“The White House must stop dithering while America’s armed forces are in danger.”
— Dick Cheney, former vice president, saying that President Barack Obama has failed to set clear goals in Afghanistan
You can’t ask for a better back seat driver than Dick Cheney.
After all, he rode shotgun on one of the roughest trips in American presidential history.
For eight years, Cheney gave wheelman George W. Bush directions. I guess old habits are hard to break.
The thing is, Dick, you’re not in the car anymore. We’ve switched seats. We let you guys get out, stretch your legs a little. Get a cushy private sector job and write a memoir or two.
So before you start jumping all over the fledgling Obama administration, keep in mind that you had eight years to accumulate all your screw-ups. Give it time.
Remember how it felt to have every pundit and crackpot second-guess your decisions? Granted, questioning the government is a good thing. Constant griping without concrete solutions? Not so much.
I guess the old adage is true: if you want something done right, do it yourself. Maybe Sarah Palin will take you as her vice president in 2012.
In the meantime, relax. Enjoy your retirement. Let the new kids handle things.
Brian Diefenbach, copy editor