Hey, cool, it’s Dick Cheney!
What noises are coming from Dick’s mouth hole today that probably he should have just not said?
Every so often Dick Cheney will appear in public to vocalize his latest irritable mental gesture. Today he appeared with right-wing radio host Hugh Hewitt to assert the following: “I vacillate between the various theories I’ve heard, but you know, if you had somebody as president who wanted to take America down, who wanted to fundamentally weaken our position in the world and reduce our capacity to influence events, turn our back on our allies and encourage our adversaries, it would look exactly like what Barack Obama’s doing.”
That’s very interesting! You know what else is interesting? This piece by Liz Sly from the Washington Post on Sunday:
Even with the influx of thousands of foreign fighters, almost all of the leaders of the Islamic State are former Iraqi officers, including the members of its shadowy military and security committees, and the majority of its emirs and princes, according to Iraqis, Syrians and analysts who study the group.
They have brought to the organization the military expertise and some of the agendas of the former Baathists, as well as the smuggling networks developed to avoid sanctions in the 1990s and which now facilitate the Islamic State’s illicit oil trading.
Huh, go figure! As it so happens, the reason that there were so many former Iraqi army officers floating around out there with nothing to do but sign on to help lead ISIS is because the administration that Dick Cheney helped run broke Iraq in the first place and then fired every Iraqi military officer, along with every other Baʿath Party member in any government position, for some reason! Turns out that this was a monumentally stupid thing to do, because not only did it deprive the Iraqi government of a whole bunch of experienced military officers and bureaucrats at a time when it desperately needed those kinds of folks, but it also left a bunch of really mad ex-officers looking for a. new work and b. some payback on Baghdad. When ISIS came around offering both, well, apparently quite a few of them signed on!
In fact, you might say that if you “wanted to fundamentally weaken our position in the world and reduce our capacity to influence events, turn our back on our allies and encourage our adversaries, it would look exactly like what” the Bush administration did when it invaded Iraq for shits and giggles and then de-Baʿathified the place with no plan for how to utilize or at least contain all those now-fired, pissed off Baʿath Partiers! And that’s one of the many reasons why Dick Cheney should really probably just shut up!