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Cheney's Scorecard

The last time I was struck by Vice President Dick Cheney’s way with words was when he was quoted in Ron Suskind’s 2004 book, “The Price of Loyalty.” At a meeting in the vice president’s office soon after Republican success in the 2002 mid-term elections, Cheney clearly was becoming irritated at suggestions from some members of the Bush economic team that the president’s first round of tax cuts already were contributing to ballooning deficits. When Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill warned that the nation is “moving toward a fiscal crisis,” Cheney reportedly cut him off, intent on pushing ahead with another round of tax cuts: “We won the mid-terms. This is our due.”

Now the vice president prepares to leave office with far more than oceans of budgetary red ink washing over his reputation. He’s making the media rounds, talking almost exclusively to conservative journalists. And in an interview earlier this week with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, he let us in on his post-White House plans: He’s considering a book, of course, not only because he says he’s got lots of stories to tell, but because he has “a few scores to settle.”

He’s got a few scores to settle? He’s the man responsible for shaping the administration’s policies on Iraq, domestic eavesdropping without warrants, the indefinite detention of prisoners and their treatment -- some euphemistically call it “abuse,” but it has met the definition of torture. I can’t help but think that if everyone around the world who had a “few scores” to settle with Cheney came forward, their stories would fill a whole library -- or two.

By Marie Cocco  | January 15, 2009; 11:59 AM ET
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The secret service is moving to disallow demonstrations of any kind that will be based on what Cheney intends to write.

This is because all of America but 24 people will be at the end of his driveway protesting. The S service says this will create more of a traffic jam then Mr. Obama's innauguration.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | January 15, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

THAT was the last time you were 'struck' by Cheney's words?

Where you been Cocco? - practising journalism in the USA? (ie. being a stenographer?)

Posted by: dmls2000 | January 15, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Cheney is, IMO, nuts.

Can you imagine the rage and paranoia driving the kook?

I find it amusing when he says he never lets the opinions of others affect his mood.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | January 15, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I am afraid that if anyone wants to keep a score card on Dick Chaney, you probably would need several memory sticks to do him justice. Cheney didn't get to be V.P. for nothing: G.H. Bush was so indebted to him that he owed him his grandchildren. So, to help junior (G.W.), with the "difficult times", Cheney was there to run and make a mess of the country as well as to fatten his bank account via Haliburton, for one thing. Once you have a good look at Dick Cheney's resume, he makes Richard Nixon look like a nun with his abuse of power.

Posted by: stockhause | January 15, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse


Except for an indictment, don't waste another drop of ink on Cheney or Bush...

Let them retire to ignominy as they deserve.

No speeches, no paid appearances, protestors if they step foot off their own properties..

Remember the unneceesary dead... 4000 and counting Americans in Iraq, 100,000 Iraqis dead, America'flag bloody and its constitution shredded.

That is the only legacy they have.

Posted by: dutchess2 | January 16, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney is an honorable, capable man who knows the US Government like no other person. Comparing his resume to those of our new leaders would certainly leave them wanting.

Most people do not comprehend, or could ever like Cheney as he is not driven by emotional pleas, manufactured outrage, or opinion polls.

He is the extremely rare thoughtful man... driven by facts and idealogy.

The haters keep hating and blogging and Mr. Cheney makes a good target. No worries though, he nor his supporters will ever be swayed by the name-calling, fact-twisting outrage of the less capable.

Posted by: CARealist | January 16, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

CARealist says that comparing Dick Cheney's resume to those of our new leaders would certainly leave them wanting, Oh, really. In what alternative universe do you live in Mr. Realist (a misnomer if I ever read one). All right, I admit, moronic commentary like this still gets me riled, perhaps because there are still a couple of million Americans out there that believe this garbage.

CARealist, we, the REAL Americans, hated Cheney and Bush for a reason. They presided over the most morally repugnant, destructive, incompetant, and corrupt administration this country has ever produced. Only a fool would not recognize that fact.

