Dick Cheney

Bush/Cheney Mocked Majority Who Voted Against Them, Pushed Right Wing Agenda ''Full Speed Ahead''
Dick Cheney

The New Yorker: "Bush sued to stop any recounting of the votes [in 2000 and] the United States Supreme Court gave him what he wanted. Bush v. Gore was so shoddily reasoned and transparently partisan that the five justices who endorsed the decision declined to put their names on it.... By ignoring [rules for settling electoral disputes] cutting off the process and installing Bush by fiat - the Court made a mockery not only of popular democracy but also of constitutional republicanism. [T]he damage would have been far less severe if the new President had made some effort to take account of the special circumstances [but Bush] made no such effort.... Dick Cheney put it this way: 'From the very day we walked in the building, a notion of sort of a restrained presidency because it was such a close election, that lasted maybe thirty seconds. It was not contemplated for any length of time. We had an agenda, we ran on that agenda, we won the election - full speed ahead.'"

The Real Dick Cheney (To the tune of Eminem's 'The Real Slim Shady')
Dick Cheney

"See y'all are suckers
I send your kids to fight and die in war so I can get rich while you stay poor
Yeah I skipped 'nam, keep my ass alive
I got deferments countin' one two three four five
And you know all I'm taken from Halliburton's got you hurtin'
Cause its comin' out of your pocket and into my wad
I don't give a damn if you got a job or a
home or a family or a son or a daughter
I certainly don't care if you got clean water
And my voting machines - they're made to order!"

Cheney Lies About Meeting Edwards for the First Time
Dick Cheney

America is FINALLY waking up to the fact that the Repugs' chief strategy in everything they undertake is to LIE, LIE, LIE. Tues. night was no different: AP: "Cheney said Tuesday night that the debate with Democratic Sen. John Edwards marked the first time they had met. In fact, the two had met at least three times previously. Cheney made the remark while accusing Edwards of frequent absences from Senate votes." But, "On Feb. 1, 2001, [Cheney] thanked Edwards by name at a Senate prayer breakfast and sat beside him during the event. On April 8, 2001, Cheney and Edwards shook hands when they met off-camera during a taping of NBC's 'Meet the Press,' moderator Tim Russert said Wednesday on 'Today.' On Jan. 8, 2003, the two met when the first-term North Carolina senator accompanied Elizabeth Dole to her swearing-in by Cheney as a North Carolina senator, Edwards aides also said." Do these creeps EVER tell the truth about ANYTHING?

Cheney Proves He's Nothing But the Irrelevant 'Grumpy Old Man Behind the Curtain'
Dick Cheney

Thomas Oliphant writes: "In debate against an opponent with the dangerously attractive attribute of freshness, Cheney paled -- literally. He's not special, it turns out. He doesn't know anything special, he hasn't done anything special, and for the future he doesn't offer anything special. Cheney is now just another vice president who has had his hour on the stage without really mattering or making a difference. Four years ago, he had a glow of the Wizard of Oz about him, filling an obvious hole in his running mate's background; last night, Cheney was just the grumpy old man behind the curtain. In presidential campaigns, that is the key to the veeps. They matter if they add something major, help solve a big problem, or provide the second element of a coalition. They are usually more important on the way into office than after they've been there, and last night was no exception."

The Lawyer vs. the Liar: Edwards Makes the Case Against Cheney
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Mike Hersh: "People judging the Vice Presidential Debate on demeanor and talking points miss the point. While if taken in isolation, VP Dick Cheney held his own but only by flatly denying Sen. John Edwards' charges - denying known facts and reality - while lashing out with lies about Edwards and his running mate John Kerry with increasingly testy whoppers. Early in the debate, Edwards set the tone: 'Mr. Vice President, you are still not being straight with the American people. I mean, the reality you and George Bush continue to tell people, first, that things are going well in Iraq - the American people don't need us to explain this to them, they see it on their television every single day. We lost more troops in September than we lost in August; lost more in August than we lost in July; lost more in July than we lost in June.' Nothing Cheney said or did bridged this huge and growing credibility gap."

