Our Man Cheney
Anwaar Hussain has written an excellent piece on "Dick" Cheney, the "Darth Vador" of the modern world. "Dick" Cheney and his shadow government: Cheney, Libby, Ledeen, Feith, Hadley, Wolfowitz, Pearle, Rice--it never ceases to amaze me how this nation has allowed people such as these to con, hustle and manipulate themselves to the levels of power they have. See the following piece on Doug Feith: Senate Asks Pentagon to Probe Feith Role on Iraq: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/111005A.shtml
As for me, I would like to see the RICO Act dropped on Cheney's head--that's the Racketeering and Corrupt Organization Act. It was put into place to break up organized crime--need I say more? Compare the way the old Mafia families were set up and operated, then tell me you do not see the very same exact methods of operation. But then this is the way all thugs, criminals and gangsters operate. Cheney and Co are no exceptions as in the end that is all they are: criminals, liars, thieves, gangsters and murderers on a grand scale! It is they who are the "terrorists".--Jack
Our Man Cheney
By Anwaar Hussain
William I was King of England from 1066 to 1087. He was also known as William of Normandy, William the Conqueror and William the Bastard. He earned the last title due to the fact that he was the illegitimate and only son of Robert the Magnificent, Duke of Normandy, and Herleva, the daughter of Fulbert, a tanner. William succeeded to the throne of England by right of conquest by winning the decisive Battle of Hastings in 1066 and suppressing subsequent English revolts, in what has become known as the Norman Conquest.
Following the Norman Conquest, the machinery of government developed further, producing long-lived national institutions including Parliament. Four Norman kings presided over a period of great change and development for Britain. The Domesday Book, a great record of English land-holding, was published; the forests were extended; the Exchequer was founded; and a start was made on the Tower of London.
Also sown were the seeds of the later day British Empire that, till its demise, oppressed more people on larger swaths of planet earth than any other country in the history of mankind.Among William's soldiers during the Battle of Hastings was one Ralph de Chesney, Sire of Quesnay, who helped win the battle thus contributing to the formation of the later day British Empire.Ralph de Chesney is also the earliest known ancestor of one Richard Bruce Cheney.
Richard Bruce Cheney, a.k.a. Dick Cheney, was born on January 30, 1941 and is currently the 46th Vice President of United States of America under President George W. Bush. From this lofty position, and in true tradition of his earliest known ancestor, he today is helping America turn into the mightiest Empire the world has ever known. He is the most ardent aspirer and executor of the Empire dream.
Dick Cheney is the real driving force among the pack of zealots whose collective brain spawned the idea of New American Century, who were once known as Âthe craziesÂ for their weird beliefs and who ultimately manipulated the American nation into the ongoing Iraq fiasco. He is also the man entrusted with adult supervision of the current child President of the United States, from whom he could take over in an instant. His profile, therefore, merits a quick going over.
Like the president that he serves, Cheney too was of military age during the Vietnam War but he did not serve in the war. Cheney was initially classified as 1-A "available for service" by the Selective Service. Later, the Selective Service lifted the constraints on drafting childless married men. However, after his daughter was born, Cheney applied for and received a reclassification of 3-A, making him unlikely to be drafted. Although he was served five draft notices, he claimed during his 1989 defense secretary confirmation hearings that he would have been happy to serve if only he'd been asked. Today, however, he ships other Americans' children overseas to put their lives on the line, a sacrifice he deems necessary for realizing his empire building dream.
Also like the President that he serves, Dick Cheney too was convicted of drunk driving. It happened twice during an eight-month period in the early 1960s in his home state of Wyoming. Since that second Wyoming arrest, Cheney has kept his nose clean as far as drunk driving is concerned. He went on to do greater things.Along the way he made powerful connections and landed himself many cushy jobs with the government. His real money making stint, however, came as the CEO of Halliburton--that most reviled, frightening and unstoppable corporate entity since the days when AT&T was widely understood to run the world. Also since then, his reality sensors started corroding at an alarming rate.
Consider the following: Cheney continues to declare his former oil company Halliburton as a guiding light of corporate ethics, even though the company is on record for swindling taxpayers and mistreating U.S. troops in Iraq.
Cheney likes to watch Fox News Channel, that whore of journalism, as the apex of objective reporting and Âends up spending a lot of time watching Fox News, because theyÂre more accurate than any other media outlet.ÂCheney also thinks of Wal-Mart as Âone of our nationÂs best companies,Â and claims that the company Âexemplifies some of the very best qualities in our countryÂhard work, the spirit of enterprise, fair dealing and integrity.Â Wal-Mart is known for ignoring its poverty-level wages, exploitation of workers and repeated violations of environmental law. There are 60 federal complaints against the company for workplace violations. Wal-Mart executives, along with the Fox News magnates and certain others, had bankrolled the Bush-Cheney campaign.
Cheney calls Donald Rumsfeld as "the best Secretary of Defense the United States has ever hadÂ despite RumsfeldÂs dismal failures to plan for post-war Iraq, the ever rising American casualties, the Abu Ghraib scandal and his dishonest statements about IraqÂs non-existent WMDs.
The trail of torture and prisoner abuse too has finally been traced and leads straight to Dick CheneyÂs office. The policies on the treatment of prisoners emanating from Cheney's office triggered the abuse and torture, according to Lawrence Wilkerson, former Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff. He is a strong proponent of torture and supports the string of America's secret prisons all over the world in which suspects are held and tortured indefinitely, without trial, without lawyers, without the right to confront their accusers, without knowing the evidence or the charges against them, if any. "We do not torture," he says in unison with the child President that he serves.
Only the other day, Dick Cheney made an unusual personal appeal to Republican senators. In a closed-door session, he asked them to allow CIA exemption to a proposed ban on the torture of terror suspects in U.S. custody. Cheney told his audience the United States Âdoesn't engage in tortureÂ but said his administration Âneeded an exemptionÂ from any legislation banning cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
During the reelection campaign, he jet setted around the country raising millions for election funds while stating: "We have a record of accomplishment".
Before the George Bush and Dick Cheney combo happened to America, it was once a shining beacon on a hill, a citadel of refuge and freedom, a country born amidst the most splendid ideals of freedom and fairness, the greatest political legacy ever given to any people anywhere. Together with this President, Dick Cheney is responsible for turning America into a purveyor of dark dungeons around the world where cries of pain are muffled only by further pain and where human rights now come a definite second to animal rights. Weighted heavily with the gravity of the greedy souls of these two gentlemen, America has gone into a dizzying spiral towards murky depthsÂgaining momentum as time goes by. Dick Cheney dismisses this gigantic tragedy by saying, "sometimes you gotta play rough."
The Vice President of United States, a distant offspring of one Ralph de Chesney (Sire of Quesnay) who fought in the Battle of Hastings for William the Bastard, now sends other AmericansÂ children overseas to do battle for President George W. Bush Junior, the 43rd President of United States of America, to actualize an American Empire the like of which the world has never before seen. Richard Bruce Cheney, a.k.a. Dick Cheney, has come a long way since his two DWI convictions.
He is also on a fast track of total divorce from reality. What else could one conclude about a Vice President who relies on Fox News for facts, Wal-Mart for economics, Halliburton for business morals and Donald Rumsfeld for national defense, boasts of his governmentÂs hideous deeds as Âa record of accomplishmentsÂ and who Âdoes not tortureÂ but wants exemption for his minions from legislation banning cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners?
Our man Cheney? Indeed.