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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Cheney On Russia

For those of you who think I rattled the sabre with a little too much vigor yesterday, consider Dick Cheney's kinder, gentler words for Russia today. The Vice President may have his enemies, but there's one thing old Deadeye still does extremely well: articulating the real current of White House philosophy and putting the world on notice. In a rhetorical style taken directly from neocon touchstone Leo Strauss, Cheney goes out on orchestrated limbs as "a vice president known for his independent stances" to create chatter on previously dead points and build momentum for unpopular positions. Cheney remains a master at this, an oft neglected feature of this administration's covert political savvy. If you don't like it, stand up. You've been given fair notice.

Oh, and he's right about Russia.

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