If you or a friend gets Showtime, try and make a point to watch this documentary. I was not expecting much considering how much hatred Liberals have for Dick Cheney however the two hour documentary was a good one.
The Left hates Dick Cheney because the man does not sugarcoat. He does not equivocate. He takes the safety of this nation seriously and when he was asked about waterboarding, his straight answer was deciding between preventing a terrorist attack and getting bad PR guess which option he’d go with?
Post-9/11 Dick Cheney, I believe, did what was best for this nation under very trying times. A entirely new way of fighting our enemies – and the legal framework to go with it – had to be developed on-the-fly. Where Cheney stumbled was in needing to get other people on board with his ideas because safeguarding this nation, doing the things that were required wasn’t politically popular.
The documentary contrasts the first and second G.W. Bush administrations. The impression I got in watching the film was that Bush believed in Cheney for the first four years but didn’t in the second four years. The example of this was invading Iraq versus attacking Syria’s nuclear reactor.
Israel went ahead and bombed the reactor in 2007 but only because the U.S. did not (despite Cheney’s advice). Cheney recounts how he had a meeting in the Oval Office with the president and his other advisers and when Bush asked everyone whether he should go along with Cheney’s plan nobody raised their hands.
Cheney was isolated, I believe, because no WMDs were ever found in Iraq after the invasion and Bush took a lot of political heat from Democrats who could now safely walk back their earlier hardline statements about Saddam and WMDs.
The film goes on to show how closely Cheney and Rumsfeld were allied together and then how, almost as a metaphor for Bush’s loss of faith in his Vice President, the Defense Secretary is fired.
Cheney and Rumsfeld went back 30+ years together.
Overall, the documentary is a good one and, as Cheney said, judging success is tough because when you prevent something from happening and nobody knows about it that is your victory.