Four more banks were taken over by the FDIC this afternoon. Two of them were rather large banks based in California. I’m talking Billion $ banks. Now back to the evil topic at hand.
Dick Cheney the well known hawk never served in the military. He was famously quoted as saying,”I had other priorities in the ’60s than military service.” Washington Post 1989. He also received five draft deferments for a variety of reasons.
And although the Republicans were very successful at blaming President Clinton for DOD cutbacks the truth of the matter is that Dick Cheney under Bush 41 was responsible for major budget and troop cuts. Did you know that Dick Cheney as Sec Def cut the Army troop levels by 26%?
“Over Cheney’s four years as secretary of defense, encompassing budgets for fiscal years 1990-93, DoD’s total obligational authority in current dollars declined from $291.3 billion to $269.9 billion. Except for FY 1991, when the TOA budget increased by 1.7 percent, the Cheney budgets showed negative real growth: -2.9 percent in 1990, -9.8 percent in 1992, and -8.1 percent in 1993. During this same period total military personnel declined by 19.4 percent, from 2.202 million in FY 1989 to 1.776 million in FY 1993. The Army took the largest cut, from 770,000 to 572,000-25.8 percent of its strength. The Air Force declined by 22.3 percent, the Navy by 14 percent, and the Marines by 9.7 percent.”
Dick Cheney was so good at being the hatchet man that he was hired by Halliburton after leaving the Bush 41 Whitehouse. At Halliburton Cheney reigned over leadership of the company at a time when Halliburton was tendering bribes to secure business in Nigeria. Under Cheney, even with economic sanctions in place, Halliburton did business in such places as Iran, Iraq and Libya. ? So the revolving door between industry and government continues to spin.
Now it comes out that Cheney gave the order for the CIA to mislead Congress concerning President Bush’s illegal and unconstitutional surveillance program.
“The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney, the agency’s director, Leon E. Panetta, has told the Senate and House intelligence committees, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said Saturday.”
Although they claim that Cheney’s secrecy in this case didn’t involve Bush 43’s domestic surveillance program, who knows what to believe. What beats the band though is that “Andrew Card (Bush’s Chief of Staff); David Addington (Cheney’s CoS and Counsel); John Ashcroft (AG); John Yoo (DoJ’s Office of Legal Counsel); and George Tenet (CIA)” all refused to cooperate with the investigation. Think we could get away with that?
And the thing that gets me is that Cheney has been taking to the airwaves at every opportunity to proclaim that the Obama Administration is putting us at risk. No, Cheney can say whatever he wants, that doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is that “There has been no comment from Mr Cheney.” So the sycophant Big M Media will bend over backwards to give unlimited access to Cheney to use as a platform to spread his private message, but when it comes to holding the PTB accountable “no comment” suffices.
Whomever interviews Cheney next, the first question out of their mouth better be about illegally keeping secrets from Congress. Wanna make a bet? Cheney is part and parcel fo the elite global ruling class. If it was found that eating baby brains would cure Cheney’s terminal disease, make no mistake about it, the baby brains would be flowing. He is an international pirate.
GET OUTSIDE EVERYDAY!!© This is the flower to the milkweed plant. They smell like summer. The milkweed is a very edible plant as long as you boil the white sap out of it. You can take these flowers and batter em up in a tempura or beer batter and fry them.