Posted by: nyrunner101 | January 17, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Speaking as a person with the distinction of making Cheney's "Enemies List,"
complete with death threats from the kool-aiders,
let me just say that I look forward to reading what he thinks of me in his book.

While he may say he does not care what I think, it apparently riled him enough to get my name and address "leaked" to some Blackwater operatives.

But if he plans to hurt all of us on his list, we number in the tens of thousands,
he will be caught.

Something small like flying a couple planes into buildings can be kept quiet, because only a couple dozen folks were involved. I don't think he even told Bush.
but if he has to hire a hundred or so shooters,
someone is going to break the silence.
What ? Me worry ?

Posted by: BrianX9 | January 17, 2009 3:42 AM | Report abuse

OMG! We've found the one remaining Dick Cheney fan who's not a member of the Cheney family. CARealist -- we thought you were only an urban myth! Such naivete is incredible.

Posted by: rlkinny | January 17, 2009 4:51 AM | Report abuse

Before Cheney rightfully goes to a prison cell in the Hague for international war crimes including torture, we need to waterboard him to find out why he let Osama go (by his definition, it's not torture so it should be OK by him)

Don't tell me Cheney's CIA and Blackwater can't find Bush family friend Bin Laden while they can monitor my cellular calls in the remote mountains of Southern Mexico and read my license plate from a satellite.

The only way Cheney is "rare and thoughtful" is that he shut up about gays because of his daughter. Rare and thoughtful for a intolerant "Christian" neocon.

Posted by: coloradodog | January 17, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

The very idea that Cheney thinks he has "scores to settle" disgusts me to the core. The man has thwarted reason and logic to suit his needs and politicized it to get around speed bumps to his way of thinking, namely, the Constitution.
Dick, go back to Wyoming and shut the hell up. You're done.

Posted by: SYWanda | January 17, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

If all the people that had proper scores to settle with Cheney were allowed to do so he would be ripped apart limb from limb.

Posted by: whatever4 | January 17, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

What Dick Cheney deserves is a one way ticket to the Hague to be tried as the International War Criminal that he is. If he were to be charged and found guilty and sentenced to hang, they better make sure that they use a rope that is heavy enough to hold the fat pig from breaking the rope.

Posted by: george33 | January 18, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

I hope dick cheney get hit by a truck and it take him 2 days to slowly DIE

Posted by: dorake57 | January 19, 2009 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Cheneys scorecard??
cheney-2 trillion
United states of america-0

Posted by: truthynesslover | January 19, 2009 1:57 AM | Report abuse

With out a doubt the most dangerous Constitutional criminal since Aaron Burr. Hopefully he keeps on having routine cardiac events, only more of them..

Posted by: Thatsnuts | January 19, 2009 7:51 AM | Report abuse

The Dark Knight has gotten away with breaking our laws by an enabling congress. After Obama addresses the more important economy and war issues, I hope he picks up the ball. Proving his daily trips to Langley had the spooks alter WMD intelligence is near impossible to prove. Proving the Plame conspiracy which Fitzgerald knew, but could not present evidence in the Libby trial should be easy.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 19, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Thoughtful Cheney had his Iraq henchmen steal 20 billion dollars and put two in the back of the head on base in Iraq, the patriotic Lt. that had found some evidence. How thoughtful.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 19, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who gives Cheney any credit whatsoever is an ignorant fool...

Cheney was chosen (thru input from Bush Sr.) to find Bush Jr. a Vice-President, but once he realized how shallow Bush was, he gave the job to himself. That started the behind-the-scenes manipulation by Cheney to subvert the Office to serve neocon needs... and those of Halliburton, Oil Companies and others in the military/industrial complex.

Cheney was in a bunker underneath the White House on 9/11 when Norman Mineta stated under oath that a solider gave Cheney a countdown of when the plane allegedly hit the Pentagon. HE KNEW WHAT WAS HAPPENING THAT DAY -- AND HE GAVE THE STAND DOWN ORDER.

Cheney and his staff went on CIPRO BEFORE THE ANTHRAX ATTACKS.

