December 21st, 2009
02:37 PM ET
4 years 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. GuyInVA

    Hey Lola,

    If calling VP Cheney the president wasn't a typo, then what is it? Do you know something the rest of us don't. It's your duty as an American to warn your countrymen (remember Paul Revere). Here, I'll go first:

    You won't believe it, but VP Joe Biden is truly in control of this administration, and even worse, he is nothing more than a lackey of the ultra secret Pentaverate. The Pentaverate is made up of the Queen of England, the Gettys, the Rothchilds, the Vatican, and Colonel Sanders (before he went toes up). They meet tri-annually at a secret country mansion in Colorado known as "The Meadows". I've said more than I should. The rest is up to you Lola. Godspeed.

    My apologies to Mike Myers.

    December 21, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. Mark

    Dick Cheney has done so much to hurt this Country. Americans gave him 8 years to boosty the economy, and find "weapons of mass destruction." He never did either. All he did was line his pockets by being part of Haliburton. Just like all of the other Corporate criminals in this country. Pay someone $7/hour and complain that higher taxes means they will not hire people. I got an idea, don't pay the Executives $4 mil a year. Cheney's name shouold be thought of when people think of the corruption in politics. All our country did while he was in office for 8 years was put america in debt, go from Afghanistan to Iraq, and be a part of the worst economic downturn in the history of the United States.

    December 21, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Duh....

    The only man I know who thinks it's ok to take away constitutional rights, but not ok to help get the economy rolling again. Way to go! You'd do better to be ideal cell block C inmate of the year.

    December 21, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Conservative of the year? That's a dubious honor. Kind of like being crowned most attractive crack ho or best reality show or tastiest brussels sprouts recipe. Have a nice day!

    December 21, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Darryl Hall

    The only "honor" should be a military court martial.

    December 21, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Ed

    This is the best news that and Dem could have wished for. His off the cuff remarks, which reflect the views of the exterme Right, will only serve to benifit D's in the next election cycle.
    Wish that Dick was out there a bit more sharing his views in multle forums. Just like when he was VP, Dick remains mainly Stealth.

    December 21, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Peter s

    Was this article written by a tea bagger?. Well, I have a message for you! Dick Cheney was a total failure! as a vice president and as a father!!. Bolton you can say whatever you want but the fact is, only Halliburton and Black water can miss Cheney!!

    December 21, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. valwayne

    Say what you will about VP Cheney he never gave the murdering terrorists an inch and was determined they wouldn't hit the U.S. like they did on 9/11 every again. A far cry from what Obama is doing where the heroes that kept us safe after 9/11 are persecuted by his justice dept, Navy seals are subject to court martial because a murdering terrorist said they punched him, hundreds of millions of dollars are spent to give the planners of 9/11 Circus trials and a world stage in NYC, and billions are spent to bring the rest of them into the heartland of the U.S. to give them the Contitutional Rights and multi-million dollar defense attorney's. It hasn't taken Obama long to give us change, although not exactly what he promised. God Bless Dick Cheney!!!!

    December 21, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. chris L

    I am not surprised; of course Cheney is leading and is being named “the conservative of the year” list who in the empire would dare cross Dick ‘Darth Vader’ Cheney by not putting him at the top of that list lol after all we still see that his lieutenants (Bolton) are still in lock step

    December 21, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. mrgaston

    Christmas is supposed to celebrate the birth of Jesus. This is the first time in my life that I do not feel in the mood for Christmas. Why? So much hatred, so much negativity, so much anger, and so on. Everybody wake up. Also the terrorists are having ball with the US being in a big turmoil.

    December 21, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. mohammer

    Hey Libber Dudes, You've got some crooks that are doing things that I would be proud of either. Somewhere along the line people are going to fed up the the Dems crap too. I can remember someone's Momma saying nothing good happens after midnight. The Democrates just sold us down the river. Don't worry about old Dick and get your own ducks in a row!

    December 21, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. beth

    ...and what does this say about 'conservatives'....

    I'm happier everyday that I've moved on from my conservative, Republican upbringing.

    December 21, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    As Mike pointed out in the beginning, these modern-day conservatives are a sham. The label is just more double-speak from an empty political party that relies on double-speak, mis-direction, fear-mongering, and out-right lying. The base of the [R] party is a bunch of deluded, reactionary drama-queens. And they've picked the biggest queen of all in what upside-down universe would this toad be condsidered 'conservative'?

