In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, by Dick Cheney

I’ll be ordering former Vice President Richard Cheney’s book In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir shortly; if you want to read the book, and order it through Amazon.com by clicking on either the image in this post, the link under the title, or the I Recommend widget in the sidebar, CSPT receives a small commission. :)

I’ve seen some of the teaser articles for the book, and, of course, everyone wants to know if Mr Cheney trashed his boss, former President George W Bush. I’ll have a review for you after I’ve read it. The book will be released on August 30th, so it’ll be over a week before I receive it.

I am, of course, pleased that, after contributing to the livelihoods of Al Gore and Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton by buying their books — I shall say ten Hail Marys, in Latin, as my penance — I have contributed to the retirement income of former President Bush by buying his book, and will now be contributing to another great American, former Vice President Cheney.

46 Comments

  1. OK, ordered! Actually, I gave my younger daughter cash, and had her order it; that way I’ll be sure to have it count toward my commission! :)

    And, amazon.com doesn’t collect sales tax! That’s another 6% I saved!

  2. Cool – he can join Radovan Karadzic in the elite club of people who are both authors and war criminals.

  3. Let’s not forget this the a guy who said “I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.” –at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon. If snuffing Bin Laden and passing a healthcare program (that 70% of Americans hate) are the only things worth running on… How can Clinton not take a run at this guy?

  4. American logic: liberating 50 million people = a good thing.
    New Zealand logic: liberating 50 million people = war crimes.

    No wonder they’re on the bottom of the world.

  5. Please tell me when Cheney was convicted as a “war criminal”. Or is that term just thrown about by fools like you to voice objection to other people’s views? Because the last I heard one needed to be actually convicted of a crime to be a criminal. Perhaps under your leftist philosophy just saying it makes it so? Hence the way your fellow leftists managed to murder 100 million people in the last century.

  6. American logic: liberating 50 million people = a good thing.
    New Zealand logic: liberating 50 million people = war crimes.

    W1ngnut logic: murdering people based on a lie = liberation.

  7. Was it our business to get involved in a civil war in Iraq?

    Was the case made honestly and honorably by Cheney/Bush for their preemptive war of aggression on a sovereign nation?

    What has the cost been in American lives and Iraqi lives, and injuries on both sides?

    What has the cost been in property and infra-structure damage?

    What has been the cost to us re our deficits and national debt? Was it worth it?

    What will happen in Iraq when we leave?

    Same questions for Afghanistan!

    And yes, of course, we are guilty of war crimes, and Cheney himself is one of the major perps!

    Ask yourself about war crimes had a foreign nation invaded us during our Civil War!!!

    Let’s be totally honest about this folks. No more arrogant American posturing allowed!

  8. Bottom line: The late OBL has won, as we have degenerated morally and financially from the day of his attack on 9/11, and, our polarized government is dysfunctional! Never mind that we finally got him.

  9. Perry says:
    25 August 2011 at 10:35 (Edit)

    Bottom line: The late OBL has won, as we have degenerated morally and financially from the day of his attack on 9/11, and, our polarized government is dysfunctional! Never mind that we finally got him.

    Progressives have such a short memory. The Government had issues long before UBL showed up and Progressives blamed Bush for everything after the election in 2000 up to now. For 2 days after 9/11 the country was united, then the Bush Conspiracy theorists started by 9/12/01 and it’s been ongoing since. And the Progressives in the form of Clinton had UBL handed to him and he said no. So, play in your fantasy world of the Right is to blame for all the ills of the country. Just look at the record set by BO. His deficit is more now in 2 years and 7 months than Bush in EIGHT YEARS, 1/3 of the time. But as I said, Progressives have no long term, and short term memory.

  10. What a laugh. Just don’t ask Perry about his SUPPORT for US interventions in Bosnia/Kosovo and most recently, Libya. He was in FAVOR of those intterventions … why? Even Wesley Clark admitted the former was most likely illegal. Therefore, Bill Clinton is likewise a war criminal.

    Perry a hypocrite — no surprise at all, there.

  11. Yorkshire, you didn’t respond to my post, a series of questions for which you made no attempt to answer; instead, you initiated your own rant and blame game – it’s all the Progressives fault. The Progressives were not in power when most of the damage was done, so who is to blame, Yorkshire, truthfully?

  12. Perry asked:

    The Progressives were not in power when most of the damage was done, so who is to blame, Yorkshire, truthfully?

