By Jack Jodell, Sept. 3, 2011
Look at this guy. He appears sickly and gaunt these days. Perhaps several heart attacks and bypass operations have finally caught up with him. Once a man who commanded and got respect and compliance all throughout Washington, former vice president DICK Cheney left the White House in early 2009 with the lowest public approval rating of ANY political figure in Washington, and certainly of ANY vice president in the nation’s history. Deliberate, measured, arrogant, defiant, uncaring, smug, and ever soft-spoken, this man has just released his memoirs under the title of In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir. But as commentator Keith Olbermann recently noted, the title should have been In My IMAGINATION!
Just look at this man. He looks awfully paranoid and worried these days, and he should be. His advocacy, authorization of, and unwavering support for torture as an accepted interrogation tool would earn him the death penalty in nearly every court imaginable. Always the consummate liar, Cheney has released this work of pure fiction posing as fact in a vain attempt to whitewash his role in the 2003 Iraq War which he and Donald Rumsfeld LIED us into. Thoroughly guilty of domestic crimes, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, the Aug. 31 edition of UPI.com quotes former chief of staff to Colin Powell Lawrence Wilkerson, a just and rational man, as saying that Cheney fears being tried for war crimes. That, he says, is the reason Cheney has issued this piece of doggerel and is actively hitting all the news and talk shows he can to promote it. Wilkerson, present at numerous meetings Cheney was at during the immediate post 9-11 period, says he would be more than willing to testify against Cheney should such a trial ever occur. Wilkerson, who has known Cheney for many years, now says, “I simply don’t recognize Mr. Cheney anymore.” He added, in an ABC News interview, “I think he’s just trying to, one, reassert himself so he’s not in some subsequent time period tried for war crimes, and second, so that he somehow vindicates himself because he feels like he needs vindication. That in itself tells you something about him.” He also characterized the former vice president as being “a very vindictive person.” He continued by saying Cheney “seems to criticize everyone…except himself…Cheney was a good secretary of defense in my view. In fact I would put him up amongst the top three in the short history of the position. No longer do I feel that way, and I don’t know what happened to Cheney.”
Cheney has always exhibited bull-headed, self-centered traits. Everything has always had to be HIS way. He flunked out of Yale twice due to subpar academic performance (getting two DWIs in the process) and he applied for not one but FIVE seperate military draft deferments during the Vietnam War. He smugly claimed in a 1989 interview that “I had other priorities in the 1960s than military service.” He eventually completed school at that mich heralded bastion of education, the University of Wyoming, where he earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in political science. He began his political career in 1969 as an intern in the office of Wisconsin Republican congressman William Steiger.
His career began its fateful acceleration when he shortly thereafter joined the Nixon White House, working under the then-Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity Dobald Rumsfeld. He continued his climb under Gerald Ford, eventually becoming Ford’s Chief of Staff. It was during these years, as a White House insider, that Cheney learned the ropes of Washington and which buttons to push to manipulate those in Congress. He was appalled at the way Congress, in his view, had encroached on the powers of the presidency during the Nixon-Ford years. He uniquivically supported the bogus and evasive Nixonian concept of “Executive Privilege” and used it himself years later during the imperial presidency of George W. Bush. He began to view the presidency as somehow more powerful than all the other branches of government. He also began to view the press with didsain; as an enemy; something to hide facts and information from, just as Nixon did. That, just like his memoirs, is a bull-headed DICK Cheney fallacy. OTHER Cheney fallacies are that “deficits don’t matter” and, in Iraq, “…we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.”
So now we are faced with this monumental work of sheer fabrication. Like Rumsfeld’s god-awful book before it, this effort, too, will soon be dismissed by historians and the public at large as just another self-serving attempt at propaganda trying desperately to legitimize the wholly illegitimate prisendency and war effort both men had a heavy hand in.
SPARE US, DICK! You are a VERY SICK AND TWISTED MAN!