran. Then, after letting GOP members go out on a limb and say "no benchmarks in Iraq," Bush screws them and announces he'll accept some Dem demands for benchmarks.

All this is killing the great bastion of the Bush administration, the GOP. (They secretly hope that the Dems WILL shut off the funds for the war, because is still around next election cycle--they're dead.)

Then Republicans who have been loyal to the Bush admin all along, go to the White and plead, PLEAD with the President to do something to end or at least wind down the Iraq war.

And today, they have the administration's answer. Cheney goes on Fox and sez: "Okay, then...FUCK the Republican party."

This is kind of like the last act of Macbeth, isn't it? Where everything's coming apart, all the lies and treachery have been exposed, now there's a revolt within the ranks, they're surrounding the castle, even the guys who were loyal to you... And inside the wicked king goes mad and claims nothing matters anyway, and all he can do is try to take everyone down with him...

Great theater...


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