    Those who want a weak America, those who are embarrassed by our wealth and our power, and who would see other cultures as somehow equally valid and equally right, even if they lead to oppression and poverty. In short, those who today call themselves “progressives.”

    The damage really started when the Democrats left the reservation, ceased being strongly pro-American in their foreign policy views, and went all weak-kneed and wimpy during the Vietnam War. The assassination of President Kennedy was probably the greatest tragedy which ever struck the Democratic Party, because that was what really led to the downfall of the strong Democrats, and led to the rise of the wimpy ones.

    I can just picture Barack Obama, had he been President in October of 1962, saying, “Well, you know, Cuba is a sovereign country, and if they really want to host Soviet missiles there, there nothing we can do about it.”

  13. “The Progressives were not in power when most of the damage was done…”

    What? Where the hell have you been? The progressives have been in power since Woodrow Wilson for crap sake. You mean Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Chris Dood, Harry Ried and the rest of the tax/spend/print and borrow crowd haven’t been in power for decades? If you’re trying to say “Democrats” haven’t always been in the White House I would agree. But whether Democrat or Rpublican, progressives have their finger prints all over everything. That’s why I can’t figure out why you hate Bush so much. With his No Child Left Behind and Medicare Part D and what not he was as far from a conservative as his goofy old man was. Hell, the most moderate President in the last twenty years was Clinton. That’s the problem with you lefties. You’re so deep into your ideology that if anyone takes one step off your reservation you start screeching “radical”. Believe in Christ? You’re a radical. Agree with States Rights, you’re a radical. Respect the free market, again a radical. Think that perhaps there is another solution to any given problem other than more government, then you’re an over-the-top radical.

  14. http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/10/wikileaks-show-wmd-hunt-continued-in-iraq-with-surprising-results/

    WikiLeaks Show WMD Hunt Continued in Iraq – With Surprising Results

    By Noah Shachtman

    By late 2003, even the Bush White House’s staunchest defenders were starting to give up on the idea that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

    But WikiLeaks’ newly-released Iraq war documents reveal that for years afterward, U.S. troops continued to find chemical weapons labs, encounter insurgent specialists in toxins and uncover weapons of mass destruction.

    An initial glance at the WikiLeaks war logs doesn’t reveal evidence of some massive WMD program by the Saddam Hussein regime — the Bush administration’s most (in)famous rationale for invading Iraq. But chemical weapons, especially, did not vanish from the Iraqi battlefield. Remnants of Saddam’s toxic arsenal, largely destroyed after the Gulf War, remained. Jihadists, insurgents and foreign (possibly Iranian) agitators turned to these stockpiles during the Iraq conflict — and may have brewed up their own deadly agents.

    In August 2004, for instance, American forces surreptitiously purchased what they believed to be containers of liquid sulfur mustard, a toxic “blister agent” used as a chemical weapon since World War I. The troops tested the liquid, and “reported two positive results for blister.” The chemical was then “triple-sealed and transported to a secure site” outside their base.

    Three months later, in northern Iraq, U.S. scouts went to
    look in on a “chemical weapons” complex. “One of the bunkers has been tampered with,” they write. “The integrity of the seal [around the complex] appears intact, but it seems someone is interesting in trying to get into the bunkers.”

    Meanwhile, the second battle of Fallujah was raging in Anbar province. In the southeastern corner of the city, American forces came across a “house with a chemical lab … substances found are similar to ones (in lesser quantities located a previous chemical lab.” The following day, there’s a call in another part of the city for explosive experts to dispose of a “chemical cache.”

    Nearly three years later, American troops were still finding WMD in the region. An armored Buffalo vehicle unearthed a cache of artillery shells “that was covered by sacks and leaves under an Iraqi Community Watch checkpoint. “The 155mm rounds are filled with an unknown liquid, and several of which are leaking a black tar-like substance.” Initial tests were inconclusive. But later, “the rounds tested positive for mustard.”

    In WikiLeaks’ massive trove of nearly 392,000 Iraq war logs are hundreds of references to chemical and biological weapons. Most of those are intelligence reports or initial suspicions of WMD that don’t pan out. In July 2004, for example, U.S. forces come across a Baghdad building with gas masks, gas filters, and containers with “unknown contents” inside. Later investigation revealed those contents to be vitamins.

