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Deceit of Shakespearean Proportions

Posted on Aug 30, 2011
AP / Ed Zurga

Former Vice President Dick Cheney gestures as he speaks to troops at a rally in 2006.

By Robert Scheer

Behold this unctuous knave, a disgrace to his nation as few before him, yet boasting unvarnished virtue. The deceit of Dick Cheney is indeed of Shakespearean proportions, as evidenced in his new memoir. For the former vice president, lying comes so easily that one must assume he takes the pursuit of truth to be nothing more than a reckless indulgence.

Here is a man who, more than anyone else in the Bush administration, trafficked in the campaign of deceit that caused tens of thousands to die, wasted trillions of dollars in resources and indelibly sullied the legacy of this nation through the practice of torture. Still this villain claims that, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the horrid methods he endorsed were a necessary response to the threat of Osama bin Laden. How convenient to ignore that it was Barack Obama, a resolutely anti-torture president, who made good on the promise of Cheney and the previous administration to take down the al-Qaida leader. 

Not to mention that bin Laden was killed in his hiding place in Pakistan, a nation that the Bush administration had befriended after 9/11 by lifting the sanctions previously imposed in retaliation for Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program, a program connected with the proliferation of nuclear weapons know-how and the sale of nuclear material to North Korea, Libya and Iran.

Pakistan joined with only two other nations, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, in granting diplomatic recognition to the Taliban government that provided a safe haven for al-Qaida as bin Laden orchestrated the 9/11 attack. But instead of focusing on the source of the problem, Cheney led the effort to overthrow Saddam Hussein, who had ruthlessly hounded any al-Qaida operatives who dared function in Iraq.

You don’t have to slog too deeply through Dick Cheney’s advertisement for himself to grasp not only the wicked cynicism of the man but also how shallow are his perceptions. He recalls his college years in the 1960s, when he was a draft-deferred young Republican during America’s murderous adventure in Vietnam—in which more than 3 million Indochinese and 59,000 Americans were killed—as a time of career advancement through strategic Washington appointments. 

The war that left Martin Luther King Jr. condemning his own government as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today” is regretted in Cheney’s memoir only for the reactive violence that he attributes to anti-war student protesters. We are told, in a reminiscence of his days as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, that “in May 1969, students threw rocks and bottles at police trying to shut down a party on Mifflin Street,” but there is nothing of napalmed Vietnamese or U.S. troops in body bags.

That same May, young Cheney’s Republican contacts in Washington would pay off when he secured an appointment in the Nixon administration working for none other than Donald Rumsfeld. Cheney recalls that he didn’t know he was “signing up for a forty-year career in politics and government—but that was exactly the right call.”

Those 40 years, interrupted by a lucrative stint at defense contractor Halliburton, saw Cheney rise to become secretary of defense and later vice president, presiding over wars that put him in considerable conflict with Colin Powell. It is Powell—who was experiencing the reality of war in Vietnam at the time Cheney was winning bureaucratic battles in Washington—who is scorned in Cheney’s memoir as the hopeless dove.

It was the more cautious war veteran Powell who, as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the first Iraq war, proved to be far more effective as a leader than Cheney, who was then secretary of defense. What is confirmed by Cheney’s memoir is that he seized upon the second Iraq invasion as a way of settling scores with his adversary by assuming the role of an ultra-militarist. 

Powell, who, inside the administration, clearly opposed the invasion of Iraq—“If you break it, you own it”—was cast as a puppet who in a dramatic appearance before the United Nations lied to the world when he said Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. But despite Powell’s woefully misplaced sense of loyalty to President George W. Bush, Cheney is merciless in condemning the general for allegedly undermining the administration. Powell has fired back at what he termed Cheney’s “cheap shots” and reminds us that “Mr. Cheney and many of his colleagues did not prepare for what happened after the fall of Baghdad.”

It is not clear that Cheney is a true believer in military mayhem as much as he is an uncontrollable careerist who finds war talk a convenient tool for advancement. He seems to have no real sense of the cost of the Iraq War beyond what it might have done to hurt his own legacy. If his memoir has any enduring value, it is not as another offering of hollow excuses for an unjustifiable war but rather as a study in what the famed historian of European fascism, Hannah Arendt, termed the “banality of evil.”

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By Wishingforsanity, September 13, 2011 at 7:23 am Link to this comment

Must we continually show our collective ignorance through hostile exchanges? I am so
tired of the disgusting discousre we’ve embraced as a country. Nobody here, in these
comments, that has directed insult at another is either, smarter, sharper, more insightful,
holier, more just or even more “correct” in your assertions through aggressive attacks.
And though you may feel it like it, you are also not louder. You ALL read like little
children during recess. Well, recess is over and we MUST turn this ugly discourse into
respectful exchange of ideas. maybe even graduate to a highschool level debate class
with a moderator keeping us in check. Otherwise, guess who “wins?” NOBODY.

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By cpb, September 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm Link to this comment

How original Windy, how utterly original!  Have you been taking classes?  I hope they will give you credits you can apply to finally graduating from high school.

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By Leefeller, September 6, 2011 at 8:20 am Link to this comment

Sadly when blinded by belief, realty, truth or facts have no place to enter, for the mind of the believer is bursting full.

Conspiring about conspicuousness seems very like a conspiracy to me!

I ask, what is the point in all this? Ossification?, Distraction? Grassy Knoll delusions? Attempt to degrade reality into a level of myopic musings for self guidance? I see little reason for the rumination of possibilities or fantasies.  This is Delving into what could be or may have been compared to what is and the known.

The possibility’s from the mind can be many some real again not so real and what of wrongness?  I ask what is the point in all this conjuring?

We have plenty enough real bald face lies and conjuring coming from our government without having to make shit up… and to what purpose?

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By Inherit The Wind, September 6, 2011 at 6:39 am Link to this comment

You have never posted one reasoned, thought out post. Even your dear pal the R. D. can’t escape having an occasional intelligent post.
You just drop toads.

That’s what a troll is. Useless

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By Griffin, September 5, 2011 at 9:34 am Link to this comment
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To: Marian Griffith

There are 58,000 elevators in NYC (the New Yorker).  YoNur comments reinforce my
contempt for you and your ilk.  For your position to be true requires that all the laws of
physics be suspended on 9/11.  The laws of physics are immutable.  It really is that
simple. For an individual to observe the collapse of the 3 buildings and come to any
other conclusion than implosion makes that person a moron, a designation that fits you

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By cpb, September 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm Link to this comment

Yeah Windy, the stats show that you have been posting here for years. Tell me something I don’t already know.

If you would only demonstrate intent that wasn’t so “trollish”, then I wouldn’t call you out. 

But you don’t..  so I do.

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By Inherit The Wind, September 3, 2011 at 8:17 pm Link to this comment

cpb, September 3 at 4:23 pm Link to this comment

I thought another minute about the ridiculousness of your accusation there Windbag and I had to wonder if I’ve ever heard the ‘2-trolls-1-person’ accusation?  Yes I have heard it spoken, but not here on TDig.

I wonder if you’re trolling other sites and just forgot where you were for a moment?

No, Cockroach Pea brain, I’m not.  It’s just such a common moronic accusation that clearly someone on another forum with half a brain could pick up what you obviously cannot.

Since I’ve been around and posting on TD for years and you CLAIM to have been lurking, it’s clear who the troll is, and it ain’t me.

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By Leefeller, September 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm Link to this comment

Lets all spend time speculation on the potentials of things which have nothing to do with facts or anything really except what some people want to believe,... maybe we should all attend church and pray the earth is not really round, for it is belief in something which matters in the made up minds of fanatics.

It is all a diversion from the cold hard reality of the big weenie coming from the Republicans and their benefactors.

Yeah! Thats it! The elevator union did it, because they are all Zionists, about spending time on reality instead of conjured fantasizes at the desegregation and of real events instead of looking for dust bunnies under the bed. Look at what is really happening now!

