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  •  under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney (4.00)
    And I thought only the president could do something like this.
    •  Oh I'm sure Bush (none)
      will find out about it, a few hours after it happens.

      There's no point for democracy when ignorance is celebrated...insensitivity is standard and faith is being fancied over reason.-NoFx

      by SairaLV on Fri Jul 22, 2005 at 02:09:17 PM PDT

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    •  thanks making my comment.. (none)
      i've been scrolling looking for this.  it was my first thought, too.  how does a VP have the historical credibility to make war?  no snark, pls.  really, how can he even think he can do it?
      •  A good honest question. What's Cheney thinking? (4.00)
        1. What's clear at first glance, is that Cheney is in charge of this, not Bush. This is such common knowledge, that it even gets glossed over.

        2. What's also clear is that Cheney really, really wants this. Since he runs things, all he has to do is convince Georgie it was necessary, after the fact. And let Georgie take the credit as a War President.

        And that's all the historical credibility he needs, I think. It's less credibility than plausible deniability.

        3) Why does he want this?
        possible reasons:
        a) more money for Halliburton. (rationale - pure Social Darwinism. "What's good for the Top Dogs is good for America. I'm a Top Dog. I've earned the right to get whatever I can get.")
        b) more oil for America. (rationale - more like International Darwinism. America is great and strong. We're so great, we're entitled to whatever we can get. To keep America strong, we need to control oil.)
        c) control of the Middle East (rationale - basically the same as b - but with more of an angle of controlling what the rest of the world needs too.)

        These mothers are dangerous. We need to get them the hell OUT of the office, and the Senate and Congress, and make an unholy stink about all of this. And let wingers brand us all they want - but shove the facts of what their people did right under their noses.

        "Think. It ain't illegal yet." - George Clinton

        by jbeach on Fri Jul 22, 2005 at 03:49:30 PM PDT

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        •  with all due respect (none)
          i can understand why he WANTS to and why he thinks he can rationalize going to war.  what i don't know is what in his job description does he interpret to read:  i am the president.  he doesn't even try to hide behind bush, he is out front and in the open, from his office, taking us to war.  
          •  I understand that (none)
            I gave my answer, and then went a bit further, on to questions you hadn't asked. Sorry if I wasn't clear about my answer.

            My answer is: Cheney doesn't give a damn about what's written in his job description. He probably isn't even reading it, except with an eye to what he can't get caught doing.

            The job description as Cheney defines it, seems like a combination of -
            a) I can do whatever I can get away with
            b) I deserve to do whatever I can get away with, because I'm a top dog
            c) Anyway it's ok for me to do whatever I want, if it helps makes America be top dog

            "Think. It ain't illegal yet." - George Clinton

            by jbeach on Fri Jul 22, 2005 at 04:36:19 PM PDT

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      •  the chimp and his mom are busy... (none)
        ...on more important stuff like the SS tour.


        by seesdifferent on Sat Jul 23, 2005 at 11:04:09 AM PDT

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    •  Dick (4.00)
      CONDUCTING WAR GAMES SO ALL PLANES WERE AWAY FROM NY ON 9/11..busy vp...he's everywhere. They used to go to state funerals. I miss that.
    •  I'm sure he would have... (none)
      ...but he had been out biking, run into a couple security guards (you know how that goes), scratched himself up pretty good (Auntie Condi kissed his boo-boos and made them "all better") and then choked back a pretzel or two when he got home.  

      The poor guy wasn't up to ordering the generals (genitals?) around by then - or at least that's what Dick & Karl told him.  So they gave him some warm milk, soft (non-chokable) chewy chocolate-chip cookies, a nice pop-up picture book (my how he does love those!) to "read" himself to sleep with.  It was nearly 9pm, after all!

      Then Dick punched up the genitals' hotline and gave them their orders while Karl gave Novak a call to see what else was new around the Capitol...

      <one busy day at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue>

      "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." --Thomas Jefferson

      by frisco on Fri Jul 22, 2005 at 07:42:58 PM PDT

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