Chasing Bush, Go After Dick
June 11, 2002
Can you spell S-P-I-R-O A-G-N-E-W?
Would Nixon have resigned if his VP hadn't already fallen
in disgrace? Hard to tell. Yet, I think that once you prove
that there are crooks in the administration the press has
an easier time associating criminal behavior and branding
the head with similar accusations. Dick Cheney is the chink
in Bush's seemingly Teflon armor.
Striking at the head of the hydra is inutile. A quick run
around to hamstring the beast, slicing through one of its
supporting pillars, is a much more effective metaphoric tactic.
Once wallowing on the ground, decapitation becomes easier,
although only if one is quicker with the sword than the Hydra
is to regenerate.
June 8th's New York Times op-ed
piece by Frank Rich is a veritable indictment of the second
in command. The list of High Crimes and Misdemeanors starts
with his days as CEO of Halliburton. "It was also on his watch
that Halliburton allegedly pulled a cute, Enron-like accounting
trick, now under S.E.C. investigation, that allowed it to
inflate revenues" Rich states. Agnew fell for much less shady
But this list doesn't stop there. Through Halliburton subsidiaries
there were oil equipment deals to Iraq contrary to US law
and the UN embargo to the tune of $73
million. Furthermore there were many unethical deals,
like the Dresser Industries merger, which while not quite
illegal at the time raise questions of Cheney using his influence
as a member of the administration to affect the outcome of
Asbestos Liability legislation.
Upon his departure,
"Cheney left Halliburton with a $34 million retirement package
last July when he became the GOP's vice-presidential candidate.
That's not bad for a CEO who was most likely hired for his
Rolodex. It's no wonder this administration wants to repeal
the Estate Tax.
The truly damning questions are twofold. First, Cheney's
heading of The Energy Policy Task Force. As in, how did the
energy industry write policy while excluding many environmental
groups? Nobody believes their false defense of a non-accusation,
" We didn't try and help them while they went under."
Second, Cheney's May 8, 2001, mandate with "'overseeing a
national effort' to coordinate all federal programs for responding
to domestic attacks in league with a new Office of National
Preparedness at the Federal Emergency Management Agency,"
to quote the NYT piece again. But it seems he also took a
summer vacation until September of that year.
It is no wonder that he took to the airways recently,changing
his tune from "Unvarnished Advice" to speaking out of the
side of his mouth that it was "unconscionable to criticize
a War-Time President." Does he really believe he can hide
behind the commander-in-chief's skirts? Or should that be
chaps, as Bush and Cheney are fellow Texans? Oops, I forgot
he relocated north to Wyoming to avoid a constitutional requirement.
While there are many who think George W. Bush is an aphasic
illiterate, he is shrewd and tenacious like a pre-historic
anomaly. Just as he was vacationing in Texas back in August,
2001, he noted
that. "'One of the interesting things to do is drink coffee
and watch Barney chase armadillos. The armadillos are out,
and they love to root in our flower bed. It's good that Barney
routs them out of their rooting." A month later he promised
to root out those Evildoers. Kind of rhymes with armadillos...
My advice for investigative journalists (do they exist anymore?):
Don't go for the honey pot when you can go for the staff.
In today's world, Scarmouche prefers to be anonymous...