Former Vice President Dick Cheney was recovering Saturday evening after undergoing heart transplant surgery, his office said. Cheney, 71, had surgery at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia. He had been on the cardiac transplant list for more than 20 months, a statement from his office said. “Although the former vice president and his family do not know the identity of the donor, they will be forever grateful for this lifesaving gift,” it said.
I’m sure Cheney’s new heart goes out to the donor. The former VP is famous for random acts of kindness and, in general, for the almost boundless love of humanity he demonstrated while making foreign policy throughout his distinguished career.
News of the transplant surely will generate millions of prayers and good wishes from the Middle East, especially from Iraq, where Cheney helped make possible the killing or maiming of hundreds of thousands of people who might otherwise have had to live out their lives under an oppressive regime.
Rumor has it that the new heart was a gift from the Emerald City — not the one in Iraq, but rather the legendary home of the Wizard of Oz, the man behind the curtain who was the model for Cheney’s style of wielding power.
Regardless of where it came from, the heart couldn’t have gone to a more deserving recipient. We will probably never know how many organs became available for transplant because of deaths resulting from those Cheney-approved interrogation techniques that did so much to help foreigners understand American exceptionalism.
I don’t know how you feel, but the transplant news does wonders for my faith in karma and justice. I’m confident it will re-affirm the belief of good Christians everywhere that God does indeed work in mysterious ways.