Dick Cheney Plays Self; Others Reply
It really doesn’t make any sense to chide other people for indecision on Afghanistan when you, y’know, helped bring the country to the current dire crossroads. But Dick Cheney is Dick Cheney, and so the movie unspools itself again, oblivious to the outside world. Retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, now of the progressive National Security Network, replies:
The record is clear: Dick Cheney and the Bush administration were incompetent war fighters. They ignored Afghanistan for 7 years with a crude approach to counter-insurgency warfare best illustrated by: 1. Deny it. 2. Ignore it. 3. Bomb it. While our intelligence agencies called the region the greatest threat to America, the Bush White House under-resourced our military efforts, shifted attention to Iraq, and failed to bring to justice the masterminds of September 11.
The only time Cheney and his cabal of foreign policy ‘experts’ have anything to say is when they feel compelled to protect this failed legacy. While President Obama is tasked with cleaning up the considerable mess they left behind, they continue to defend torture or rewrite a legacy of indifference on Afghanistan. Simply put, Mr. Cheney sees history throughout extremely myopic and partisan eyes.