The neocons make their last stand against MAGA
By Jeffrey T. Kuhner
Former Vice President Dick Cheney has declared war on Donald Trump.
In a recent campaign ad for his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, he defamed the former president, claiming that Mr. Trump is a person even worse than Benedict Arnold, Jefferson Davis or Julius and Ethel Rosenberg—the couple who provided U.S. nuclear secrets to Soviet Russia that enabled it to develop the atomic bomb.
“In our nation’s 246-year history there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our Republic than Donald Trump,” Mr. Cheney said.
He should be ashamed of himself. Beyond the shrill demagoguery and blatant hysteria, Mr. Cheney would be wise to look in the mirror. For his record as vice president under the George W. Bush administration was not only grossly immoral and incompetent, but disastrous. In fact, the United States has never really recovered from the destructive Bush-Cheney years.
Mr. Cheney lied to Americans—and to the world—about WMDs in Iraq. He also lied about the alleged connection between late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This was done in order to manipulate U.S. public opinion to support the Bush administration’s 2003 invasion of Iraq.
The result was one of the greatest strategic blunders in modern history. Over 4,000 U.S. troops were killed; more than 30,000 American soldiers were maimed or wounded; nearly 1 million Iraqi civilians lost their lives; the war cost the United States trillions of dollars; and Iraq was smashed, in which ISIS eventually emerged from under the rubble. Americans and Iraqis suffered. Mr. Cheney and the military-industrial complex, however, prospered and grew rich. Very rich.
Moreover, it was Bush-Cheney that, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, imposed the Patriot Act, transforming America into a national surveillance state. They ushered in a new era whereby they empowered the deep state to systematically spy on American citizens, violating civil liberties on an unprecedented, mass scale—a policy that has been continued and expanded by Presidents Obama and Biden.
Finally, it was Bush-Cheney that championed a world based on open borders and free trade. The loss of our manufacturing, our porous southern border, the onslaught of illegal immigration, disastrous trade deals, building up Communist China by forging closer economic ties and allowing critical military technology transfers—all of this (and so much more) were supported by RINO globalists, such as Mr. Cheney and Mr. Bush. Fundamentally, they are no different—or better—than Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden. They are all part of the venal, corrupt establishment. And they all share the same goal: Selling out America in order to erect the New World Order.
Mr. Cheney’s attack on Mr. Trump is a sign of desperation. He knows his daughter, Liz Cheney, with her quixotic and near fanatical obsession with the Jan. 6 riot, is going to lose her GOP primary in several weeks. Her political career is finished.
Yet, something deeper is at stake. Mr. Cheney—and to a lesser extent, Liz Cheney—is envious and jealous of Mr. Trump. The reason: The MAGA leader has hijacked the Republican Party. Mr. Trump and the America First movement represents not just a repudiation of the Woke Left and the socialist Democrat Party, but of Bush-Cheney Republicanism. The GOP no longer belongs to the warmongering neocons. Instead, it is now slowly becoming Mr. Trump’s party—populist, nationalist and anti-globalist.
This is why Mr. Cheney considers the former president such an existential threat to “our Republic.” But for Mr. Cheney and his GOP establishment ilk, the “Republic” really means the Swamp—their power, control and wealth. And on this, he is right. The old order is dead. And Mr. Trump is sweeping it into the dustbin of history.
-Jeffrey T. Kuhner is host of “The Kuhner Report” on WRKO AM-680 in Boston. His daily show airs 6:00-10:00 am ET. He can be reached at: JeffreyKuhner@iHeartmedia.com
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