Uh-oh, Chimpy, now you’ve gone and made him mad!

From The Washington Post:

In his first few months after leaving office, former vice president Richard B. Cheney threw himself into public combat against the “far left” agenda of the new commander in chief. More private reflections, as his memoir takes shape in slashing longhand on legal pads, have opened a second front against Cheney’s White House partner of eight years, George W. Bush.

Cheney’s disappointment with the former president surfaced recently in one of the informal conversations he is holding to discuss the book with authors, diplomats, policy experts and past colleagues.


“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. […]”

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Oh look! Deadeye Dick has even scared Pickles, Jenna, and not-Jenna!

The two men maintain respectful ties, speaking on the telephone now and then, though aides to both said they were never quite friends. But there is a sting in Cheney’s critique, because he views concessions to public sentiment as moral weakness. After years of praising Bush as a man of resolve, Cheney now intimates that the former president turned out to be more like an ordinary politician in the end.


The former vice president remains convinced of mortal dangers that few other leaders, in his view, face squarely.


John P. Hannah, Cheney’s second-term national security adviser, said the former vice president is driven, now as before, by the nightmare of a hostile state acquiring nuclear weapons and passing them to terrorists.


What is new, Hannah said, is Cheney’s readiness to acknowledge “doubts about the main channels of American policy during the last few years,” a period encompassing most of Bush’s second term.


Cheney’s imprint on law and policy, achieved during the first term at the peak of his influence, had faded considerably by the time he and Bush left office. Bush halted the waterboarding of accused terrorists, closed secret CIA prisons, sought congressional blessing for domestic surveillance, and reached out diplomatically to Iran and North Korea, which Cheney believed to be ripe for “regime change.”

Some of the disputes between the president and his Number Two were more personal. Shortly after Bush fired Donald H. Rumsfeld, Cheney called his old mentor history’s “finest secretary of defense” and invited direct comparison to Bush by saying he had “never learned more” from a boss than he had as Rumsfeld’s deputy in the Ford administration.

The depths of Cheney’s distress about another close friend, his former chief of staff and alter ego I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, have only recently become clear. Bush refused a pardon after Libby’s felony convictions in 2007 for perjury and obstruction of an investigation of the leak of a clandestine CIA officer’s identity. Cheney tried mightily to prevent Libby’s fall, scrawling in a note made public at trial that he would not let anyone “sacrifice the guy that was asked to stick his neck in the meat grinder.” Cheney never explained the allusion, but grand jury transcripts — and independent counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald — suggested that Libby’s false statements aimed above all to protect the vice president.


Some old associates see Cheney’s newfound openness as a breach of principle. For decades, he expressed contempt for departing officials who wrote insider accounts, arguing that candid internal debate was impossible if the president and his advisers could not count on secrecy.


As vice president, according to one witness, Cheney “was livid” when the memoir of L. Paul Bremer, who led the occupation of Iraq, made the less-than-stunning disclosure that Cheney shared Bremer’s concern about U.S. military strategy. A Cabinet-level Bush appointee recalled that Cheney likewise described revelations by former Treasury secretary Paul H. O’Neill and former White House spokesman Scott McClellan as “beyond the pale.”

“If he goes out and writes a memoir that spills beans about what took place behind closed doors, that would be out of character,” said Ari Fleischer, who served as White House spokesman during Bush’s first term.

Yet that appears to be precisely Cheney’s intent. Robert Barnett, who negotiated Cheney’s book contract, passed word to potential publishers that the memoir would be packed with news, and Cheney himself has said, without explanation, that “the statute of limitations has expired” on many of his secrets.


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15 responses to “Uh-oh, Chimpy, now you’ve gone and made him mad!

  1. Is Cheney really sure that coming out as the power behind the throne (during the first term, at least) is a good idea? I think it might just backfire on him.

  2. I am not sure he was really all that much the power behind the throne, as he was a co-president with Shrub.. And it sounds like in the 2nd term Shrub stood more or less alone.

    I doubt that Cheney is going to tell anything that might hurt him or anyone else.. he isn’t that stupid.. There might be details that no one really knew before, but nothing that could be used against him.. that’s for sure..lol

    • i think he was the babysitter/president. i think poppy bush put deadeye dick in charge of junior. sometime during the second term, chimpy decided that he didn’t like all the rules, so he decided not to do what the babysitter told him to do.

  3. I’m convinced that Cheney IS the evil mastermind of the operation. Clearly the Shrub was not the brains of the group. He was the puppet on a string.
    Cheney & Rove ran the place, but they had a big fallout w Bush over Scooter.

    Poor Scooter & the Plamegate situation.
    I bet they already made it up to him & got him a sweet job in Dubai (new home of Halliburton) or some other far away place.

    As for Cheney’s book– who the hell is going to believe anything he says– I bet reading his book would be *torture*.

    He can stick his book where the sun don’t shine- the undisclosed location, that it.

  4. I love it. Finger pointing and blame shifting–they’re eating themselves alive! Some if it tastes like crow, some like shit, but it all tastes like a guilty verdict.

    • there might be some eyes lost, what with all the finger-pointing, but there won’t be any guilty verdicts unless eric holder starts investigating.

  5. dick cheney is the worst human being to ever set foot on American soil (or be born) – there is no evil that can fit this man……

    i am surprised he didnt have MI #6 after Georgie started saying “no more”

    may dick have a painfully long life.

  6. jeb

    Big Dick is now Bitter Dick. I’d still like to see him in an orange jumpsuit.

  7. KarenZipdrive

    Dick has some nerve bitching about his boss refusing to take orders from him during the second term.
    Just the idea that Dick would say that tells us all we need to know about this fascist, control freak bastard.
    When his book comes out, I may plan some civil disobedience by defacing copies in the bookstore.
    A slightly torn cover or a Marks-a-lot stripe might discourage buyers. As for the bookstore, they might reconsider ordering extra copies.