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While Mr. Cheney held the office of the vice presidency, about the only time I can recall him being on the teevee was during the fraud-up leading to the U.S. act of aggression against the formerly sovereign nation of Iraq. Mr. Cheney appeared several times on American teevee telling obvious lies about the awful, terrible, cataclysmic threat of Mushroom Cloud Saddam and His Al-Qaeda Buddies Backup Band.
But I don't think I saw much of Mr. Cheney after that time.
Now that Mr. Cheney is out of office, I'm seeing him, like, all the time on my teevee. What's up with that?
Before answering that question, I must first dispense with this burr in my saddle about media.
I keep hearing similar statements from the media elite personnel, which, to me, sound odd. I'm no behind-the-scenes expert about how teevee programs are put together, but I keep hearing phrases like this...."Cheney keeps grabbing the headlines"....."Former VP Cheney dominating torture discussion"....."Cheney grabs national microphone"...."Cheney leading charge in media against Obama's no-torture policy."
Do you suppose that Dick Cheney has a secret commando team working for him enabling him to, at a moment's notice, swoop in and commandeer NBC or ABC headquarters? Think that's possible? I mean, he's a radical guy.......a coward, to be sure, but a radical coward.
To hear Villagers like MSNBC's Chris Matthews tell it.....Cheney must break into Washington Post and New York Times offices with his Dick Army, point guns at publishers' heads, and threaten them with the waterboard,....or something,....if those publishers won't allow the former VP to "grab the headlines."
"George W. Bush seems happy to be back in civilian life, but Cheney has taken the fight to the Obama White House like a man who wouldn’t have minded campaigning for a third Bush-Cheney term," said the NY Times Ross Douthat on April 28th.
How does Cheney go about, "tak(ing) the fight to the Obama White House?" Cheney has no news to break to the American people...what he's been saying is what he and his minions have been saying for years, i.e., 'be scared', 'be very scared', and 'be scared all the time.'
Why, exactly, does the main media allow Cheney to commandeer their "news" programs, if, indeed, he doesn't have anything new or worthwhile to tell us?
Or, could it be that Dick Cheney is STILL the vice president? Cheney didn't believe his office fell under the jurisdiction of the executive or the legislative branch while he "served" his 8 years.....so, perhaps, it's arguable whether or not he's still the vice-president. Cheney, you might remember, picked himself to be W's vice-president. And Cheney did serve a president who considered the Constitution as " a goddamn piece of paper", so, who really knows for sure whether Cheney isn't entitled to the vice-presidency for life, you know, like a federal judge.
When a nation jettisons the rule of law, as America has obviously done, who can say what's legal or just? Maybe there's a "one percent" chance that Cheney is still the U.S. vice-president. Like with American torture.....this Cheney-is-still-the-vice-president-suggestion may just be a "policy difference", or the answer simply too "murky", "not clear", "no one can say for sure."
Setting all that aside for now.....because, like with the question of who won the Coleman-Franken senate election......we may never know the answer.
Using my untrained, unexpertise blogging brain, I've concluded that the reason Dick Cheney has been so visible and so vocal the last three months is because he's a criminal, guilty of numerous war crimes and treason,.....he knows it....and he's trying to save his own tired ass by stirring up a controversy in the national media, which he hopes, will pressure the powers-that-be to forget all about it.
Why, you might ask, would the Village media go along with Dick's plan?
If you've been paying close attention, you will have noticed that from the New York Times to Fox "News", Village idiots are virtually unanimous in calling for no prosections of the American war criminals, Bush, Cheney, Rice, and Rumsfeld and their mob-lawyers, Yoo, Bradbury and Bybee. Prosecutions of, now, self-confessed war criminals would only be ugly actions of "retribution" and "scalp hunting" over "policy disagreements." The Village longs to "look forward," and prosecuting crimes of the past is so backward looking. On this topic, President Obama is firmly inside the Village.
There's one even larger picture answer to why The Dick has been so visible lately and the Village has been calling, in unison, for no prosecutions for pre-meditated and savage war crimes.
They're all guilty.
Village media, from Cokie to Broder, from Brooks to Friedman, from O'Reilly to Stephanopolous, from NPR to FOX, from Judith Miller of the NY Times to Matt Cooper of Time.....the Village media was actively complicit in stovepiping the war criminals propaganda directly to the American people. The Village did the bidding of the most criminal administration in American history. They held back damaging material they had in their possession implicating the war criminals and they obediently transmitted the war criminals' lies and propaganda like a flock of droid stenographers.
And now that same Village is granting the biggest war criminal of all, Richard Cheney, a standing-offer platform from which he can work, insidiously, in a conspiratorial attempt to protect himself from war crimes' prosecution while simultaneously protecting the Village from the embarrassment of their own complicity.
Update proving my point about the Village:
Here are the line-ups for the Sunday talk shows this weekend:
• ABC, This Week: Gen. David Petraeus, Commander of CENTCOM; Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
• CBS, Face The Nation: Former Vice President Dick Cheney.
• CNN, State Of The Union: Gen. David Petraeus, Commander of CENTCOM.
• Fox News Sunday: Gen. David Petraeus, Commander of CENTCOM; former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA).
• NBC, Meet The Press: Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan; Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan.
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