There’s a debate going on about how, or when, Cheney turned into Darth Vader. Did all his heart attacks do something bad to his brain? Or did the burden of keeping the country safe after Bush ignored the 9/11 warnings just cause him to lose perspective?
I think he’s always been like that, but it’s also beside the point – it’s like wondering whether the craigslist killer murdered because he needed money for gambling.
They’re both sociopaths. The only difference is that one’s in jail and the other is still pontificating.
And when we’ve gotten to the point as a country where the New York Times can proclaim the key issue is whether or not the torture worked, then it’s we who have lost perspective.