Film Makes Clear: Cheney Pulled the Strings All Along
Dowd sees evidence of the VP's manipulation in new documentary
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 6, 2013 11:36 AM CST
Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks during the Republican Committee Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the Little America Hotel in Cheyenne, Wyoming.   (AP Photo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Blaine McCartney)

(Newser) – Maureen Dowd noticed something interesting while watching the new documentary The World According to Dick Cheney. In his interviews "Cheney dispenses with the fig leaf of 'we,'" Dowd observes in the New York Times. He says things like "I had a job to do," no longer even feigning deference to George W. Bush. And why should he? The movie makes clear that Cheney was pulling the strings all along. For starters, he vetted the other VP candidates mercilessly, while regaling Bush with stories of strife between presidents and ambitious veeps.

Cheney also ran the transition team, hiring his own people. "He was always goosing up W.'s insecurities so he could take advantage of them," Dowd writes. To convince him to invade Iraq, "he played on W.'s fear of being lampooned as a wimp, as his father had been." Cheney also talks about how he became a conservative thanks to his contempt for Vietnam war protesters. "Maybe if he’d paid more attention to the actual war," Dowd quips, "he wouldn't have propelled America into two more Vietnams." Click for her full column.

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Mar 9, 2013 4:13 PM CST
If I'm not mistaken, I think I read it somewhere that "This is Government Of the People, By the People and For the People" Please, I am a People. When are my wishes going to be respected? That Dick Cheny, George W. Bush and Codoleeza Rice be put on Trial for allowing 9/11 to happen. On Trial for ignoring the some 400 memos sent by George Tenet, CIA Director and Richard A. Clark Terrorist Czar...advising the three, how it was going to be down....These two men were the most accomplished and were hired by President Ronald Reagan, retained by President William J Clinton and retained by George W. Bush....(until he hired the skirt who surpressed all the memos to the President acting as the President's National Security Advisor.).... Condoleeza Rice for her continuous lying and coverup of said incident. Is this not my country Tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Liberty, Of thee I sing. "Give me Liberty or Give me Death?? "I have not yet begun to Fight". I don't feel liberated as long as these three aren't put on trial..... We are due an explanation, and they have yet to give it. This will not be swept under the rug. They owe us and the victims of 9/11 that much!.. 1942
Mar 7, 2013 5:26 PM CST
Speaking of dummies does anyone think Obama is really that smart and is not having his strings pulled by the likes of Van Jones and Soros? At least with all of Bush's failing he had a smart VP and Obama has Elmer Fudd so who is better off?
Mar 7, 2013 9:06 AM CST
Tell us something we DON"T already know. Bush wasn't bright enough (or sober enough) to run the country. Cheney was more than willing to step in and fill that void.