Is this the plan part of the constant conjured diversions?

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By cpb, September 3, 2011 at 3:23 pm Link to this comment

I thought another minute about the ridiculousness of your accusation there Windbag and I had to wonder if I’ve ever heard the ‘2-trolls-1-person’ accusation?  Yes I have heard it spoken, but not here on TDig. 

I wonder if you’re trolling other sites and just forgot where you were for a moment?

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By cpb, September 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm Link to this comment

“Whenever two people disagree with dogmatics like you, the dogmatic ALWAYS says “Oh, it must be one person with two IDs, trolling.””


Yeah Windy, that ALWAYS happens!  Dogmatic like me huh?  You’re too ridiculous and transparent to be taken seriously.

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By diamond, September 3, 2011 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment

“To these tin-foil hats not one evil act of the last 100 years has happened in the world without the input of the CIA and/Mossad, even when they didn’t exist.”

That’s bullshit and you know it. Most people used to believe the earth was flat and anyone who said it wasn’t was no doubt called a tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist. The simple fact is, the official story has holes in it you could drive a truck through. It is scientifically impossible for those buildings to have come down from jet fuel fires so they didn’t. The engineers who designed them were told to do three things:

1. Design a building that won’t come down if it’s hit by a plane.

2. Design a building that won’t come down in a fire.

2. Design a building that won’t come down in a hurricane with gale force winds.

That’s what they did. Work it out. It’s not even hard. The only way those three buildings could come down was if the steel pillars holding them up were ‘cut’ with explosives, in this case thermite, therefore that’s what was done. And building number 7 was hit with nothing, not even a fart, so why did it suddenly implode and come down at freefall speed? I’m sure you know what one of the great philosophers said: “First an idea is mocked, then it is accepted as true and then people are amazed that it was ever doubted.” The truth about 9/11 is following the usual pattern.

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By Inherit The Wind, September 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment

cpb, September 2 at 8:25 pm Link to this comment


One might be led to suspect that Windy and Krazo are one and the same flesh.  Not an uncommon troll tactic.  I’m not accusing, not enough research I admit.  But still…

Sounds like CPB stands for “cockroach pea brain”.  Whenever two people disagree with dogmatics like you, the dogmatic ALWAYS says “Oh, it must be one person with two IDs, trolling.”  No cockroach. If you had ANY powers of observation you’d know that OzarkMichael and I spend MOST of the time ripping each other apart because we disagree on 75-90% of all issues here.

But I’m not surprised considering whom YOU value as “wise posters” (like the truly insane Dr. Quack).

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By Marian Griffith, September 3, 2011 at 11:58 am Link to this comment
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Your ad hominems are not strengthening your arguments you know, and accusing your opponents from being stupid (and worse) because they disagree with you is not scoring you any points either.

However, it just might be that I actually studied structural engineering to a degree that I am able to distinguish plausible explanations from paranoia induced fantasies.

What you throw out as ‘truth’ sadly has very little to do with reality of both steel constructions and demolition. Nor does your argument show a good grasp of building design I might add (thousands of elevators? I am afraid there would not be room in the building for office space if you were to try that).
Nobody ever uses termite for demolitions because it only makes a hole big enough for the rest of the molten mass to leak through. It certainly will not cut through a steal column (it would just rain down on the ground and cause fires there, but would only scorch the steel a bit. Getting it to cut through a steal beam requires removing the entire floor panelling which is rather noticeable I would say. Of course you also forget that all steel columns are covered in flame retardant materials and hidden away behind panelling, all of which must be stripped away before applying any explosive. Again something that is hard to miss for even a brain damaged office worker.
The fact that the building started to collapse almost vertically strongly suggests that the construction gave way over its whole floor surface in a short time. This is consistent with either closely timed explosions (but that requires the floor to be thickly covered with coils of det cord, which would be impossible to miss as you could not walk around that floor without tripping over them, or with a fire that rages over the whole floor and weakening the entire structure pretty much evenly. Funny how there was just such a fire raging, and nobody mentioned seeing det cords and stripped columns or floor paneling. And yes, some people got out of that building alive who would have been in a position to see such things. Firefighters were all over the building in fact and they -definitely- would have mentioned something like that.

But of course the above are merely scientific facts, and what chance do they stand in opposition of fanatical belief?

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By cpb, September 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm Link to this comment


One might be led to suspect that Windy and Krazo are one and the same flesh.  Not an uncommon troll tactic.  I’m not accusing, not enough research I admit.  But still….

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By cpb, September 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm Link to this comment

“But other losers like cpb were losers long before they finally went down in flames. A second chance wont help. It has nothing to do with circumstances, since losers like cpb truly deserve to lose.”

- Ozark Michael

Wow!  That’s an amazing amount of ‘just wingin it with BS’ there Krazo!  You lay down a quote, shoot right past any thought of giving any context, and launch into a personal attack!  A pointed one too!

Trolling trolling trolling
Keep that thread a trolling

You know, the disservice to honest debate and civil discourse that these trolls affect is, essentially, treasonous to much of what popular culture would consider to be fundamentally “American”.

Spew your crap there Krazo, you’re one pretty transparent Troll.

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By bd6951, September 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment

To: Marian Griffith, Sabagio and other 9/11 truth deniers

Your ignorance(s) regarding the construction of steel framed buildings and the ease with which the 3 imploded buildings could be wired for demolition is stupifying.  Clearly you’ve never been in a high rise building during construction.  The elevator union is the MOST powerful organization in the construction industry.  Elevator builders, especially in NYC with its 1000’s of elevators, control the pace at which construction/maintenance progress proceeds.  No other building trades dare interfere with these guys.  Once you’ve gained access to the elevator shafts, access granted exclusively to elevator builders, wrapping the 39 huge columns at the cores of WTC 1 and 2 with nanothermite cordage couldn’t be easier.  A dozen technicians could have wired the 3 buildings in a matter of weeks.  That you don’t understand these realities betrays a lack of intelligence so profound as to disqualify you from having anything further to say on this topic.  You should direct your comments to the drudge report, a more suitable forum for your ilk.

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By OzarkMichael, September 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm Link to this comment

cpb said:” To them it is strictly practical, and the losers all deserve to lose.

Not really. Not all.

I think some losers ought to be given a second chance, its not their fault. It was just circumstances.

But other losers like cpb were losers long before they finally went down in flames. A second chance wont help. It has nothing to do with circumstances, since losers like cpb truly deserve to lose.

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By cpb, September 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm Link to this comment

What’s this conspiracy you’re alluding to there Windbag?  Do tell.

Troll tactic - throw out more obfuscation to make it sound like you might know what you’re talking about without actually presenting any facts.

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By Inherit The Wind, September 2, 2011 at 5:02 pm Link to this comment

You’ve stumbled into the hotbed of conspiracy fantasies. To these tin-foil hats not one evil act of the last 100 years has happened in the world without the input of the CIA and/Mossad, even when they didn’t exist.

Using facts, logic and reason will get you nowhere: They “know” that Jews in Mossad attacked their best friend and ally with evidence pointing at Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, to get them (their friend, the USA) to attack…...Iraq. (??????)

That a nation would attack its most precious ally, and…well you get the rest.  It doesn’t even make sense from a paranoid’s POV.

The sad thing is there really WAS a conspiracy to get us into Iraq, one that didn’t require such outlandish motivation as a staged attack that pointed at Afghanistan when the goal was an excuse to attack Iraq.  Robert Woodward documented the ACTUAL conspiracy: to come up with a plan to attack Iraq that the Bush admin was cooking up in December of 2000, even before the inauguration.

It’s enough to make one think there’s a conspiracy to convince conspiracy buffs that there WAS a CIA/Mossad conspiracy to attack the WTC to hide the REAL conspiracy to cook up a reason to attack Iraq.

