May 24, 2013
Truthdigger of the Week: Lawrence Wilkerson
Posted on Sep 2, 2011
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Former Vice President Dick Cheney launched his long-anticipated memoir this week, a 576-page “grocery store tabloid,” according to Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell and this week’s Truthdigger of the Week.
A member of the Bush administration from 2002 to 2005, Wilkerson has evolved into an outspoken critic of the Iraq War and has expressed regret for his part in making it happen. He has admitted that he helped put together Colin Powell’s presentation to the U.N. Security Council in 2003 pushing for the invasion, and has said it was the “biggest mistake” of his life. But since then, he has been doing his best to make up for that mistake. On Tuesday, Wilkerson said he would be willing to take the stand in criminal court against Cheney. “I’d be willing to testify,” he said, “and I’d be willing to take any punishment I’m due.”
In an interview with Amy Goodman for “Democracy Now!” Wilkerson dismissed Cheney’s book, “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir,” as “singularly insignificant,” and said he agrees that Cheney is “not just a political figure with controversial views,” as constitutional law attorney Glenn Greenwald has said, “but an actual criminal, that he was centrally involved in a whole variety, not just of war crimes in Iraq, but of domestic crimes as well.”
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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders fought for his underwater state this week in the wake of Hurricane Irene, calling BS on Rep. Eric Cantor’s efforts to turn a natural disaster into yet another excuse to hack away at social programs like Social Security and Medicare. And speaking of Social Security, just last week (Aug. 25) Sanders laid out a plan that he said would keep the program solvent for the next 75 years: Apply the same payroll tax already paid by more than nine out of 10 Americans to those with incomes over $250,000 a year. In nominating Sanders, Truthdig reader Mary said that not only is he “concerned about real people in reality-based reality,” but he “has a good perspective about corporate power and understands what needs to be done to restrain corporate bullies.”
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