Cheney also made the specious argument that he is attached neither to the Executive Branch nor the Legislative Branch so he is essentially accountable to no one. That is such a repugnant, arrogant and misguided view that is strains credulity. He is a PUBLIC SERVANT AND HE SHOULD HAVE REMEMBERED THAT. HE SHOWED NOTHING BUT EMNITY AND DISDAIN FOR THE CONSTITUTION AND THE LAWS OF OUR COUNTRY.

I sincerely hope Bush & Cheney are tried for war crimes.

Posted by: winoohno | January 19, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey Cocco...

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. It amazes me the level of vitriol spewed against Bush & Cheney. We, the people, elected them twice...didn't we? The press and the liberal naysayers have done more to help America's enemies with their whining about torture and illegal wars. Obama is already backtracking on all the statements he made during the campaign about meeting with dictators with no pre-existing conditions. Does that mean that Obama will backtrack on all of the promises for civil rights for Islamic terrorists? Oh yeah, and then we are going to put them in Leavenworth where they can recruit disaffected Americans to commit their atrocities for them when they are released from prison? Great idea... Perhaps the liberal media will destroy Obama's credibility the way they destroyed Bush's. I doubt it.

Posted by: rockinravenmaniac | January 19, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse


Barack Obama is the greatest liar in history (no wonder he is an excellent lawyer!) During his campaign, he told lots of hope in future for America if he was elected, but now he warns Americans of oncoming darker economy and not to put too much hope in his promises. He promises a big plan to reduce budget deficit but his inauguration ceremony this January will be the most costly in history (50 millions) while the nation is in deep depression, as well as his presidential campaign (600 millions), which was far more than his opponent John McCain's. He swears to clean up Washington DC, but he failed to first clean up his homestate Illinois, one of the most corrupt state with the scandal of Governor Rod Blagojevich, who greatly helped Obama to win his state senate seat in 1996, 1998, and 2002. And his favorite slogan is "Yes, we CAN", yet he himself CANNOT quit smoking at all !!!

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | January 19, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

"Most people do not comprehend, or could ever like Cheney as he is not driven by emotional pleas, manufactured outrage, or opinion polls."

"He is the extremely rare thoughtful man... driven by facts and idealogy."

Posted by: CARealist | January 16, 2009 5:52 PM
CARealist apparently believes that our elected officials SHOULD govern according to their own version of the 'facts' and ideology, while blindly ignoring public opinion and any facts offered from a different ideology.

Sounds like a dictatorship to me.

Posted by: carole2 | January 19, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

See todays WSJ for an analysis of the revenue impact of the Bush tax cuts. When are you guys going to figure out that it's not a zero sum game. You raise tax rates, revenue may increase, but growth declines. You lower tax rates, revenue actually goes up. If the tax rate is 55% on income over 250K, how many doctors do you think will work overtime? How many small businessmen will pass on hiring another salesmen since most of his profits will go to Uncle Sam? Most important, how many people will start hiding income and cheating on taxes because they realize it's unfair for them to pay half their income while half the country pays nothing? Wake up people.

Contrary to your legal opinion, the federal courts keep ruling in Bush's favor. This week, a federal judge said Chaney gets to decide what records he must give to the archives, not congress. Somehow I don't equate the NSA logging keywords across 50,000 phone conversations a minute and listening in on international calls mentioning terrorist names etc as trampling on the constitution or violating our rights. It's NOT domestic surveillance.

Posted by: hdc77494 | January 19, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Mr Bush and Mr Cheney should be publicly executed. There is no other way that America will change. The evidence is clear.

Edward Mangan

Beijing, China

Posted by: rossi92353 | January 20, 2009 1:31 AM | Report abuse

I know of no other vice-president who held as much power as Cheney or of a president so weak and easily manipulated as Bush by their vice-president. Cheney loaded the government with his fellow neocons and Bush just fell in line.

Yes, Cheney is an ideologue but not a conservative ideologue. Beneath the facade of conservativism lies a fascist to the core.

Posted by: timothy2me | January 20, 2009 7:00 AM | Report abuse

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