Cheney on Pre-Book Tour, Takes Aim at Bush

August 13, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The Washington Post published an article in today’s paper, entitled, “Cheney Uncloaks His Frustration With Bush,” that’s based on statements from an unnamed “participant in the recent gathering” and recycled news about Cheney’s second term battles with former President Bush. It seems that Cheney and his supporters are laying the media groundwork to promote his upcoming memoirs, with the real lede buried at the end of the piece.

Why put readers through 850 words of recycled news, before they reach the real point of the piece contained in the very last sentence?

The last sentence reads: “Cheney now says privately that his memoir, expected to be published in spring 2011, will describe their [Bush and Cheney’s] heated arguments in full.” No mention of whom Cheney “privately” made this statement to, but nevertheless, the whole point of the article was to gin up the battles between Bush and Cheney in anticipation of reading about them in all their glory in Cheney’s upcoming memoir.

Washington Post Staff Writer, Barton Gellman reveals the additional detail that Cheney is writing his memoir in longhand on yellow legal pads. Of course a tough as nails neo-conservative and supporter of torture, like Cheney would not be seen in public with a sissified liberal laptop computer!

Gellman tells us that Cheney is on a pre-book tour, meeting with “…authors, diplomats, policy experts and past colleagues,” to discuss his longhand work in progress. And of course to let loose some provocative statements that can later find their way into the pages of the Washington Post.

Cheney was asked about his regrets at one of his recent pre-book tour meetings. An unnamed participant “describ[ed]” Cheney’s reply to the Washington Post to be faithfully transcribed.

“In the second term, he felt Bush was moving away from him,” said a participant in the recent gathering, describing Cheney’s reply. “He said Bush was shackled by the public reaction and the criticism he took. Bush was more malleable to that.

The implication was that Bush had gone soft on him, or rather Bush had hardened against Cheney’s advice. He’d showed an independence that Cheney didn’t see coming. It was clear that Cheney’s doctrine was cast-iron strength at all times — never apologize, never explain — and Bush moved toward the conciliatory.”

The piece then goes on to quote from former Cheney advisers extolling Cheney’s resolve and toughness to save the country from terrorists. John P. Hannah, Cheney’s second-term national security adviser, said Cheney “… really feels he has an obligation” to save the country from danger.”


One Response to “Cheney on Pre-Book Tour, Takes Aim at Bush”

  1. Tom on August 13th, 2009 3:34 pm

    Good and from what I have read on this topic already, he was mad because bush did not pardon libby’s lying. and it seems that this was pushed from others he was protecting and now Cheney is admitting knowledge of it.

    Treason, Lies to press, lies to congress, fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud.

    I just don’t think anyone will have the guts to do the right thing and take the political path to do the right thing.

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