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Monday, July 2, 2007

Dickwatch: "That Little Smile"

Cheny/Bush
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Gellman & Becker again in the WaPo:
...Dan Quayle recalled the moment he learned how much his old job had changed. Cheney had just taken the oath of office, and Quayle paid a visit to offer advice from one vice president to another.

"I said, 'Dick, you know, you're going to be doing a lot of this international traveling, you're going to be doing all this political fundraising . . . you'll be going to the funerals,' " Quayle said in an interview earlier this year. "I mean, this is what vice presidents do. I said, 'We've all done it.' "

Cheney "got that little smile," Quayle said, and replied, "I have a different understanding with the president."

[snip]

In a bunker beneath the East Wing of the White House, Cheney locked his eyes on CNN, chin resting on interlaced fingers. He was about to watch, in real time, as thousands were killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

When the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed, "There was a groan in the room that I won't forget, ever," one witness said. "It seemed like one groan from everyone" - among them Rice; her deputy, Stephen Hadley; economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey; counselor Matalin; Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby; and the vice president's wife.

Cheney made no sound. "I remember turning my head and looking at the vice president, and his expression never changed," said the witness, reading from a notebook of observations written that day. Cheney closed his eyes against the image for one long, slow blink.
No doubt nurturing an inner "little smile," by my lights.

Wikipedia, on a report by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), on which Big Dick was a signatory:
Section V of Rebuilding America's Defenses, entitled "Creating Tomorrow's Dominant Force", includes the sentence: "Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor"
Hawaii, November 2004:
"We are standing just a few miles from Pearl Harbor, the site of a sudden attack ... Three years ago, America faced another sudden attack,"
Said the man with "that little smile."

[Emphases all mine.]

Now that it's all but definite that his consigliere is going directly to jail, one can imagine, or at least hope, that The Dick is feeling the heat. Even though it's highly unlikely that the Scooter will rat him out, it's still one more body to add to the piling-on of Vice President Richard "The Dick" Cheney. Feel free to jump on!


Update: Son of a bitch. Bush commutes Libby's sentence.

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