Or maybe there was a conspiracy to get Bob Woodward to THINK there was a conspiracy to attack Iraq in Dec 2000.

(one can just keep inventing conspiracies back and back!)

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By cpb, September 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm Link to this comment

“Repeating this theory only makes you sound foolish.”

Considering the boiler plate “it couldn’t possibly be” summary of excuses that you’ve wasted column space on and have long ago been shown to be hollow, it is you that sounds pretty foolish.

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By diamond, September 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment

“I doubt it will make much of an impact, but please stop repeating conspiracy theories and especially this one. There was no inside job, no conspiracy (never mind that government can not keep a conspiracy for two days never mind having hundreds of people quietly conspire to kill thousands of fellow americans and not a single word of it getting out), and no credible construction engineer will disagree with the very thoroughly researched circumstances of the WTC collapse (because they wanted to know why it collapsed as it did when until then understanding was that it wouldn’t, so as to ensure that the next building was more proof against such attacks).
Repeating this theory only makes you sound foolish.”

One poll taken in America found that 73% of Americans believe 9/11 was an inside job. I am not a voice crying in the wilderness as you seem to believe. Furthermore, the steel in the WTC was especially formulated not to melt unless it was subjected to heat of 2,750 degrees Fahrenheit. The only way that level of heat could be generated is in a blast furnace or with thermite. Kerosene could never achieve that heat in a fire, the blast furnace is out of the question so that only leaves thermite. And people like you never have any explanation for why WTC building number 7 came down in exactly the same way as the Twin Towers even though that building was not hit by a plane or anything else. On national TV Larry Silverstein admitted that building number 7 was blown up or ‘pulled’ because, he claimed, the fire chief said it was going to collapse. This story is not credible because you can’t bring a building down into its footprint with explosives in a couple of hours. It takes weeks to place the explosives and it can only be done by experts.

Your reference to the fire engineers wanting to know why these three buildings are the only steel framed buildings in the world ever to collapse allegedly because of fire is correct but what you don’t add is this:

1.Fire engineers called in to investigate the collapse of the Twin Towers complained in a story run in the New York Times in 2001 that their investigations were impeded at every turn. They were prevented from interviewing witnesses, from examining the whole of what became known as ‘ground zero’ and also had difficulty gaining access to recorded distress calls to the fire department and the police. Bill Manning, editor of ‘Fire Engineer Magazine’, wrote that: ‘The destruction and removal of evidence must stop immediately.’ One of the investigating engineers claimed, ‘Our hands are tied.’ But Rudy Giuliani didn’t give a damn. He ignored all that and shipped the steel to Asia.

2.All objects (regardless of their mass) free fall with the same acceleration - 10 m/s/s. This particular acceleration value is so important in physics that it has its own peculiar name - the acceleration of gravity - and its own particular symbol, g. This means that a 110 story building like either of the towers would take around 10 seconds to come down at freefall speed. This is the speed at which the Twin Towers did in fact come down. No building will come down at freefall speed unless it is blown up, i.e. brought down in a controlled demolition. For example, a pancake collapse of a building 110 stories high would take 96 seconds. Almost ten times as long as the Twin Towers took to come down.

There are literally thousands of unanswered questions about the whole ‘event’ and telling me to shut up is not going to answer them.

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By PatrickHenry, September 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment

Marian Griffith,

How about work to the WTC elevator shafts conducted 10 months prior to the 9/11 event.  No permits were issued.

Turner Construction a notorious zionist friendly contractor worked on a nanothermite facility in 1997 and was familiar with those materials.

Then again there were those Israeli art students camped out at the WTC during this same time frame…...

It all needs to be reinvestigated by independent international investigators.

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By Sabagio, September 2, 2011 at 11:58 am Link to this comment

Conspiracy Theorists, here and elsewhere.  Roosevelt did not allow December 7, 1941 to happen so we could get into WWII, and 9-11 did happen because the bean counters in the NSA and the paranoids in the CIA didn’t have the bureaucratic fortitude, guts, balls to put aside their internecine rivalries long enough to inform the FBI that the terrorists were in town (and taking off in jet planes, with no intent to go home again,).  The FBI being their chief domestic competition, was undeserving of receiving the fruits of their labors. It would not have matter anyway if it had since the FBI directorate at the time was in denial that such a disaster could ever happen here in the US of A.  A warning was made a low level FBI functionary and , so it was not believed.

To say it was a conspiracy by Bushites is giving too much credit for brains to folks who can’t keep secrets even if their lives depended on it.  There is too much $$$$ to be made writing books about “revelations from an insider” to sell to the Gullible US.

Sabagio Mauraeno

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By Marian Griffith, September 2, 2011 at 5:54 am Link to this comment
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re: conspiracy theories

Actually, kerosene is not really all that good at burning concrete (not much in there that still reacts with oxygen) and steel may melt only at extreme temperatures but it loses it tensile strength a -lot- sooner, well below the 1000degree mark.

Steel frames are always constructed with the minimum (plus a safety margin) of material so they are in fact rather vulnerable to losing tensile strength. Ordinar building fires without the support of kerosene will in fact do just that.
Normally there must be a thick protective layer of flame retardant material covering the steel structure, but guess what tons of aluminium being shoved through the shredder that is a steel structure will do to that covering? Right, it will scrape it right off. At which point the steel is weakend from the impact and subject to the heat of the fire.

Even should there have been explosives attached to every single column in the building AND the several thousands of people working there would have failed to notice the welding on of metal structures and the detonation wires connecting everything, which alone would have required days if not weeks of work by a team of experienced welders and a team of demolition experts, then still the plane shoving through those levels would have torn up the detonation wires preventing a coordinated explosion (and most likely any kind of explosion as the shaped charges would have been ripped out along with everything else on those floors).
An uncoordinated explosion would have caused the building to topple over or failed to cause it to collapse.
An explosion below the level of impact would have caused the building to collapse from the basement level, where live footage clearly shows that the collapse starts at about the level of impact.
An explosion above the level of impact was not witnessed (it would have blown out the windows well above where the building was burning at the start of the collapse).

Compare the footage of the WTC collapse with that of the ‘Hoogersmilde’ radio tower. The radio tower had a fire raging roughtly halfway its height (which was comparable to the WTC), and collapsed in much the same way, that is nearly vertical, as the WTC did. Only when the top half of the building cut through the anchoring lines of the lower half of the tower did the whole structure being to collapse sideways (being pulled that way by the cables that still had full tension).

I doubt it will make much of an impact, but please stop repeating conspiracy theories and especially this one. There was no inside job, no conspiracy (never mind that government can not keep a conspiracy for two days never mind having hundreds of people quietly conspire to kill thousands of fellow americans and not a single word of it getting out), and no credible construction engineer will disagree with the very thoroughly researched circumstances of the WTC collapse (because they wanted to know why it collapsed as it did when until then understanding was that it wouldn’t, so as to ensure that the next building was more proof against such attacks).
Repeating this theory only makes you sound foolish.

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By Barak ha Ivri, September 2, 2011 at 5:12 am Link to this comment

I follow many, many like-thinkers here in this noble bashing of America’s
Hitler—Dirty Dick the Warmonger.

What I don’t understand is why the two monsters were never tried for treason
and murder, along with genocide and causing acts of war against the United
States of America.  We all know that 9-11 was planned by Cheney, and now we
are deluged with a book by the pig as well as commercials from Bush trying to
say what his emotions were after 9-11. Lies all.

I still remember the article in the Onion which quoted Bush in saying that he
needed to find a way to make a lot of money as President since the salary was
obviously insufficient.

What a sad world we live in.

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By basho, September 2, 2011 at 1:27 am Link to this comment

“banality of evil.”

devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite

BS tell it to the dead!

