Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Dick Cheney: Hillary Clinton "bears responsibility" for Benghazi

Dick Cheney has chimed in on the so-called Benghazi controversy:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on “Fox News Sunday” that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “bears responsibility” for the State Department’s chaotic handling of the Benghazi terrorist attacks in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012.

“She was Secretary of State at the time that it happened -- she was one of the first in Washington to know about it,” Cheney said. “I think she clearly bears responsibility for whatever the State Department did or didn’t do with respect to that crisis.

The attack on the compound led to the deaths of four Americans -- Ambassador Chris Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

“I do think it’s a major issue,” Cheney said. “I don’t think we’ve heard the last of it yet.”

Are you fricking kidding me? DICK cheney?

Can anyone say Iraq War?

Mr.Darth Vader Cheney, torture advocate, war criminal and war profiteer (Halliburton), needs to spend the rest of his irrational life in jail instead of offering his inane opinions.

No doubt, Benghazi was a tragic affair. The lost lives of four Americans by an attack on our Libyan Consulate should not be taken lightly.

On the other hand, GOP preoccupation with Benghazi and lack of interest in investigating the Iraqi War catastrophe is baffling and appalling.

Outrage over Benghazi, silent on Iraq

Jay Parini writes in the Daily Beast:

When I heard that the House of Representatives has established a select committee to investigate the attack on Benghazi that left several Americans dead in 2012, I couldn't help but wonder what these same legislators might have done had Barack Obama been president in 2003, and had the audacity of George W. Bush to attack a sovereign country that had no relevant connection to the 9/11 attacks with the result that nearly 5,000 Americans and well over 100,000 Iraqi civilians (many of them women and children) perished. Had Obama’s war in Iraq also cost American taxpayers $1.7 trillion, with another $490 in veteran expenses (thus far)—with a total cost of $6 trillion projected—I have no doubt that a select committee would long ago have sent him to the Hague for trial as a war criminal.

It’s sad to think how in our fury over Benghazi we’ve almost forgotten a recent war that destroyed so many families, nearly bankrupted this country (and may yet), and led to a hugely destabilized Iraq that no longer serves as a buffer to Iran. Needless to say, this terrible war was pursued under false pretenses, with huge amounts of government corruption—Houston-based company KBR alone (a spinoff from Halliburton, where Dick Cheney was chairman and CEO before becoming vice president) racked up charges of nearly $40 billion during the war, making it (by far) the winner in the Iraq sweepstakes,

 In most banana republics, this would be cause for serious investigation; but not so much here, where our politicians (or their friends) are allowed to profit from armed invasions. Can it possibly be so that the U.S. Congress has ignored such obvious corruption while investigating over and over whether Susan Rice was given some edited “talking points” on Benghazi? Really?  read more

In regards to Cheney, I firmly believe his philosophy is a good offensive is a strong defense. Cheney fears being investigated hence he points fingers at other folks for distraction. Seems that Colin Powell's former chief-of-staff, Lawrence Wilkerson, believes the same.

Lawrence Wilkerson:

"I can't speak to the psychosomatic or the genetic problems with heart attacks or whatever, but I can speak to power. He wanted desperately to be president of the United States... he knew the Texas governor was not steeped in anything but baseball, so he knew he was going to be president and I think he got his dream. He was president for all practical purposes for the first term of the Bush administration" (emphasis added)


Wilkerson: "I think he's just trying to, one, assert himself so he's not in some subsequent time period tried for war crimes and, second, so that he somehow vindicates himself because he feels like he needs vindication. That in itself tells you something about him...
"He's developed an angst and almost a protective cover, and now he fears being tried as a war criminal so he uses such terminology as 'exploding heads all over Washington' because that's the way someone who's decided he's not going to be prosecuted acts: boldly, let's get out in front of everybody, let's act like we are not concerned and so forth when in fact they are covering up their own fear that somebody will Pinochet him." source
I concur 100%: Lock him up and throw away the key!

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