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Dick Cheney’s Prayer For War!

In the aftermath of 9/11, the Bush/Cheney administration turned the nation’s focus to dangers of terrorism and created an impetus which could only be maintained by finding another war to keep people believing Republicans were the saviors of America. CIA Chief Leon Panetta in an article appearing in the New Yorker claims former vice president Dick Cheney thinks “he smells blood in the water on the national security issue” and “it’s almost a little bit gallows politics. when you read behind it, it’s almost as if he’s wishing that this country would be attacked again in order to make his point. I think that’s dangerous politics.” Unfortunately, the chain man is not the only one with that thought in mind. Tune into Fox News or Rush Limbaugh to hear the latest drum beat of fear and war.

There are American who go to sleep every night praying to God their nation was safe from harm. There are others who pray to God that America suffers another terrorist attack in order to prove their point that Barack Obama is a soft hearted liberal who appeases forces of terrorism. These are the sick people who have transformed the Republican party into a center of hate and fear.

Four Caballeros Terrorists Prove Cheney Right??

Having nothing better to do with my life, I spent a few hours watching Fox News and listening to the former vice president discuss the state of the world. The capture of four terrorists who planned on blowing up synagogues in the Bronx and shooting down an airplane has aroused the right wing media because they claim this plot is proof the Cheney-Bush administration was on the right course in protecting America against terrorism. I noticed everyone on these programs displays a concerned look and mentions America quite a few times in a sentence. I listened to one show in which this nice lady said the fact these men developed their plans while in jail proves Cheney is right that we should not release the Guantanamo prisoners.

I am a bit slow on the up take at times. Let’s see, the men while in jail made their terrorist plan so the solution to dealing with terrorists is to put them in jail where they can develop plans of terrorism? Or, is the solution, free everyone from jail so they won’t have any place to get together to make terrorist plans?

As I read about these “terrorists” they come across as a modern version of the Keystone Cops who bumbled their way through life. I also read in the Times about a Pentagon study which reveals one in seven terrorists who are released return to terrorism. Actually, that rate of crime is much lower than release of normal people released from jail. It could be read that six out of seven terrorists released from jail did NOT engage in terrorism.

To be honest, I though Dick Cheney had died a few years ago since no one heard a word from him, but these days you will find him on a stage giving his speech about terrorism and how he, with some minor assistance from the guy who was called, “president,” saved America from terrorism. Is he now a candidate for president in 2012?

American Torture Report Shows Bush As He Really Is!

In the history of the United States there have been few episodes which have matched in disregard for human rights as the story of what has transpired in Guantanamo during the interrogation of prisoners. Aside from flippant remarks from Don Rumsfeld or Dick Cheney about what is the big deal in listening to loud music or standing, no Republican leader who served under George Bush has indicated the slightest understanding of what was done to those imprisoned. And, we cannot forget that few of these men were ever convicted of anything other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Of course, some were part of the Taliban or served with al-Qaeda, but in America we believe people are entitled to a fair trial.

Mark Danner, a journalism professor has released on the web site of the New York Review of Books, the story of interrogation. It doesn’t take much more than reading the Table of Contents to make an American sick to his stomach. Among the headings are; “Suffocation by water, prolonged stress standing, beating by use of a collar, beating and kicking; confinement in a box; prolonged nudity; sleep deprivation; use of loud music; exposure to cold temperatures/cold water; prolonged use of handcuffs and shackles; threats; forced shaving; deprivation/restricted provision of food.”

This is the story of the Bush administration, not the story of America. This nation must place on trial every member of the Bush administration–including the president– who allowed such behavior on the part of Americans. We strongly suggest formation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission after the model used in South Africa.

Intelligence, Bush Style!

Lawrence Wilkerson, a Republican who served as chief of staff for then Secretary of State Colin Powell, admitted that many men presently in Guantanamo are innocent and the only crime they ever committed was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. In his discussions with military officials, they admitted they knew some of the men were innocent, but they had a plan. “It did not matter if the detainee was innocent. Indeed, because he lived in Afghanistan and was captured on or near the battle area, he must know something of importance”was the assumption of men raised in the United States of America which has a Constitution based on innocence until proven guilty!! Wilkerson, says “US leadership became aware of this lack of proper vetting very early on and thus, of the reality that many of the detainees were innocent of any substantial wrongdoing, had little intelligence value, and should be immediately released.

Wilkerson claims Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld know of this but refused to do anything because it would damage the Republican presidency. Wilkerson says at present we can not try those who are guilty because they were tortured and the evidence will not stand up in a court of law.

Dick Cheney An Meaning Of Truth And Power

Vice President Dick Cheney is among the unreconstructed advocates that war in Iraq had something to do with al-Qaeda and the September 11th attack. He still believes it was necessary to invade Iraq to destroy al-Qaeda even though Saddam Hussein never allowed any al-Qaeda group to become a force in his nation. Under Saddam, there was one terrorist–his name was Saddam. But, to Dick Cheney, evidence or truth are always strangers who never knock on his door of knowledge. Joe Biden put on his gloves and slammed the vice president for misunderstanding the meaning of power. “The only value of power is the effect, the efficacy of its use. And all the power Cheney had did not result in effective outcomes.”

