Monday, February 20, 2006 -- Joe Klein: Cheney's Thousand-Yard Stare

Cheney's Thousand-Yard Stare:

"One valuable metaphor emerged last week. The New York Times described the possible legal charges that could be brought in a hunting accident. 'Mr. Cheney could be charged with negligence, defined as failing to understand the dangers involved and disregarding them, or recklessness, defined as understanding the dangers and disregarding them.' Which is perhaps the neatest summary I've seen of the public debate surrounding the Bush Administration's war in Iraq. Absent further evidence, the Administration seems guilty of negligence—a cavalier insensitivity to the unimaginable calamities that attend the use of lethal force."

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