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Is Cheney a Genius?

John Perry Barlow has written a surprisingly even-handed message to Farber’s list that says: “With the possible exception of Bill Gates, Dick Cheney is the smartest man I’ve ever met.” So, he asks, what’s going through Cheney’s head? How can the world’s only super-power protect its global interests and stabilize the world? Answer: By acting like “the Mother of All Rogue States, run by mad thugs in possession of 15,000 nuclear warheads they are willing to use…By these terrible means, they will create a world where war conducted by any country but the United States will seem simply too risky and the Great American Peace will begin.”

Yes, that Cheney is brilliant! And the plan can’t fail … so long as the people we’re subjugating can’t get their hands on any box cutters.

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4 Responses to “Is Cheney a Genius?”

  1. It’s so mad it’s plausible if you just look at Iraq. But when you throw in the deliberate wrecking of the WTO talks and the Kyoto treaty and and and …it’s time to call in Occam’s razor. The much simpler explanation is that Cheney and his friends no nothing and care less about what happens beyond the boundaries of the US and beyond their perceived short term self interest.

  2. One can only hope JPB’s instincts are right. And sadly only history will tell. So the questions for the left is, “do you trust this man, this administration, not to fuck it all up, or do you have to assume the are in for the oil and munitions contracts?”


  3. AND, once that tactic has been played (a la 1983) is it going to work again? Won’t they catch on at some point? And what happens when they do? What happens if they do call the bluff?

    Hopefully Chaney is as smart as JPB thinks, and that he has a couple contingency plans in place…


    Check out this great loophole he invented– making it ok to take bribes; as long as they’re ~insured~…

    [“The vice president needs to explain how he reconciles the claim that he has ‘no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind,’ with the hundreds of thousands of dollars in deferred salary payments he receives from Halliburton,” Daschle said in a statement.

    On NBC’s “Meet the Press” program last Sunday, Cheney, who was Halliburton’s CEO from 1995 to 2000, said he had severed all ties with the Houston-based company.

    “I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind and haven’t had now for over three years,” he said.

    Cathie Martin, a Cheney spokeswoman, confirmed that the vice president has been receiving the deferred compensation payments from Halliburton, but she disputed that his statements on “Meet the Press” had been misleading.

    Cheney had already earned the salary that was now being paid, Martin said, adding that once he became a nominee for vice president, he purchased an insurance policy to guarantee that the deferred salary would be paid to him whether or not Halliburton survived as a company.

    “So he has no financial interest in the company,” she said. ]

    Guess it depends what the definition of Is is.

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