Ten Questions for Dick Cheney
Dick Cheney

John Nichols wrote "Dick: The Man Who Is President." He has 10 questions for Cheney, starting with: "1.) When you appeared on NBC's 'Meet the Press' on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, you announced that, 'We will be greeted as liberators.' In light of the fact that more than 1,000 young Americans have been killed, while more than 20,000 have been wounded, in the fighting in Iraq, do you think you might have been a bit too optimistic? 2.) Why were maps of Iraqi oil fields and pipelines included in the documents reviewed by the administration's energy task force, the National Energy Policy Development Group, which you headed during the first months of 2001? Did discussions about regime change in Iraq figure in the deliberations of the energy task force?"

The Curse of Dick Cheney
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T.D. Allman writes, "Should George W. Bush win this election, it will give him the distinction of being the first occupant of the White House to have survived naming Dick Cheney to a post in his administration. The Cheney jinx first manifested itself at the presidential level back in 1969, when Richard Nixon appointed him to his first job in the executive branch. It surfaced again in 1975, when Gerald Ford made Cheney his chief of staff and then -- with Cheney's help -- lost the 1976 election. George H.W. Bush, having named Cheney secretary of defense, was defeated for re-election in 1992. The ever-canny Ronald Reagan was the only Republican president since Eisenhower who managed to serve two full terms. He is also the only one not to have appointed Dick Cheney to office."

Was Cheney's $20 Million 'Retirement Package' from Halliburton Payment in Advance for 'Fixing Things' with Iran and Libya?
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During his chairmanship of Halliburton, Cheney criticized U.S. sanctions against "rogue" nations such as Iran and Libya in a 1998 speech. According to a July 26, 2000, Washington Post story, Cheney complained the sanctions "are nearly always motivated by domestic political pressure, the need for Congress to appeal to some domestic constituency." Cheney's work with Halliburton yielded large financial reward. In May 2000 he sold stock holdings in the company worth $5 million. When he retired from Halliburton during the 2000 presidential campaign, Cheney was awarded a retirement package worth $20 million. " Payment in advance for "fixing" things with Libya (removal of sanctions) and Iran (invade and seize assets).

Cheney Traded with the Enemy, Then Tried to Undermine US Anti-Terrorism Policy
Dick Cheney

American Prospect reports that in 2000, Dick Cheney claimed (falsely) that as CEO of Halliburton, "he had "imposed a 'firm policy' against trading with Iraq. [But] confidential UN records show that, from the first half of 1997 to the summer of 2000, Halliburton held stakes in two firms that sold more than $73 million in oil production equipment and spare parts to Iraq while Cheney was in charge. Halliburton acquired its interest in both firms while Cheney was at the helm, and continued doing business through them until just months before Cheney named himself George W. Bush's running mate. Perhaps even more troubling, at the same time Cheney was doing business with Iraq, he launched a public broadside against sanctions laws designed to cut off funds to regimes like Iran, which the State Department listed as a state sponsor of terrorism. In 1998, Cheney traveled to Kuala Lumpur to attack his own country's terrorism policies for being too strict."

What a Sad Farce! Corporate Criminal Dick Cheney Lectures Kerry on 'Leadership'
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This article, cranked out by A.merican P.ropaganda (and probably dictated by Karl Rove - note the absence of an author attribution!) - has no excuse for being except as White House PR: "Vice President Dick Cheney criticized John Kerry for telling National Guard veterans Thursday that he'll always tell the truth to the American people...[Cheney said] 'true leadership requires the ability to make a decision.' " Yeah, Tricky Dickie! Like your "quick, firm decisions" to rip off the American public by handing billions in contracts to Halliburton so they can gouge American soldiers trapped in the hell of Iraq!

