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Dick Cheney as an Exemplar of American Sportmanship

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    Remember Dick Cheney? George W. Bush's VP from 2000-2008, the person who as head National Security Advisor for Bush before 9/11 decided that Bush need not heed Bill Clinton's warning about a possible direct attack by Osama bin Laden on America:

    On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Quaeda. That morning's "presidential daily brief" -- the top-secret document prepared by America's intelligence agencies -- featured the now-famous heading "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in the U.S." A few weeks later, on 9/11 Al Quaeda accomplished that goal.

    nytimes.com/2012/09/11/opinion/the-bush...

    Bush's response?

    We've known for years now that George W. Bush received a presidential daily briefing on Aug. 6, 2001, in which he was warned: "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." We've known for almost as long that Bush went fishing afterward.

    What we didn't know is what happened in between the briefing and the fishing, and now Suskind is here to tell us. Bush listened to the briefing, Suskind says, then told the CIA briefer: "All right. You've covered your ass, now."

    salon.com/2006/06/20/911pdb/

    You've covered your ass. Now scram.

    Undoubtedly as counselled by Dick Cheney, who as leader of an energy task force, famously assembled a group of petroleum corporatists including the crook Ken Lay of Enron:

    By March 2001, Cheney’s task force had prepared a set of documents with a map of Iraqi oilfields, pipelines, refineries and terminals, as well as two charts detailing Iraqi oil and gas projects, and a list titled “Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts,” according to information released in July 2003 under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch.

    pubrecord.org/nation/2430/eager-to-tap-...

    Cheney and assembly needed an excuse to invade and occupy Iraq in order to seize those oil resources ... voila! 9/11, blame it on Iraq and invade.

    But, after assembling all this scruff and muck and grime about Dick Cheney national policy, I still have not disclosed his record as a sportsman.

    Those of you who read James Fennimore Cooper’s The Deerslayer might remember a scene in which the pioneers blast away indiscriminately at clouds of passenger pigeons, while the Deerslayer picks out one bird, shoots it, retrieves his kill for his dinner, and Deerslayer expresses disgust at the wanton slaughter committed by the pioneers....

    But then a little more Web-cruising and one finds that Cheney doesn’t necessarily hunt wildlife. Instead, it seems he sometimes hunts birds freshly released from the breeding pen. In Pennsylvania in 2003 Dickie apparently shot about 70 freshly-released birds in a private club in a just a few hours. The thrill of the hunt! I wonder if the club operators put monofilament on the birds’ legs so they couldn’t get away before they got blasted? The incident in Texas smells funny not only because the group didn’t have their Upland Bird Stamps, but because the ranch owner drove them out to a particular spot where they could find birds. Makes me wonder if she had let a bunch go just a few hours before.

    earthisland.org/journal/index.php/eij/a...

    Dickie Boy liked to mix booze with hunting and ...

    Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a weekend quail-hunting trip in Texas, spraying the fellow hunter in the face and chest with shotgun pellets.

    Harry Whittington, a millionaire lawyer from Austin, was in stable condition Sunday in the intensive-care unit of a Corpus Christi hospital. Whittington sent word through a hospital official that he would have no comment on the incident out of respect for Cheney.

    The incident occurred Saturday at a ranch in south Texas, where the vice president and two companions were hunting quail. It was not made public by the vice president’s office for nearly 24 hours and then only after the incident was reported by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times on its website Sunday.

    Katharine Armstrong, the ranch’s owner, said Sunday that Cheney was using a 28-gauge shotgun and that Whittington was about 30 yards away when he was hit in the cheek, neck and chest.

    denverpost.com/2006/02/12/cheney-shoots...

    Good thing Cheney was using a shotgun and not an AR15. Whittington only lost an eye and he's got about 30 birdshot pellets permanently planted in his body.

    I dunno. This AR15 mass murder down in Parkland, Florida, and the NRA fuss afterwards got me thinking about Dick Cheney and principles and sportsmanship.

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    Karen:

    An excellent post. Dick Cheney is definitely a despicable character, and should be in prison for the damage he did to our country.

    When he left Haliburton in 2001, he got a $34 million golden parachute. As a result of the Iraq war, his old employer ultimately earned a profit of $39 billion. Although Blackwater is not connected to Cheney, they also profited handsomely from the war. By a strange coincidence, the guy who runs Blackwater is the brother of Betsy DeVos.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dick Cheney and others in the Bush administration should have been tried for war crimes including the kidnapping of foreign nationals for the purpose of sending them to Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) black sites, the use of enhanced interrogation techniques (torture) in violation of the Geneva Conventions, and the bombing of civilians in Iraq including the use of depleted uranium weapons and phosphorus shells.

    As mentioned by Arizona, there's also the fact that he made money with Halliburton while VP and held secret meetings with oil companies (aka Energy Commission) leading up to how the "spoils of war" might be divided after victory.

    One of the worst VPs ever.