The Darth Vader of Leadership: Dick Cheney’s Misguided Memoir

Jim Taggart's picture

It doesn't matter your background. You could be a former felon from computer hacking, mobster hit man or disgraced politician or businessman. There's money to be made in writing a book, regardless of how crap the contents or writing style.

I'm still somewhat bewildered that people would buy a book by Sarah Palin, as an example. But what boggles my mind is why anyone would waste their money on the memoires (a polite word for distorted reality) by Dick Cheney and his former sidekick Donald Rumsfeld.

When Rumsfeld's book was released a few months ago, I actually had it order from my local library. Then I came to my senses and cancelled the order. Why I would I waste my time reading something written by one of the chief masters of the art of saying nothing while saying a lot?

However, I was unprepared when Cheney's book was released at the end of August. Rather than provide insightful commentaries into the machinations of the GW Bush administration, Cheney seems to relish in tearing down the esteemed retired general Colin Powell, and then taking petty pot shots at the "tearful" Condoleezza Rice who apologized to him in his office over a disagreement.

It's fairly obvious that Cheney has nothing new to add to the conversation on the disgraced GW Bush administration, one that blew apart America's credibility and international reputation, and that set the stage for the worst recession since World War II. Check out this short video clip from CBC's The Fifth Estate

Cheney's goal appears to be a feeble attempt to justify the administration's misguided decisions, such as the use of torture on terrorist suspects. Over the past several years every interview and article I've read by experts on the subject have disagreed with the Bush administration.

Leadership sometimes takes dark turns throughout a nation's history. The United States is only just emerging from a very somber period, combined with a major economic recession, from which 310 million Americans are seeking leadership and the way forward.

Dick Cheney would have done the nation a favor by climbing into a deep hole and refraining from emerging. Enormous harm was done to America's reputation, and economy, in just eight short years during G.W. Bush's presidency. If Cheney loves his country, as I would like to believe, he would burn all copies of his book and stay out of the public's sight.

Truth is the most valuable thing we have.
– Mark Twain