Cheney Vetoed Intelligence Post in '92 - No Doubt Because It Was Bad for Business
Dick Cheney

Corporations have abused both the CIA and Pentagon for years, using the CIA to foment wars in resource rich countries like Indonesia or Argentina, and using the military to take some particularly rich prizes by force (e.g. Iraq). So it is no wonder that Dick "Mr. Corporate" Cheney wouldn't want the CIA and Pentagon under the governance of a single independent Czar. Potentially bad for business! So, in 1992, Cheney opposed the creation of an intelligence czar stating in a letter made public by the Federation of American Scientists that he though it would "seriously impair" the relationship between the heads of the Pentagon and the CIA and that it would assign "inappropriate authority to the proposed director of national intelligence who would become the director and manager of internal DOD activities that, in the interest of efficiency and effectiveness [of corporate activities!], must remain under the authority, direction and control of the secretary of defense."

White House Counsel Analysis Reveals a 'Devastating' Criminal Case Against Cheney
Dick Cheney

Teresa Hampton writes: "Vice President Dick Cheney faces criminal indictments for illegal activities while CEO of energy giant Halliburton and also illegally intervened to secure a $7 billion no-bid contract for his former employer after his election to office, an analysis by the White House counsel's office concludes. [Cheney]t is currently under investigation by French authorities for bribery, money laundering and misuse of corporate assets while at Halliburton and also faces a U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission probe of a $180 million 'slush fund' that may have been used to pay bribes. Although the White House Counsel analysis... has generated speculation among senior White House aides who suggest that Cheney should resign. Those who have read the analysis say it presents a 'devastating' case against the Vice President and concludes Cheney has violated both the 'spirit and intent' of federal laws on conflict of interest."

When Cheney's Mask Slips, It Reveals Bush
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Sid Blumenthal writes: "Just as the elder Bush picked someone who might have been one of his sons, younger Bush chose a version of his father. Dan Quayle was light as a feather, another scion from a wealthy Republican family, the vice president as understudy. Cheney was to be the mentor of the Bush family's Prince Hal and widely believed to represent the old man's realism... Bush's executive branch has been concentrated in Cheney. He has been as powerful as Quayle was irrelevant. It was Cheney who said to UN weapons inspector Hans Blix as he embarked on his mission to Iraq: 'We will not hesitate to discredit you'; Cheney who personally tried to force the CIA to give credence to Ahmed Chalabi's fabricated and false evidence on WMD; Cheney who, along with Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld (to whom he was deputy in the Nixon White House), undermined Secretary of State Colin Powell at every turn; and it is Cheney who is the neo-conservatives' godfather."

Many in Washington Wonder if 'Mean, Foul-Mouthed Cheney' is Losing It
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Maureen Dowd writes, "This week, it's not just Democrats who are questioning whether the Vice is losing it. Now, even some in the White House are saying it's bizarre that he chose a class photo-op on the Senate floor to suggest that Sen. Patrick Leahy do something that you won't even find described in Bill Clinton's My Life. While Democratic lawmakers delayed final passage of a defense spending bill so they could mingle with Michael Moore, the once sweat-free Bushies were acting jangly. First Vice chewed out The Times for accurately reporting that the 9-11 commission said there was no collaborative relationship between Saddam and al-Qaida. Then Paul Wolfowitz called the reporters risking their lives in Iraq craven rumormongers. Then came Cheney's F-word. Finally, Bush got agitated [and thuggishly combative] when an Irish TV interviewer said most of the Irish found the world more dangerous now than before the Iraq invasion."

Redneck Thug Cheney Shouts 'Go F*ck Yourself!' to Leahy on Senate Floor - So Where's the $275,000 Obscenity Fine?
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Yep, just the sort of behavior you love to witness in the nation's "second in command." Especially since the last time a Dem dared to use much tamer language on a Repug (Pelosi called Bush a liar), it was practically a national incident! Reuters reports: "Vice President Dick Cheney blurted out the "F word" at Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont during a heated exchange on the Senate floor, congressional aides said. The incident occurred on Tuesday in a terse discussion between the two that touched on politics, religion and money, with Cheney finally telling Leahy to "f--- off" or "go f--- yourself," the aides said. "I think he was just having a bad day," Leahy was quoted as saying on CNN, which first reported the incident. "I was kind of shocked to hear that kind of language on the floor." "That doesn't sound like language the vice president would use but there was a frank exchange of views," said Cheney spokesman Kevin Kellems." Hypocrite!!

