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Thursday, May 21, 2009
Dick Cheney and the "big lie"
I watched Dick Cheney’s speech to the American Enterprise Institute today in awe. Apparently Mr. Cheney is a student of Joseph Goebbels who was a master practitioner of the “big lie”. The “big lie” was defined by Adolph Hitler in Mein Kampf as a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously”. Of course one must also repeat said colossal lie ad nauseam and in fact Dick Cheney has been doing so in one form or another for over seven years now.
Cheney managed to string together a whole series of bald faced lies about links between Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda, Iraq’s purported possession of weapons of mass destruction, the notion that when we use water boarding it’s an “enhanced interrogation technique” while if anyone else does it it’s torture and finally that the torture led to the prevention of further attacks rather than that they were attempts to justify invading Iraq ex post facto.
I’ve got to give it to Mr. Cheney while he maybe a war criminal of the first order he certainly has message discipline.