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

Cheney named Conservative of the Year

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Beverly in NC

    I hope that is a huge embarrassment since conservatives are the most hateful, valueless, immoral, fear-mongering racist liars in this country. To top it off Cheney is a war criminal who should be serving the rest of his arrogant life in a Federal prison.

    What a sorry excuse for a human being!

    December 21, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. charlie in Maine

    I am a liberal but i feel compelled to defend the fine word "Conservative" from the likes of Dick Cheney.Real Conservatives want the government out of our wllets and our bedrooms. They love this country and want to protect it and the precious rights that we have in this wonderful country.

    There is nothing conservative about wanting to torture captives, there is nothing conservative about mounting up a deficit by spending 12 million dollars an hour to occuy a country that never attacked us.

    Dick Cheney should get the award for representing the worst of the party of Lincoln, but conservative? Don't flatter yourself you big fat coward.

    December 21, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. sir magneto

    Quite clearly being named "Conservative of the Year" is like getting the high score in golf.

    December 21, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. DEM in HI

    What a laugh! If he is the best that they can get, then it is no wonder that the GOP will fail in 2010. Instead of vote for me, it will be don't vote for the other person. Cheney tried to rewrite history so many times, I do not know if he knows the truth. He just is a terrible person and the worst ever VP. He should have been impeached and sent out to pasture.

    December 21, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. JD

    Why should Cheney remain silent and not criticize 0bama? What's more, where does the media get off saying he should go away? I don't recall Clinton or Carter getting any finger-wagging from the media when they criticized Bush from 2000 through 2008.

    Can't stand the heat? Get out of the kitchen.

    December 21, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. Laura

    You know the smart thing for these idiots would be to just go away, in a year or two they can come back and the media and our short sighted selves will forget all about the horrors they created. Then they can make themselves out to be heroes, because they mess they left us with will be around eons. And we should let them. Because 5 years from now we will all be stupid enough to re-elect them yet again like we did for W's second term.

    December 21, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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