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Former U.S. Congressman, Mickey Edwards is vice president of the Aspen Institute, where he directs the Institute's Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership.

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To be a "former" leader one had to first be a "current" leader, somebody entrusted with a position of responsibility in the belief that he or she had leadership abilities that were of use to the community. When one's term ends, whether in business or public life, that person's brain does not dissolve and one's experiences do not suddenly become irrelevant.

Dick Cheney continues to speak on public matters. So, too, does his predecessor as vice president, Al Gore. Jimmy Carter has not retired to a life of quiet contemplation. True, some former officeholders retire to their own private musings, but many do not. Teddy Roosevelt (who, being unhappy with Taft, ran again for the presidency) and Winston Churchill, continued to contribute significantly to the public debates. That is as it should be.

By Mickey Edwards

 |  May 12, 2009; 12:19 PM ET
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Cheney is simply attempting to do some damage control, and head off any potentially serious legal issues which could be headed his way. The problem he has with most citizens is that telling the truth has never been his strong suit, his approach was, and still is, say whatever you had to say, regardless of truth, to get what ever result you wanted. (soft aluminum tubes for use in nuclear plants, Iraq has WMDs) Why anyone would consider Cheney now claims as factual,is simply incomprehensible.

Posted by: atc333 | May 13, 2009 4:41 PM
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Dick Cheney's "concern" is a little suspicious to me, because during his 8 year tenure he stayed completely out of the public eye. He's made more appearances this week than he did in his whole tenure as vice president.

Posted by: mlee_27 | May 13, 2009 11:12 AM
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Dick Cheney hasn't been right about anything in 8 years.His disregard for the Constitution should've landed him in jail. He is a coward who supported a war he refused to fight in (Viet Nam). He is the ultimate chicken hawk ,who orchestrated the WORST PRESIDENCY IN HISTORY! Shut up Dick,you GASBAG!!!

Posted by: hughsie48 | May 13, 2009 9:15 AM
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Dead eye Dick has an approval rating of 19...he wont have to worry about ever being reelected for anything.

He unfortunately suffers from the same delusions that his entire party suffers from. They think we cant hear them or we just dont understand. It doesnot occur to them that we just dont want what theyre selling any more. Youd think after the last two election losses they would at least wonder??? Their solution...get rid of Colin Powell, a man of integrity and turn Rush and Dick into their party leaders. Good luck with that.

I think the democrats are gonna rule for a while.

Posted by: BrendaBlueNY | May 12, 2009 3:23 PM
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"When one's term ends, whether in business or public life, that person's brain does not dissolve and one's experiences do not suddenly become irrelevant."

Actually, they do. When the most recent election was a staggeringly clear referendum on the mistakes of the last administration, there can be nothing of value for these people to contribute to public or political debate.

Cheney's only purpose in pursuing this talk-show campaign is to avoid prosecution. It is as self-motivated as every other stand he took while in public office.

Posted by: kjohnson3 | May 12, 2009 2:28 PM
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