More Pathological Talk from the White House - This time from Dick Cheney
Dick Cheney

As a growing number of shrinks are now saying, Bush shows all the clinical features of mental illness - some say mania, some are betting on paranoid schizophrenia. The symptoms are all there: illusions of grandeur, aggressive behavior that ignores all efforts to curb it, inability to tell right from wrong, religious obsession, erratic behavior and moods, paranoia and...the most rampant feature: Delusional optimism, marked by irrational anger at others who refuse to share this delusion. Cheney's latest attack on Kerry shows the same pattern of symptoms: He is enraged at Kerry for being "pessimistic", then imagines dire "patterns" in Kerry's insistence on realism; He shows illusions of grandeur in his description of Bush's impact on the economy and, then, of course, there's that ole delusional optimism (also called "overoptimisim" in DSM IV as a symptom of mania).

Bamford Reveals Bunker Where Dick Cheney Hid for Months after 9/11
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Entertainment News: "In the weeks after the 9/11 attacks, Vice President Dick Cheney hid out at 'Site R,' an underground bunker seven miles from Camp David, deep beneath Raven Rock Mountain on the Maryland-Pennsylvania border, says intelligence expert James Bamford in a new book due out tomorrow. In 'A Pretext for War,' Bamford describes Cheney's secure location as 'a secret world of five buildings, each three stories tall, computer-filled caverns and a subterranean water reservoir.' "

Dick 'Torture, Rape and Murder in Burma' Cheney Defends Don 'Torture, Rape and Murder in Iraq' Rumsfeld
Dick Cheney

We'd be alot more moved by Dick Cheney's defense of his good pal Donald Rumsfeld if it weren't for the fact that both are unredeemable sociopaths guilty of very similar crimes against humanity and the American public. Both men have used their government positions to line the pockets of corporate pals. As CEO of Halliburon, Cheney condoned if not actively promoted the torture, rape, murder and forced labor of civilians who "got in the way" of the corporation's operation in Burma. Now Cheney's understandably sympathetic that Rumsfeld is being blasted for condoning if not actively promoting the torture, rape, and murder of civilians in Iraq. Touching, isn't it?

Top Dog on Cheney Task Force Rammed through Alaskan Pipeline Pork Using Inside Contacts
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The day after Andrew Lundquist left Dick Cheney's service, during which time he served as exec. director for the infamous secret energy task force, he went into business as a private lobbyist for the energy industry. And he has used every inside contact since to make hundreds of thousands of dollars. One of his triumphs: pushing through the $20-billion north-to-south Alaska gas pipeline, complete with $2 billion in government-underwritten loans for the State of Alaska and (indirectly) another client , BP. To smooth the way, Repug legislators inserted a clause into the energy bill that actually FORBIDS the constructions of a cheaper, faster, unsubsidized west-to-east pipelines route through Canada. Democrats were shut out from the drafting of this legislation. Even Bush himself opposed the scheme...but not Cheney!

Boston Globe Bombshell! Chief of Cheney Task Force Now a Major Energy Industry Lobbyist!
Dick Cheney

The Boston Globe reports: "The executive director of Dick Cheney's energy task force, whose closed-door meetings with industry executives enraged environmentalists and prompted a Supreme Court showdown this week, became an energy lobbyist just months after leaving the White House." A day after Andrew Lundquist left Cheney's service, "he opened a [energy] consulting business. Nine months later, he was a registered lobbyist for companies that stood to benefit from the energy policy he helped craft." Among Lundquist's clients: BP, Duke Energy Corp and the State of Alaska, for which he "won the right to run a natural-gas pipeline from Prudhoe Bay in the north down to the Alaskan-Yukon border, and secured a commitment of federal loan guarantees worth $2 billion." Lundquist apparently paved the way while on the task force: "The energy bill specifically prohibits running the pipeline west-east through Canada, a shorter route that investors say would also be cheaper."

