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Jcrowley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-06-07 11:31 PM
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Dick Cheney Sucks


"Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us." Richard B. Cheney



Cheney's list of sins is as long as any Republican's transgressions. As CEO of Dallas-based Halliburton Co. from 1995 until 2000, Cheney did little about cleaning up asbestos in his buildings, leading to multimillion-dollar legal judgments against Halliburton. He presided over several rounds of job cuts, including about 11,000 workers in 1999, a year that Halliburton showed a $438 million profit. Since those layoffs, Halliburton's profits rose to $501 million in 2000 and $809 million in 2001.

Cheney's Money Has Roots in Evil
by Dave Zweifel

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"Of course, U.S. firms aren't generally supposed to do business with Saddam Hussein," he continued. "But thanks to legal loopholes large enough to steer an oil tanker through, Halliburton profited big-time from deals with the Iraqi dictatorship. Conducted discreetly through several subsidiaries in Europe, the transactions helped Saddam Hussein retain his grip on power."

He went on to explain that Halliburton was among more than a dozen American firms that supplied Iraq's petroleum industry with spare parts and helped retool its oil rigs after the Gulf War and after U.N. sanctions were eased in 1998.

The Financial Times of London has estimated that between September of 1998 and the winter of 1999-2000, Cheney, as CEO of Halliburton, oversaw $23.8 million of business contracts for the sale of oil-industry equipment and services to Iraq through two of its subsidiaries, Dresser Rand and Ingersoll-Dresser Pump.

http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0605-02.htm



The Cheney myth
The veeps reputation is that of the evil genius. His record at Halliburton, though, reveals him to be nothing more than a corrupt, incompetent hack.
BY DAN KENNEDY


FROM THE MOMENT Dick Cheney selected himself as George W. Bushs running mate, he has cultivated an image of hypercompetent malevolence. Especially since 9/11, the vice-presidents calm, serious-as-four-heart-attacks, vaguely menacing demeanor has been his principal asset, reassuring doubters that the callow Bush had as his consigliere someone who knew precisely how to deal with Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, and their ilk. A bad man for bad times, you might say. Or as Cheney himself once put it, "Am I the evil genius in the corner that nobody ever sees come out of his hole? Its a nice way to operate, actually."

Look more closely, though, and it becomes clear that Cheneys reputation is vastly overblown. The truth is that Cheney is a lifelong screw-up, a mediocre functionary with a mediocre mind. As a young man, Cheney flunked out of Yale and got busted twice for drunk driving. As an up-and-coming government bureaucrat, he was responsible for tactical errors that arguably led to the defeat of the first president he served, Gerald Ford. And as the second-most-powerful person on the planet, he overhyped uncertain intelligence and told outright lies in order to drag the United States into the war in Iraq, our worst foreign-policy blunder since Vietnam.

As John Nichols, Washington correspondent for the Nation, writes in his recently published biography of Cheney, Dick: The Man Who Is President (New Press), "Cheney did not rise on the basis of his competence, as the official spin would have it. His career has been characterized by dashed hopes, damaging missteps, and dubious achievements. No, it was not competence; rather, Cheney has climbed the ladder of success because of his willingness, proven again and again, to sacrifice principle and the public good in the service of his own ambition and of those who might advance it."

http://bostonphoenix.com/boston/news_features/dont_quot...
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durtee librul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-06-07 11:42 PM
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1. Yeah, how come Dead eye was never considered for the top job?
snip..

""Cheney did not rise on the basis of his competence, as the official spin would have it. His career has been characterized by dashed hopes, damaging missteps, and dubious achievements....."

Guess I never really thought about it until this clip...hmmmmmmmm
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-07 07:36 AM
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14. Cheney did
consider a run for the presidency. He only got about as far as his buddy Rumsfeld in that area. It's interesting to read the reviews of their work from the Ford era. They were not considered "gifted" by their fellow republicans.
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-06-07 11:45 PM
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2. Don't forget this pic:



Yeah, I know it's not Cheney, but I just love the pic! :-)
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cliss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-07 12:51 AM
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9. How about these?
Edited on Sat Apr-07-07 12:55 AM by cliss
Dick Cheney.
This image link contains an illegal code





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Oldtimeralso Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-06-07 11:52 PM
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3. They would not let him play hockey in school
because he always blew the face-off.
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-07 07:08 PM
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15. LOL
I got that, if nobody else did.
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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-06-07 11:52 PM
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4. He was I think one of the only that voted against Martin Luther King's holiday
and headstart.





