When discussing Herr Cheney, do we resist the temptation to use words like “diabolical” and “evil” because these words should be reserved for really extreme cases, or, well, what do you make of this transcript from today’s interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air:
GROSS: “Are you saying that you think Vice President Cheney is still having a chilling effect on people who might otherwise be coming forward?”
HERSH: I’ll make it worse. I think he’s put people left. He’s put people back. They call it a stay behind. It’s sort of an intelligence term of art. When you leave a country and, you know, you’ve driven out the, you know, you’ve lost the war. You leave people behind. It’s a stay behind that you can continue to contacts with, to do sabotage, whatever you want to do. Cheney’s left a stay behind. He’s got people in a lot of agencies that still tell him what’s going on. Particularly in defense, obviously. Also in the NSA, there’s still people that talk to him. He still knows what’s going on. Can he still control policy up to a point? Probably up to a point, a minor point. But he’s still there. He’s still a presence.
So the former vice-President, when he’s not busy telling Israel that Obama wants to kill the Jews, (actually, that Obama is pro-Palestinian, which, as we know, some ears hear as being the same thing as wanting to kill the Jews), is putting spies into the Federal Government, who will continue to report to Herr Cheney? Why isn’t this dark cancer rotting away in jail somewhere?