Bad Week for Dick Cheney! Judge Orders Energy Papers Released, Wife Lynn's Lesbian Romance Re-Released
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Fed. judge Paul Friedman ordered Dick Cheney to release thousands of pages of records on the [energy] panel's deliberations. Friedman says the "agency records" fell outside the secrecy shield surrounding the president and vice president, and thus must be disclosed to the public under the Freedom of Information Act. Meanwhile..."Lynne Cheney's past is coming back and it could haunt the GOP through this year's presidential campaign. Cheney is the mother of Mary Cheney, a lesbian. But, Lynne Cheney has her own lesbian past; a 1981 novel she penned called Sisters. Penguin books is republishing the book in paperback. It will be out next week. Billed as a novel about feminism in the Old West, the book features all of the things her husband's party reels against. There are plenty of condoms, lots of prostitution and a torrid lesbian love subplot." (www.gaywired.com/article.cfm?)section=9&id=2604

All of Washington is Buzzing: Will Bush Dump Cheney?
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The International Herald Tribune reports, "But some Republicans are said now to be questioning quietly whether Cheney has become more ballast than lift in a presidential contest that might end up being more competitive than had seemed likely only months ago... And as Bush has seen his own poll ratings decline in recent months, Cheney's have dropped more drastically, largely because of his close involvement in some of the controversies that have hurt the president most. Cheney has been challenged on several fronts. Some critics said he had pushed the CIA to provide the most damaging possible assessment of a threat from Iraq. 'Cheney is well-respected by conservatives,' said Wayne of Georgetown. 'The president thinks he made the right decision in Dick Cheney, and there's no reason to drop him.' What could change that thinking, of course, is if Cheney encountered new health problems." That would be a convenient reason for Karl Rove to provide for public consumption.

Nixon's Children
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Stephen Pizzo writes, "Those closest to Bush - notably Cheney and Rumsfeld - learned some valuable lessons from the Nixon presidency and the events that led to its downfall. After Nixon was forced from office, Cheney became White House chief of staff for Gerald Ford. It was during that job that Cheney first showed he had learned much from his former boss's downfall. While chief of staff for Ford, Cheney earned the code name 'Backseat,' a reflection of his insistence that his work remain behind the scenes and out of the public spotlight. Rumsfeld resigned his congressional seat to join the Nixon administration in 1969 as an advisor on domestic policy. Both Cheney and Rumsfeld had front-row seats from which to watch the self-destruction of the Nixon presidency. Finding themselves in power again, both men well understood that it was not what Nixon and his cronies did that got them thrown out of office, but the evidence of what they did - the tapes, the memos, the testimony."

Bush Should Dump Cheney
Dick Cheney

Don Williams writes: "Vice President Dick Cheney should cite health problems and remove himself from the Bush re-election ticket or Bush should drop him. Cheney is not presidential or even vice presidential timber, based on allegations documented in last week's column: Under Cheney, Halliburton did business with Iran and Iraq worth many millions. Halliburton is overcharging the United States in Iraq for often shoddy and corrupt services. Cheney still profits from Halliburton to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. A column by Bob Herbert in the Jan. 30 issue of The New York Times outlines how Cheney, as secretary of Defense under Bush's father, set himself up - whether consciously or not - to profit from war."

Will Cheney be Indicted? Did Some Bribe Money Go Back to GOP?
Dick Cheney

"A French investigation into $180 million in bribes paid by oil companies to government officials in Nigeria threatens to implicate US Vice President Richard Cheney, according to reports in the French and British pressâ?¦ The Paris court contemplates an eventual indictment of the present United States vice president, Richard Cheney, in his capacity as former CEO of Halliburton.... Dan Etete, former Nigerian oil minister under the Abacha dictatorship, was questioned last month as a state witnessâ?¦ Press reports on his testimony suggested that some of the money could have been diverted to the Republican Party in the United States."