“US doesn't prosecute its war criminals. It honors them” — Glenn Greenwald
The truth in Greenwald’s quote, and the sentiment, is felt around the world as former Vice President Dick Cheney was honored Thursday. A white bust was created that now sits at the U.S. Capitol, bought and paid for by the American people.
The event brought out Cheney’s (poignantly) true “partner in crime,” former President George W. Bush. Sarah Lazare at Common Dreams remarks:
The ceremony was the first public appearance of Cheney and Bush together since Jon Meacham's biography of George H.W. Bush was released in November. Bush Sr. is quoted criticizing Cheney for being "hard-line," "iron-ass," and "knuckling under to the real hard-charging guys who want to fight about everything, use force to get our way in the Middle East."
Bush Jr. made light of the comments about the former vice president, who has recently used his considerable media platform to rail against the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, declare he is unapologetic about the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and call for military escalation towards ISIS.
Lazare reports that when Bush Jr. told his father about the Cheney ceremony, Bush Sr. said “send my best regards to old iron-ass."
How about “old torturer” or “old murderer” or “old war criminal?” Dick Cheney is responsible for the deaths of over 4,500 U.S. troops—and reportedly hundreds of thousands innocent civilians. All of my spirituality leaves me when I think of Dick Cheney. The world damage he created, and the lives he destroyed is beyond forgiveness, much less worthy of an honor. Shame on U.S. for allowing this man to walk free.