“if you want to really know a man’s character, give him power”
Everything that’s gone horribly wrong with American politics over the last fifty years, embodied in one mostly-human individual. From Politicalwire:
Dick Cheney Tears Into Condoleeza Rice
In an upcoming documentary about the legacy of Dick Cheney, Foreign Policy notes the former vice president lashes out at Condoleezza Rice for overriding his recommendation to bomb a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007.
Said Cheney: “I thought [destroying the reactor] would reassert the kind of authority and influence we had back in ’03 when we took down Saddam Hussein and eliminated Iraq as a potential source of WMD. Condi was on the wrong side of all those issues so we had significant issues.”..
And when the macho fantasies go horribly wrong, find a woman or a minority — preferably both! — to blame for your failures. It’s the Amurkin way!
I still say the greatest single political disaster of the 1970s was letting Gerald Ford allow the Watergate CREEPster conspirators to scuttle away unpunished. Cheney and half of the PNAC kleptocrisy (and probably even Bush the First) would never have been allowed back in a position where they could engineer stealing the Gore election, if their early coup d’etat attempts had been read into the public records back in 1976.