The Cheney Gene: Are they the Borgia’s of our time?

Alexander VI with his daughter Lucrecia and his son Cesare

Alexander VI with his daughter Lucrecia and his son Cesare

The Borgia pope Alexander VI and his family were notorious for their wanton violence and greed. When the pope died his quarters were walled up for centuries and whether her reputation was deserved or not Lucrecia Borgia was the iconic face of poisonous evil rumoured to have a hollow ring which was filled with poison for her to release in a glass of wine of her next victim.

Today Cheney and his daughters seem to be filling the place nicely as the manipulate and enrich themselves over the misery of untold millions throughout the world.

Liz Cheney, Debra Burlingame, and William Kristol have launched a new neocon site, Keep America Safe to “make the case for an unapologetic approach to fighting terrorism around the world, for victory in the wars this country fights, for democracy, freedom and human rights, and for a strong American military that is needed in the dangerous world in which we live.” Among those associated with the group are Michael Goldfarb, Aaron Harison, and Justin Germany.

Numerous things are troubling about this group, but one stands out. None has ever served in the military. Just like Dick Cheney, when their nation called, they discovered that they had priorities other than military service; yet they have no problem with beating the war drums and sending other people’s children into battle. The most well-known neocons also fall into this group. The only prominent neocon who has served in the military is Norman Podhoretz. Numerous members of Congress are also in this group, especially those in the Republican leadership. If you want to know who they are, go to the chickenhawk database.

I propose that all of these people be referred to as possessors of the Cheney Gene. It is an unidentified gene

Cheney and Daughter

Cheney and Daughter

that turns the belly yellow when country calls. It is possessed by people who when called to serve say, Hell no, I won’t go. People who possess this gene have given the word “conservative” new meaning. Historically it has meant save the status quo, the old regime. Now it means save my skin.

These people are experts on war from afar. Some of these people have held high diplomatic and Pentagon posts. Dick Cheney, James Schlesinger, Harold Brown, William Cohen, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, John R. Bolton, Elliott Abrams, Doug Feith are some of the most prominent beaters of war drums who have never served. All are neocons who chose to save their own skins; all have the Cheney gene.

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