The United States of America was a good country before 9/11, just as we are today. List all the things that make us a force for good in the world – for liberty, for human rights, for the rational, peaceful resolution of differences – and what you end up with is a list of the reasons why the terrorists hate America. If fine speech-making, appeals to reason, or pleas for compassion had the power to move them, the terrorists would long ago have abandoned the field. And when they see the American government caught up in arguments about interrogations, or whether foreign terrorists have constitutional rights, they don’t stand back in awe of our legal system and wonder whether they had misjudged us all along. Instead the terrorists see just what they were hoping for – our unity gone, our resolve shaken, our leaders distracted. In short, they see weakness and opportunity.

This is only a portion of the verbal dump Cheney took today. I think it is an extraordinary example of his leaps in logic. And ultimately it is an insult to every law enforcement officer of any organization and every civilized society to assert that criminals don’t care about the law, so you can throw out the rule book. If there are no rules, then there are no rules to be broken and everything is a free for all. Cheney is practically espousing anarchy.

Imagine. No one need bother with the rule of law. We’ll just keep it in a nice shiny box so it looks nice, but don’t use it! Simply ridiculous.

Hey criminals. We know you are not very impressed with our legal system, otherwise you wouldn’t be criminals. But we don’t want you to see us as weak, so we’re going throw the laws out and do whatever comes to mind. /s