Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cheney interview offers a convincing portrayal of an arch-fascist

Dick Cheney was interviewed last night about his memoirs on NBC News. Matt Lauer also interviewed him this morning. Cheney was unrepentant about waterboarding, but there is little evidence that water boarding produced any useful intelligence.

In fact, the ineffectiveness of waterboarding  is echoed in numerous articles on this topic.

"I doubt ... that what we regard as torture -- waterboarding -- actually produced information that was instrumental" in preventing terrorist attacks. 

--Kim Howells, a former chairman of Britain's Intelligence and Security Committee 

Cheney was apparently not an admirer of Condoleeza Rice or Colin Powell. Cheney did not explain his dislike for Rice, but considered Powell disloyal. 

There were reports prior to the hostilities that Powell was against the invasion of Iraq as were many flag officers in the Pentagon. These generals and admirals were told to sit down and shut up or to retire. probably by Donald Rumsfeld. 

Rumsfeld was never popular as Secretary of Defense and many retired generals who had served in the middle east called for him to resign due to his authoritarian style. 

Cheney continued to blame the justification for the war on an intelligence failure and conceded there were not WMDs in Iran, but the invasion was the "right thing to do." 

Rightardia has pointed out that intelligence failures seems to plague GOP administrations, but are rare in Democratic administrations. 

There is evidence that neo-conservatives had planned to invade Iraq prior to the election of GW Bush. 

In fact, President Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure 'regime change' even before they took power in January 2001.

The blueprint called for the creation of a 'global Pax Americana' was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice- president), Donald Rumsfeld (defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George W Bush's younger brother Jeb and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff).

The document, entitled Rebuilding America's Defences: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New Century, was written in September 2000. Its authors were the neo-conservative think-tank Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

Dick Cheney had been working on a plan to "restructure the middle east" for 10 years. Undoubtedly, Cheney was the chief architect of the plan.

The Iraq debacle was a political failure, not an intelligence failure. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will cost the US taxpayer $4 trillion.



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