Dick Cheney to Appear at Miami Book Fair

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David Hume Kennerly
Think literary events are for snobs? Such an assessment would make you an awful person, although this year's Miami International Book Fair did just get decidedly more dickish. Former vice president and current cowboy-hat enthusiast Dick Cheney's imminent appearance was announced yesterday in a news release, leaving mere days for us to anticipate arrival.

He'll roll in with his cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, this Saturday. Together, they'll speak about Heart: An American Medical Odyssey. Their co-conversation will take place bright and early at 9 a.m. -- a time slot totally befitting a 72-year-old author and real-life version of Mr. Burns.

In what is perhaps one of the biggest ironies of past quarter-century, Dick Cheney has become a veritable expert on the human heart. The convicted war criminal had his inaugural heart attack in 1978 and four others before receiving a Medicare-funded heart transplant in 2012. He kept a letter of resignation in his White House desk in case he became incapacitated and needed to leave his post. Heart is "a sweeping, inspiring, and ultimately optimistic book that will give hope to the millions of Americans affected by heart disease," according to the press materials.

Lisa Palley, publicist for the book fair, tells us that the event will last an hour and that Cheney will field questions from the audience. He won't sign books, though. Anyone who purchases a copy of Heart will receive a presigned bookplate. Heaven forbid he interact with any members of the toiling masses; human cyborgs aren't entirely immune to germs, you know.

The free event will take place downtown in the Wolfson Campus auditorium at Miami Dade College. Hecklers will probably be removed promptly. Feel free to take that as a challenge, though. You could probably get in a couple of good Darth Vader jokes before they throw you out.

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Does he cast a reflection in a mirror??

Cheney lied and many people died. His hands are soaked in the blood of innocent Iraqis and Afghanis.

Anastasia Biltmore
Anastasia Biltmore

Dick Cheney and informed book readers go together like ice cream and tube socks. What were they thinking when they booked him???


Isn’t old crow Cheney one of the most vile and despicable excuses for a human being ever to set foot in the White House?  He’s a vulture and a war-profiteer whose effigy should be lit afire in the streets every day he still walks around a free man.  See some art and words defining his role in architecting a Society of Fear at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2010/04/inside-job.html

Victor Runciman
Victor Runciman


drakemallard topcommenter

The study’s conclusions were further reinforced when former Bush White House press secretary Scott McClellan wrote, “top Bush aides had outlined a strategy for carefully orchestrating the coming campaign to aggressively sell the war… In the permanent campaign era, it was all about manipulating sources of public opinion to the president’s advantage.”

According to the study, then President George W Bush made 232 false statements about Iraq and former leader Saddam Hussein’s possessing weapons of mass destruction, and 28 false statements about Iraq’s links to al Qaeda.

“President George W. Bush and seven of his administration’s top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq…

On at least 532 separate occasions, Bush and these three key officials, along with Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan, stated unequivocally that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (or was trying to produce or obtain them), links to Al Qaeda, or both.”

On July 2004, the Republican majority led Senate Select Committee released the Intelligence Senate Report on Iraqi WMD Intelligence, which identified numerous failures in intelligence gathering and “analysis” (i.e., interpretation). However, Republicans defended the Bush administration’s statements on Iraq.

An investigation into the administration’s use of the intelligence was delayed for three years due to Republicans claiming it wasn’t as important (Senator Roberts, R-KS) as other pending items. Phase two of the investigation was released in 2007, but not all of the report was released. It determined, “our Committee has concluded that the Administration made significant claims that were not supported by the intelligence.”

Cheney's Halliburton Made $39.5 Billion on Iraq War

According to the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the level of corruption by defense contractors may be as high as $60 billion. Disciplined soldiers that would traditionally do many of the tasks are commissioned by private and publicly listed companies.

Even without the graft, the costs of paying for these services are higher than paying governement employees or soldiers to do them because of the profit motive involved. No-bid contracting - when companies get to name their price with no competing bid - didn't lower legitimate expenses. (Despite promises by President Barack Obama to reel in this habit, the trend toward granting favored companies federal contracts without considering competing bids continued to grow, by 9 percent last year, according to the Washington Post.)

Even though the military has largely pulled out of Iraq, private contractors remain on the ground and continue to reap U.S. government contracts. For example, the U.S. State Department estimates that taxpayers will dole out $3 billion to private guards for the government's sprawling embassy in Baghdad.

The costs of paying private and publicly listed war profiteers seem miniscule in light of the total bill for the war.


Remarkable...the lack of civility...and knowledge...of the low-info citizen... 

Dan Marino
Dan Marino

Rumor has it Rubio will be his fluffer beforehand.


Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016... Cheney 2016...

Clare Hartkorn-Taylor
Clare Hartkorn-Taylor

Who cares, is he broke to come out now...he has stolen from Americans he needs to shut up and go back underground!

dantevida topcommenter

maybe he'll reveal where those (imaginary) weapons of mass destruction were hidden.  That cost us a $2trillion war. 

Jeffrey Knight
Jeffrey Knight

Yeah, somebody else's...hasn't mellowed him any...

Michael Crilly
Michael Crilly

thought he be giving class,How to shoot em and get em to apoligize to u


Classy...an assessment based on your deep understanding of world events from Jon Stuart...?

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