    December 21, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. Bonnie Kimberly

    Yes he is the right wing everyman. He spouts the same stuff over and over. He has no middle ground he has no compassion and no idea what it is like to be middle class and American today. I hope he lives long enough to see that this admin. is making things better and doing it without the help of one single memeber of his party. How will they smooth this over in years to come. How will they explain away not wanting good health care for all Americans. How will they smooth over climate change and its adverse effect on mankind? I believe the GOP will rue the day this man took control of thier party.

    December 21, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Patti in Dallas

    While I definitely believe Cheney wins "Neo-Conservative of the Decade" hands-down, I think he's not even eligible for consideration to be "Conservative of the Year" by any entity. Though he is master emeritus on fear-mongering and wedge-issue politics, I don't think he even comes close to meeting the criteria for "conservative" as the word is being used today. For example, Cheney is not anti-gay and certainly not anti-gay "enough" for today's "conservatives."

    The very definition of "conservative" today is at question, and all factions of the "Tea Party" partisans seem to define themselves in this way, despite their amusingly bitter in-fighting. To them, "conservative" means deifying Sarah Palin, supporting birthers, protesting ad nauseum holding handwritten signs & speaking with stunningly bad grammar & spelling, parroting "entertainers" who equate communism wih Naziism with socialism with fascism with Marxism with terrorism with all who disagree with them on one or many topics, and condoning hate against gays & lesbians, immigrants (legal & illegal), non-whites/racial minorities, reproductive freedom, and all who are not evangelical/protestant Christians.

    December 21, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Tim

    That's the sound of a party imploding!!!

    December 21, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. BG

    I really really wish the conservatives could find someone who is smart, reasonable, and wants to work with the progressives to make our country better. Someone like David Brooks. Cheney is all about bluster and power and "my way or the highway." Enough of him!!!

    December 21, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. hitobito

    These are strong words from John Bolton for Dick Cheney whose only real combat experience was to shoot his hunting partner where the sun doesn't shine! Dick Cheney is what we real combat veterans call a "chicken hawk" who avoided the real war where American men and women put themselves in harm's way and many returned in wooden caskets. (Yes the same caskets that Bush did not want the public to see.)
    Republicans and conservatives do not own combat service in defense of our country. On a flight across our great country, I sat next to Senator Daniel K Inouye from a flight from Washington DC to Los Angeles. I recognized him immediately, he had one arm missing which he lost in combat for which which he received a belated Medal of Honor. We had a great conversation which at the end I told him that I was proud of him and also that I was proud to be a disabled veteran who like him was a Democrat.

    December 21, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. mary

    Has anybody forgot that the terror attack happened when Dick Cheney and George Bush were running the country

    December 21, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Randall, Seattle, WA

    Make that TRAITOR of the year/decade.

    December 21, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Texas Longhorn talks Truth

    They should name him convict of the year. Bu then if Obama can receive the Nobel Peace Prize making it no better than the corn cob from one of the houses on a farm then I guess Cheney can receive something also.

    December 21, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Dave

    Cheney, Bolton, get a room, leave the rest of us alone.

    December 21, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. Fed up with Cheney

    I find it odd how anyone like Dick Cheney can have any credibility with anyone at all, given the fact that he has never been to war, had 5 deferments at the time of the Vietman War, and managed a company that has gained much of its revenue due to America's involvement in war. Dick Cheney is a coward, pure and simple. He is no patriot. His words ring hollow. He needs to shut up.

    December 21, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. Jeanne H.

    Bolton is dead wrong! What Cheney is saying DOES NOT "make sense to more and more American citizens growing increasingly worried...". I am part of a large number of americans do not believe that Cheney and Bush KNEW what national security meant in the first place. They clained they did, but if that was true, tell me – and many more americans – why our borders here at home are not secure, why the Taliban has a much larger area of control now after 8 years of Bush/Cheney policies, why Iran and North Korea have continued to do whatever they wanted to do... Cheney has been the biggest liar of all times and nothing he says can change the truth. The only "believers" in him are some republicans (not all).

    December 21, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Cindy

    Wow Dr. Evil is the Conservative of the year? These people progressivly get worse over time. How many deferments did he get in the Vietnam War? So he won't ever fight or serve our country during war times, but he sure loves to send other people's children off to fight. All he does is publically snivel about the liberal policies he can't stand, but what else is he good for? Conservative of the year isnt saying much for the Conservative movement, if old Grandpa Evil is what is leading you.


    December 21, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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