Originally Posted by LoneWolf
I watched the movie tonight. What really stood out to me was the number of Republicans that were interviewed during the movie and the number that of those that had unpleasant views of Cheney. According to he movie, Bush and Cheney's relationship was severely strained during their last term and that strain stemmed from Cheney's lying to the President. You never know if the directors and producers have an agenda when filming these documentaries, but if half of this documentary is true Cheney was a complete asshole and lied to the American people to gain support for the war in Iraq.
It's impossible to know whether there's any truth to the notion that he lied to the President during private conversations although President Bush wrote a memoir and doesn't make that accusation. It's clear that Cheney lost influence in the second term, but there's no reason to think that that's because he lied. One of the biggest sources of strain between the two, according to both of their books, was President Bush's decision not to pardon Scooter Libby. Cheney repeatedly went to bat for Libby in private meetings with the President and despite his admiration for the President, he felt somewhat betrayed by the way POTUS refused to fully exonerate Libby.
It's much easier to judge Cheney's public statements (in terms of whether or not he lied to the American people to gain support for the war). We don't need a documentarian to decide for us and, without having watched the show, I'm confident that the filmmaker doesn't expose any such thing.
"Well, it is one thing for Bill Clinton to say, I feel your pain. It is another thing for Barack Obama to say I feel your pain that I have caused." - George Will