Dick Cheney will rightly go down as one of the most despised figures in American political history. The ruthlessly cold neo con was one of the major architects of the Iraq War and the ‘War on Terror’, and used his power in office to do an astonishing amount of damage at home and abroad. Cheney represents cartoon character evilness – a sinister, lying bastard who would sell his own mother if it meant more power.
After his turn in office, Cheney has thankfully disappeared for the most part. But the Dark Lord has returned to offer his poisonous opinion on the so called Benghazi scandal, adding to the mounting bullshit coming from Republicans in a pathetically obvious attempt to smear Obama. Speaking with Sean Hannity via phone, Cheney told the Fox News host that he thought Benghazi was “One of the worst incidences, frankly, that I can recall in my career.”
It seems Cheney may have forgotten one small event that happened on his watch (here’s a clue):
Never one for self reflection, Cheney continued, “It put the whole capability claiming the terrorist problem solved once we got Bin Laden, that Al Qaeda was over with. If they told the truth about Benghazi, that it was a terrorist attack by an al-Qaeda-affiliated group, it would destroy the confidence that was the basis of his campaign for re-election.”
Never mind the fact that there is absolutely no proof of this WHATSOEVER. As Max Read at Gawker points out after State Department memos were released:
The memos don’t make the State Department look noble, but they also show that before and throughout the revision process the top talking point across all memos was still about spontaneous protests—and that the motivation was more inter-agency cover-your-ass jockeying than protecting Obama.
So Cheney has literally pulled this out of his ass.
Not satisfied with the accusation that the Obama administration were attempting to gloss over events in Benghazi, Cheney went on to claim that the White House told direct lies to the American public about what happened. “They lied,” he went on. “They claimed it was because of a demonstration video, that they wouldn’t have to admit it was really all about their incompetence. They ignored repeated warnings from the CIA about the threat. They ignored messages from their own people on the ground that they need more security. They reduced what was already there.”
Again, if you look at the facts, this is utter horseshit. The released emails show that the CIA itself originally believed it to be a spontaneous attack. As Salon notes:
While references to terrorism were removed at the behest of the State Department, the CIA’s original draft of the talking points stated that the attack was “spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.” In fact, all 12 drafts did.
It’s clear now that some people in the administration, including those on the ground, believed it was a terror attack from the get-go, but the CIA’s job is to synthesize disparate and often conflicting intelligence and make its best guess about the truth. So even if there was conflicting intelligence, the White House was correct in saying they were merely following the intelligence community’s lead, as they have maintained all along, by blaming the attack on a protest.
But no, facts will not suffice for Mr Cheney who insists on creating a totally new reality where actual evidence is disregarded in favor of whatever he wants it to be.
“The cover up included several officials up to and including President Obama and the cover up is still ongoing,” said Cheney.
So desperate to cover up the scandal that they released all the emails to members of the House and Senate intelligence committees….
The memos released do show that there were mistakes made in regards to the events in Benghazi – there’s clear evidence that there was a lot of inter-agency back and forth between the State Department, the White House and the CIA that resulted in references to terrorism being removed from initial public briefings. But so what? As the administration learned more, it accepted the facts that it was indeed a terrorist attack and told the public so.
The truth is that some people believed it to be a terrorist attack from the get go, and some didn’t. The White House waited for the State Department and the CIA to give them a briefing to run with, and that happened to be one without reference to terrorism. And that’s about it.
Cheney running with this line of attack is particularly annoying for anyone living in the real world given the monstrous lies he told while in office. As WashingtonsBlog notes, Cheney:
Falsely linked Iraq with 9/11 (indeed, the entire torture program was aimed at establishing such a false linkage; and Cheney is the guy who pushed for torture, pressured the Justice Department lawyers to write memos saying torture was legal, and made the pitch to Congress justifying torture. The former director of the CIA said Cheney oversaw American torture policies)
Falsely claimed that spying on Americans, torture, the Patriot Act, the Afghanistan war, the Iraq war and the “war on terror” were all necessitated by 9/11 … when all of them started or were planned before 9/11
Falsely stated that an attack such as 9/11 was unforeseeable, when Al Qaeda flying planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon was something which American military and intelligence services – and our allies – knew could happen
Falsely blamed others for 9/11, when Cheney was in charge of all of America’s counter-terrorism exercises, activities and responses on 9/11. See this Department of State announcement and this CNN article
So it’s no surprise that the liar Dick Cheney is telling lies about other people telling lies.
It’s what he does.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.