CHEYNEYS WARPED VIEW OF RIGHT AND WRONG
Is not quizzed on his own complicity in mass murder
May 18, 2014
Dick Cheney, the former vice president and Darth Vader of the Bush regime, says former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should be held accountable for the incident in Benghazi.
“She was secretary of state at the time that it happened,” Cheney told Fox’s Chris Wallace. “She was one of the first in Washington to know about it. I think she clearly bears responsibility for whatever the State Department did or didn’t do with respect to that crisis.”
“I do think it’s a major issue,” he added. “I don’t think we’ve heard the last of it yet, and I expect that she will be held accountable during the course of the campaign.”
The attack in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, killed ambassador Christopher Stevens, a Foreign Service Information Management Officer and two CIA operatives.
Cheney’s remarks are extraordinary considering the role he played in the invasion and occupation of Iraq which ultimately led to the death of over a million Iraqis. In October, Cheney rationalized the invasion by telling Fox News the war prevented Saddam Hussein from gaining weapons of mass destruction.
“What we gain and my concern was then and it remains today is that the biggest threat we face is the possibility of terrorist groups like al Qaeda equipped with weapons of mass destruction, with nukes, bugs or gas. That was the threat after 9/11 and when we took down Saddam Hussein we eliminated Iraq as a potential source of that,” Cheney told Bill O’Reilly.
O’Reilly did not challenge Cheney’s historical distortion.
No weapons of mass destruction were discovered in Iraq and Congress found that “members of the Bush Administration misstated, overstated, and manipulated intelligence with regards to linkages between Iraq and Al Qaeda; the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iraq; the acquisition of aluminum tubes to be used as uranium centrifuges; and the acquisition of uranium from Niger.”
Moreover, the congressional report found that “[b]eyond making false and misleading statements about Iraq’s attempt to acquire nuclear weapons, the record shows the Bush Administration must have known these statements conflicted with known international and domestic intelligence at the time.”
Despite evidence to contrary, prior to the invasion Cheney stated Saddam Hussein “aids and protects terrorists, including members of al-Qaeda.” In addition, he fear-mongered a vastly exaggerated threat by Iraq, a country decimated by a previous invasion and more than a decade of hard medieval economic sanctions that resulted in the death of more than 500,000 Iraqi children.
Several months before the invasion, Cheney insisted Saddam Hussein represented a serious threat. “Armed with an arsenal of these weapons of terror and seated atop 10 percent of the world’s oil reserves, Saddam Hussein could then be expected to seek domination of the entire Middle East, take control of a great portion of the world’s energy supplies, directly threaten America’s friends throughout the region and subject the United States or any other nation to nuclear blackmail,” he said.
The Bush administration mindset, shaped largely by a coterie of warmongering neocons, was summed up by their leader, George W. Bush, when he said: “Fuck Saddam. We’re taking him out.”
Hillary Clinton undoubtedly bears responsibility as Secretary of State for the incident in Benghazi. On the other hand, Dick Cheney and the neocons ensconced in the Pentagon at the time of the Iraq invasion and occupation should be tried and convicted of war crimes. The Iraq invasion with its immense toll in human life and the destruction of what was considered an advanced Arab country prior to Bush Senior’s invasion makes the Benghazi incident pale by way of comparison.
LIVES IN HIS OWN LITTLE TWISTED WARPED VIEW OF MORALITY AND THE REST OF THE WORLD
Dick Cheney’s fantasy world
Despite the facts, the vice-president still insists that Saddam Hussein could have produced weapons of mass destruction
Tuesday 16 December 2008 19.30 GMT
In yet another attempt at revisionist history by the outgoing Bush administration, vice-president Dick Cheney, in an exclusive interview with ABC News, took exception to former presidential adviser Karl Rove’s contention that the US would not have gone to war if available intelligence before the invasion had shown Iraq not to possess weapons of mass destruction. Cheney noted that the only thing the US got wrong on Iraq was that there were no stockpiles of WMD at the time of the 2003 invasion. "What they found was that Saddam Hussein still had the capability to produce weapons of mass destruction. He had the technology, he had the people, he had the basic feed stock."
The vice-president should re-check both his history and his facts. Just prior to President Bush’s decision to invade Iraq, the UN had teams of weapons inspectors operating inside Iraq, blanketing the totality of Iraq’s industrial infrastructure. They found no evidence of either retained WMD, or efforts undertaken by Iraq to reconstitute a WMD manufacturing capability. Whatever dual-use industrial capability that did exist (so-called because the industrial processes involved to produce legitimate civilian or military items could, if modified, be used to produce materials associated with WMD) had been so degraded as a result of economic sanctions and war that any meaningful WMD production was almost moot. To say that Saddam had the capability or the technology to produce WMD at the time of the US invasion is a gross misrepresentation of the facts.
