I have no desire to see Dick Cheney in prison nor see a protracted trial taking place. President Obama is correct that we have a lot more important things we need to concentrate on without haing any distractions. We are not out of the woods yet with the recession, and healthcare and energy policies still need to be addressed. Anything that will distract from this will only end up harming the American people.
The important point is that we now have a president who has publicly ended our policy of warrantless wiretaps, torture and imprisonment without due process.
History will be the judge of Dick Cheney, and it will not be good. Richard Nixon opened up China to the world and it was his administration that began the Environmental Protection Agency, revenue sharing to cities, ended the draft and began affirmative action, but history will forever remember him for Watergate and as a president who if impeached would have been convicted for his crimes.
In no way do I excuse the excesses or breaking of laws during the Bush administration, but we have a leader now who has put policies in place so these abuses will never happen again, and with millions of people out of work, millions who have lost their homes, and more millions who have no medical insurance and those who do have it that are worried about being able to keep it because of the increase in premiums, we cannot allow ourselves to get distracted.
Bush and Cheney did substantial damage to our country and our image in the world. We need to correct their mistakes and make sure they never happen again and we are doing that now. It's time to move on to more important things. The American people badly need change now, not retribution.
Mark Jeffery Koch
Cherry Hill, NJ
Jul 22 2009 - 11:01am