Tight-lipped Cheney transformed just after Obama’s inauguration from the “run-and-hide Vice during the Bush administration into Chatty Cheney, the Predictor. Words, words, words have been spewing from those thin lips for months.
His eight-year game of hide-and-seek began in the 1980s, according to Jane Mayer in her 2008 book, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, with his participation in simulated survival scenarios. (See a review at: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/22/books/22schuessler.html and an interview at http://www.democracynow.org/2008/7/18/the_dark_side_jane_mayer_on.)
As far as we know, he then headed for “a secure, undisclosed location” in October 2001, and it became his on-and-off location during the rest of his tenure.
Anchors and pundits have reacted for months, talking about his political polarizing, his philosophical bent as being a little right of Attila the Hun, his moral compass being stuck on cold-as-a-stone, and more. What if none of those is on the mark? Or if one has been neglected?
Leaving No Cold Stone Unturned
There’s one place we haven’t looked: The mind.
Here are some interesting symptoms from Psychology Today online that indicate a specific personality disorder: (http://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/narcissistic.html):
· Overreacts to criticism, becoming angry or humiliated
· Uses others to reach goals
· Exaggerates own importance
· Entertains unrealistic fantasies about achievements, power, beauty, intelligence or romance
· Has unreasonable expectation of favorable treatment
· Needs constant attention and positive reinforcement from others
· Is easily jealous
These symptoms, indicating a NARCISSIST, are screaming Che-ney, Che-ney, Che-ney. Could it be? Cheney, a narcissist? All along he was just acting true to his nature?
The Real President
The chatting began with an interview with Rush Limbaugh for Politico.com (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16594.html) in December before he left office. Then came a 10-minute Special Commentary by Keith Olbermann on MSNBC (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29040063). After that, it was off and running at the mouth.
“Vice” began his series of predictions by telling Limbaugh that that the president-elect will thank him and George for expanding executive power as they did. “Once they get here and they're faced with the same problems we deal with every day, then they will appreciate some of the things we've put in place,” Cheney said.
This sounds like fantasizing about his power and intelligence.
“We did not exceed our constitutional authority, as some have suggested,” Cheney added. “The President [Bush] believes, I believe very deeply, in a strong executive, and I think that's essential in this day and age. And I think the Obama administration is not likely to cede that authority back to the Congress. I think they'll find that given a challenge they face, they'll need all the authority they can muster.”
“The President” in that last paragraph must be a Freudian slip. He really meant himself as the main President. Is this using others to achieve goals? I think maybe so.
Besides, isn’t it the PEOPLE who grace the President with authority?
In a February interview, again with Politico, former Vice predicted: there is a “high probability” that terrorists will attempt a catastrophic nuclear or biological attack in coming years, and said he fears the Obama administration’s policies will make it more likely the attempt will succeed.
Whoa. He wins. I’m scared. Oh, the POWER he wields!
“Whether or not they can pull it off,” he continued, “depends [on] whether or not we [sic] keep in place policies that have allowed us to defeat all further attempts, since 9/11, to launch mass-casualty attacks against the United States.”
Who is the “we” he refers to? Does he mean he is still President?
More Parts coming in future Spittin’ Grits posts.