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By mariap, September 2, 2011 at 1:19 am Link to this comment

I don’t know enough bout computers to copy and paste it.  You’ll have
to type it in yourself.  I just mention to “cpb”
about sin abounding worldwide.  I just watched a
program about two or three hours ago on The Military
Channel titled, “Future Weapons.

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By Robert Welsh, September 1, 2011 at 9:02 pm Link to this comment
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Fortunately for Cheney, Reagan closed all of the nut houses and allowed him to slip through the cracks.

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By diamond, September 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm Link to this comment

“Look at that photo and tell me 9/11 wasn’t an inside job.’

It was an inside job and most people know it. Kerosene, which is what jet fuel is, can’t reduce concrete to ash in seconds and can’t burn steel. Thermite reaches a temperature of 4,500 degrees Fahrenheit in seconds and can do both. Reach your own conclusions, I certainly have.

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By Lafayette, September 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm Link to this comment

Why doesn’t this useless fool just dry up and blow away. He’s done more harm to America than any ten presidents.

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By raja1031, September 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment
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Shakespeare’s villains had charisma.  Cheney’s like a piece of over cooked liver.

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By Sabagio, September 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment

What Dick’s book proves is something we always knew: he was The Sandbagger, a skill learned in the Nixon, Reagan, and Bush the First’s administration.  He did the “dirty jobs” that his presidents did not want to taint their legacy with. Vice President Cheney was the Bush II Administration’s chief practitioner and advocate of “sandbagging.” General Powell was sandbagged when he was directed to go before the UN with proof of Saddam Hussein and Iraq’s having weapons of mass destruction. After that, his career as an effective public servant was over. (He knows that is what happened , but even today doesn’t seem to have the balls to acknowledge that he was.)
The Sandbagging of members of the Bush administration who were thought to be wavering from its ideological view of the way the world should work was a very common practice, its adherents concentrated in the Office of the VP.  A reminder of a sand blasting from the past re: public health policy is as follows:
Surgeon General Sees 4-Year Term as Compromised
WASHINGTON, July 10 — Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional panel Tuesday that top Bush administration officials repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress important public health reports because of political considerations.

The administration, Dr. Carmona said, would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues. Top officials delayed for years and tried to “water down” a landmark report on secondhand smoke, he said. Released last year, the report concluded that even brief exposure to cigarette smoke could cause immediate harm.

Dr. Carmona said he was ordered to mention President Bush three times on every page of his speeches. He also said he was asked to make speeches to support Republican political candidates and to attend political briefings.

And administration officials even discouraged him from attending the Special Olympics because, he said, of that charitable organization’s longtime ties to a “prominent family” that he refused to name.

“I was specifically told by a senior person, ‘Why would you want to help those people?’ ” Dr. Carmona said.

The Special Olympics is one of the nation’s premier charitable organizations to benefit disabled people, and the Kennedys have long been deeply involved in it.

Political Ideologues masquerading as “conservatives” continue to seek imposing on us their pseudo science, a faith-based dogma that will continue to retard any hope of economic growth and scientific and technological innovation that have been the principal sources of job creation in the US for over 100 years.  Dick Cheney was their messenger as well as overseer of its inquisition.  There are lots of folks standing in line to be his replacement in 2012.

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By jjpurr, September 1, 2011 at 11:12 am Link to this comment
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Have we all forgotten why 911 happened? It was Dick Cheney who scrapped Richard Clarke’s very successful organization (set up by Clinton to track Al Qaida because the intelligence community did not react fast enough to prevent bombings of our facilities in other countries and possible bombings in the US). Clarke’s organization was very successful at doing this by taking the field reports from the FBI of Arab visitors and tracking them and all of their activities.  His organization prevented the bombing of the LA Airport and the NY Harbor and many othes.  Cheney stated “...we are not going to let Clinton tell us how to fight terrorism.”  He then dissolved the organization.  The result was that no one was asking questions about the FBI field reports which stated that Arab nationals from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan were in flight schools only wanting to learn how to fly the planes not how to take off and land them. This is only one of many of Cheney’s mistakes in this matter.  Many other warnings were there but ignored.  One can only conclude that Cheney/Bush failed to heed the warnings and therefore caused the 911 disaster.  (See Time magazine July 12 2002? or google it.  See also Richard Clarke’s book and Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neills’s book which was a summary of the minutes of the National Security Council during his period as Treasury Secretary (he kept the minutes.

In addition Cheney shelved the plan to wipe out al Qaida (which was concentrated then only in Afghanistan) after Gore lost the presidency.  Clinton did not want to give a new administration an military action in progress and so briefed the new players in the administration of the plans and insisted that it be conducted within two months to be successful.  It would have been an in-and-out operation.  The world would be a far different place today if only Al Gore had won that race as most now believe that he did.


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By christian96, September 1, 2011 at 9:27 am Link to this comment

cpb—-People lack empathy for a variety of reasons
but a significant reason is because they lack love.
Why do they lack love?  In talking about the signs
preceeding his return Jesus said in Matthew 24:12,
“the love of many will grow COLD because so much
sin abounds.”

Roger Lapontaine—-Cheny is part of a plan by the
rebellious angel, Lucifer, but I don’t thin he is
conscious of it.  Lucifer wants to take over the
world and he is going to do it through the United
Nations.  Violence and hate around the world is going
to lead world leaders to say, “we need a one world
government and one world religion.”  Action is
already taking place seeking these two goals. Go
to google and type in “World Council of Religious
Leaders” and read about it.  I don’t know enough
about computers to copy and paste it.  You’ll have
to type it in yourself.  I just mention to “cpb”
about sin abounding worldwide.  I just watched a
program about two or three hours ago on The Military
Channel titled, “Future Weapons.”  Even though the
military can destroy people from computers inside
an airplalne now it will become more sophistaced in the future.  As I watched the soldiers sitting in
an airplane looking at a computer screen and pushing
buttons to destroy people on the ground I thought
how impersonal death has become.  You just push a
computer button in an airplane.  These soldiers were raised on computer games where you just push a button to destroy people. I knew years ago those
computer games were conditioning people to think nothing about just pushing a button to destroy others.  My question is, “Was the military behind
the development of computer games to make killing
as simple as pushing a button?”  Chapter 13 in the
book of Revelation talks about a beast arising which will require people to have a mark before they can
buy and sell.  Buying and selling has to do with
BUSINESS. Could “BUSINESS” be the beast?  It is quite possible.  President and General, Dwight
Eisenhower warned about a future military/industrial(Business) complex.  We have now reached that point.  Our military has been conditioned to think they are fighting for all Americans when the truth of the matter is they are fighting for multi-national big business.  But the industrial/military complex in America is going to be replaced by an
even LARGER military/industrial global complex through the United Nations/NATO alignment.  Take it to the bank.

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By blogdog, August 31, 2011 at 10:59 pm Link to this comment

what’s essential to know about this man is what he almost got away with:
launching a nuclear attack in the Middle East

Four Years Later: The Kennebunkport Warning of August 2007 Confirmed by
Dick Cheney on his New Autobiography

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
August 31, 2011


“Rogue network personnel embedded in the US Air Force hijacked a US Air
Force B-52 intercontinental strategic bomber equipped with six nuclear-armed
cruise missiles and flew it from Minot AFB in Colorado to Barksdale AFB in
Louisiana, the latter being the main point of departure for US flights to the
Middle East. This flight was made totally outside of the command and control
procedures of the US Air Force; it was an invisible government operation. It is
clear that this rogue B-52 was intended to join the Israeli attack on Syria, which
did in fact occur at the end of the first week of September, 2007.”


