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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Cheney, the Puppeteer

I can't understand why anybody is surprised to find out that Dick Cheney is the puppeteer of the Bush administration.

I saw early on what he was doing. The first sign was the closed-door meetings with representatives of Big Oil, not long after the first Bushco inauguration in 2001. I was driving around town, running errands, on the morning that I heard a radio news report about the meetings. I felt a deep, painful sense of impending doom.

If I could see this, why couldn't the rest of the country? I'm no political science expert, though I am a news junkie. I'd always liked to think of Americans as being relatively intelligent. I guess I was wrong. And that's sad.


Anonymous said...

I saw it too, and was laughed away with the dismissive "Vice Presidents don't really have any power" comment, which made me that much angrier.

I have always believed that Cheney was the driver of the Iraq policy, the energy policy, and many of the evils that this administration has wrought upon us. The article you linked is an object lesson in what can happen when you assume "the way things are" is the "way things will be."

People need to stop living in dreamland and figure out what their complacence has cost us.

Can you imagine for a single minute that if a Democrat pulled half of what Cheney has that the Republicans would let it stand idle? I think not.

I really wish our Congress would grow some balls and start holding these clowns accountable.

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

Yes, Congress does need to grow balls. I can't imagine what Bush and Cheney are holding over the Dems to keep them in line. It can't possibly be anything of any substance. It just has to be that the Dems have been cowed for so long that they don't remember what courage is.

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