Cheney Must Be Very Angry

If, as I do, you believe that the writings of the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes reflect the views of Dick Cheney, particularly on matters having to do with the “Axis of Evil,” then you would have to conclude from the lead editorial in this week’s edition that the vice president is really, truly angry about the drift of U.S. policy toward the Axis’ two surviving charter members, especially Iran. “Stunningly Shameful” is the name of the piece written by Hayes on behalf of the editors, which also, of course, includes Bill Kristol.

The title is taken from a quote attributed to “former adviser to Condoleezza Rice,” the principal villain of the piece about whom, you’ll remember, Hayes did a real hatchet job in a lengthy feature article in the magazine’s June 2 edition. One can speculate who that “former adviser” is — it could be someone from her National Security Council days like Elliott Abrams or J.D. Crouch or from the State Department, such as Robert Joseph or, of course, John Bolton whose complaints about the ”intellectual collapse” of the administration, if not Bush himself, has become a staple of New York Times coverage since Rice sent William Burns to the Geneva talks last weekend. In any event, I can’t imagine Hayes writing about anything of special interest to the subject of his fawning biography without the latter’s presumed or even actual approval. (The 2007 book, ‘Cheney: The Untold Story of America’s Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President,’ is available used and new for as little as $2.79 on

“It has been a dispiriting few weeks,” Hayes sighs. “Several conservative political appointees have said that they are embarrassed to be working the Bush administration.” Would that include the vice president?

Jim Lobe

Jim Lobe served for some 30 years as the Washington DC bureau chief for Inter Press Service and is best known for his coverage of U.S. foreign policy and the influence of the neoconservative movement.



  1. I find it inexplicable that the United States not only kept open diplomatic channels between its self and the USSR but also had an embassy in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. But in the case of Iran successive American governments have shied away from such an approach. When Bush shows some initiative in this matter by sending his envoy to talks with the Iranians he is pilloried in the right-wing media.

    Is Iran a greater and more capable military threat to the United States than the USSR at the height of its power in the Cold War ?

  2. US needs an enemy to keep the hegemony. Just like they exaggerated the
    capabilities of USSR from 40s onward. Are doing the same for Iran.
    If it is not Iran, it will be China and if not China then India.

    The real question is what the world will do when the Dollar is devalued.
    Will US let the world come into US and buy and ship it back home.
    Not very likely.

  3. I suspect it might have been at least taking notes from Condi herself. did you see the recent TPM post where she would not even commit to McSame over Obama? It looks like she is trying to salvage the wreck of her career from the Bush administration and maybe even angle for a position under Obama.

  4. Sorry: “I suspect it might have been” = “I suspect the “former adviser” might have been…”

    Indeed it could have been Condi herself.

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