Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Dick Cheney: From chicken hawk to military expert
Former Vice President Dick Cheney, he of the robotic heart, had some bizarre things to say the other night about President Obama's choice of cabinet members. Speaking to a friendly audience of about 300 Republicans in Wyoming, Cheney asserted that Obama has appointed "second-rate people" who can be expected to degrade the U.S. military.
The timing of his cheap shot left no doubt that he was referring to John Kerry, the new secretary of state, and Chuck Hagel, who is awaiting confirmation as the secretary of defense. Huh?
As the record will show, both of his targets are war veterans who served well while Cheney preferred to comfortably sit out the battlefield with several deferments. And as a strong infuence in guiding the U.S. into an invasion of Iraq, he demonstrated his profound understanding of warfare by assuring us the conflict might not last for more than several weeks. I needn't tell you the rest of the story.