It’s so appropriate that in the week that Economist magazine carried a glowing obituary of leading fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett, one of America’s leading fantasists, Dick Cheney, went on another rant. It may be rude to link fantasies here. Pratchett, after all, wrote books that sold in the millions (in 37 languages), a series featuring oddly named characters and events brought together in his literary conception of Discworld. A man of humor, Pratchett even brushed off talk that he had found God. Unlikely, he said, because he couldn’t even find his keys.
On the other hand, Cheney, a pulseless surviving elder of the Bush era, moves in his own fantasy world on Fox News, hurling thunderbolts at President Obama. His latest brain fart accused Obama of working to “take America down”. Golly. Sounds a lot like treason to me.
In his words: “If you had somebody as president who wanted to take America down, who wanted to fundamentally weaken our position in the world and reduce our capacity to influence events, turn our back on our allies and encourage our adversaries, it would look exactly like what Barack Obama’s doing.”
But we do find humorous his assertion that Obama was leaving a “terrible burden” for the next president. Like his buddy George W. Bush’s recession and the ongoing mess that Obama faced when he entered office and they’re still trying to clean up in Iraq?
When you’re living in the Fox parallel universe, those questions don’t come up from the host, nor will they ever, pulse or no pulse.