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. . . My father, John Thomas Cravey, USAF, to me in 1956.

THE LAST VICE, PART II

Cheney’s approval ratings hovered around 13 percent for a long time; what was left was a big number – 87 percent. If you exaggerate your own importance, you see only the big number. Presto, change-o! The only interpretation of the big number is verification of his politics, philosophies, and policies. And mental condition. (See The Last Vice, Part I posted on May 11.)

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The Best and Greatest Disapproval Ratings

He expressed confidence that files, a.k.a. history, will one day be publicly accessible, offering specific evidence that waterboarding and other policies he promoted — over sharp internal dissent from colleagues and harsh public criticism — were directly responsible for averting new Sept. 11-style attacks. This belief is clearly an expectation of a favorable historical rating, despite all the evidence to the contrary, including THE MEMOS.

“If it hadn’t been for what we did — with respect to the terrorist surveillance program, or enhanced interrogation techniques for high-value detainees, the Patriot Act, and so forth — then we would have been attacked again,” he said. “Those policies we put in place, in my opinion, were absolutely crucial to getting us through the last seven-plus years without a major-casualty attack on the U.S.”

Gee, I thought that we were attacked in the first place because “his” administration was paying all of its attention to Iraq and wasn’t listening to the intelligence reports. Anyone else think that besides Leahy?

You know, it’s possible that Mickey Mouse could have kept us safe once the intelligence community got its act together; then we wouldn’t have even needed the enhanced torture techniques, or whatever name Cheney put on it. Anyone else think that?

Skating on the Waterboarding

“An individual with narcissistic personality disorder exhibits an inability to empathize with others,” says the online diagnosis. Hmmm. Cold as a stone? When reminded last year that Americans wanted to end the Iraq war, he responded true to his nature: “So?”

“Self-involvement and lack of empathy characterize this personality disorder,” it goes on. The conclusion must be that enhanced torture on people you have no feelings for doesn’t really count; it just gets good information, despite evidence to the contrary.

“People with narcissistic personality disorder . . . need to be the center of attention. . . . To get the attention [the narcissist] craves, he may try to create crises that return the focus to him.”

All the narcissist has to do, then, is go on Fox News or talk with Limbaugh on Politco, and it’s a done deal. History is listening.

More on THE MEMOS and other matters in upcoming posts.

 

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