Few people noticed the 74-year-old in the tan Stetson at a high-school rodeo here [in Casper, Wyoming]. Dick Cheney was happy to blend in. That is about to change. The former vice president is looking to make a splash on the national stage with a new book to be published in September and a group he and his daughter Liz launched to advance their views.
"We thought, looking forward to 2016, it was very important to make sure those issues were front and center in the campaign," Cheney told the Journal. If that's the goal, well then ... Mission Accomplished, I guess. A quick glance at the stump speeches from Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rick Perry, and other 2016 contenders reveals an already dogged embrace of hawkish foreign policy positions. They all talk about bloating the defense budget to maintain a "strong military," they root the country's foreign policy in American exceptionalism, they promise to abandon diplomacy with Iran and be more aggressive toward terrorists in Iraq -- all the Cheney must-haves for a foreign policy debate.... What, exactly, is Cheney bringing to the table that isn't already there?