Stephan Hayes’ new Cheney: The Untold Story of America’s Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President is a tremendous read. Hayes will be my guest today but even a long interview won’t do the book justice, so order it and read it for yourself.
I have been rereading a couple of chapters this afternoon which detail the response to the attacks of 9/11. Perhaps because of this morning’s meeting I am more aware of how consuming the defense of the country has become for the president and the vice president, but Hayes brings home the relentlessness with which the threats to the country have been pursued.
The next president has got to chose a vice president as skilled as Cheney and a team as experienced as that which was around President Bush after 9/11 if only because the scale of the responsibility is so great and the need for clear thinking so profound. The people diseased with BDS will never get this, but the country is extraordinarily blessed to have had President Bush and Vice President Cheney and their senior aides during these first few years of a very long war. Reading Hayes’ book drives that point home again and again.