Before crawling back under his undisclosed rock, Dick Cheney recently let his madness hang out for PBS’ Jim Lehrer.
Cheney still fantasizes that Saddam Hussein was buddies with al-Qaeda. He thinks his only “miscalculation” on Iraq was underestimating the extent of Saddam’s mental abuse of his people. He rejects the notion that the U.S. attacking and killing tens of thousands of them and driving several million from their homes without provocation may have been a little depressing for them.
He doesn’t “buy” his own unpopularity because he’s conveniently forgotten he remained in office through another suspicious squeaker (in Ohio) in 2004. He thinks he and Bush won re-election “comfortably.”
Once in office, Cheney has felt no obligation to answer to anybody for anything, and believes polls are manipulated and don’t reflect what people really think.
On the economy, he says the Bush Administration had some good policies “early on” and shouldn’t have been expected to see disaster coming.
And now he denies that we have tortured, although he was quite proud of it a few weeks ago. He prefers to call it “robust interrogation techniques.”
In the end, Cheney thinks, “The argument that this is a failed presidency is just dead wrong…. over time, I expect that history will judge this administration in a fairly favorable light.”
Dream on, Dick, and be grateful there isn’t a jail cell waiting for you.