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By C.Curtis.Dillon, August 31, 2011 at 9:37 pm Link to this comment

MD and others:

Cheney is a serial murderer and classic sociopath (now called antisocial personality disorder ... such a quaint name for such a serious disease). He has overseen the murder of millions ... much like other famous sociopaths including Hitler and Stalin who also committed their murders remotely with the stroke of a pen or a simple command. The world is awash in these characters but most don’t descend into such murderous conditions. Most are just arrogant assholes who make our lives miserable. Cheney, unfortunately, along with his bumbling partner, got the chance to really create disaster for far too many. Oh ... Obama is also a sociopath but just a bit slicker than Dick. He murders with a smile on his face and “love” in his heart.

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By Tom Joad, August 31, 2011 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment

What’s been good about Truthdig is that it provides a forum for intelligent discussion, not name calling and screaming. People like BcdErick need to find another on-line site that caters to childish, adolescent writing and behavior. He adds absolutely nothing to this site and is an embarrasment to people who thoughtfully disagree with Mr. Scheer. And I know it’s a small thing, but the journalist’s name is Robert Scheer, not Sheer!

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By radson, August 31, 2011 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment

To the TDrs:do you really think its the fault of such an imbecile .Or are you being misled by the banksters,because they are faultless and the suckers accumulate.

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By Inherit The Wind, August 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment

Franco died in screaming agony from stomach cancer.  Why is such natural justice in the universe so rare.

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By OzarkMichael, August 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm Link to this comment

Look at that photo and tell me Truthdig/Sheer didnt do their best to find the worst photo possible in order to get the cicadas buzzing.

And of course it worked. It always works.

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By PatrickHenry, August 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm Link to this comment


Look at that photo and tell me this man is not a sandwich short of a picnic.

Look at that photo and tell me 9/11 wasn’t an inside job.

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By diamond, August 31, 2011 at 2:15 pm Link to this comment


Yes. And puts Cheney’s party back in the White House so they can do it all again. You’re an intellectual, my friend. It reminds me of the joke about anarchists. One of them shouted ‘Bomb the post office, kill the bankers!’
Another anarchist said ‘Why?’ and the bomber said, ‘What are you, a fucking intellectual or something?’ This is not a considered approach to political thought, and neither is yours. There are places where change will only come through bombing the post office and killing the bankers (which brings its own negative consequences) but America is not one of them. Putting the Republicans back in power along with their Tea Party allies is a disastrous and irresponsible thing to do and not voting will do exactly that.

In 1997 Clinton balanced the budget, so how did America get from there to a $14 trillion debt? The difference is the eight years of profligate, war mad Republican rule and free market mania presided over by Mad Dick and Dumb George. The writer Jonathan Franzen recently said that in the final analysis Obama is ‘the only adult in the room’ and I think he’s right.

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By tony_opmoc, August 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm Link to this comment

Cheney may well be the most obvious and aweful embodiment of evil ever to disgrace the human race with its presence, but this article is putrefying in its attempted glorification of Obama.

Cheney may rate Number 1 w1th Blair close behind, but Obama tops Bush for several reasons in the league table of the most evil cretins who still crawl across the face of the planet.

The main reason for this is that Obama is highly intelligent and made the most wonderful promises all of which have been totally broken. Bush was brain dead from the start and simply mouthed the words fed directly into his skull.

How anyone can write “Barack Obama, a resolutely anti-torture president” is someone either brain dead or brainwashed himself that he can’t actually see what is in clear view to anyone with an intelligent and objective mind.

The rest of the article is pure horseshit for the Obamabots who believe every piece of nonsense propaganda that they are continuously drowned in.

There is absolutely no point in trying to point out the facts to the blind, braindead or brainwashed.


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By glider, August 31, 2011 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment

Got to admit I nearly fell out of my chair reading “Barack Obama, a resolutely anti-torture president” in Scheer’s otherwise reasonable article.

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By Sabagio, August 31, 2011 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment

Will knew all about Dick 400 years ago when he observed…

“in my false brother
awakened an evil nature, and my trust,
like a good parent, did beget !of him
A falsehood in its contrary as great
As my trust was, which had, indeed, no limit,
A confidence sans bound…” I curse thee, Thou puny white-livered ratsbane!
Thou whoreson mad-bread pumpion!
Thou droning tardy-gaited minnow!
Thou wanton sour-faced pumpion!
Thou gnarling horn-mad bladder!
Thou queasy muddy-mettled fustilarian!
Thou puking paper-faced haggard!
Thou pribbling heavy-handed hugger-mugger!
Thou puking spur-galled pantaloon!
Thou frothy shard-borne scut!”

Sabagio Mauraeno

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By bd6951, August 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment

Osama Bin Laden died of morfan syndrome in July of 2001.  Most people are ignorant about WTC7.  Mr. Sheer, with all due respect, continues to mouth the official explanation of the events of 9/11, hopefully out of naivety.  Until the truth about 9/11 is exposed there is no hope that this country will ever be able to cope with the onset of peak oil, the true cause of the southwest Asian energy wars.  Essays such as this only reinforce the need for a scientific investigation into the massive crime of 9/11.

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By bluesman, August 31, 2011 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment

Cheney wouldn’t last 15 seconds being waterboarded.
That coward would be screaming like the little girl he is!
40 years sucking the public teat. So that’s what he calls a “career”?

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By heavyrunner, August 31, 2011 at 11:53 am Link to this comment

Even the FBI says that there is no evidence connecting Osama Bin Laden with 9/11. That is the reason they never put out an indictment or arrest warrant for Osama related to 9/11. So it is poor journalism, Mr. Scheer, to include in your article part of the cover story for Mr. Cheney’s activities.

I have never seen evidence of any kind that implicates Bin Laden any more than Saddam Husein for 9/11, and one of Cheney’s biggest crimes was the twisting of the truth about connections between Saddam and 9/11. It may well be that those lies were to cover for what was Cheney’s biggest crime.

We need an actual investigation of 9/11 with subpoena power and the other elements of a real investigation.

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By MD, August 31, 2011 at 11:39 am Link to this comment
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Thanks for thrashing Cheney in words. It is cathartic. And since we will not thrash
him with the law, or so it seems, this does help sooth the indignation I feel about
this man. What a total psycho. 

I find myself wanting to understand Dick Cheney in the ways I want to understand
a serial killer.  What makes them tick? What are their real motives?  How can they
not see what they are and feel great shame and regret?  Maybe career was his
prime motivator. So he good say to ma’ and pa’ and the folks he grew up with
“look at how powerful I am.  And how right and certain I am!” 

Cheney will be recorded in history as a monster.  That we will all ensure.  Not

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By D.R. Zing, August 31, 2011 at 11:34 am Link to this comment

Cheney, along with Ronald Reagan and JFK, is proof that
we need rigorous mental and physical examinations
before allowing people to run for positions in The
White House.

The man hasn’t had enough blood to his brain in 30
years.  He appears to suffer from vascular dementia. 
He should have been put out to pasture a long time ago.

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By Angel Gabriel, August 31, 2011 at 11:17 am Link to this comment

Poorly written article Bob. You wasted the space with this one. Cheney deserves to
be publicly dismembered for his crime(S) against humankind. I would not grant
him the editorial space. This man has had his greasy fingers in every war and
covert act since Viet Nam. He kills his opposition with the same conscienceless
manner as he does those he perceives as “Enemies of the State”.
Have you ever stepped on a Slug and feel your foot slip as it squishes on the sole
of your shoe? Do you remember the revolting feeling you had when that happened
and you attempted to scrape it off the bottom of your shoe? Honestly mate, I have
more empathy for the slug than Cheney, but I would not have dedicated any space
to him because from my own experience of disgust every time I see a picture of
him or a reminder that we share the same air on this planet, my whole being

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By robgo2, August 31, 2011 at 11:06 am Link to this comment

Dick Cheney is a classic sociopath.  He is totally unconcerned with the adverse
consequences of his actions for other people, as long as they serve his own
purposes.  He’s the sort of person who would shoot someone in the face without
batting an eyelash.  Oh, wait, he actually did that.

