this is especially true when i read something like this:
The idea that Cheney would seed the government with trusted contacts is not surprising. As Hersh noted in his talk with Gross, Cheney has “been around forever” and “understands bureaucracy much better” than almost anyone in government. In 2006, Robert Dreyfuss reported for The American Prospect that when Cheney helped staff the Bush administration in 2001, he put together a “corps of hard-line acolytes” that served “as his eyes and ears” in the federal bureaucracy. Former officials called them “Dick Cheney’s spies.”
for me, the first thing that comes to mind is hard-line stalinism: the manipulation of bureaucracy, the spies, all of it. cheney would have made a great totalitarian leader. i’m sure he’d put on some really great show trials before purging anyone who might pose a slight threat, exiling them to siberia or executing them outright. he’d probably even be capable of convincing children to report their parents for any comments or behavior that went against the party line.