While one can make the argument that Saddam had the people, insofar as the scientists who had participated in the WMD programmes of the 1980s were still in Iraq and, in many cases, still employed by the government, these human resources were irrelevant without either the industrial infrastructure, the economic base or the political direction needed to produce WMD. None of these existed. The argument Cheney makes on feed stock is even more ludicrous. Precursor chemicals used in the lawful manufacture of chemical pesticides were present in Iraq at the time of the invasion, but these were unable to be used in manufacturing the sarin, tabun or VX chemical nerve agents the Bush administrationclaimed existed inside Iraq in stockpile quantities prior to the invasion.
The same can be said about Iraqi biological capability. The discovery after the invasion of a few vials of botulinum toxin suitable for botox treatments, but unusable for any weapons purposes, does not constitute a feed stock. And as for the smoking gun that the Bush administration did not want to come in the form of a mushroom cloud, there was no nuclear weapons programme in Iraq in any way shape or form, nor had there been since it was dismantled in 1991. Cheney’s dissimilation of the facts surrounding Iraqi WMD serves as a distraction from the reality of the situation. Not only did the entire Bush administration know that the intelligence data about Iraqi WMD was fundamentally flawed prior to the invasion, but they also knew that it did not matter in the end. Bush was going to invade Iraq no matter what the facts proved.
Cheney defended the invasion and subsequent removal of Saddam from power by noting that "this was a bad actor and the country’s better off, the world’s better off with Saddam gone". This is the argument of the intellectually feeble. It would be very difficult for anyone to articulate that life today is better in Baghdad, Mosul, Basra or any non-Kurdish city than it was under Saddam. Ask the average Iraqi adult female if she is better off today than she was under Saddam, and outside of a few select areas in Kurdistan, the answer will be a resounding "no".
The occupation of Iraq by the United States is far more brutal, bloody and destructive than anything Saddam ever did during his reign. When one examines the record of the US military in Iraq in terms of private homes brutally invaded, families torn apart and civilians falsely imprisoned (the prison population in Iraq during the US occupationdwarfs that of Saddam’s regime), what is clear is that the only difference between the reign of terror inflicted on the Iraqi people today and under Saddam is that the US has been far less selective in applying terror than Saddam ever was.
At a time when the US and the world struggle with a resurgent Iran, the Iranian-dominated Dawa party of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki governs Iraq today in name only. The stability enjoyed by Iraq today has been bought with the presence of 150,000 US troops who have overseen the ethnic cleansing of entire neighbourhoods in cities around Iraq, and who have struck temporary alliances with Shia and Sunni alike which cannot be sustained once these forces leave (as they are scheduled to do by 2011).
Invading Iraq and removing Saddam, the glue that held that nation together as a secular entity, was the worst action the US could have undertaken for the people of Iraq, the Middle East as a whole and indeed the entire world. For Cheney to articulate otherwise, regardless of his fundamentally flawed argument on WMD, only demonstrates the level to which fantasy has intruded into the mind of the vice-president.
HIS DISTORTED VIEW OF REALITY
March 16, 2009
Editor’s note: Translation, there will be a false flag attack under Obama’s reign.
US President Barack Obama’s decisions against Bush’s “war on terror” policies would cause another 9/11, says former vice president Dick Cheney.
“President Obama campaigned against it all across the country,” Cheney told CNN on Sunday.
“And now he is making some choices that in my mind will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another attack,” he added.
[efoods]When asked if he believes Obama has made the nation less safe through his reversal of certain Bush administration anti-terror policies, Cheney said, “I do.”
Meanwhile, Cheney criticized the new administration’s decision for shutting down the Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, closing CIA “Black Sites” abroad, and defining waterboarding as torture.
“I think those programs were absolutely essential to the success we enjoyed of being able to collect the intelligence that let us defeat all further attempts to launch attacks against the United States since 9/11,” Cheney said.
“I think that’s a great success story. It was done legally. It was done in accordance with our constitutional practices and principles,” he noted.
Former US president George W. Bush invaded mineral-rich Afghanistan and oil-rich Iraq after September, 11 attacks in the United States in 2001 to allegedly destroy Al Qaeda and Taliban. Hundreds of thousands of civilian lives have been lost in the military adventures.
The former vice President also brought some reasons for his claims against the young administration of Obama.
“When you go back to the law enforcement mode, which is what I sense is what they’re doing they’re very much giving up that center of attention and focus … that’s essential if you’re going to successfully defend the nation against further attacks,” Cheney said.
TOTALLY INSANE, SATANIC WORSHIPING, PSYCHOPATH WITH NOT ONE IOTA OF MORALITY WHATSOEVER… THE WORLD WOULD HAVE BEEN A MUCH BETTER PLACE IF THIS LUNATIC “TRICKY DICKY” HAD NEVER EXISTED IN THE FIRST PLACE.
BUT CHENEY DOES EXIST SO ALL WE CAN HOPE FOR IS THAT SOMEDAY SOON BEFORE HE DIES NATURALLY HE IS BROUGHT TO JUSTICE FOR HIS HANOUS CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY AND HIS MANY WAR CRIMES AS WELL