Now, who in "Cheney's circle" could make life difficult for these people, and why? Aren't they all "patriots," great Americans who love their country more than us dirty libs? Seems to me that the political takes precedence over policy with these folks, and HuffPost agrees:
Matt Yglesias grabs a key paragraph from Peter Baker's lengthy New York Times magazine piece, "Inside Obama's War On Terror", in which Baker finds a coven of unnamed conservatives staying mum on their support of Obama's counterterror policies out of fear and/or resentment.A half-dozen former senior Bush officials involved in counterterrorism told me before the Christmas Day incident that for the most part, they were comfortable with Obama's policies, although they were reluctant to say so on the record. Some worried they would draw the ire of Cheney's circle if they did, while others calculated that calling attention to the similarities to Bush would only make it harder for Obama to stay the course.
[...]what Cheney is clearly trying to do is influence the politics, so any reporter worth his salt should be able to simply listen to Cheney and accurately report that the former vice president has been reduced to demagoguery. It's really just stupid to pretend that there's some great policy debate unfolding between the current White House and the previous White House.After eight years of selling out America, eight years of government by venality and greed, eight years of lies, deceit, deception, and dishonor, shouldn't it be obvious to everyone that all that Cheney cares about is getting all he can get from the government, and the devil take the hindmost? The idea that Dick Cheney truly cares about the security of America truly makes me laugh. All Dick Cheney cares about is the security of Dick Cheney, and nothing else.
If the Obama Administration won't do what's right, then I can only hope that the Spanish or German government might someday soon "extraordinarily rendition" Dick to some Third World hellhole for crimes against humanity. Unfortunately, Cheney might find a hellhole comfortably much like home.