Thank Dick Cheney for Gulf Oil Spill Blogger connects dots and finds arrow pointing to ex-VP By M. Morris, Newser Staff Posted May 3, 2010 5:15 PM CDT 143 comments Comments Former VP Dick Cheney addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (Newser) – The scope of the Gulf oil spill is far from clear, but the finger-pointing is already under way, and a lot of fingers ought to be aiming at Dick Cheney, Alex Pareene blogs for Salon. Connecting the dots that begin with a Wall Street Journal exposé, we learn that Cheney's highly classified energy task force was responsible for the fact "that the oil well didn't have a remote-control shut-off switch," Pareene writes, "a thing that it seems every single offshore drilling rig should have." "The former Dark Lord of the Naval Observatory" is no rookie at covering his tracks, but the follow-up argument is a no-brainer: "Halliburton is involved, too! The Los Angeles Times reports that BP contracted Dick Cheney's old company to cement the deepwater drill hole." In short, Pareene writes, "Thanks, Dick. Nice work."