All Articles on Dick Cheney

The crimes of Iran-Contra were shocking when they were revealed in real-time, but the murky ending has allowed the story to drift into relative obscurity, especially as the American right-wing embarked on a campaign (which I wrote a book about) to create a mythical Ronald Reagan who’d be worthy of a spot on Mt. Rushmore. (Photo: Marion Ross/flickr/cc) Views
Reagan’s Forgotten Iran-Contra Escape May Reveal More About Trump’s Fate Than Watergate
The principles first laid bare in Iran-Contra—a deference to the raw exercise of power, including a willingness to overlook the rule of law—have become America’s cruel guiding spirit in the 21st century.
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The Trump administration has little respect for the integrity of words, no respect for educating the public with the facts, and every intention of clouding the space between fact and fiction, certainty and uncertainty. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Views
The War on Words in Donald Trump’s White House: How to Fudge, Obfuscate, and Lie Our Way Into a New Universe
The strategies employed in Washington to confuse and mislead the public have subtly eaten away at the country’s collective mindset, creating fertile ground for Trumpian-style lying to successfully take root.
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(From left) Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, President George W. Bush, and Vice President Dick Cheney. "My investigation into the causes of the war," writes Professor Butt, "finds that it had little to do with fear of WMDs - or other purported goals, such as a desire to "spread democracy" or satisfy the oil or Israel lobbies. Rather, the Bush administration invaded Iraq for its demonstration effect." (Photo: via PRI) Views
The Forgotten Plunder of Iraq
Few talk or think about Iraq these days and the media ignores this important but demolished nation.
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This is a force that has seldom made an appearance in presidential debates or campaigns. Certainly it’s one of the forces behind gerrymandering and voter suppression. As far as I can tell, it’s not a force within the reach of democracy. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Impeaching the Symptom, Not the Disease
Trump may be a pioneer in bringing reckless, unrestrained narcissism into the role of national leadership, but he’s also a symptom of something wrong with this country that far transcends his stumbling ineptitude.
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This is the sort of tactic former vice president Richard Bruce Cheney deployed against CIA operative Valerie Plame, to punish her husband Joe Wilson for revealing that there was never any solid evidence that Iraq had purchased uranium from Niger. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Witness Intimidation: Unbalanced Trump Seeks Whistleblower Sources, Hints Execution for Espionage
Trump is desperate to prevent more whistleblowers from surfacing and revealing more crimes or more details about the Zelensky shakedown.
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If the crime is big enough—like creating or countenancing a U.S. torture archipelago that stretched from Thailand to Poland to Guantánamo Bay, or lying to the world to justify launching an aggressive war on Iraq—the risk of trial is nonexistent. No pardons required. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images) Views
Clemency for the Lowly, Free Passes for the Mighty
Of crimes and pardons in the Trump era
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Bernie Sanders Reminds Liz Cheney of Iraq War Lies After Daughter of Bush VP Attacks So-Called 'Fraud of Socialism'
"Really? I wasn't aware that it was 'socialism' that lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq."
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Donald Trump and Nikki Haley (Michael Candelori via Shutterstock) Views
Neoconservative Comeback? They Never Left
In many ways, Trump’s bellicosity, his militarism, his hectoring cant about American exceptionalism and national greatness, his bullying of allies—all of it makes him not an opponent of neoconservatism but its apotheosis
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"Katie Porter (above) , who is supported by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and progressive groups, supports Medicare For All and other left ideas." (Photo: Katie Porter For Congress) Views
“Establishment Wins” Are Bad for Democrats – and the Country
Despite millions being spent to defeat the progressive movement, the left is experiencing an extraordinary ascendance.
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'Well, This Didn't Take Long': Endorsing Gina Haspel for CIA, Dick Cheney Says Bring Back Torture Program
"The conversation turns to torture and... look who's back..."
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