    But even late in the war, WMDs were still being unearthed. In the summer of 2008, according to one WikiLeaked report, American troops found at least 10 rounds that tested positive for chemical agents. “These rounds were most likely left over from the [Saddam]-era regime. Based on location, these rounds may be an AQI [Al Qaeda in Iraq] cache. However, the rounds were all total disrepair and did not appear to have been moved for a long time.”

    A small group — mostly of the political right — has long maintained that there was more evidence of a major and modern WMD program than the American people were led to believe. A few Congressmen and Senators gravitated to the idea, but it was largely dismissed as conspiratorial hooey.

    The WMD diehards will likely find some comfort in these newly-WikiLeaked documents. Skeptics will note that these relatively small WMD stockpiles were hardly the kind of grave danger that the Bush administration presented in the run-up to the war.

    But the more salient issue may be how insurgents and Islamic extremists (possibly with the help of Iran) attempted to use these lethal and exotic arms. As Spencer noted earlier, a January 2006 war log claims that “neuroparalytic” chemical weapons were smuggled in from Iran.

    That same month, then “chemical weapons specialists” were apprehended in Balad. These “foreigners” were there specifically “to support the chemical weapons operations.” The following month, an intelligence report refers to a “chemical weapons expert” that “provided assistance with the gas weapons.” What happened to that specialist, the WikiLeaked document doesn’t say.

  15. “Those who want a weak America, those who are embarrassed by our wealth and our power, and who would see other cultures as somehow equally valid and equally right, even if they lead to oppression and poverty. In short, those who today call themselves “progressives.””

    You really believe that now, don’t you Dana?

    I can only speak for myself, that your assumptions are totally wrong. I also do not believe they are correct for “Progressives”.

    Moreover, I note that you brushed by the questions I listed. I suspect that you know very well that those policies do not represent the moral high ground. But you approve of these actions, because to you might makes right. Then it follows for you to reason that those with views like mine are not pro-American.

    And on “oppression and poverty”, let us continue to work that out of our own system, in spite of those, like yourself, who wear blinders, while having no concern that the wealth of this nation continues to move to an elite few percent. This latter fact, a national disgrace, Dana, accounts for much of the “oppression and poverty” that continues to grow as we speak. Having said that, I understand that I am speaking to a lump of lead!

  16. The Government had issues long before UBL showed up and Progressives blamed Bush for everything after the election in 2000 up to now

    The US wasn’t reviled worldwide for torture, detention without trial and an official policy of assassination.

  17. In your cite, Yorkshire, this paragraph pretty well sums it up:

    “The WMD diehards will likely find some comfort in these newly-WikiLeaked documents. Skeptics will note that these relatively small WMD stockpiles were hardly the kind of grave danger that the Bush administration presented in the run-up to the war.”

    Moreover, the technology and supplies for biological and chemical warfare was supplied to Iraq by whom, Yorkshire? Hint: This happened during the Iran-Iraq war.

    And your overall point, Yorkshire, is what?

  18. Hoagie noted:

    Please tell me when Cheney was convicted as a “war criminal”. Or is that term just thrown about by fools like you to voice objection to other people’s views? Because the last I heard one needed to be actually convicted of a crime to be a criminal.

    It is a common theme of our friends on the left to want to criminalize policy from right-thinking Americans. But not only has Mr Cheney not been convicted of war crimes, he hasn’t even been charged with any.

    And as much as I believe that socialism is, itself, a crime against humanity, I would not try to put President Obama on trial for trying to impose socialism once his term is over. Of course, if he were to be charged with the crime against humanity of trying to impose socialism, the worst he’d get is a suspended sentence, since he’s been so ineffective at anything he’s tried. :)

  19. “Do you agree or disagree WMD’s were found or not. The meme is ZERO were found.”

    Yes, it does appear that small quantities of biological/chemical weapons were found.

    Does this now justify, in your mind, our invasion of Iraq, Yorkshire?

  20. “It is a common theme of our friends on the left to want to criminalize policy from right-thinking Americans. But not only has Mr Cheney not been convicted of war crimes, he hasn’t even been charged with any.”

    Where are the “right-thinking Americans”, Dana? I don’t see any on your side!

    Based on our unprovoked attack on Iraq, a sovereign nation, the fact that war crimes were committed is quite obvious to the “right-thinking Americans” on this side of the aisle. Put the shoe on the other foot, in which we are attacked, then what would your position be on war crimes?

  21. “Put the shoe on the other foot, in which we are attacked….”

