We Should Be ‘Grateful’ Cheney Is Making Himself A Target Says Jeffrey Toobin
Jeffrey Toobin, on CNN, and his guests, concurred that it’s so good that Dick Cheney is on television telling the country what we should be doing in Iraq.
“Is Cheney a reliable source on Iraq? Should you listen to what he says?” Toobin asked CNN analysts Rick Francona and Philip Mudd on Sunday.
“The former vice president is seen as someone who’s seen as always claiming the sky is falling,” Mudd admitted. “That said, as I said, when I talked to him in government, and he was very tough for me to deal with in the vice president’s office, he visited at CIA headquarters when I was there, we had exchange, very thoughtful guy, very smart. So, I’m not saying I’m Republican, I’m not saying a Democrat, I’m just saying let’s be careful about ignoring the message because we don’t like the messenger.”
Francona argued that people were free to question Cheney’s credibility, but “if you look at what he’s saying today going back to, say, 2008 to 2011 and then 2011 to where we are now, I think he makes some valid points and I think they need to be listened to.”
“What about the argument that, look, you know, these people are — were involved in making the policy?” Toobin remarked. “They are taking responsibility. Cheney is stepping up saying, yes, I was involved. And we can learn for better or worse from their experience and the only way we can challenge them is if they speak out.”
“Shouldn’t we be grateful that Cheney is making himself the target that he is?” the CNN host wondered.