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Lauding Dick Cheney, we've officially lost our moral compass

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Dick Cheney Marble Bust Unveiling At The White House December 02, 2015 C-SPAN News
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Dick Cheney beside his marble likeness at US Capitol

This one has to take the cake. In case you missed this a bust of former Vice President Dick Cheney was formally unveiled in the US Capitol over the weekend with "Dubya" Bush there gushing, "For eight years, Dick stood by my side and always did what was right for our nation". Please.

Dick Cheney is a war criminal who along with the rest of the Bush gang should have been prosecuted for war crimes and authorizing torture among their many misdeeds.

That they weren't is a black mark on President Obama who in early 2009 blocked his Justice Department from investigating and prosecuting the whole Bush crowd saying he wanted to "move on and not look back".

I suspect Obama knew at the time he could possibly be prosecuted for war crimes he would commit as president once he left office. So by giving the Bush crowd a pass, exempting them foreign investigations, even civil liability over the crimes they committed, there would be little likelihood of his culpability once he left office.

But think about it; Dick Cheney being lauded and his bust prominently displayed in Emancipation Hall in the US Capitol. What does that say to the world?

Well from here it's a prominent middle finger raised to the world. In the US we do what we want, authorize torture, initiate war, target anyone for assassination and no one can stop us- to which Dick Cheney stands at the notorious pinnacle of war crimes the US has committed.

Because if a man such as Cheney is placed on a pedestal as we do with Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt then we've officially lost our moral compass.

Lauding Dick Cheney, is as if we're honoring the Confederate Flag or having it flying prominently as it did at the South Carolina state capitol until an online photograph of a white supremacist who had just murdered 9 people in an historic black church in Charleston, S.C. was seen posing with a Confederate Flag forced the governor to have it removed.

Cheney prominently represents what has gone wrong with America, a former republic having descended into an empire, perpetrating endless wars which Dick Cheney played a prominent role.

And now his bust sits prominently in the US capitol, a perfect emblem of where America has descended.

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