The history of the Bush administration has yet to be written and future historians will most likely term it the “Bush/Cheney” presidency because bumbling confused George Bush never fully comprehended his own lack of intelligence nor did he realize how his dear friend manipulated and assumed powers no vice president had ever possessed in American history. Historians have used the expression, ‘the imperial presidency” but from now on they will have to add “the imperial vice presidency.”

Ironically, both men assumed they had knowledge, but neither ever grasped how their ignorance of the Middle East or the Muslim religion made them ineffective in formulating successful policies for the region. The further tragedy is their bumbling confusion only helped to exacerbate the mistakes of the Israel government who actually thought George Bush was their friend. With friends like Bush/Cheney, Israel had no need for enemies.

Cheney Defends Bush Administration Policies

Dick Cheney, in probably his last interview as vice president, mounted a vigorous defense of the Bush administration and compared dangers America was facing in 2001 with those confronted by Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt. He insisted President Bush had not exerted any more executive power than previous presidents. Cheney defended the use of tough interrogation programs and wire tapping. He insisted Bush “was fully authorized in taking” and it was due to such actions that al-Qaeda was put on the run. The vice president was uncertain if Osama bin Laden was still alive, and he expressed disagreement with the Bush decision to fire Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense, given the brilliant job he was doing.

Bush, and Republicans, often cite wartime actions by Lincoln and FDR to support their claims the president had to take strong steps against terrorism. Of course, Lincoln had a large Confederate army within sight of Washington D.C. and FDR was confronting the best army in the world in Nazi Germany, not a few thousand men who had no ability to inflict any serious damage to the United States. If Bush and Cheney policies defeated al-Qaeda, perhaps he could explain how today al-Qaeda has more members than ever before and is operating throughout the world?

“Worst Place In The World”-Where?

An Algerian man who was held at Guantanamo prison for years just arrived in his adoptive country of Bosnia declaring that Guantanamo was the worst prison in the world. “For almost seven years, I was at the end of the world, at the worse place in the world.”Perhaps, the worst aspect of his imprisonment is failure on the part of the Bush administration to present any evidence Mustafa Ait Idir has committed any act of terrorism except to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. “It would have been hard even if I had done something wrong but it is much harder(when one is innocent.)” He was released on order of a federal judge. It took a judge to admit the United States had been wrong to place innocent people in jail, but, George Bush who could not recall any mistake he ever had made, would be the last person to admit an error.

The long nightmare of Guantanamo will soon be over. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is preparing to close down the prison and has the enthusiastic support of Barack Obama. However, it is not morally correct that the men who created this monstrosity which is a blot on the reputation of America are allowed to go free. Perhaps, the prison should be kept open another year or so and Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld be placed in it, under the same conditions faced by prisoners, so they can first hand experience what they did.

Since Dick Cheney does not consider waterboarding to be torture a round or two of it would help to allow the vice president to reflect.

It’s Bush, It’s Rumsfeld, It’s Cheney-Abusing Prisoners!

For years President Bush has blamed the inhumane treatment of prisoners in the care of America on a few “rotten apples.” Together with his buddies, Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney, he has refused to say, “the buck stops here” and accept responsibility for treating captured humans in degrading and criminal ways. A new report by the Senate Armed Services Committee will be released within days and it specifically identifies high ranking officials in the Bush administration as the ones who encouraged the use of torture. According to Senator Carl Levin, “attempts by senior officials to portray that(few rotten apples) to be the case while shrugging off any responsibility for abuses are both unconscionable and false. Our investigation is an effort to set the record straight.”

The report notes military officers were concerned maltreatment of prisoners violated US law an the Uniform Code of Military Justice and exposed lower ranking soldiers of possible prosecution. Military lawyers constantly expressed this disagreement with methods of interrogation that were used but their complaints were ignored.

It is time to prosecute Bush/Chenecy/Rumsfeld and sent them to jail.

Vice President Dick Cheney Indicted In Texas

A Texas grand jury has indicted Vice President Dick Cheney for conspiring to block an investigation into abuse at privately run prisons. The indictment alleges Cheney profited from the abuse because he invested $85 million in a mutual fund which holds shares in the for-profit prisons. This constitutes a conflict of interest and the indictment appears to argue the vice president should have excused himself from dealing with a situation in which he stood to gain. The Indictment further alleges that former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, participated by using his position to stop investigations s to the wrong doings which includes the assaults committed in the prison.

There is little possibility the indictment will go any further than providing good copy to the media for a few days. Unfortunately, Dick Cheney should be indicted for lying to the American people about reasons for initiating the war in Iraq. There is no doubt Cheney heavily influenced the Bush decision to invade. The tragedy is the inability to indict this man for crimes against the American people and against humanity.

US Conducted Secret Operations Inside Other Nations

The American nightmare is drawing to its conclusion with the exodus from Washington D.C. of George Bush. During the past eight years the ignorant trio of Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush have considered the United States Constitution a piece of paper they could ignore anytime they considered it didn’t accord with their plans. A story in The New York Times indicates American military forces conducted secret operations against al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups by entering nations like Syria and Pakistan without permission of their governments. Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld authorized the military in the spring of 2004 to conduct operations anywhere in the world. Units like the SEALS or special forces simply operated in Syria and Pakistan on the basis of their own intelligence that al-Qaeda leaders were in the area.

The United States once stood as a symbol of a nation that represented law and order. Under the Bush administration we have come to represent a bunch of thugs who enter nations without permission because the president says we can do it. We all hope an Obama administration will end this rogue behavior.