Liz Cheney: Her Descent into Full-Blown Hack is Complete – Former Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) began her career as a promising addition to the cadre of elected Republicans. Over time, sadly, she succumbed to that terribly virulent pandemic that afflicted both those on the Right and Left. No, I’m not talking about the novel coronavirus that erupted from Wuhan, China.
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I’m referring to the mind virus that is known as “Trump Derangement Syndrome” (TDS). While never fully onboard the Trump Train, the fact is that Cheney relied heavily on key endorsements from Trumpworld throughout the course of her controversial—short-lived—congressional career.
TDS is a helluva drug. It warps the mind and creates staggering levels of cognitive dissonance, ideological incontinence, and resentment. TDS also leads to bad judgement. One should avoid this at all costs—especially if one has greater political aspirations, as Liz Cheney clearly does.
Liz Cheney and Her Double Standards
The former Wyoming congresswoman likes to bill herself as a national security hawk. A straight-shooter (unlike her father who tends to mistake hunting buddies for quail and Iraq for Iran), Cheney presents herself as a, “just the facts, ma’am” sort of a gal. But upon deeper analysis, this is not the case.
She’s pretty hypocritical and unfair.
Take the matter of national security leaks. Here, Liz Cheney seems to have a solid footing to stand on. She makes the case that Air Force National Guard Airman First Class Jack Teixeira, the 21-year-old enlisted man allegedly behind the recent leaking of classified documents related to Ukraine (and other sensitive topics) on a Discord video game server, should have the book thrown at him. According to Cheney, the leaking of sensitive documents that can negatively impact U.S. foreign policy should be taken very seriously.
Of course, Airman Teixeira is a suspect in this crime. Absolutely nothing has been proven. Even if the young man did do as he is being accused, who is to say that he acted alone? And what if he ends up not being the person who leaked this sensitive information?
Cheney doesn’t care.
The Cheney Doctrine: Always Get America Bogged Down in Unwinnable Wars
The leak made the NATO alliance look bad as the documents clearly indicate what I have been saying for almost a year: the Ukraine War is a quagmire that the United States has no business being involved in. Cheney never met an unwinnable war that she didn’t want to American involvement in. It must run in the family.
Ukraine has become an almost religious icon for neoconservatives and neoliberals in the West alike. Dare to challenge their preferred narrative; do anything to penetrate that shroud of lies that these elements have wrapped the conflict in, and you will suffer the consequences.
If it was anyone other than Liz Cheney, her insistence that young Mr. Teixeira be locked up forever and the keys thrown away might be more believable. Although, given her past defense of the purported patriotism of US Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman (Ret.) and his far more damaging leaks about then-President Donald J. Trump’s “perfect phone call” with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in 2019, Cheney’s credibility is lacking.
The fact is, Cheney wants only to destroy those servicemen and women who leak information damaging to her pet causes. Servicemen like Vindman, who weaponize classified intelligence and publicly disseminate it to damage a president Cheney dislikes, are acceptable in her book.
Thus, Cheney’s descent from a semi-serious foreign policy thinker to a complete and utter Trump-deranged hack is now complete.
Now that some of Cheney’s former colleagues in the House GOP, such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), are challenging the conventional wisdom about Airman Jack Teixeira; questioning whether the young man is, in fact, guilty of what they’re accusing him of, Cheney is demanding that MTG’s security clearance be revoked.
Liz Cheney is Jealous of Marjorie Taylor-Greene
It’s not surprising that Liz Cheney feels this way. After all, MTG is also one of the few members of Congress who has taken up the cause of protecting the civil rights of the January 6 rioters who are now languishing as political prisoners in Washington, D.C. jails. Cheney is already disposed to hate MTG—especially because the uncouth (in Cheney’s eyes) MTG is in Congress while the superior Liz Cheney is sitting beside her fireplace in middle-of-nowhere Wyoming, wondering how she can survive this current political moment in America (she can’t).
Before Cheney and others write MTG’s statements off about Airman Teixeira, though, they should consider the fact that MTG has been correct about many of the January 6 rioters she’s been defending. No, MTG is not correct in downplaying the awful events of that day. But she has been mostly correct in stating that the people being targeted by the government are being subject to unfair prosecution and, as noted above, certainly are having their civil liberties violated.
Similarly, MTG is saying that Teixeira is entitled to due process, and we should first determine as a matter of fact that he is responsible for the damaging leaks (and I’d like to add we should ascertain whether he was acting alone or if there are others involved).
It is Liz Cheney and her pathetic double-standards who have been consistently shown to be both incorrect in her interpretation of these important events as well as a bad faith actor—helping to prop up the regime’s preferred narrative rather than standing for the truth, no matter how politically inconvenient it may be. That’s not someone who should have power. Cheney certainly isn’t someone who should determine a person’s guilt or innocence.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.