Monday, July 09, 2007

Simon Wilentz: Mr. Cheney's Minority Report

This in the NYT is eminently worth a read.

If you're an overly reflective and overly self-critical liberal like me, then several times a day you probably think something like "I KNOW Bush and company SEEM criminal no matter how I look at it...but maybe it's just me. Maybe I'm missing something. Maybe I'm being partisan."

Well, the Wilentz piece will help put your mind to rest on this score. Cheney never met a (Republican) presidential abuse of power he didn't like. Not only did he defend Nixon's actions in the Watergate fiasco, but he was also on a committee that produced a minority report defending the Reagan administration actions that precipitated the Iran-Contra scandal.

The guy really is an authoritarian crackpot.

In case there was any doubt left in your mind about that.

[HT: Statisticasaurus Rex]


Blogger Jim Bales said...

Winston, FYI, there is a typo in the link -- the "h" of "http" is missing.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...


Thanks Jim.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WS, now finally the light dawns on me! You're a philosopher. That's why you're so skeptical of what your senses tell you. When Bertrand Russell claims he can't be sure what color a table is, I fear the lady doth protest too much, but maybe it's just occupational hazard after all.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

I'm a philosopher but not a skeptic...

5:18 PM  

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