Apartheid's Congressman. It's about Cheney's service in the house from 1979 to 1989. One of the things that is done in that chapter is a list of the dozens and dozens of votes on which Cheney was one of less than ten members of the house putting him at the extreme edge in voting for very right-wing, very bizarre positions. And I was very delighted about this

-- I was delighted to hear finally in a national political debate someone bring up that Mandela vote. I have talked to Nelson Mandela about these issues. He's very blunt about it he says one of the many reasons why he fears Dick Cheney's power in the United states, and Mandela does say, he understands that Cheney is effectively the President of the United States, he says, one of the many reasons that he fears Dick Cheney's power is that in the late 1980's when even prominent republicans like Jack Kemp and Newt Gingrich were acknowledging the crime of Apartheid,


http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/10/06/144...
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Jcrowley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-06-07 11:57 PM
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5. First stay in the White House
http://www.voltairenet.org/article30114.html

That was nothing but a parenthesis. Cheney had already passed his tests and when in 1974, Rumsfeld was nominated the White House Secretary General by Gerald Ford, he naturally summoned his former assistant to his side to play the same role, this time in the very heart of power. Dick Cheney had before him his lifes opportunity and did not let it go. A tireless worker, he took care, for more than one year, of settling the most trivial administrative troubles, from the White House plumbing to the little pad of the presidential copter, even solving the delicate problems of the salaries... the result: Cheney became omnipresent, controlled all the secrets in the White House and very soon was able to prepare political operations of great magnitude.

And this grows when, after the nomination of Donald Rumsfeld for the position of Secretary of Defense, Cheney inherited the chair of his old boss, that is, the White House Secretary General. From this strategic position, Cheney worked together with Rumsfeld in the gradual marginalization of Henry Kissinger, whose intention of commitment with the USSR neither satisfied Cheney nor was it of his approval.
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tblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-07 02:46 AM
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11. Charming, ain't he?
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Gabi Hayes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-07 12:37 AM
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6. I like this:
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-07 12:39 AM
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7. Dick is the absolute personification of evil these days.
I just love the way Olbermann calls him "DICK!"
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-07 12:44 AM
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8. And he blows too. Nasty evil old prick. n/t
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nam78_two Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-07 12:53 AM
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10. Hell yeah
I wanna :puke: every time I see that thing....
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rateyes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-07 06:19 AM
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12. I believe you might have gotten those three words...
in the wrong order.

After all, he does seem to be enamored with "fucking himself."

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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-07 07:29 AM
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13. Lord Vader








And the evil Decider

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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-07 07:44 PM
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20. Please. He's more like this character


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cascagraphic Donating Member (112 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-07 07:17 PM
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16. This thread is killin' me. Nice work.
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-07 07:19 PM
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17. It truly escapes me how he can maintain the lies he does. The mind boggles at not only
the psychopathy, but also the CONSISTENCY of its manifestations.
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AshevilleGuy Donating Member (947 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-07 07:33 PM
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18. With a pince-nez and mustache, he would be heinrich himmler.
The chicken farmer from Bavaria who helped systematically kill at least 6 million people.
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-07 07:39 PM
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19. And he actually looks better as a woman.
Well he barely looks better.

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ladym55 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-07 09:42 PM
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21. DICK is an incompetent liar
Too bad he always gets a free ride. Seems to me that the repugs were in a BIG HURRY to impeach Clinton because he LIED--can't have a LIAR in the White House. However, now they are very happy to have Dick 'n' Chimpy in power--and Dick can't even tell the truth about the weather. If he told me it was going to be sunny, I'd be sure to bring my umbrella.

I think the rest of the world has noticed just how appallingly BAD our administration is. Now if we could only get the dummies in our country to turn off Faux Noise and PAY ATTENTION we might not have the Dick 'n' Chimpy show creating havoc both at home and abroad. :grr:
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lutefisk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-07 09:47 PM
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22. A pic of the young, ambitious, sycophantic, scheming Dick
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Olney Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-07 09:51 PM
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23. I'm watching "Why We Fight" right now. It talks about Dick's connection to
Halliburton. It's all about the money.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-09-07 10:55 PM
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24. Cross-posted parent thread "A DU collaborative investigation: National Energy
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