Karen Ocamb

Hayes & Greenwald Talk About Dick Cheney's New Book

Filed By Karen Ocamb | August 29, 2011 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Media, Politics
Tags: Chris Hayes, Dick Cheney, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Glenn Greenwald, In My Time, memoir, MSNBC, Republican, September 11, vice president

ChenyNBCNews.jpeg"Hubris" is too meek a word to describe former Vice President Dick Cheney's audacity in releasing his memoir "In My Time" just before the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Now, LGBTs have cut Cheney some slack over the years because he has a lesbian daughter of whom he is proud. He's also been one of the few top-ranking Republicans who makes pro-gay statements. As Secretary of Defense in July 1991, Cheney told Congress that the ban on gays serving openly in the military "is a bit of an old chestnut." It was a phrase conservative Republican hero Barry Goldwater subsequently cited in his condemnation of the ban as well.

Cheney has also come out in support of same sex marriage in the states, though not by federal statute. "I think that freedom means freedom for everyone," Cheney said.

Well, I supposed it depends on what you mean by "everyone."

As The Nation's Chris Hayes discusses with Salon's Glenn Greenwald (with Greenwald speaking from Brazil where he resides with his gay partner) the legal and social "pass" Cheney has been given by the Obama administration has enabled the Vice President under George W. Bush to skate on what others would be charged with as war crimes. Using The New York Times' publication of excerpts from Cheney's upcoming book and clips from an upcoming interview with NBC News, Hayes and Greenwald tear off the worn Band-Aid barely covering the contempt progressives feel for the man who still believes water-boarding is OK, whose office outted CIA operative Valerie Plame and who originated warrantless-surveillance and wiretapping of American citizens.

We eagerly await responses from the Republican presidential contenders to Cheney's book and methods.

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(Crossposted at LGBT POV)

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In true Cheney talk he supported states’ rights for marriage laws; at the same time he supported a federal amendment out lawing same sex marriages, to supersede state rights on equal marriage.