You could see this coming a mile off: having initiated the worst foreign policy decision in recent times, Cheney doesn't want the occupation to end any time soon. More to the point, he is gearing up to blame Obama if the withdrawal leads to bloodshed or chaos. I predicted this years back and it's quite remarkable to see it come to pass. Every now and again, you lapse into thinking that these people have some lingering trace of shame or accountability or decency. And then Cheney cracks open his mouth and you realize that a man capable of inflicting torture on countless prisoners is capable of pretty much anything.

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