My only reservation regarding Robert Scheer’s article is his characterization of
Barack Obama as being “anti-torture.”  How do we know that?  Obama has
continued the practices of indefinite detention of prisoners and denial of the right
of habeas corpus.  Who knows what goes on behind the gates of prisons in Iraq
and Afghanistan?

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By Robespierre115, August 31, 2011 at 10:32 am Link to this comment

” How convenient to ignore that it was Barack Obama, a resolutely anti-torture president, who made good on the promise of Cheney and the previous administration to take down the al-Qaida leader.”

Um…he hasn’t closed Gitmo and has opened more black sites in Afghanistan.

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By nothing2fear, August 31, 2011 at 10:07 am Link to this comment
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The Bush/Cheney presidency was pretty bizarre, Bush a party animal failed businessman was teamed with the savvy amoral career politician Cheney (someone had to know something about the political machinations that work today in Washington), their goal for all intentions and purposes was to transfer as much wealth from the nation and the control of the people, into private hands (as was possible during their short but damaging presidency). 

Under their watch the reputation of the US was diminished throughout the world (through what most of us consider immoral acts), the economy was allowed to be wasted (in a way that makes it seem almost intentional), the thousands of death of 9/11 were used to kill and maim thousands more of our citizens and to destroy the economy and culture of another nation not to mention 100’s of thousands of Iraqi’s who were killed and maimed by our invasion (and did not welcome us with open arms opting rather to carry their dead or wounded family member or friends), our constitution has been subverted or at least weakened considerably by their taking liberties with our liberty (and the Patriot Act which has been allowed to transcend our constitution).  The list goes on but it all amounts to the ruination of what was a great nation 30 years ago (and yes it has taken the cooperation of both parties to accomplish this.

For the ruining of a sovereign nation, I understand we and Britain gained a monopoly over Iraqi oil, (in spite of Iraqi’s voting to nationalize THEIR oil) for they must sell it for 30 years to either the US or Britain oil companies.  This in the name of Democracy and “Free Enterprise”.

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By cpb, August 31, 2011 at 9:59 am Link to this comment

Gerard - “Why do we not face up to this urgent need—to
understand why lack of empathy is so common among all
oppressors, and criminals in general?  And why it is so
easily dismissed in the face of the propaganda of fear
and hatred?”

There is a lot of work in certain academic disciplines
to get to the bottom of the empathy factor.  But there
has always been variations in human characteristics and
personality traits across populations.  Dealing with
someone who suffers lack of empathy used to mean making
friends with a bigger kid in the school yard who had a
profound sense of fairness.

I think it is worth revisiting the book and movie “The
Corporation” which explains how the modern entity (as
person) is essentially psychopathic in nature, by
design.  The type of person who can succeed within this
framework and rise to the top, naturally, will be the
person who has similar values.

Now we have corporate influence on government,
increasing all the time, and a series of revolving doors
between them, and the idea that a psycho like Cheney
gets Top Dog status isn’t such a surprise.

I believe fascism is not merely a merger of state and
government that some like to philosophically argue is a
good and efficient idea.  Fascism is embraced by those
who have no empathy, and thus see no problem with
inherent disparities and unfairness.  To them it is
strictly practical, and the losers all deserve to lose.

Fundamental structural changes are required, because the
structures we have in place are going to continue to
give us more of the same.  Nature of the beast.

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By RenZo, August 31, 2011 at 9:48 am Link to this comment

Cheney&Bushbaby; are by very far the worst criminals we have ever allowed to hold chief executive office in this country. Did you mention that his stock in Halliburton (and very very VERY likely other defense contracting companies and oil companies) was wildly increased in value because of his bellicose criminality. Their Presidency, their wars, their suborning of the whole economic well being of this country were NONE of them a choice that any near majority of Americans ever voted for, nor wanted. And, salt in a sore sore wound, ALL of their crimes were done in our name. Responsibility for their crimes ultimately devolves to US, each and every one.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, August 31, 2011 at 9:44 am Link to this comment
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It would take a man as big as Cheney to confront him and we don’t have one.  It would take Shakespeare to create one.  We’re long on corruption, short on honor, courage, and justice.

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By cpb, August 31, 2011 at 9:44 am Link to this comment

Toby - “Why are so many people trying to repeal the
past?  Cheney wrote a book.  Some people will read it. 
Obama wrote a book.  Some people read it.  Shouldn’t we
focus on today and tomorrow?  We all know the history;
we’re not doomed to repeat it.”

The first thing that is ridiculous about this asinine
blah blah is that the past cannot be ‘repealed’.

After that it is more of the same ‘we have to look
forward’ BS that the politicians employ to divert
possible focus from past crimes and misdeeds.

We all know the history?  Do we now?  That’s a pretty
all encompassing statement for one person with a
keyboard to make.  Pretty ignorant statement also.  If
history was fully and truly known, prosecutions would
take place appropriately and THEN we could move forward. 
Until then we’re just moving further into the dark, or
the moral abyss, or however you want to think about

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By Cole..., August 31, 2011 at 9:34 am Link to this comment
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Why is there no mention of the “Secret Government” written and awaiting—? That(those) document(s) are the ones ‘the dick’ worked at in his Secret secure location for the years following 911?

What is in them and what will trigger the off the shelf use and. of course, why is a creation of a ‘new U.S. government’ not the subject of investigation for treason?

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By gerard, August 31, 2011 at 9:29 am Link to this comment

Again the unexamined statement of the lack of empathy:  ” He (Cheney) seems to have no real sense of the cost of the Iraq War ...” —a lack of sensitivity so common among all people who “know not what they do” when committing mass murder in the name of revenge or democracy or power. 

Why do we not face up to this urgent need—to understand why lack of empathy is so common among all oppressors, and criminals in general?  And why it is so easily dismissed in the face of the propaganda of fear and hatred? 

Instead of understanding the root causes of “high crimes and misdemeanors”, we tolerate gross evils and satisfy our pious intentions by locking up drug addicts, petty thieves and DUIs by the thousands?

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, August 31, 2011 at 9:27 am Link to this comment
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You don’t have to be a war criminal to want to read the book as Dr Bones suggested here.  As Robert Scheer says the tale is Shakespearean in proportion.  Cheney is a character larger than life.  Shakespeare would have loved writing about him.

  “Everything in this world is upside down.
  He who should be hanged in the public square
  is crowned emperor instead.
  People stand and applaud.”

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By berniem, August 31, 2011 at 8:50 am Link to this comment

Mr. President: Your failure to initiate investigations and prosecutions of the bush terror and criminal regime as well as the syndicated criminals of Wall St. and their cohorts not to mention your continuation of those very crimes both domestically and internationally solified my belief that your re-election is every bit as dangerous and onerous as the victory of any of the reactionary candidates vying for the tainted office you now hold. Frankly, I see the future of this nation as very bleak and the potential for severe civil unrest as imminent. Government of this nation has become disconnected from the actual needs of the people in favor of garnering support for perpetual re-election and personal avarice through the vehicle of pandering to the prejudices and petty desires of those ignorant enough not to see the progressive devolvement of the country into a fascist authoritarian state!

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By bobbylon, August 31, 2011 at 8:35 am Link to this comment

Last night Joe Wilson was on Keith Olbermann’s Countdown as was pretty bitter at Obama and Holder for not indicting Cheney for his crimes. But Obama doesn’t want to set a precedent for his own war crimes as president.

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By Mona L, August 31, 2011 at 8:28 am Link to this comment
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If you want get the truth out of Dick Cheney, skip his book and just waterboard him. —Andy Borowitz

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By bobbylon, August 31, 2011 at 8:15 am Link to this comment

Ask Bradley Manning about Obummer’s “non-torture” bonafides

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By Archie1954, August 31, 2011 at 8:13 am Link to this comment
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Every word of this article resonates with me and the language is masterful.

