Cheney: Mubarak not so bad
Crawling out from under some undisclosed rock, Dick Cheney lectures us on loyalty to our friendly dictators:
But Mr. Cheney said that from the standpoint of American interests, while democracy and freedom in other countries were to be celebrated, they were not the only important issues. On other fronts, he said, Mr. Mubarak had long helped the United States.Sadly, he's right. It's not like we're so pure. The US has a long history of supporting repressive regimes when it suits our purposes. And really, how many dictators are willing to do our dirty work for us on secret renditions?
“He’s been a good man, he’s been a good friend and ally of the United States,” Mr. Cheney said. “We need to remember that.”
That being said, the empath in me does have some small sympathy for Mubarak. I know he's done much evil but he's still just a human being and it can't be easy for him to see his status being shredded so publicly. Imagine if all the internet trolls suddenly started demonstrating in front of your home. Thinking it must feel like that, only much worse. [Reuter photo]