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Dick Cheney Should be Rotting in The Hague, Not Writing Editorials

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If there's one person who has absolutely zero business criticizing anyone for how they're running the country, it's Dick Cheney.

This should be obvious to pretty everyone by now, but apparently the Wall Street Journal didn't get the message. Today, the paper published an editorial by Cheney and his daughter Liz in which the former Vice President blasts the "collapsing Obama doctrine" of foreign policy."

Taking the rapid advance of ISIS radicals through northern Iraq as his cue, Cheney accuses President Obama of "emboldening" America's enemies. He writes:

"Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many. 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...America's enemies are not 'decimated.' They are emboldened and on the march."

According to Cheney, the "failures" of the Obama presidency -- which I guess are to not get the country involved in any more decade-long wars - are proof that our first African-American president is actively trying to take down America. He writes:

"Despite clear evidence of the dire need for American leadership around the world, the desperation of our allies and the glee of our enemies, President Obama seems determined to leave office ensuring he has taken America down a notch. Indeed, the speed of the terrorists' takeover of territory in Iraq has been matched only by the speed of American decline on his watch."

Forget for a second that President Obama has continued many of the policies of the Bush administration -- the drone wars and NSA spying both started under Cheney's watch -- and just consider the fact that Dick Cheney of all people actually has the gall to call someone else out for "taking America down a notch" and "being so wrong about so much at the expense of so many."

You don't need a political science degree to know how ridiculous this is.

The Iraq War was the single biggest foreign policy disaster in recent -- or maybe even all -- of American history.

It cost the country around $4 trillion dollars, killed hundreds of thousands, if not millions of innocent civilians, left 4,500 Americans dead, and turned what was once one of the more developed countries in the Arab World into a slaughterhouse.

Make no mistake about it, Iraq would not be the violent place it is today if the Bush administration hadn't lied its way into a costly, unnecessary, and destructive war.

Ironically, things have played out exactly as Cheney said they would when he was asked back in the 1990s about why the first Bush administration didn't march all the way to Baghdad during the First Gulf War.

Really, there's no one who's done more to damage America's reputation around the world and embolden our enemies than our former Vice President.

The Iraq War was the best Al Qaeda propaganda video ever, and whatever Cheney might say about the surge and how successful it was, the truth is that there were no terrorists in Iraq before we invaded.

But Cheney's hypocrisy on Iraq is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the reasons why he's probably the worst person ever to listen to for advice on, well, everything.

Remember, Cheney was the guy who almost bankrupted Halliburton by exposing it to asbestos liabilities and then used his position as Vice President of the United States to bail the company out with no-bid contracts during the Iraq War, all while owning millions in Halliburton stock options.

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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War (more...)
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Looks like Cheney (and the Bushes) have a lot of h... by E. T. SIMON on Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 2:49:17 PM
It's because they have little "dicks" and no balls... by Sandra Parson on Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 at 1:43:21 PM
Tragic but great article. Here's a short related p... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 3:57:13 PM
rotting in a cell, too merciful for Cheney and bus... by zon moy on Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 4:35:47 PM
Cheney is and was ruthless and unscrupled. He does... by Richmond Shreve on Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 7:25:08 PM
Did you send this to the Wall Street Journal? Plea... by lila york on Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 8:02:36 PM
How dare he speak about our president as he just d... by Shirley Braverman on Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 2:04:08 AM
I agree and bravo. "Cheney let 9/11 happen on his ... by Michael David Morrissey on Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 6:22:03 AM
The only caveat:Hague court never tried any crimin... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 8:33:16 AM
Had Pelosi not taken impeachment 'off the table,' ... by Janet Supriano on Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 1:43:21 PM
This *sshole should be behind bars not in front of... by Dennis Kaiser on Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 1:43:51 PM
9/11 - "Simplyfying the Case Against Dick Cheney".... by Lance Ciepiela on Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 12:30:31 AM
Here's the smoking gun: the military generals bla... by Sandra Parson on Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 at 1:52:24 PM
If we had not invaded Iraq, we would not be in a p... by Sandra Parson on Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 at 1:41:16 PM