Tonight the declared republican candidates candidates for the USA presidency will participate in the first of three national debates scheduled within 15 days. This is the first conservative Texas governor Rick Perry, who along with the rest of the GOP pack, will surely claim that he has a plan to reduce the budget deficit and national debt, while further reducing taxes on the wealthy, beefing up the military, and creating jobs.
What Perry will probably not mention is that his predecessor, former republican US president George W. Bush and his vice-president “Tricky Dick” Cheney, inherited a strong economy and a national budget surplus when they took office in January 2001. Nor will Perry (described by some as Bush on steroids) mention that in eight years Bush/Cheney turned that strong and healthy economy into a recession-infested disaster, while millions of Americans lost their jobs and homes. The USA operated all eight Bush/Cheney years with large budget deficits each year. The national debt doubled from US$ 5 trillion to over US$ 10 trillion. Two unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy, two unfunded wars, and an unfunded private-industry-friend medicare prescription drug program, along with allowing for unregulated risky mortgages for people who couldn’t afford them were primary causal factors of the recession. But Tricky Dick famously stated in 2004, “Deficits don’t matter”.
American possess two very bad characteristics that favor republicans when it comes to politics: Incredible gullibility, and very short memories. Thus, the Tea Partiers and other extreme-right GOP folks have been able to convince Americans that the deficit and the debt are both the fault of President Obama and the democrats. American tend to believe the loudest and most repetitious. Plus, they’ve forgotten that Bush/Cheney were still in office and republicans controlled congress when the recession began in December 2007.
Enter “Tricky Dick” Cheney, hawking his new book which, according to him, will “make heads explode”. After months of silence, “Tricky Dick”s public reappearance just as the GOP race is heating up, is actually fortuitous for democrats for two reasons: Cheney’s presence can remind American voters where the deficits really came from and who caused them, and they can ask people if they really want a return to Cheney’s of arrogant “we’ll-do-what-we-want-and-rationaize-it-later” form of governing, reminding people about how the Bush/Cheney syndicate ran the country into the ground.
If “Tricky Dick” Cheney was anyone else, he probably would have timed his book’s release so as to interfere as little as possible with the republican candidates’ political campaigns. He also might have expressed so regrets and admitted to some critical mistakes during his time as vice-president and surrogate brain for GW Bush. But true to form, Tricky told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer just the opposite during an extensive interview you can watch in various segments HERE,
“Tricky Dick” made it very clear that he has no regrets. Not a single one.
He doesn’t regret deficit spending while giving his rich buddies large tax breaks. He doesn’t admit to anything the Bush syndicate did wrong, or that any of it was causal to the recession. He doesn’t regret that more than 4000 American lives were lost and hundreds of billions of dollars were spent on the Iraqi war. He doesn’t admit that invading Iraq over false intelligence information regarding Iraqi WMDs was a mistake, or that the US diversion in Iraq also caused the USA to “take its eye off the ball” in Afghanistan, including the pursuit of Bin Laden and the Taliban, which is partly why the USA and its NATO allies are STILL fighting in Afghanistan 10 years after 9-11.
When it comes to the economy, he doesn’t regret a single Bush policy, and has no expressed regret nor accepted any responsibility whatsoever for the recession. And perhaps most horrendous of all, he seems proud of using “enhanced interrogation techniques” such as water-boarding and other forms of torture on detainees. Moreover, he still insists that these torture methods were instrumental in preventing any more “mass casualties attacks”, as he puts it, on the USA since 9-11.
Of course, ol’ Tricky Dick doesn’t say which “planned attacks” upon the USA since 9-11 were prevented, or when they were scheduled to occur, or who specifically were the almost-perpetrators, or how and where they were supposed to happen. He also didn’t explain why the 2005 Al-Qaeda London bombing and 2004 Al-Qaeda Madrid train bombing weren’t prevented, or how come the shoe-bomber or the underwear bomber weren’t discovered before they were already airborne on their respective target aircraft.
Finally, he doesn’t acknowledge how hypocritical the USA now appears when it criticizes another country for “human rights abuses”.
Yep. “Tricky Dick” Cheney is a republican with no regrets. You know. Like Perry, Romney, Bachmann. Palin, Cain, and the rest of the pack.
Americans need to believe it. They need to remember it.
Democrats had best make certain that they do.