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Slade Gorton

A former U.S. Senator and Washington State Attorney General, Slade Gorton served on the 9/11 Commission.

One-Year Moratorium

The outspoken recent critics have been have been Mondale, Carter, Gore and Cheney. Among the silent or even supportive have been Bush 1, Clinton and Bush 2 (so far). So perhaps the distinction is, and perhaps should be, between former Presidents and Vice Presidents (Carter excepted). Cheney (and Gore) has been particularly tough, but he may be able to use the playground taunt, "You started it." It would be preferable, however, if there were a one year moratorium, on both sides.

By Slade Gorton

 |  May 12, 2009; 4:27 PM ET
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Nothing new here, but all the same it is sad to hear it from a former Senator. Perhaps people can live and work and be untouched by the environment.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | May 14, 2009 10:37 AM
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We have freedom of speach. Why should someone speaking against the media's current thread be shut up? This is a new position taken for the new current train of thought. Freedom of speach means exactly that, just has Clinton and Gore could speak against Bush this is allowed, and frankly since he's so articulate I hope it's encouraged.

Posted by: rogerrussell1 | May 13, 2009 4:59 PM
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Wouldn't it be great if a WP reader (or anybody) could post one factual statement, with references, of anything Dick Cheney has ever said that is true, pertaining to the War on Terror and torture. Even if you can find one, the magnitude of lies vs the truth will never be equal.

Until then, there really is no reason to discuss the appropriateness of his current US tour because it is irrelevant. Just like some of the biased opinions given in this forum (and Dick Cheney himself.)

Posted by: dhill4 | May 13, 2009 2:03 PM
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The only folks who don't want to hear Cheney are either so radically biased that the jaundice blinds them, or so lacking in common sense that they don't tilt the debate one way or the other. If I'm an Obama supporter (whether emotionally- or intellectually-based), of course I don't want anyone with a contrary viewpoint to have access to a public forum. However, to allow venomous personal opinions to poison your logic is just plain silliness. The man has a right to - and should - speak out. If you disagree with his opinions and views, then posit a better argument. If all you can do is drool and vibrate in bitterness, save it for facebook gang. Meanwhile, publish the memos! I have yet to hear any of the whiners and dilettantes present an argument why the memoranda shouldn't be published. If there is a good one, what is it? - JM

Posted by: JoeMcD | May 13, 2009 11:43 AM
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Cheney has every right to defend himself and his actions. Perhaps if the Democrats would move on, we wouldn't have to have this discussion.

That having been said, Gore set the precedent. Can't have it both ways.

Posted by: tonynelson1 | May 13, 2009 11:02 AM
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How can supporters of Cheney actually believe that Cheney is anything other than a modern RASPUTIN. He had his time in office and various senior government jobs, and they all turned out very badly. Cheney suffers from a basic moral and ethical deficit.

Few men have had such a deeply negative effect on our democratic and civil society. After years as a shadowy behind-the-screen wizard, he now goes public and bombastic? Such an evil man is hard to imagine. What would our country be like if Cheney had been involved in its governance from the very beginning as a founding father? It's chilling to even consider the idea. Rasputin, that's what he is.

Posted by: enough3 | May 13, 2009 10:16 AM
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Yes, President Obama, there is a lesson to be learned from the reaction to your low class behavior - do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Posted by: magellan1 | May 13, 2009 6:57 AM
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I believe Impeached Former President Clinton set the precedent in 2001 that it is okay for a disgraced elected official to criticize his successor. so I think it is okay for Cheney, who is un-impeached but disgraced in the eyes of those who do not support our side in this war against the terrorist militant insurgents who kill those who disagree with them, to speak his mind about anything he want to.

Remember that being a liberal means never having to say you are sorry. Being right means you are always under attack from those who need not apologize.

Posted by: AgentOrange1 | May 13, 2009 5:41 AM
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Yes Cheney certainly has a lot of experience, and has played many leading parts. And he hasn't performed well in any of them. He was a lousy Congressman, a lousy Secretary of Defense, a lousy CEO, and a lousy Vice President. Not just talking about all the lousy things he did, the corruption and the war crimes, I'm talking basic competence at his job. Nowhere to be found. Not only is Dick Cheney an alla-round rotten soulless human being, he's not even very good at it.

Let him be buried in a ditch.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 13, 2009 12:46 AM
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Why a moratorium? Vice President Cheney has more "years" of experience running the government than Barack Obama has "months".

Any intelligent person being asked the question "who knows more about what is happening in the world/country" at this exact point in time would simply have to proclaim VP Cheney and Pres. Bush.

The Obama administration even with all of it's good intentions is still driving with training wheels.

Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | May 13, 2009 12:24 AM
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