Posted: 03/03/07 13:28
by Dave Mindeman
Dick Cheney is a true believer. Despite all the Iraq setbacks, despite all the mistakes.... he continues to preach the gospel of Cheney with a vigor truly worthy of his Darth Vader moniker. His speech in front of the CPAC crowd was classic Cheney. Invoking the hallowed "support the troops" warning about any current or future Democratic plan to end this war, he went on with his ever changing justification for perpetual conflict in Iraq.
True believers have passionate followers, too. Minnesota's Congressional delegation has two dedicated disciples of the Cheney gospel.... John Kline and Michele Bachmann.
Bachmann has brought that newcomer zeal into the foray. Like the new kid on the block, eager to make a positive impression, she takes the gospel of Cheney into untested waters. Fictional or not, she puts forth new warnings of Iranian intrigue that Cheny himself hasn't even thought of yet. The boldness and audacity of her remarks have even given the true believers pause..... but then, warnings based on unreliable data are certainly not any kind of disqualifier for this belief system.
Then we have John Kline. He is the veteran believer. He has been there since the inception of the Cheney gospel... and he has never doubted. He embraces the true believer's most important trait... a lack of curiousity. He warmly accepted the administration's reasons for war. He assumed without question that there would be a plan for the war's aftermath. He quietly looked the other way during Abu Ghraib, the Bremer mistakes, the Rumsfeld bluster, the lack of armour, the depletion of readiness, and now, again, the lack of medical care for the wounded. He supports the troops...but only by the Cheney definition of that support, which means accept the policy as it is. He continues to be a true believer.
That is the real indictment of the true believers....that lack of curiousity. A war without questions. Spending without oversight. Mistakes without accountability. How can you call it, supporting the troops, when their very mission is never examined? Sending young men and women to war cannot be the decision of one person... it must be the consensus opinion of a bipartisan Congress convinced of the necessity by the facts, not hyped rhetoric. And it must be backed by the overwhelming favorable opinion of a well informed electorate. We had none of that... facts were not real and Congress was unwilling to do its Constitutionally mandated job... ask the questions.
How did we get the Gospel of Cheney? We had a passive Congress coupled with a vigilante Republican President hell bent on a disatrous foreign policy, that made for a Jim Jones type revival.. and they all drank the Kool-Aid.