December 21st, 2009
02:37 PM ET
9 months ago

Cheney named Conservative of the Year

Human Events has named Cheney Conservative of the Year.
Human Events has named Cheney Conservative of the Year.

(CNN) - He may have exited the national stage nearly one year ago, but former Vice President Dick Cheney has been named "Conservative of the Year" by the conservative Human Events magazine for his ardent and continuous criticisms of the Obama administration's national security policies.

"What Cheney is saying, primarily on foreign policy, defense and anti-terrorism, makes sense to more and more American citizens growing increasingly worried by the Obama Administration's insouciance when U.S. national interests are threatened, both at home and abroad," former U.N. ambassador John Bolton writes for the magazine.

"Since the only real, long-term way to deal with persuasive positions on substantive policy matters is to refute them with sounder policy arguments, it is not hard to understand why the Obama White House is near panic," Bolton also writes. "Where are they going to go to find a better policy inside his administration?"

In a series of interviews and speeches over the last year, Cheney declared President Obama had put the country's security at an elevated level of risk as a result of a string of national security decisions that largely went at odds with Bush administration practices.

Cheney's comments have met criticism from many Democrats and some members of the media who say he would be better off following the example set by former President George Bush, who has remained largely silent on the actions of his successor.

But in the Human Events article, Bolton said its necessary former leaders continue to defend their policies.

"Most people have scratched their heads at this criticism, which is what passes for devastating analysis by the media, because it is entirely natural for a senior public official to explain and defend his policies once he leaves office," Bolton writes. "In fact, it is critical that men and women who have served in high positions, as Cheney has, to do just that, to give our citizens a better understanding of what actually goes on in high-level decision making."

"Cheney's quiet, inner-directed motivation is simply impervious to the attacks orchestrated against him by the Chicago machine-style politicians at the White House, a fact also plainly visible to his fellow citizens," Bolton adds. "And it is yet another important reason to have confidence that Cheney's solid policy analysis will yet prevail in the national political arena. Of course he is the conservative of the year!"


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  1. Tom

    Conservative of the year? What a great honor to be the top in a minority.

    December 21, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Donkey Party

    Amazing. Cheney should be facing a firing squad for raping the country of resources, and sending Americans to die in a war that he helped fabricate. Yet the American hating conservatives vote for him as their poster boy. Where is the justice? The man should be dead for crimes against humanityn not worshipped by the idiot, incompetent right wingers. Death to them all! Fight back America, the right wing is EXACTLY the same as the Taliban, except they are already here on our soil.

    December 21, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Adam

    He also tops the list of war criminals and war profiteers – why isn't this man in jail????

    December 21, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    They gave Cheney the award because Kim Jon Il refused it.

    December 21, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Comment

    Don't remember conservatives, but who was president and vice president on 9-11?

    I rest my case. There opinion means squat! Just like McCain... a soldier who spent a majority of his service time as a prisoner. Yeah – he knows how to win a war!!!!!!

    December 21, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Reggie

    WIshing he and Bush were still in charge. Obama, Pelosi and Reid are taking this country down a reckless path. Guess that's why Obama has the lowest approval rating of any presdent.

    December 21, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Beth

    In the Bush White House under DIck Chency, comments such as Cheney's would be labeled 'unpatriotic' and 'seditious'. Come on Dick, "if you're not with us, you're against us", remember?

    December 21, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Don

    Cheney's and Bolton's criticism is not of the current administration, but of the American People who soundly registered their position against their policies as implemented by the Bush administration. Is this this is a criticism of Democracy itself?

    December 21, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. George in Az.

    I can't wait to put a copy of the Human Events magazine under my pillow tonite. I will sleep much better now that I can read an article by John Bolton that selects Cheney as their hero even as the world would like to see him behind bars.

    December 21, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. C Spurgeon

    If thats a conservative well count me out. He is a liar, bully, and has done more to bring this country down than even Bush. He ran Bush and god knows the Irs needs to perform a complete audit on all of his holdings for the last ten years. God know how much he made by pushing us into the iraq war. Wow, This is truly disgusting. I admire true conservatives, fiscal responsibility etc but if this is the best you got,Keep it!

    December 21, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. StevenAK

    I would ask anyone who read this to PLEASE take 10 minutes and surf through HUMAN EVENTS. Then you can see what Cheney was all about. Really, just take 10 minutes!!!

    December 21, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. jeeze

    What's the prize? A gold plated skull?

    December 21, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Dominican Mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    I'm back, and I'm flabbergasted.

    . "Where are they going to go to find a better policy inside his administration?"

    Let me answer that: shoudl the need arise for the WH to change course in it's foreign policy they'll be able to do so seamless from within the administration. This administration is NOT composed of YES MEN, it is composed of folks from across our political spectrum. Moreover, this administration DOES NOT turn a deaf ear to input. The current foreign policy is based on something compleletely foreign to Darth Vader: integrity. We will adhere to the same rules that we expect others in the international arena to follow. And we've always stated that we will do whatever is necessary to defend our country. We just won't be underhanded and illegal in our eforts to do so.

    December 21, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Danny

    I guess this shows just how far out of the mainstream the conservative movement has gotten when a madman like Cheney is their chosen leader.

    December 21, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Ron Schroeder

    So Dick Cheney says " Obama is no George Bush when it comes to forign policy ". Then I say " Thank goodness " .

    December 21, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Ron Connal

    Policy decisions made by previous administrations should stand or fall on their own merits, to be judged by history. If they need defending past the decision maker's time in office ... maybe there was something wrong with them to start with.

    December 21, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Jon

    Don't these people ever go away??? These idiot millionaires running our country are so out of touch with reality that it makes me want to vomit. Let's find some more countries to have wars with and kill lots more people. What a great religious, faith- based country we are.
    Keep all our people SCARED. That is the way of the GOP! Thanks Cheney – for NOTHING over those past 8 years.

    December 21, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. The Big NB

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! Must be a bad time to be conservative!

    December 21, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. Okey Moronu

    Bolton & Cheney birds of the same feather. Thier stance remind me of a prosecutor confronted with evidence of miscarriage of justice would rather see an innocent person rot in jail than admit an error.

    December 21, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Ancient Texan

    Mr. Cheney is a rarity in this day and age. A man who understands the world situation in regards to the dangers confronting America and who understands that the present administration is clueless to the threat. The Obama approach is to apologize to every terrorist nation out there and believe that they've made friends of people that only want to kill us. Since freedom of speech hasn't been outlawed, at least yet, Mr. Cheney should continue to voice his opinion.

    December 21, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. leapfrog

    If "conservative" is synonymous "villainous", then I agree...he's been the biggest villain of the decade, let alone the year.

    December 21, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. JB

    Cheney should crawl back into his hole. He isn't relevant.

    December 21, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Charles

    Cheney is an off-balance,power mad, war hungry xenophobe who has NO concern for anyone or anything except his own interests. Even the GOP knows it which is why the only people who support this lunatic are people as crazy as he is

    December 21, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. John J, IN

    Cheney and Bolton....has a truthful soundbite even been spoken between the two of them?

    December 21, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. Economist

    Good to know that conservatism is intellectually bankrupt. Call me when they get their act together.

    December 21, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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