In his excellent Bushed segment, Keith Olberman nailed Dick Cheney over his insane revisionist position on Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon and the consequences there after. You know, it all worked out for the best and screw you and your polls. We were right to invade Iraq. You'll see after about thirty years or so. OK, you'll all be dead by then, but that's what will happen. I'm never wrong.
KO: He has compared staying in Iraq to President Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon for Watergate. There it is. Cheney compares Bush going into Iraq to Ford's pardoning of Nixon. Of course Cheney went on to say that history proved Ford correct which is at best---A--Hallucination...
Cheney: Thirty years later, nearly everybody would say it is exactly the right thing to do, that if he'd paid attention at the time to the polls he never would have done that. But he demonstrated, I think, great courage and great foresight, and the country was better off for what Jerry Ford did that day. And 30 years later, everybody recognized it.
And I have the same strong conviction the issues we're dealing with today -- the global war on terror, the war in Afghanistan and Iraq -- that all of the tough calls the president has had to make, that 30 years from now it will be clear that he made the right decisions, and that the effort we mounted was the right one, and that if we had listened to the polls, we would have gotten it wrong.
A typical tactic for warmongering Neocons is to rewrite history so their actions become prophetic instead of destructive. And they usually can count on the media to let their nonsense stand. Well, not this time.
Allowing Nixon to get away with his crimes while his fellow Republicans angrily stewed over the injustice of his downfall is what led to the ongoing usurpation of the constitution under Republican rule...
Allowing Nixon to get away with his crimes while his fellow Republicans angrily stewed over the injustice of his downfall is what led to the ongoing usurpation of the constitution under Republican rule. They believe the president is above the law and the constitution. Why wouldn't they? They do these things and there's no accountability so they do it again the first chance they get, always upping the ante.
Cheney thinks that history vindicated Ford and therefore history will vindicate him too. Not in a million years. History will show that from Nixon to the Codpiece, the Republican Party has been progressively more criminal and more aggressively undemocratic and imperialistic. But the problem is, to quote our Dear Leader(ironically paraphrasing Keynes and not even knowing it) "history ... we’ll all be dead." And unfortunately, a lot of people are dead much sooner than they need to be because people like Dick Cheney know they can get away with murder.