    The what on the other what? Are you out of your phuckin’ mind? You can either side with America or not. You choose NOT to! What does that make you? A patriot? I don’t think so. You really need a wake-up call, Perry. For some reason you side with every effin’ thing that is against the U.S. Why do you hate our country? And why don’t you explain the “progressive” points? Guess cause they’re not so progressive, but rather forcing other’s to bend to your will. Perhaps you should move to New Zealand. They seem to be of your mindset. We really don’t need any more anti-American Obomunists here.

  22. Perry says:
    25 August 2011 at 22:13

    “Do you agree or disagree WMD’s were found or not. The meme is ZERO were found.”

    Yes, it does appear that small quantities of biological/chemical weapons were found.

    Does this now justify, in your mind, our invasion of Iraq, Yorkshire?

    The problem Saddam put himself into was acting as if he had WMD’s. He did this to keep everyone guessing, and it was mostlyaimed at Iran. Saddam’s fear is if he came out and said they were all destroyed and allowed the world to see and check, then he felt he lft himself open to the Iranians. This is what Saddam told the US investigator while in prison. He thought that carrying this charade out would keep Iran and the USA at bay from attacks. He guessed wrong.

  23. “Does this now justify, in your mind, our invasion of Iraq, Yorkshire?”

    I don’t know. If Iran handed off that “small amount” of biological weapons to terrorists and they killed YOUR family, would I be justified in killing them in reprisal? You know, your wife, children, grandchildren all dead by a “small amount” in the wrong hands. That’s why there are men like me who realize evil, understand the enemy and do our very best to kill them before they kill you or me.

    There are entirely too many girly-men in this country. Stand the phuck up and fight for right, Perry. Don’t be afraid, being a real American can be LIBERATING.

  24. BTW Perry, I loved your little commie cartoon. One in seven Americans are impovrished? Really? Prove it. How many people do you know who are impoverished? I don’t know any. I haven’t seen any. I’ve seen people who are poor but none “impoverished”. And if you know someone who is impoverished why don’t you DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT? What do you give to charity each year? How about your friend Pho? I’d bet I donate more in a month than the two of you have in ten years. Your solution to povery is to steal other people’s money. Mine is to DONATE my own money and my own time. I actually feed people who are poor, do you? I actually take poor people to the doctor’s office in my own car on my own time. How about you? And yes, when these folks need a fawcet fixed or a roof shingle repaired, my friend Cory and I go and do it. When was the last time you climed up on a poor person’s roof? Didn’t think so.

    You leftists use the poor as “talking points” but never rise to the occasion of actually helping. They’re just a means to power for you guys.

  25. You can either side with America or not. You choose NOT to!

    Or you can side with it when it does good and criticise it when it does bad.

    W1ngnuts “love” America the same way a two-year old loves their mommy.

  26. Just so you know Perry, yesterday Cory, Roy and I spent four hours at an elderly (poor) ladie’s house repairing her electricity. Now Cory ain’t rich but he’s okay. Roy is as poor as a churchmouse but still has time to help another (yes, he’s a poor conservative) and I was just there because what I lack in talent I make up in the fact I’m the one with the Home Depot credit card.

    What have you done lately to help the “impoverished”?

  27. “W1ngnuts “love” America the same way a two-year old loves their mommy.”

    Spoken like a two year old! I would have not expected more from you.

    I assume you believe two year olds don’t love their mommy? Why?

    I’m sure you love your mommy, hell she lets you live in her basement.

  28. Tell me Pho, when has America ever done good in your view? Just give me one instance.

    You are such a phucking liar I can’t believe anything you say. You hate us and our country yet you come up with your “when it does good or when it does bad” shit. You’re long on words but very, very short on character. Pathetic!

  29. Congratulations for making an even bigger fool out of yourself than you normally do, Hoagie.

    “Conservatives love America like a child loves his mommy, and mommy can do no wrong. Whereas we love America like an adult loves someone, recognizing our mate has faults and taking the good with the bad, and always working to appreciate what’?s there, being critical of what’?s wrong and trying to help and make it better.” – Al Franken.

  30. Congratulations for making an even bigger f0ol out of yourself than you normally do, Hoagie.

    “Conservatives love America like a child loves his mommy, and mommy can do no wrong. Whereas we love America like an adult loves someone, recognizing our mate has faults and taking the good with the bad, and always working to appreciate what’?s there, being critical of what’?s wrong and trying to help and make it better.” – Al Franken.