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By bob zimway, August 31, 2011 at 7:44 am Link to this comment

I don’t know if this site is blocking references to the WTC demolitions, but when we talk about Cheney and the other Bush admin perps, we need to keep the 9/11 hoax in view, lest we forget the range and depth of the evil that took over the US govenment when Bush stole the first election, and the plans for a new “Pearl
Harbor” were activated.

It happened; let’s be brave and attempt to integrate that info into our consciousness.

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By carl moore, August 31, 2011 at 7:35 am Link to this comment

?how much?

            ?how many times?


                    bring them to their knees.

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By juan, August 31, 2011 at 7:29 am Link to this comment
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You think the lies and misinformation in this book are
bad?  Wait til the sad day when Mr. Cheney dies and he
is given full state funeral honors, eulogized in
soaring rhetoric by Barack Obama.

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By John Poole, August 31, 2011 at 7:29 am Link to this comment
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Nations will always spawn Dick Cheney types. That really isn’t a problem. How to
keep such strange paranoid weaklings from getting into positions of power is the
only task that matters. We’re not very good at “vetting”- Obama is a perfect
example of weaklings fooling the populace. Most likely there will be a death bed
scenario in a few years where Cheney blissfully checks out ala Pol Pot- in denial
and still a hero to many with loyalists attending to his modest last breath needs.

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By phreedom, August 31, 2011 at 7:25 am Link to this comment

Part 1

Hey Robert,,

Does it not seem Cheney is sacrificing himself to
keep his ball in play. The good side of this, I
suppose, is that there is an imminent threat to what
he has stood for, and implemented in his life.

But what an effective cover this guy has run for the
underbelly of our political and economic system. It
does appear at times, other than that he is insane
with the wrong reality of the world,,, well,  that he
runs cover for the rest of the insane running the
world(this country). And that “rest” is a massive
contingent who must look at Cheney as role model, not
as a role model of attitude or ideology, but the
ultimate role model who is willing to take a bullet,
to run the perfect cover,, to ensure the greater body
of nuts can continue to operate as he has or worse,, 
making war, making billions and use the population of
the world as fodder to fuel goals of dominating and
directing existence, reality itself.

Fortunately or unfortunately, I learn by images or
pictures, be that a picture of a word to remember
it’s spelling, or recognize what it might mean. For
instance, if I have spelled any of the words above
correctly, or used then according to their correct
meaning, it is because I have seen them before in
conjunction with becoming aware of their meaning,
relatively at the same time. So, one such as I, moves
information around in his mind, in frames, segments,
batches of pictures. Sort of like using a mental
story board, as writers may use as some additional
tool to map out visually a screenplay or book. But in
my case, it is my primary tool of understanding and
allows for normal conventions of written and verbal
communication. But in my case, this mental story
boarding comes first, and then the conventional
communication stuff. I misspell words or use them
incorrectly because I can not remember what they
looked like. If I associated a word with an improper
or wrong meaning or use, well, boy can I be
misunderstood to be stupid,,, can be a social curse,
but handy when it comes to creative writing. (a good
bit of dyslexia, and a touch of autism maybe, sure,
but I have had not time to learn around those, so I
run with them)

In any case, my point is, I think Cheney story
boards, and he is a master of using a kind of story
boarding to super impose images on people minds, on
society,,,, and that, along with his knack for timing
these projected images, well, he is quite effective
at twisting us all in a bunch. I think what is not
“banal”, not obvious, certainly not trite about his
process, is that he intends to “run cover”, sacrifice
himself, through these well timed and premeditated
frames, scenes, mental images,,,, as he blankets or
obscures the actions of so many others that are
following in his footsteps. What is important is the
image of Cheney passing the public an evil and/or
absurd book, and not what is written in it.

Rhuen Phreed

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By phreedom, August 31, 2011 at 7:24 am Link to this comment

Part 2

The evil that Cheney engages in is not that it is
obviously arrogant and without regret, in terms of
his sincere or insincere denial of his past/current
actions or intentions, but rather the evil in this is
that it is not banal or obvious or trite to most,
that it is not obvious to most that he is a hero. 
Cheney has not simply thrown himself on his sword,
time after time, but he walks around with one stuck
deep in his chest, most likely right in the area of
his heart. Best to simply ignore this man’s antics,
what ever form they take,,, the scenes he tries to
form in our minds are but representative of a
sacrifice he feels he must make, a sacrifice that
only acts to run cover for his cause, and keep the
greater body of his followers off our radar.

Ignore him people, think of the process of ignoring,
the images this man conjures up, well, consider
ignoring in this case, as form of meditation,,, let
it pass through your mind and out the other side,
make no mental stops for this man’s shenanigans.
Concentrate instead on what he is running cover for,
and possibly take notice & measure of the imminent
threat, that Cheney obviously perceives at this
period/moment in time/history. Try to figure out and
understand the threat to what he has stood for and
has taken action to implement, and once you do, jump
on that band wagon immediately, don’t let that image
pass through your mind without making your reaction
to it actionable towards its’ material destruction.                                                                               

Rhuen Phreed

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By Leefeller, August 31, 2011 at 7:22 am Link to this comment

Chaney paved the yellow brick road for the docket of Republicans we see before us today. Deceivers and lairs of the Republican order! Never ever let truth, facts or reality get in the way of ones agenda! 

As Chaney stated during an interview when suggested by the interviewer, ‘You know, most citizens in the United States are opposed to the Iraq War’

Chaney replied with Chaney like hard felt emotion stating;......“SO!”

Impeachment is off the table as is reality, letting crimes go unpunished seems as enabling as driving the get away car!

US Rage, check it out, One person, one dollar, one vote!

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By Kalpal, August 31, 2011 at 7:17 am Link to this comment
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Cheney has never been for anything other than Cheney. His insistence that Bush be only interviewed by a prosecutor in his presence indicates a deep fear that Bush would have revealed that most of the missteps made by the administration are part and parcel of Cheney’s lack of competence and interest in this nation.

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By Toby, August 31, 2011 at 7:11 am Link to this comment
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Why are so many people trying to repeal the past?  Cheney wrote a book.  Some people will read it.  Obama wrote a book.  Some people read it.  Shouldn’t we focus on today and tomorrow?  We all know the history; we’re not doomed to repeat it.

On the moral issues of waterboarding, it is probably true notwithstanding those who claim it yields nothing of value that in fact it does, just as racial profiling yields useful results in law enforcement by focusing scarce resources in sensible ways (how many girl scouts and grandmothers transport drugs up the New Jersey Turnpike?).  Does efficacy trump moral concerns?  Probably depends.  If waterboarding MSM could have prevented 9/11, how many stalwart leftists would say it was wrong and protecting the 3,000+ victims wasn’t worth the moral cost.

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By omop, August 31, 2011 at 7:06 am Link to this comment

Mr. Scheer what does one expect from a chickenhawk/neocon attempts at
being an ultra military kind of guy?

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By Mad Rabbit, August 31, 2011 at 6:49 am Link to this comment
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We have ourselves to blame for Cheney’s Shakespearean hubris, since our nation, including its leaders and its media, afford him deference and respect, regarding him as a statesman rather than a criminal:

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”

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By smitty8, August 31, 2011 at 6:35 am Link to this comment

Good article, if understated with
respect to Cheney’s TREASON and
how many peope were or are
ignorant enough to be taken in by
his malignant vapidity.

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By Ivan Hentschel, August 31, 2011 at 6:33 am Link to this comment
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We let Cheney get away with the vice-presidency, now I suppose we will let him get away with this book. Egogreedevil knows no bounds, but shame on us for our “tolerance” of it. Darth Vaders never die, they just keep running for office….

