Skip to comments.Book Review: "In My Time" by Dick Cheney. Who Knew Cheney Was So Liberal?
Posted on 06/21/2012 7:12:43 AM PDT by Fishtalk
The things about this book that astounded me:
-the incident he DIDN't mention.
-who he named as the dimmest bulb of all
-the kindness with which he treated total boobs
-what a really, really fine man he is
(Excerpt) Read more at patfish.blogspot.com ...
I think not.
Just heck, I like Cheney and wanted to read more.
If not THAN...” ??????
I immediately discounted all following observations.
I’m sorry. I’m not sure what your question is.
However, by all means, do not read more. I only put this up because some people, as one commenter upthread mentioned, like Cheney and I considered it germane to this forum.
By all means, by ALL MEANS, do NOT your fine and discerning self click in to read this review. I would urge you not to bother, please do not insult yourself by reading it.
It’s a book review is all. A simple, harmless book review. I’ve been a Freeper for over ten years and I put up a book review, a good one I think.
A long time Freeper posts a book review of a very germane book on FreeRepublic’s forum for Bloggers and personal.
This is a very good book but I caution, sometimes he is just too kind.
By all means read it. On every level Cheney is a fine man.
It’s next on my list...I bought it with Rumsfeld’s book. Rummy’s book was fantastic, to the point where I’m drafting a letter of thanks to him. Future historians will view his career in a much better light than the chattering class of today.
Try Rumsfeld’s bio from last year for a good companion piece.
Oh my goodness thank you for that!
I would LOVE to read Rumsfeld’s book. Gonna reserve it right now.
Seriously, I did so enjoy this book and imagine I will also enjoy Rumsfeld’s.
Cheney and Rumsfeld were very close; closer than I knew.
I must have missed the review, I only saw a link to a blog.
Remember whan someone with a lifetime of public service is writing a biography, it isn’t commentary. They aren’t “making a point” about an issue or event.
They are instead laying out a full narrative history of their life in public view and they know that if they have a factual, reasoned and detached tone to their recounting of that life they will be taken seriously by readers long into the future.
A personal diatribe as to who was an ass last August is best reserved for an op-ed opinion or a short recounting of that one issue.
Another biographical book that will amaze you in Sowell’s “Personal Oddesey.” I had read about ten of his great books and was enthralled by his personal back-story.
Seriously, when you do stuff like this you only drive people TO the Blog.
Thank you for that.
I know you are right.
I did expect diatrabes. I understand that wouldn’t be appropriate.
Do you mean Thomas Sowell? The black pundit who is so wise?
Thank you for that.
So you admit that is your goal?
I love it when a blog-pimp hijacks his own thread.
“Look at Meeeee!”
Thank you for that.
No, Mr. HG, and I note your alter-egos.
My goal is NOT to drive people to my Blog. I posts Blog posts every day and I rarely, very rarely, put them up on FreeRepublic.
I posted this today because, well it was a book about Dick Cheney.
I really don’t get all that many hits on any Blog links I put on FreeRepublic and it’s not worth putting up with tiny people like you whose amusement stems from getting on a post like this along with other fake names and acting big and bad. I put it up because I thought some Freepers would like it.
I know you are in your element when you do this sort of thing.
Seriously, you really ought to read a book maybe.
Consider our conversation ended but you can have your alter Humblegunners get on the thread and carry on. It’s your joy, I understand.
Be sure and bring in the guy who offers me consolation.
You are on IGNORE but you can talk to the hand if you’d like.
But you DIDN'T post it. Why not post it here?
I rarely, very rarely, put them up on FreeRepublic.
You didn't put THIS one on Free Republic.
I put it up because I thought some Freepers would like it.
Maybe they will. Post it and see.
His later voting record in Congress was indeed conservative, but his love was centralizing, rather than decentralizing power, so maybe he's not the best choice for conservative icon.
Cheney's known for feuds like the one with Rice. Given Cheney's reputation, his "tearful Condi admits I was right all along" anecdote is maybe in poor taste. At any rate, Rice denies the story.
In 2003, Scowcroft was right to be skeptical of the claims made by the hawks. I suspect even Cheney recognizes that he can't push his criticism too far at this point.
Thanks for sharing your excellent book review. I am not entertaining any more mealy mouth RINO book narratives at the moment - even from Cheney’s lesbian daughter. ;D
I know that Thomas Sowell’s columns on FR are his highest visibility there but those are a very watered down version of the true scholar that he is as an Economist with a wide field of interest.
Read one of his books like “A Conflict of Visions” and then read “A Personal Odessey”. The man is a true genius that can write for all levels. Like Hayek or Friedman, economics is just his field of study and as a scholar and researcher, he can tackle anything he sets his mind toward.
Thank you for your insight.
I think you are correct in that Cheney was way more “liberal” (using that word gently) than I thought.
I knew nothing about a feud with Rice, at least at the time. I was quite shocked.
Although, again, you seem right on because he did have a lot of “feuds” with people-again using that term in the gentlest manner.
BUT, most times, as I read, I thought Cheney was in the right side of the matter and he justifies his logic and decisions nicely in the book.
I do disagree with your assessment of Brent Scowcroft. I remember Scowcroft and I recall he was an ancient dinosaur and thank God he’s now off of the national stage. Don’t call Scowcroft’s concern skepticism. The man stated that the UN Security council could keep Saddam under control, this after that same security council issued some 16 resolutions then did nothing. That’s not skepticism, that’s stupidity.
When you say he’s not the “best” choice of a conservative icon, even ignoring that bit about the lesbian daughter and his belief in same-sex marriage because of it, I think you’re right.
Cheney’s hardly any kind of extreme right-wing types no matter what MSNBC tells us.
I thought it was a good review, not so much because I wrote it though I accept all kudos. But I read this book closely, remembering every incident Cheney mentioned, ruminating and pondering my thoughts at the time.
EXCEPT for that one incident Cheney did NOT mention, which I consider very telling.
To correct the record, I think his lesbian daughter is Mary, not Liz...if that’s what you meant.
He’s got two grandchildren by his lesbian daughter and her partner....what a strange set of affairs.
Yes, I know Sowell mostly via his columns. Which are excellent.
I will try one of your suggestions and thank you for it.
Left you a note. :^)
Dick Cheney is a class act and if he was soft on people he could have hammered, I believe it was on purpose.
I agree with every word in your comment.
But one does have to kind of “deduce” your summary as Cheney handles it with class.
He did not seem to approve of Condi, or the entire state department for that matter.
This is something I did not know as it was apparently happening. Even in the book you kind of have to read between the lines.
And yes, Dubya did give Condi wide berth and admiration now that I think about it.
It was the state department’s handling of North Korea that seemed to so bother Cheney. Frankly I don’t know if Condi’s state regime or all state department regimes tend to kowtow to fearless leader as I do so remember Albright and how she admitted on national TV that she had been fooled by ole Kim Jong-Il.
But it’s a fact that of all the people in his surround that Cheney criticized or questioned in this book, he honed in on Condi the most.
Again, I was astounded.
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