Tuesday, December 30, 2008

From the Annals of Dastardly Plans

Fosco's ongoing cherry-picking of Vanity Fair's "An Oral History of the Bush White House" continues today with a delightful quote from Lawrence Wilkerson, top aide and later chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Today's topic is "Dick Cheney: Devil or Demon?"

We had this confluence of characters—and I use that term very carefully—that included people like Powell, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, and so forth, which allowed one perception to be “the dream team.” It allowed everybody to believe that this Sarah Palin–like president—because, let’s face it, that’s what he was—was going to be protected by this national- security elite, tested in the cauldrons of fire. What in effect happened was that a very astute, probably the most astute, bureaucratic entrepreneur I’ve ever run into in my life became the vice president of the United States.

He became vice president well before George Bush picked him. And he began to manipulate things from that point on, knowing that he was going to be able to convince this guy to pick him, knowing that he was then going to be able to wade into the vacuums that existed around George Bush—personality vacuum, character vacuum, details vacuum, experience vacuum.
I don't know about you, but I think "devil" is the appropriate answer to today's question. And yet, Uncle Dick just cannot understand why he's so unpopular. Here's a thought, Dick: it's because you're evil. Does that help?

1 comment:

kungfuramone said...

Nicely summarized, dude. That guy is like the free-market cowboy oil-tycoon Hitler.