The History Channel will air “Inside the Presidency” where they interview both Dick Cheney and Jimmy Carter as well as Gerald Ford. As I read this story, Cheney seems to be admitting that Bush-Cheney has brought back the Imperial Presidency of Nixon-Agnew. Three things about what Cheney apparently said.
First, his notion that the President has the right to invade a nation that is not a threat to us without consultation with Congress or our allies is deeply disturbing.
Second, to claim Iran-Contra to be only “a policy difference” is disingenuous.
But not as disingenuous as this:
Bush’s assertiveness in the early days of his presidency, Cheney said, meant that he was able to respond decisively after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. “Faced with a whole new threat, set of challenges, you needed a strong, decisive president, and that’s exactly what we had,” Cheney said.
During the summer of terror (2001), George Bush as President and Dr. Rice as NSA showed a total lack of leadership.
Self-styled “conservative” Robert Novak says he distrusts an Imperial Presidency. Yet, he continually bad-mouths Jimmy Carter and praises Dick Cheney. Go figure.