Alarm bells went off about attempted Trumper monkeyshines at the Pentagon when the WaPo published an op-ed signed by all ten living former Defense Secretaries. Things got even stranger when I read who got the ball rolling:
The idea for this statement actually originated from Vice President Cheney.
Each of us swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution; that oath does not change according to party designation.https://t.co/NSsdLkZX9g
— William J. Perry (@SecDef19) January 4, 2021
William Perry, of course, was Bill Clinton’s first term Pentagon honcho. The big news is that Dick Cheney initiated the op-ed, which is a clarion call against military involvement in politics.
That’s right, Dick Fucking Cheney.
The man who made himself Veep.
The man who enjoys being compared to Darth Vader.
The man who got us into the Iraq War.
The man who’s known for saying the craziest things in the flattest monotone.
The man who shot a friend in a hunting accident and tried to lie his way out of it.
To the best of my recollection, I’ve never agreed with Dick Cheney on anything before. He may be the hawk’s hawk, but he believes in the peaceful transfer of power. This is a weird moment, but it should be savored.
Dick Cheney: The Strangest Bedfellow Of All.
Now that I’ve kinda sorta praised Dick Cheney it’s time to bury him with a last word by James McMurtry: