Currently reading "Cheney" and can't resist blogging a few interesting tidbits so far:
- His best friend growing up in Wyoming was a guy named Fake
- His mother's maiden name was "Dickey"
- He was once a traveling lineman for an electric utility in Wyoming
- His first meeting with Don Rumsfeld was a disaster, neither liked the other
- His second meeting with Rummy was just as bad
- He soon became Rummy's right hand man
- All the players, on both sides, are powerful, connected and smart and play hard ball
There's simply no other way to spin it--Cheney displayed great hubris regarding his actions at the time. I won't put on the Kreskin hat and say he dragged out his college years and married Lynne to extend his deferments (he was rated 1-A) as the detractors have but it wouldn't be hard to make that accusation. That said, he dodged the draft legally rather than leaving the country or obtaining help from higher connected officials as did others.
By the way, here's another interesting figure from the book:
- There were 6144 soldiers lost in Vietnam in 1966
No doubt the Vietnam war was a far bigger pre-emptive war of choice started against a country that posed no direct threat to our security other than in long term hypotheticals, whereas Iraq had tried to assassinate a former president, harbored terrorists and was actively working to undermine the middle east peace process in the most geopolitically unstable region on the planet.
Here's more, including a podcast interview with author Stephen Hayes. More later.