Rep. Liz Cheney: A Warmongering Fool
A relic from the Neocon school who belongs in a museum.
I don’t believe in judging people by the actions of their family. For example, Herman Goring was an embodiment of evil. But his brother Albert Goring helped many people escape occupied Czechoslovakia by forging his brother’s signature.
Unfortunately, Representative Liz Cheney is no Albert Goring. Yesterday, during the January 6th hearings, Liz Cheney apparently, denounced her fellow Republicans for being Trumpists. She said, “There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain.”
Liberals, so eager to want to believe in the Good Republican myth, they are willing to erase all of her previous history, her voting records, her corruption, and her fundamental beliefs about the world to build this mythology. This is a tendency in liberalism that seems to cut across, space, time and national borders. Liberals are so eager to welcome the anti-Trump Republican into their folds, we must make a dedicated effort to prevent the Trump washing of horrible people. Therefore, we decided to dedicate a new section of our newsletter to helping people remember. It is called We Remember
We have well-planted editorials slobbering praise all over Liz Cheney, in hopes that she will avoid the disgrace of losing the primaries in her home state. She is a dangerous neocon and a warmonger. Her only problem with Trump is that he makes warmongering look uncouth. Policy-wise, it is clear she disagrees with him on very little, since she voted with him 90% of the time in congress.
During undergrad, Liz Cheney penned an editorial in support of Apartheid South Africa. Don’t be fooled by the beginning where she says “Apartheid is an abhorrent system.” In Ron Nixon’s book Selling Apartheid, a book about the global apartheid lobby, he mentions how the apartheid lobby changed their tactics in 1987:
not further sanctions, but help from American business to provide jobs and assist black South Africans to prepare for a post-apartheid society. The group announced it would develop business links between black Americans and black South Africans, promote the education and training of South African blacks, and press for an end to apartheid by seeking other alternatives. As divestments by American Companies has been a failed tactic and practical disaster,'
It seems like Liz Cheney was an excellent student of the pro-apartheid lobby, because in her editorial she wrote:
U.S. companies operating in South Africa can and do improve the lives of black South Africans. Aside from paying substantially higher salaries to blacks than other companies operating in South Africa, in 1985, these companies spent more than $500 per employee for education, training, health and welfare. A choice to divest can only be made if on believes a moral statement is worth more than the lives of those people.
After graduating from college, her biography states, “Cheney worked for the State Department for five years and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) between 1989 and 1993.” Meanwhile, her father was the Secretary of Defense for the same administration. According to an investigation from Washington Post article in 1991, Liz Cheney’s appointment at the State Department was pure nepotism. During the Gulf War, she spent her time overseeing USAID affairs in the Middle East and during the Iraq war, she was Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department, who specialized in middle-eastern affairs.
In 1993, she took up a job with another colleague of her father’s Richard Armitage consulting firm. His nomination to be the Secretary of the Army had to be withdrawn. The Bush Whitehouse didn’t think they would be able to answer awkward questions about his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair. The consulting firm essentially lobbies the state department and foreign governments on behalf of corporations who want to do ghoulish things.
In 1996, Liz Cheney graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. University of Chicago has a special talent where it can transform any human being into Milton Friedman.
Her appointment as a Deputy Assistant Secretary to Near East Affairs proved her commitment for neoliberalism. Apparently, she was able to feign concern for the plight of Jordanian women during her first meeting with Queen Rania. Of course, I suspect that she is so uncurious about the world that she spoke to Queen Rania about the only “women’s issue” that she was briefed on: honor killings. However, her idea of women’s rights seems to be entrapping them in debt known as microloans, while the state department spun fairy tales of female entrepreneurs making their riches on their falafel stands. Nearly 18 years later, most of these women have been more or less trapped in debt, and had to get extra jobs and more debt to pay off these “microloans”.
The book that Liz Cheney co-wrote with her father called “Exceptional” proves that she is her father’s daughter in every way. She is an American supremacist who thinks America should be continuously waging war on the third world to continue extraction and exploitation of the resources.
Liz Cheney does not believe that waterboarding is torture, and she does support “enhanced interrogation and rendition” if America is to do it. To oppose torture, according to her, is to support terrorists.
She has learned the skill of the big lie from her father. She continues to insist that the “enhanced interrogation saved lives.” She was also the number one spreader of another dangerous lie: Russia gave the Taliban bounties to kill American troops. Given what the US troops have done in Afghanistan, no monetary incentive is needed.
There is nothing the congresswoman would love more than another world war, and to that end, she penned this dangerous op-ed egging America to send American troops to protect America’s very expensive investment in Ukraine’s Democracy.
Ultimately, she has proved former President Trump correctly in one thing: She is a warmongering fool who belongs nowhere near the halls of power.
Nixon, Ron. Selling Apartheid South Africa's Global Propaganda War. London: Pluto Press, 2016, Chapter 9.
I worked on Lynne Cheney's memoir years ago (Blue Skies, No Fences). It stood out in particular, because, after the usual pablum (Dick's football games, stupid americana about how beautiful Wyoming is, etc), in the epilogue, almost as an aside, she covered the suicide (or potential murder of her mother by her father), with almost a shrug and attitude "well, they looked into it, but we'll never really know..." Bone chilling.
I still can’t wrap my head around the American exceptionalism around the word “liberal”, which means something entirely different in Europe, Oceania, etc.