“Left Hanging in the Wind”? He Should Have Been Hanged!

From The Washington Post:

Former vice president Richard B. Cheney said yesterday that he strongly disagreed with President Bush’s decision not to pardon I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, saying his former chief of staff had been left “hanging in the wind.”

Original DVD cover.

“I think he’s an innocent man who deserves a pardon,” Cheney said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” in what the cable news program billed as his first television interview since leaving office in January.

Libby, Cheney’s top adviser, was the only Bush administration official to face criminal charges in the case surrounding the exposure of Valerie Plame Wilson as a CIA operative in 2003.

She is the wife of Joseph C. Wilson IV, who criticized the Bush administration for what he said was a deliberate misrepresentation of Saddam Hussein’s ambitions to build a nuclear weapon in order to justify the 2003 Iraq invasion.

In the run-up to the war, Wilson, a former ambassador in Africa, was sent to Niger by the CIA to investigate claims that Hussein had sought to buy weapons-grade uranium. He concluded that the assertion was unfounded.

Anonymous officials sought to discredit Wilson’s findings by claiming his selection for the assignment was based on nepotism, exposing his wife’s identity in the process.


Libby, who was involved in conceiving and defending the administration’s Iraq policy, was convicted in March 2007 on two counts of perjury and one count each of lying to FBI agents and obstructing a federal investigation. He received a 30-month prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.

Four months later Bush commuted the prison sentence, leaving Libby, a prominent Washington lawyer for years, to face the fine and two years’ probation.


Cheney and other conservatives urged Bush to issue Libby a pardon, which amounts to a full exoneration. But Libby was not included in the more than two dozen that Bush handed out in December in a final round of pardons, an often controversial end-of-term tradition.


Cheney said he still speaks to Bush after having “traveled a long way together in eight years and two presidential campaigns. That built a very solid, lasting relationship.”


Rob Saliterman, the former president’s spokesman, declined yesterday to comment directly on Cheney’s interview. He referred instead to Bush’s Jan. 20 farewell remarks, during he Bush called Cheney a “great vice president.”

WASHINGTON (CNN) –”Well, it was — it was one of the moments that occurred in the administration where we had fundamental difference of opinion,” Cheney told John King on State of the Union.


King asked whether any of the discussions had been angry or tense ones, or involved shouting. “Those kinds of details, I think, are best left to history,” replied Cheney. “Maybe I’ll write about it in my book.”

Cheney is writing an as-yet untitled memoir about his four decades in Washington.


Cheney also defended Rush Limbaugh from charges by some conservative commentators that the radio host was electoral “kryptonite.”

“Rush is a good friend. I love him,” Cheney told King. “I think he does great work and has for years. He’s now offered to debate President Obama on his radio show. Hell, I’d pay to see that! It would be interesting to have developed. I think Rush is a good man and serves a very important purpose.”

And that was the least offensive crap Deadeye Dick had to say!


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13 responses to ““Left Hanging in the Wind”? He Should Have Been Hanged!

  1. Ram Venkatararam

    Cheney writing a book? He should call you to help him with the cover design. I’m sure you’d come up with something appropriate.

  2. Got a Grip

    The only one who left Scooter hanging out in the wind was his boss for having him do his dirty work for him.

    The Dickster should really return to his undisclosed location ASAP. He didn’t cover the pit well enough and the sulfur fumes are contributing greatly to climate change (not to mention the hot, filthy verbiage he spews)…..

    • deadeye dick must have really covered his tracks well. why would he want scooterpie to get a pardon? that would mean that scooterpie would have to answer all questions about what he knew. if that didn’t scare deadeye dick, then either he made sure that he has deniability, or the whole scooterpie pardon thing was pure theater, and deadeye dick knew that chimpy was not going to pardon scooterpie.

      • Got a Grip

        Yeah, as the old saying goes, the fish stinks from the head down. That whole thing was so dirty that it’s hard to what the true story is. But I think all this sturm und drang by the Dick is all a big show. All sound and fury, signifying nothing….

        • yeah, i’m beginning to think that all his public squawking about the pardon was just for show, and, all along, he knew (and maybe even encouraged) that chimpy wasn’t gonna do it.

  3. jmadlc55

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  4. jeb

    Dick has such a strong sense of selfless justice and what’s right. For instance:

    Being chosen to lead a VP search and finding yourself

    Promoting an illegal invasion that will provide monetary benefit to the company you led and still have stock in

    Not allowing an investigation of a shooting until the next day which coincidentally would allow you to reach a legal definition of sobriety

    Accusing a decorated military veteran of cowardice in front of the VFW despite your own five deferments

    And on and on and on…

    • jeb,
      and don’t forget how he has been taking full advantage of medical treatment at government expense, but he doesn’t think everyone else should get the same care. and let’s not bring up how he’s against gays being able to marry even though his own daughter is hurt by that policy.

  5. jeb

    Nons, there is so much to sleaze to cover that we can’t possibly get it all in one simple blog.