Thursday, September 01, 2011

Dick Cheney, the Ultimate American Terrorist

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed, Aug. 31, 2011

Vice President Dick Cheney in a June 20, 2007 file photo. (Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times)
 
It is axiomatic by now: when someone leaves government service, especially from a high-profile position, they write a book. They all do it, sometimes more than once. Richard Nixon is the main example of one who produced a multi-volume apologia; by the time he went into the ground, he’d penned enough books to fill a wide shelf. Henry Kissinger was similarly prolific, which leads one to wonder about the relationship between criminal activities and the printed page. Nixon was chased from office after a series of crimes that, at the time, had no precedent, and Kissinger is still so infamous that he cannot travel abroad for fear of arrest. Both wrote enough books to take up half the political science section of any local bookstore, perhaps in the vain attempt to explain away the…

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