Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Bedtime for Big Time? 

Big TimeCheney Told Aide of C.I.A. Officer, Lawyers Report
The notes, taken by Mr. Libby during the conversation, for the first time place Mr. Cheney in the middle of an effort by the White House to learn about Ms. Wilson's husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, who was questioning the administration's handling of intelligence about Iraq's nuclear program to justify the war. [NYTimes, October 25, 2005]

~ coup de theatre! ~

Big Time's Big Climb:
The invasion of Iraq was in many ways Dick Cheney's war, just as the George W. Bush administration had been in some respects Cheney's administration. Within the top ranks the vice president had been the leading proponent of a war to oust Saddam Hussein from power. Inside the administration Cheney had also been the most forceful in arguing that Iraq possesed weapons of mass destruction. In the year before the start of the war Cheney had made numerous visits to the CIA to talk with its analysts about the evidence of Iraq's involvement in weapons programs. It was a remarkable, hands-on role for a vice president of the United States.

Big Time Sublime:
Serving in the George W. Bush administration permitted Cheney to give much freer vent to his own determinedly conservative views than he ever had in the Ford administration or the first Bush administration. His unique talent, as he recognized early in his career, was to convey a sense of soothing solemnity; Cheney could make whatever he said sound so obvious, reasonable and self-evident that listeners often didn't stop to question it. His cool demeanor and his aura of chamber of commerce prudence were the traits that had once caused congressional reporters to describe Cheney inaccurately (to his own irritation) as a "moderate," while labeling others whose views and voting records were similar as conservatives. In fact, the higher Cheney rose, the more conservative he became.

Ride a Pantomime:
Cheney had discovered in the mid-1990s that he was unable to run a successful campaign for president himself. He didn't have enough funds, name recognition or popular appeal. But Cheney had managed to link with George W. Bush, who proved to be the most proficient fund-raiser in the history of American politics. The result of that partnership was to give Cheney a large part of what he had sought from the job of president (a dominant role in running the federal government) while sparing him from the parts of the job he liked least (the ceremonial and symbolic aspects of the presidency).

Springtime for Big Time:
When it came to military and intelligence issues, Cheney, as a former defense secretary and member of the House Intelligence Committee, wielded extrordinary influence in the administration back room decision making. He had his own staff and an extensive network of former aides throughout the foreign policy apparatus; they recognized that he took defense and foreign policy issues seriously. This network of aides and former aides had joined with Cheney in pushing for military intervention to overthrow Saddam Hussein. A picture taken in the midst of the Iraq War, the day before American troops captured Baghdad, shows Cheney pointing happily at Wolfowitz, with Scooter Libby, Cheney's chief of staff, sitting behind the vice president and Douglas Feith, the undersecretary of defense, alongside Wolfowitz: hawks at the peak of triumph.

Front-porch Chime, Conduit Grime, Big Time, Beeline, Plunder Shrine!!!:
Cheney had come a long way from the era when he had served as Donald Rumsfeld's doorkeeper, supervising Christmas card lists and the repairs of the White House plumbing. He had become perhaps the most powerful vice president in American History.

Blockquoted excerpts above from: Rise of the Vulcans; The History of Bush's War Cabinet, by James Mann; Penquin Books (c)2004; pages 369-370.


Big Time, no find, Saddam Hussein uranium mine. Wartime, bottomline - opine all is fine - vibrating propaganda tine. Media-kine ain't got no spine. Resigned to drumming Party-line. Meantime, Plame slime, malign clandestine concubine! Clothesline, monkeyshine, turning clusters roots entwine - Judy, Scooter, Karl - grapevine. New York Times, whine, whine, whine. Pine for hitherto, auld lang syne. Special prosecutor clime, shines a light on Big Time swine. White House crime? Indictments chime for thou and thine. Bad sign.

Undisclosed location time!



Far out on the desert to the north dustspouts rose wobbling and augered the earth and some said they'd heard of pilgrims borne aloft like dervishes in those mindless coils to be dropped broken and bleeding upon the desert again and there perhaps to watch the thing that had destroyed them lurch onward like some drunken djinn and resolve itself once more into the elements from which it sprang. Out of that whirlwind no voice spoke and the pilgrim lying in his broken bones may cry out and in his anguish he may rage, but rage at what? And if the dried and blackened shell of him is found among the sands by travelers to come yet who can discover the engine of his ruin? ~ Cormac McCarthy Blood Meridian

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