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Jim Rutenberg and Motoko Rich write in the New York Times: "With his sustained blitz of television appearances and speeches, former Vice President Dick Cheney has established himself as perhaps the leading Republican voice against President Obama." One possible reason: "Mr. Cheney is actively shopping a memoir about his life in politics and service in four presidential administrations, a work that would add to what is already an unusually dense collection of post-Bush-presidency memoirs that will offer a collective rebuttal to the many harshly critical works released while the writers were in office and beyond."

Ellen Nakashima writes in The Washington Post: "President Obama is expected to announce late this week that he will create a 'cyber czar,' a senior White House official who will have broad authority to develop strategy to protect the nation's government-run and private computer networks, according to people who have been briefed on the plan." Still unresolved, however, is the "politically charged issue of what role the National Security Agency, the premier electronic surveillance agency, will have in protecting private-sector networks. The issue is a key concern in policy circles, and experts say it requires a full and open debate over legal authorities and the protection of citizens' e-mails and phone calls. The Bush administration's secrecy in handling its Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, most of which was classified, hindered such a debate, privacy advocates have said."

The Washington Post's Craig Whitlock takes a look at Spain's National Court, where judges, "acting on complaints filed by human rights groups, are pursuing 16 international investigations into suspected cases of torture, genocide and crimes against humanity, according to prosecutors. Among them are two probes of Bush administration officials for allegedly approving the use of torture on terrorism suspects, including prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."

David D. Kirkpatrick and David M. Herszenhorn write in the New York Times: "If there was one thing both presidential candidates agreed on last fall, it was the need to close the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. But almost as soon as President Obama took office and ordered the camp shuttered within a year, Congressional Republicans... saw a singular political opportunity... Armed with polling data that show a narrow majority of support for keeping the prison open and deep fear about the detainees, Republicans in Congress started laying plans even before the inauguration to make the debate over Guantánamo Bay a question of local community safety instead of one about national character and principles."

Sheryl Gay Stolberg writes in the New York Times: "President Obama observed Memorial Day on Monday just as his predecessors had, by placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns here. But Mr. Obama added a twist: he sent a second wreath to a memorial honoring blacks who fought in the Civil War." Said Obama: "My grandfather served in Patton's Army in World War II. But I cannot know what it is like to walk into battle. I'm the father of two young girls -- but I can't imagine what it's like to lose a child. These are things I cannot know. But I do know this: I am humbled to be the Commander-in-Chief of the finest fighting force in the history of the world."

Blogger Hilzoy takes apart New York Times reporter Helene Cooper's attempt to liken Obama to Bush when it comes to the use of straw-man arguments: "The difference between Bush and Obama's arguments is fairly simple -- Bush just made stuff up, while Obama's critics are actually making the critiques that Obama attributes to them. Somewhat hilariously, Cooper herself concedes this on several of the supposed examples of Obama's 'strawman' arguments."

E.J. Dionne Jr. writes in his Washington Post opinion column that Obama "is out to build a new and enduring political establishment, located slightly to the left of center but including everyone except the far right... The disturbing aspect of Obama's effort to create his new political alignment is that building it requires him to send rather different messages to its component parts. Playing to several audiences at once can lead to awkward moments."

Washington Post opinion columnist Eugene Robinson compares Obama World and Cheney World: "In Obama World, choices are artifacts of reasoning and thus are only as valid as the logic underlying them. Security and freedom, for example, do not have to be seen as an either-or proposition. The nation never came to a fork in the road with one path labeled 'torture' and the other labeled 'disaster.' In Cheney World, choices are binary and absolute. There's no wiggle room, no gray area, no time for second thoughts and no debate about how our options are framed. It's my way or the highway, citizen..... Obama World is an exciting place to live right now -- not perfect, to be sure, but full of energy and hope. If Dick Cheney wants to stay in his bunker, that's his business. Others might want to come up for some fresh air."

Frank Rich writes in his New York Times opinion column: "Despite Barack Obama’s pledges as a candidate and president, there is no discernible movement on repealing the military’s 'don’t ask, don’t tell' policy or the Defense of Marriage Act. Both seem more cruelly discriminatory by the day."

In a New York Times op-ed, John Bolton expresses his great displeasure at Obama administration initiatives to end the nuclear arms race. He calls on the Senate to reject them -- and "keep us safe."

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 26, 2009; 2:30 PM ET
 
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GHW Bush cabinet members (Scowcroft, Eagleburger) have famously said that they don't "recognize" the Dick Cheney who then also served GW Bush.

What really happened from then til now? He made tons of money working for Halliburton.

This snipet about Cheney pushing his book memoirs higher rings true, if incredibly cynical. Everything the Bush 43 administration did was for monied interests, from adopting No Child Left Behind, to favoring industry over regulation, to starting wars for dubious reasons, everything they did was for the money.

If Cheney's "Sore Loser" tour, which he is currently on, turned out to be to push the memoir bids higher it would be consistent with the past 8 years.

Posted by: farkdawg | May 26, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm unable to fathom Dick Cheney going on the rubber chicken and TV green room circuit just for a book deal.

He could make more in a week shilling for Carlyle Group than a year of flogging a memoir.

I think Cheney is trying to avoid years of litigation by scaring the Dems and Obama. He did the same thing in August 2002 scaring people into a war, including the entire US military. (I was negotiating with a tier 1 gov't contractor who was reassigned to plan for the invasion after his bosses heard Cheney's speech).

One thing about the man is that he is a superb strategic thinker, despite being a delusional megalomaniac. Perhaps he and Kim Jong Il can write a book together?

Posted by: boscobobb | May 26, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

It is just really so sad that the Rethugnican't Party can only obstruct ANYTHING that comes from a Democratic Executive. Didn't they realize that they got their anuses soundingly kicked in the last election?

And why haven't the war crimminals been arrested, prosecuted and shipped off to the Hague? When anyone talks about how righteous our country is, I literally puke.
Making War Crimes(forprofit) into a political discussion is so typical of the party of NO.

Posted by: sailorflat | May 27, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

If Holder did his job and investigated and prosecuted the torture perverts, Cheney would die in prison in an orange jump suit and slip on sneakers, just like the other murderers and terrorists. That's why his straight daughter is out on the stump for him, that and Stockholm Syndrome. Imagine being raised by the torturemonger in chief and a mom that writes lesbian softcore novels. I'm sure the rod was never spared in that house.

Posted by: sparkplug1 | May 27, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

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