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The Internal Disconnect of Dick Cheney

Posted in Politics by Noah Harlan on September 5, 2011

I was reading an article in the Sun Times today entitled “Unrepentant Cheney Stands His Ground” which discussed Cheney’s new book and his defense of, well, every last thing that happened under the Bush administration, when something jumped out at me.

The man has no internal logic. Or at least, no sense of irony.

Cheney vigorously defends the Iraq fiasco and the failed nation-building effort there as a success but then there is this:

[Cheney] also offers a cautionary tale about the unintended consequences of government regulatory overreach in the private sector, a key issue in the 2012 election. In 1971, he was assistant director of operations for the Cost of Living Council, which imposed wage and price controls in part to lower inflation. Instead, the controls sparked rising inflation, marketplace chaos and food shortages. The experience “confirmed my innate skepticism about what government could and couldn’t do.”

His message to Americans today: “When something as big and ham-handed as the federal government tries to run something as complex and dynamic as the American economy, the result is sure to be a train wreck.”

So if it’s impossible for the federal government to run something complex then how did he think the federal government could run Iraq?

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