  31. Moreover, the technology and supplies for biological and chemical warfare was supplied to Iraq by whom, Yorkshire? Hint: This happened during the Iran-Iraq war.

    Wanna rethink what you’re implying, Perry? Or, like your ridiculous hypocrisy on just about everything, will you just ignore it and keep making things up?

  32. Sorry, Hoagie-John, I cannot deal with you on this level of personal vilification which you have chosen to use. You have your philosophy and have made your choices, I mine, some of which I express on here. With you, I am going to leave it at that, as I do not feel the need to defend myself against your assumptions and baseless allegations about me.

  33. Sorry, Hoagie-John, I cannot deal with you on this level of personal vilification which you have chosen to use. You have your philosophy and have made your choices, I mine, some of which I express on here. With you, I am going to leave it at that, as I do not feel the need to defend myself against your assumptions and baseless allegations about me.

    “Hi, Pot. I’m Kettle.”

  34. Hube, your reference gives information on “International Arms Transfers” for the 1973 to 1990 time period. I was specifically referring to chemical/biological weapons.

    Consider this:

    “Last year, Senator Robert Byrd discussed the Reagan Administration’s transfer to Iraq of biological agents including anthrax, bubonic plague and many others, and placed supporting documentation in the Congressional Record.”

    You can read the rest of the article yourself.

    Here is a documented study of this issue.

    Moreover, a Google search provides plenty of documentation on this issue.

    You might want to do a little research before accusing people of “making things up”, as it makes you look a bit foolish, Hube!

  35. I should have known you were quoting someone else. You’ve never had an origional thought here yet. And please, Al Frankin is now your idea of a great and quotable genius? Honestly, how do you dig up all the rubbish you post here? You can’t have a real job and spend so much time trolling the internet all over the world. And what happened to Voltaire? You’ve sunk to Al Franken levels?

  36. You might want to do a little research before accusing people of “making things up”, as it makes you look a bit foolish, Hube!

    I have. I never said nor implied the US did not provide any weapons/technology/support for the period in question, therefore your links are moot. Indeed, the US had Iran as one of its main enemies from 1979 throughout the 80s, so of course we’re going to support regimes hostile to it. Again, the point is, you earlier implied that the WMD we were actively searching for was exclusively of US origin. Your links, nor your assertions, are FAR from proven, especially given the graph I provided.

  37. I should have known

    Don’t worry about it. By now, everyone knows that knowing sh1t about anything is your default state of being.

  38. Hoagie says:
    25 August 2011 at 23:36

    “Put the shoe on the other foot, in which we are attacked….”

    The what on the other what? Are you out of your phuckin’ mind? You can either side with America or not.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    ?? I imagine the unwritten end of that last sentence to be “… America or not, right or wrong.”

    But what kind of America would that be? Who signed up for that?

    I don’t side with America when she violates her own rules and promises. What sort of person does that?

    The premise of this thread seems to be … we weren’t technically completely 100% wrong about WMD in Iraq, because we found some scraps of those antique weapons?

  39. “I don’t side with America when she violates her own rules and promises. What sort of person does that? ”

    A loyal one. No person and no nation need only fair weather friends. First of all no person and no nation is always 100% correct. And just because they may be wrong or make a bad decision is no reason to throw them under the bus. You’re sounding like Pho. If America is wrong about anything then the whole experiment is flawed. Well, I don’t believe that.

  40. A loyal one

    A moron.

    Who gets remembered as teh good ones today – the Germans who gave the Third Reich their unflinching loyalty, or those who spoke out and opposed it? The Russians who were good little Communists in thought and deed, or those who criticised the USSR?

  41. “If America is wrong about anything then the whole experiment is flawed.”

    Who on here said that, Hoagie-John?

    You have no point if you make something up, or assume something of someone here, then criticize the person on what you made up or assume. You do a lot of that on here! Want examples?

  42. Hoagie wrote:

    First of all no person and no nation is always 100% correct. And just because they may be wrong or make a bad decision is no reason to throw them under the bus.

    Which is why we loyal and patriotic citizens attempt to change bad decisions, like ObaminableCare, rather than threaten — as if we would have felt the loss — like Alec Baldwin and others to emigrate if george Bush won the 2000 election.

    Our country is not always right; we did, after all, elect Barack Obama to be our 44th President. We are working hard, as free citizens with a vote, to change that in 2012.

  43. Gee, Hoagie, you seem to have edited your original comment dated 26 August 2011 at 15:43.

    Dishonest bast@rd.

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