Former General Hammers Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney has been making the rounds of conservative media lately, criticizing the Obama administration for a foreign policy that is, truth be told, not so far removed from the Bush administration’s foreign policy. He’s also blasting the administration for proposing miniscule cuts to the military budget (if they’re actually cuts at all). Major General Paul D. Eaton unloaded on Cheney:

During a phone interview with SiriusXM Progress, Eaton slammed Cheney for his comments considering his role in Iraq.

“Vice President Cheney is one of the architects of the worst foreign policy disaster of the 21st century,” Eaton said. “We’re young, but the decision to attack Iraq, and to do so in such an incompetent manner, does not give him a platform to say anything about the foreign policy under execution today.”

“Vice President Cheney is who he is. It’s unfortunate that he has not followed the guidance and the model of his former boss, President Bush, and gone off quietly to write his memoir,” Eaton also said.

Dick Cheney should drink a big steaming glass of STFU.

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  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    Ed, FFS!

    It’s Major General Eaton, not REAL (as in FOUR MOTHAFUCKIN’ STARZZ) GENERAL EATON. Hell, even, Lt. General Jerry “Boing, boing” Boykin is a three star and who ever listened to him? I mean, other than the Bush White House–until he came under leftist persecution for his religious freedumbness exercise.

    Sides, 2 star Eaton speaks FRENCH and has fucking degree in FRENCH Political Science. What’s that famous book about French military cowardice, “The Art of Surrender-monkeying, by the Sun King”?

    Yeah, so I can see Heartattack Dick askin’ Eaton to go hunting with him out there in Texas. Then again, maybe not (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Eaton).

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Dick Cheney should drink a big steaming glass of STFU.

    No, he should drink a big steaming glass of all the civilians’ blood he spilled. Except that he’d drown in it.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    It’s unfortunate that he (Cheney) has not followed the guidance and the model of his former boss, President Bush, and gone off quietly to write his memoir,” Eaton also said.

    Guidance *from* Dubya!?

    Dubya was Cheney’s boss not vice-versa?

    Hmm .. not sure either of those ideas is correct.

    @2. Marcus Ranum : In grudging fairness to Cheney and the others on the US side of the war it has to be noted that Saddam Hussein bears at least half if not even more of the responsibility for the Iraq war too.

    Saddam convincingly pulled a very destructive bluff and refused the offer to flee into exile which would’ve spared his life and so many of his countryfolks too.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    .. and no, of course that doesn’t exonerate Cheney and co for all their contribution to the fucking mess that occurred either -I’m certainly not saying they were blameless. Just it wasn’t all their fault and we shouldn’t forget,ignore or minimise the role Saddam and the other Iraqis and non-Iraqi Jihadists (eg. Al Zarquawi) played in events.

  • Michael Heath

    Ed writes:

    Dick Cheney has been making the rounds of conservative media lately, criticizing the Obama administration for a foreign policy that is, truth be told, not so far removed from the Bush administration’s foreign policy.

    I would argue there was two distinct phases to the Bush Administration’s approach to foreign policy. The first phase was largely influenced by VP Cheney and the neo-cons; its approach to foreign policy is not closely related to the Obama Administration. Eventually Condi Rice’s approach became predominant and yes, the Obama Administration continues down the same-, and I think laudable path Sec. of State Rice set.

    So I think this slam on the Obama Administration misinforms readers, and it also misrepresents President Bush in an area where he eventually acted like an open-minded liberal rather than a close-minded conservative. I think Ed’s accusation holds for the security state, but that’s not directly applicable to foreign policy, but instead inter-related.

    One of the reasons I think President Bush will go down as the most worst presidents in our history, even when including presidents from the late-antebellum era, is because he was such a feckless leader of his own administration. That led to enormous boondoggles that will harm humanity for I think, centuries – both in foreign and domestic affairs. However we should acknowledge that when it comes to foreign policy, Mr. Bush’s Administration eventually adapted to superior positions in its last four years. Not enough to claim Bush’s tenure was a success in foreign affairs, it was an unmitigated disaster, but it did set the stage to make it far easier for the Obama Administration to tangible progress in foreign affairs.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    It’s good that Dick Cheney comes out every once in a while. Otherwise he’ll just putter around the lair all day, moving the submarine pen over here today and moving the active volcano over there, which annoys his family and minions greatly. Retirees have to keep active or they atrophy.

  • raven

    The Bush/Cheney Catastrophe ultimately weakened us severely militarily.

    We are now suffering from Vietnam War Syndrome. Again.

    After a prolonged period of very expensive wars that have no point and we lose anyway, the American people just decide they are sick of wasting money and lives. And they vote and ultimately control the government.

    This means that if we ever have to defend ourselves militarily in the future, it will be hard to do. Not all wars are equally stupid. Sometimes like the War of 1812 or WW II you don’t have much choice.

    PS And there is a small but growing chance we might have to again. Putin’s Russia just walked into Ukraine and took over an important part, Crimea peninsula with virtually no Ukrainian military resistance. They did the same thing to Georgian South Ossettia a few years ago.

    It’s a bit spooky. What is to stop him from taking over all of Ukraine? They’ve functionally no government right now and a few hundred troops with a rock in each hand could do it. And then Eastern Europe. Again. We’ve seen a similar movie before with the Germans in the mid 20th century. Sudentenland, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and onwards.

  • tfkreference

    Last Wednesday’s Daily Show plays audio and shows video comparing Cheney’s recent comments with what he said as Bush I’s Secretary of Defense, when he called for a 25% cut to the Pentagon budget. The punchline? Cheney is a bigger hypocrite than the world’s next 13 hypocrites combined.

  • Larry

    He’ll quiet down shortly. Every time he gets his complete transfusion of teenage virgin’s blood, he starts feeling randy and rambunctious, sort of like your crazy uncle at your wedding after he’s downed some shooters and a few boilermakers. A few stumbling dances and a slurred toast later, he’ll be quietly sleeping it off over in the corner. Until the next wedding…

  • Ichthyic

    Major General Paul D. Eaton unloaded on Cheney:

    …with both barrels?

    …in the face?

    otherwise I doubt Cheney would even recognize what was going on.

  • bushrat

    Sometimes like the War of 1812 or WW II you don’t have much choice.

    Umm…What? The War of 1812 was one of the most useless wars to ever be started by the US Government. The British Navy had stopped pressing ‘American’ sailors into service(mostly British sailors that had deserted the Royal Navy then got hired onto US Merchantmen) after the US government complained to Britain about this practice. The War Hawks in Congress decided that they were going to “liberate” Canada, (you know that place up north were most of the British loyalists moved during or after the War of Independence) using the excuse that the British were pressing ‘American’ sailors into service with the British Navy. Sounds remarkably like an earlier version of ‘”Them thar I-RACKEEs have Dubya Em Dees.” The War of 1812 was started because too many in the US Congress thought Manifest Destiny was their God given right as American’s.