“Much of the rationale for going to war in 2003 did not measure up to the Weinberger Doctrine, and I opposed the Iraq war. I thought we needed to be more prudent about the weightiest decision a country can make. Like Reagan, I thought we should never be eager to go to war. And now, 11 years later, we are still dealing with the consequences.” (WSJ)
The Weinberger Doctrine itself, released in 1984, is a guideline for when America should consider going to war. Stated simply:
Cheney, it seems, sees little difference between isolationism and the Weinberger doctrine.
Really, Mr. Cheney? You find the American people’s opinion on when and where we ask our young men and women to die irrelevant? You do know this is a democracy, right?
The sheer indifference Cheney gives to the will of the American public is only matched by his bizarrely twisted understanding of current events in Iraq. In a clip on Hardball he was even seen invoking 9/11. Let’s get something crystal clear, Mr. Cheney. 9/11 was horrible. 9/11 set us on a long, hard road defending this country against a new kind of enemy. And 9/11 taught us to be more vigilant of sometimes distant threats.
But 9/11 isn’t some mystic mojo you rattle at us that gives you a free pass for anything: Not our liberties when you tap our phones; not our right to trial when you hunt us with drones; and certainly not our right to decide when we go to war.
Cheney was quoted as saying, “If we spend our time debating what happened 11 or 12 years ago, we’re going to miss the threat that is growing and that we do face.” There’s a famous saying — those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. Mr. Cheney, I’m sure you don’t want Americans looking back at your poor decisions and what it cost us in American lives.
But Rand Paul will not let you off the hook so easily. You see, he is something you could never truly understand — he is a public servant. Yes, Mr. Cheney, as baffling as it might sound, those in government are servants of the American people — not its rulers. Try repeating that a few times and see if it sinks in. I doubt it will.
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