Dick Cheney Shoots Former Colleagues in the Face
Don't believe the conventional wisdom and rumors about former Vice President Dick Cheney. He is not the withered shell of a one-time human being being kept alive by the supernatural force of the evil demon that inhabits his failing body.
Dick Cheney is just a sad, bitter, small, dying man.
He is also genuinely evil. But the only demons that inhabit Dick Cheney are the ones of his own creation.
I'm told that when you sit with him, you can actually hear the clicking of the mechanical device keeping him alive. He loves to compare himself with "Darth Vader." It's a very apt comparison. They both needed technology to keep them alive. But where Vader found salvation at the end of his story, Cheney seems to embrace the damnation he knows awaits him.
No doubt knowing that the fact you have a very limited time left in the corporeal realm is a time for reflection. For Cheney, the man with no pulse, it is a time to lash out, to spray others with the bile that has been building up inside you. Cheney smiles during his interviews like a condemned man who knows he is going to hell when he dies. He doesn't care.
His book came out today. "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir." I have not read the book. I have seen the reviews. I have seen the reports where Cheney's "recollection" of events runs counter to the recollections of others who were in the room at the same time.
Cheney doesn't care. His cold smirk tells you that. He's getting in his last shots before the pump fails. He's on the Tee Vee again. People are paying attention to him again.
Cheney is gaunt, ashen, shriveled, emaciated. But having a failing heart is a small inconvenience to a man who never really had one in the first place. This is a man who is proud of the fact that he ordered torture. He would do it again, he gleefully admits. This is a man who tried to take credit for being the one to give a "shoot down order" of a commercial jetliner on 9/11 when it's not really clear if Bush or Cheney gave the order. This is a man who, to fatten the wallets of his pals at Haliburton — the company he ran for much of the 1990s — encouraged his president to manufacture reasons for a war against a country that posed no threat to anyone. He made personal trips to Langley — UNHEARD of for a vice president — to badger CIA analysts into hammering square pegs into round holes to give Bush the political cover he would need to take a frightened, traumatized nation into a war we had no reason to wage.Continued on the next page