Dick Cheney: Still a Coward

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When terrorists attacked this country in the first year of his co-presidency with Mr. Bush, Dick Cheney responded just the way they had hoped: he was terrified, he panicked, and he overreacted.  He’s been trying to defend his behavior ever since, upping the ante every time somebody asks him about it.

Why?  Because to admit he did anything wrong leads inevitably to admitting he overreacted because he panicked, and he panicked because he was scared sh*tless.  Since his whole persona (and apparently his self-esteem) is inoperably wrapped around a Tough Guy image like a tumor coiled around a lung, he can never admit to being frightened.  If he has to drag the country down with him to keep his [self-]image, he will; he’s that frightened of looking frightened.

The English language helpfully has a single word for all of that:  “coward,” which is what Cheney is.  The most craven kind of coward possible.  The vainglorious kind that blames others for his cowardice and shifts the consequences of it onto everyone around him, in hope of preserving some appearance of bravery.

There was a time when conservatives would’ve had the least possible patience for someone like Cheney.  But that kind of conservatism is gone.  In its place, we get . . . well, Dick Cheney.

There is no word for how contemptible he is.

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13 Responses to “Dick Cheney: Still a Coward”

  1. jazzbumpa Says:

    While what you state and what I believe are categorically different, they are not mutually exclusive propositions.

    What I believe is that Cheney is totally bat-shit crazy, and actually believes every bit of the disillusion clap-trap he’s been spewing since . . . well, since the Nixon administration.

    • urbino Says:

      I really don’t think he’s crazy. He may fully believe everything he says, but that doesn’t qualify as crazy; it just qualifies as willful.

      If he were mentally ill, I’d have some sympathy for him. But he’s not. He’s just an old-fashioned coward, right down to the bone.

      • jazzbumpa Says:

        There’s a difference between willful and delusional. I believe he is the latter. This might be a development of recent years. He has always been the former. But I’ve heard that people who have known him a long time do not recognize the Cheney of ca 2004-on as the man they knew in the 80’s.

  2. ME Says:

    And he’s got the five Vietnam-era draft deferments to back it up too.

    http://tinyurl.com/2gdyl

    What fascinates me is how this guy keeps find a microphone to blab into when he just keeps repeating the same worn-out lines.

  3. urbino Says:

    Exactly. I was thinking about this as I was writing the post: has the man ever done a brave thing in his life? He skipped out on Vietnam. Did he cast a vote in the House he knew would be unpopular back home? Put himself at political risk somehow during the Nixon and Ford admins? During his stint as SecDef? As VP?

    I honestly can’t think of one. Not a single thing the man ever did where he put himself at risk. Everything he’s ever done that has involved any risk at all has always been about putting other people at risk, while he hid behind them. He’s always had a patsy take the fall for him, always had other people’s kids to go to war for him.

    Seriously, can anybody think of a single brave thing in the man’s entire career?

    • dejon05 Says:

      While I find the position of standing up for Cheney to be one of the most unfortunate… The First Gulf War was prosecuted under his watch, and while it may not have a great personal risk (and maybe one could argue that “courage” wasn’t a requirement for his duties), nonetheless, he did produce a pretty damn successful military campaign.

    • urbino Says:

      Yeah, it was well executed. I don’t take anything away from that. But, as you said, it required no personal courage. It was a popular war before it even started.

  4. dejon05 Says:

    My gracious, I am amazed at how well you articulate why I have such a strong, emotional repulse at the mention of this guy.

  5. urbino Says:

    Glad I could be of use.

  6. tomdegan Says:

    It sure is fun watching poor old Dick Cheney stumbling all over the right wing airwaves, desperately trying to poison the jury pool and dodge a VERY long stretch in a federal prison. I only saw clips of his interview with Chris Wallace on FOX Noise on Sunday. Someone described it as a starry-eyed teenage girl interviewing one of the Jonas brothers.

    It sure is funny observing the meltdown of Dick and Liz (Cheney – not Burton and Taylor). The trillion dollar hammer is about to hit the fan. They’re like cornered rats. Oh, man! I’m lovin’ this!

    Don’t take your eye off the Cheneys. For your best entertainment bargain, these two are the show that should not be missed. We’re talking essential viewing here!

    http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

    Tom Degan, Goshen, NY

  7. tomdegan Says:

    It sure is fun watching poor old Dick Cheney stumbling all over the right wing airwaves, desperately trying to poison the jury pool and dodge a VERY long stretch in a federal prison. I only saw clips of his “interview” with Chris Wallace on FOX Noise on Sunday. Someone described it as a starry-eyed teenage girl interviewing one of the Jonas brothers.

    It sure is funny observing the meltdown of Dick and Liz (Cheney – not Burton and Taylor). The trillion dollar hammer is about to hit the fan. They’re like cornered rats. Oh, man! I’m lovin’ this!

    Don’t take your eye off the Cheneys. For your best entertainment bargain, these two are the show that should not be missed. We’re talking essential viewing here!

    http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

    Tom Degan, Goshen, NY

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