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By Jim Yell, August 31, 2011 at 6:30 am Link to this comment
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I loved the first paragraph which was right on target. However, he spoiled it somewhat by asserting how anti-torture Obama is. Obama has not stopped torture. He would have to stick his neck out to do that and Obama doesn’t do that sort of thing. Bradley Manning was certainly being tortured on Obama’s watch and nothing was done until the public started asking why? Of course, he is still kept out of public eye so we don’t really even know if the torture has stopped.

As to the great Militaritst Cheney, the man didn’t not serve the military as a young man because of conscience, but because it interfered with is money grubbin agenda. Too bad I am not Religious, then I might have hopes he would be punished in the hearafter. Unfortunatley God is a bad joke. Cheney should have to explain himself in court.

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By prisnersdilema, August 31, 2011 at 6:24 am Link to this comment

Reason never works with the irrational…So what do you expect, you can’t talk them out of it, or shame them, or appeal to their better nature since they have none..

This is why, so called civlization creates laws, to protect people from those who believe that the ends justify any means. And, why those that go beyond those boundaries, put us all in peril. And why also, your not supposed to be able to buy a handgun or shotgun, if your crazy.

Maybe Cheny’s book, would make a good study, of what happens when a lunatic rises in government, to a position of power and influence, but who would want to carry any of Cheny’s sick mental views around in their own consciousness for even an instant.

If you can, you must be concerned for your own sanity.

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By Magginkat, August 31, 2011 at 6:23 am Link to this comment

@BcdErick…..Like most right wing, tea baggers you are describing yourself.

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By Mad Rabbit, August 31, 2011 at 6:19 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Cheney—ever the courageous champion—has decided to write his Mein Kamp after, not before, destroying the moral and legal foundations of his country. He has earned my astonishment: it isn’t every generation, after all, that gets to see a monster of such magnitude enjoy the laurels of success, as well as the approbation (tacit or otherwise) of a population whose legal rights and economic privileges he has managed to dismantle so thoroughly and, it seems, so irrevocably. We all inhabit Cheney’s nation now—one characterized by perpetual wars abroad and increased oppression at home. “Lasciate ogne speranza voi ch’entrate,” reads the gates to the Inferno: abandon all hope ye who enter here.

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By SarcastiCanuck, August 31, 2011 at 6:05 am Link to this comment
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I understand Cheney’s book can be found at the library in the fiction section….If there is a heaven and hell,that guys gonna burn.

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By Roger Lafontaine, August 31, 2011 at 5:51 am Link to this comment
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Dick Cheney is part of a Satanic cult imbedded in our govt.-security-military establishment. Their purpose: to make us accept and encourage torture, war and other forms of cruelty into American life. When we accept these things we ‘share in the guilt’ thus surrendering more power and freedom to commit more atrocities. This is training us to react with fear and respond with hatred and seek vengeance and power over other peoples and nations. This is why we are getting more and more fanatical politicians running for high office. They are sowing the seeds of War, war as we have never seen it before. They view conscience and compassion as weakness and reason as treason. They will not rest until we have totally surrendered to depravity and violence. This spiral of destruction is happening simultaneously in Israel and America to fulfill the darkest prophecies. We will not be able to escape it unless we fight back. Obama has been neutralized by them and lacks the will to confront them. He has betrayed us to their power. Ron Paul is not the answer despite his daring honesty since he is shackled to the archaic faith in gold. Kucinich is the only one who would have the spiritual wisdom and courage to oppose and defeat them.

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By thecrow, August 31, 2011 at 5:47 am Link to this comment

Why are you still silent about the most monstrous deceit of all, Mr. Scheer? Many brave men and women have paved the way for journalists like yourself to safely ask the obvious questions the “alternative” media should have been asking years ago. Don’t you think it’s about damned time?

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By John in Kerrville, August 31, 2011 at 5:08 am Link to this comment

Cheney should have been impeached, and perhaps Bush, too, for failing to realize
what Cheney was doing.  Saddam’s transgressions pale beside what Assad is doing
to his people in Syria, and we are not intervening there at all!

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By christian96, August 31, 2011 at 4:54 am Link to this comment

He has heart problems.  He is getting ready to die
and stand judgment for his life on earth.  I’m
thankful I’m not in his shoes with all that blood
on his shoulders. I lost a good friend in Vietnam
fighting a war that to this day most people have
no idea why we were fighting it. A female friend
told me my friend who died in Vietnam came to my
apartment the night before he left for Vietnam.
I wasn’t home that night.  I’ve regretted it for

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By Dr Bones, August 31, 2011 at 4:51 am Link to this comment
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He needs to be confined like Hannibal Lecter in the movie “Silence of the Lambs”, and sent off to the Hague for war crimes and crimes against humanity trial.

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By Magginkat, August 31, 2011 at 4:32 am Link to this comment

This disgusting specimen of humanity is guilty of war crimes among other things.  It certainly appeared that for most of that 8 yr administration, Cheney was the acting president and Bush sat on the side lines or gave appropriate speeches, probably also prepared by Cheney.  If ever there was an administration that deserved impeachement, removement from office and prosecution for these crimes it was Cheney & Bush.  What I don’t understand is why Obama, the Congress & the Justice Dept have simply turned their heads & pretend that these criminals did no wrong.

And now they are writing books, making more money off their crimes and rubbing our noses in their filth.  Mr. Scheer was way to kind in this article.

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By shadow7, August 31, 2011 at 4:04 am Link to this comment

Cheney was behind so many devious and criminal acts that it is almost futile to focus on one or two of the most egregious of these - breaking international law by the use of torture, and by invading a non belligerent nation. He is, of course, trying to alter history in order to create a legacy of ‘elder statesman.’  The greater tragedy is that he is being welcomed by the MSM as any other book tour celebrity, - instead of being shunned as a criminal who has escaped justice because of the timidity of those in power today.  Check out:

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By thecrow, August 31, 2011 at 3:55 am Link to this comment

Get the vomit out of your mouth and answer the question, Dick: Who were you talking to and what did you mean when the Pentagon attack plane was “10 miles out” and you said “Of course the orders still stand”?

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By Paul J. Theis, August 31, 2011 at 3:47 am Link to this comment

These are some very serious charges, Robert. I am certainly no apologist for Dick Cheney (and, btw, I am no relation to the Paul Theis who served in the Ford administration), but I have heard, on the BBC, that the claim is made that waterboarding confirmed the name of Osama bin Laden’s courier, enabling President Obama ultimately to order the mission that killed our nation’s number one enemy. I think you have to address that claim.

And yes, Colin Powell famously warned of Iraq, “If you break it, you own it.” But by all indications he was not opposed to the waging of the war in Iraq; he just wanted it to be done in the right way. He did, after all, testify before the UN alleging U.S. knowledge of the existence of Iraqi WMDs.

Lastly, I have a question concerning Mr. Cheney’s reference to students at UW-Madison throwing rocks and bottles at police in May of 1969. Would that have been before or after the very ugly, bloody instance of police brutality on campus, wherein police literally bashed heads to remove non-violent, peaceful sit-in protesters from a campus building? Did Mr. Cheney perhaps overlook that important context in his recollection?

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By Dr Bones, August 31, 2011 at 3:39 am Link to this comment
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That anyone beside a war criminal would pay for his book is what makes heads explode.

Talking of lying, grifters; I saw one of Saraqh Palin’s books on sale at Borders going out of business sales for 30 cents.  I couldn’t resist the deal.  So I bought several to line the cat litter box with.

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By CitizenWhy, August 31, 2011 at 3:11 am Link to this comment

Dick Cheney is only trying to correct the historical record - President Cheney, Vice
President Bush. How come so many people can’t get that?

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By diamond, August 31, 2011 at 12:37 am Link to this comment

Look at that photo and tell me this man is not a sandwich short of a picnic.

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