President George W. Bush's friendship with Vice President Cheney was stretched to the breaking point after the president refused to pardon I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby for lying in the Valerie Plame case.
Appearing in a interview on NBC Monday, the former president said that Cheney was furious over the decision.
"He wanted me to pardon him," Bush told NBC's Matt Lauer. "And this was a decision that -- a real life decision for the presidency, really. I chose to let the jury verdict stand after some serious deliberation. And the vice president was angry."
"You went to him and you told him," Lauer explained. "You said he was furious and he said, 'I can't believe you're going to leave a soldier on the battlefield?'"
"Yeah, he did," the president said.
But Bush said his relationship with Cheney has since recovered.
7. And leaving troops to die for nothing on the battlefields of Iraq was a-ok
Their hands are stained with the blood of thousands of U.S. troops and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi soldiers and civilians.
Cheney mouthing concern about leaving a soldier on the battlefield--and Bush repeating it--is obscene. All the more so in that Cheney is referring to a crony staffer who helped him 'out' an American CIA agent for political reasons.
Bush and Cheney were the heirs of wealth and privilege who avoided going to war, but they were fine with OTHER mothers' sons going to fight and die and be maimed in Vietnam. Then they concocted false pretenses for sending other mothers' sons and daughters to die in another unjustifiable war--which they inflicted.
I can see why, psychologically, they need to rationalize what they did. The truth would be too overwhelming--and too sickening--to bear, or to live with.
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