The Washington Post’s series on Vice President Dick Cheney tells us a lot we already suspected about the most powerful and secretive vice president in history.
He likes things his way.
But it’s galling nonetheless to read how Cheney rams through his views and undermines an open, give-and-take process of White House decision making.
Here’s Cheney in 1999, talking to a group of historians: "The process of moving paper in and out of the Oval Office, who gets involved in the meetings, who does the president listen to, who gets a chance to talk to him before he makes a decision, is absolutely critical. It has to be managed in such a way that it has integrity."
In practice, Cheney’s process on advising the president on crucial decisions such as redefining torture was to cut out of the loop Cabinet members and officials who might offer opposing views, whether former Secretary of State Colin Powell or former Attorney General John Ashcroft.
They were furious and dumbfounded to discover Cheney had sandbagged them.
Cheney never walked his talk on integrity. What’s really dangerous about him, though, is that he simply doesn’t care what anyone else thinks.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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