Earlier this week, former vice president Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz, had an editorial published in The Wall Street Journal. Talking Points Memo sets the tone:
The Cheneys set a bleak tone right off the bat: "Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many," they wrote. "Too many times to count, Mr. Obama has told us he is 'ending' the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality."
From the editorial itself:
Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror group and Mr. Obama is talking climate change. Terrorists take control of more territory and resources than ever before in history, and he goes golfing. He seems blithely unaware, or indifferent to the fact, that a resurgent al Qaeda presents a clear and present danger to the United States of America.
When Mr. Obama and his team came into office in 2009, al Qaeda in Iraq had been largely defeated, thanks primarily to the heroic efforts of U.S. armed forces during the surge. Mr. Obama had only to negotiate an agreement to leave behind some residual American forces, training and intelligence capabilities to help secure the peace. Instead, he abandoned Iraq and we are watching American defeat snatched from the jaws of victory.
My mind, it is boggled. It is utterly incomprehensible to me why this war criminal, who possibly more than any other Bush administration figure, helped to conjure up a war based on lies and falsehoods, and in which thousands of Americans died or were maimed for life, should have any sort of public forum. He should be shunned, disavowed, and laughed at for all time. Oh, and should be emptying bedpans in a VA hospital for the rest of his life.
Cheney and his cohorts basically sh*t the bed in Iraq. And now he has the audacity to criticize Obama's actions, when Obama's options range from bad to worse to worst. See, you can't unsh*t the bed, no matter how much Cheney tries to deflect blame onto his successor. Iraq--just like Afghanistan--was never going to have a happy ending. Never. It was only a matter of when it would unravel.
Earlier this week, The Rude Pundit's head was also spinning about the Sunday news shows. These featured an array of former Bush administration war cheerleaders...as though the same people who started those wars should now be listened to about what to do now.
The Rude Pundit's idea was a good one, and a simple one. Whenever any of them (Paul Wolfowitz; Richard Pearle; Paul Bremer; columnist William Kristol) tried to sell the idea of heading back to Iraq to stave off disaster, they should have immediately been punched in the nuts. Not listened to, not respected, just punched in the nuts.