June 2, 2009

Dick's About Face

Dick Cheney is on an aggressive save-my-legacy tour speaking all over the place to, ahem, set the record straight on the Bush II presidency and affiliated policies. 

In a recent interview with Fox News' Greta van Susteren, he admitted that there was never any evidence that Iraq was involved in the September 11th attacks. "On the question of whether or not Iraq was involved in 9-11, there was never any evidence to prove that," he told the "On The Record" host in a joint interview with his daughter Liz. "There was "some reporting early on ... but that was never borne out". This in stark contrast to the piles of rhetoric he delivered during the build-up to the invasion of Iraq. 

And then on Monday, he said that he supports gay marriage as long as it is deemed legal by state and not federal government. “I think that freedom means freedom for everyone," said the former V.P. "As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay and it is something we have lived with for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish. Any kind of arrangement they wish. The question of whether or not there ought to be a federal statute to protect this, I don't support. I do believe that the historically the way marriage has been regulated is at the state level. It has always been a state issue and I think that is the way it ought to be handled, on a state-by-state basis. ... But I don't have any problem with that. People ought to get a shot at that." It's hard to accept what appears to be the softening of a hard-line conservative, given Cheney has never before gone on the record to support civil rights for GLBT citizens.

Many are crying foul and pointing to Cheney's knack for revisionist history, as he defects blame for 9/11 to Richard Clarke and the CIA, for example, and as he struggles to redefine his image and reputation. Word is that a memoir is forthcoming. It may be the most incredulous read of the year, even better than a Dan Brown tome. More to come...


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