02 June 2009


I never quite believed recent assertions that former vice-president Dick Cheney was touring the media circuit because he was scared of being caught for what he is - a war criminal. He is one of the defacto leaders of the Fascist wing of the Republican Party after all, so naturally I thought he was just throwing shit dust in the air in an effort to undermine the new administration.

Yesterday, however, in a speech to the National Press Club, Mr. Cheney blamed former CIA Director George Tenet for the faulty intelligence that led to the Iraq War, and former terrorism czar Richard Clarke for the attacks of 9/11.

"He did it, he did it!"

Perhaps he is scared after all.

If you followed any news at all over the last eight years, you would know that both George W. Bush and Mr. Cheney were hell bent on going to war with Iraq even before 9/11, and that the horrible events of that day gave them their opening (never mind that Iraq had nothing to do with those attacks); and you would understand that Richard Clarke was warning the Bush administration, during their first week in office, of Osama bin Laden's determination to launch a major attack against the United States, only to be told by the president that he didn't think bin Laden was that much of a threat. And of course there is the intelligence briefing presented to the president in August of 2001...the one that contained rather specific language as to what was being planned by bin Laden...and was ignored straight away by the vacationing Bush.

Rachel Maddow disects Cheney's speech from yesterday, and discusses the matter with former Sen. Bob Graham (Democrat-FL)...