Friday, March 02, 2007
From reading the frequency of times I post on certain subjects, you would have to guess that I am obsessed with Dick Cheney. I suppose I am, but it's his fault....
How are we supposed to react and interpret to the latest restriction he has put on reporters on Airforsce 2 covering him. As of yesterday, he directed that he could not be referred to as Vice President anymore but rather as Senior Administration Official.
Just thinking about the implications is too bizarre! Here is a report from yesterday:
Interview of a Senior Administration Official by the Traveling Press
Aboard Air Force Two
En Route Muscat, Oman
3:07 P.M. (Local)
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: The reason the President wanted me to come, obviously, is because of the continuing threat that exists in this part of the world on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border -- a threat to Afghanistan, clearly, in our efforts there, the Taliban, cross-border operations; a threat to Musharraf and his government. There were something like seven or eight suicide bombings in the last week or two in Pakistan. And obviously also, the threat to the homeland from the standpoint of operations and activities of al Qaeda in this part of the world -- for example, you go back to the airliner plot last fall, second generation Pakistani militants living in the U.K., but with ties back in al Qaeda areas along the Pakistan-Afghan border. So we've all got an interest, obviously, in trying to address those issues.
Let me just make one editorial comment here. I've seen some press reporting says, "Cheney went in to beat up on them, threaten them." That's not the way I work. I don't know who writes that, or maybe somebody gets it from some source who doesn't know what I'm doing, or isn't involved in it. But the idea that I'd go in and threaten someone is an invalid misreading of the way I do business.
In the above interview, the Vice President refused to let himself be identified as the vice president, but in the opening, referred to himself by name in the first person.
What is the logic of this?
Is it his obvious contempt for the press and his power to extort stupid agreements?
Or, is it a petty demand of a tyrant to never let his name pass anyones lips, like the Emporor Hirohito who forbade commoners to speak his name or look him in the face?
As a puublicly elected servant of the American people this is just plane bizarre, megalomaniacal and contemptuous..
Entire sections of the planet have gone to hell in a handbasket directly because of him and his arrogant selfish mad policies. This is just a symptom of the murderous psychosis that lies behind those beady eyes.