By Mike Whitney
Clearing House" -- --
When Dick Cheney woke up on Wednesday morning, his entire
world had changed. The House and Senate was in control of
the Democrats, Bush Senior’s buddy Robert Gates had taken
over at the Pentagon, and his most-trusted ally, Don Rumsfeld, had been thrown overboard.
Cheney knows that the story about a “Democratic sweep” is
utter nonsense. He knows who operates the voting machines
and how get the results he wants. The normal procedures for
rigging the election were simply put on hold.
He also knows that the Justice Dept had sent out over 80
attorneys to various parts of the country where the
Republicans anticipated legal challenges after the
elections, but there were no legal challenges. Someone
decided that there would be no fight at all, even in the
close senatorial races where recounts might have made a
Is anyone gullible enough to believe that Republican
big-wigs have given up cheating as a vital part of their
strategy for winning elections?
I doubt it.
Cheney knows why there were no challenges; just like he
knows why Rumsfeld was thrown to the wolves AFTER the
elections rather than before when it might’ve hurt the
Democrat’s chances for victory.
Cheney was betrayed and his plans for one-party rule have
been intentionally subverted. Even his seat next to the
throne has been jettisoned to make room for Papa Bush’s
friend and CIA-alum, Robert Gates.
So, what does it all mean?
Well, as many of the political wags are finally admitting,
the adults are stepping in and taking back their government.
The establishment “old school” Republicans and country club
plutocrats put-together a plan to sabotage the Cheney
administration and put an end to the Iraq debacle. The
scheme first became apparent when Bob Woodward, the
establishment’s number one scribe, released his book “State
of Denial”. That was followed by the National Intelligence
Estimate (NIE), Lancet’s Iraqi casualty report, the Mark
Foley page fiasco, and a steady barrage of ethics and
The Democrats had nothing to do with the ferocious
media-blitzkrieg which pummeled the Bush team day-in and
day-out. It was all the handiwork of big-money Republicans
who lost their place at the policy-table when Cheney and
Rummy decided they would run the whole shebang by
The only way they could be certain of undermining the
Sec-Def and the Veep’s powers was by attacking their
political base and destroying the “rubber stamp” congress.
And, that is precisely what they did. It's a classic case of
the parent killing its own offspring or, as Dostoyevsky
said, “One reptile devouring the other.”
The election simply proves that one should not expect to
take the country away from the people who really own it.
It’s theirs, and the political parties are merely the
temporary security guards who are paid to watch over their
What’s interesting in this case, is that Cheney was betrayed
by Bush. It was Bush who fed Rummy to the crocodiles and
replaced him with Gates, and it was Bush who broke his oath
of loyalty to people who put him in office.
Cheney doesn’t like to be betrayed, in fact, Cheney hates to
be betrayed. Loyalty is the only virtue among thieves, and
Bush has violated that basic bond. That probably means big
trouble for George W. Bush in the future.
Understandably, the country is breathing a sigh of relief
after the midterm elections, but it may be a bit premature.
Cheney may be down, but he’s not out. And, unfortunately,
nothing has really changed. Cheney hasn’t abandoned his plan
for global domination and he still has plenty of agents
lurking in the shadows who will carry out his agenda. His
problem now is how to get back “in the game” and settle
scores with the people who screwed him over.
Ironically, his biggest obstacle is George Bush, the man who
knifed him in the back and put the brakes on the global
crusade. Bush is now under the influence his father’s
chief-advisors who are determined to get the troops out of
Iraq, forestall any attack on Iran, and (probably) undermine
the powers of the unitary executive.
So, how far will Cheney go to remove the obstacles for
realizing his dark vision? Would he be willing to incite a
war with Iran to restore himself to power?
William S. Lind, Director for the Center for Cultural
Conservatism for the Free Congress Foundation, assures us in
his latest article “Iraq Disaster Warning” that “something
big’” will happen “between Nov 7 congressional election and
Christmas. That could be the long-planned attack on Iran”.
Dr. Elias Akleh supports this theory in his article “War on
Iran” providing the worrisome details of the military
build-up currently taking place in the Gulf beyond the
knowledge of the American people. Akleh states:
“The US and NATO countries had amassed the largest military
armada in the Middle East. The US armada consists of carrier
Strike Group 12 led by nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS
Enterprise, Eisenhower Strike Group—another nuclear powered
aircraft carrier with accompanied military vessels and
submarines, Expeditionary Strike Group 5 with multiple
attack vessels led by aircraft carrier USS Boxer, the Iowa
Jima Expeditionary Strike Group, and the US Coast Guard.
Canada has sent its anti-submarine HMCS Ottawa frigate to
join the American Armada in the Persian Gulf. On October
1the USS Enterprise Striking Group has crossed the Suez
Canal to join NATO armada at the eastern shore of the
The NATO force is composed of troops and naval vessels from
several countries and is lead by Germany. It includes German
command naval forces, Italian navy, 2 Spanish warships, 3
Danish warships, 10 Greek warships, 2 Netherlands warships,
and French, Belgium, Turkish, and Bulgarian troops in South
Akleh adds ominously, “This is the largest massing of
military power in the region, and it is gathering for a
So, Iran is still very much on the table just as America is
still in danger of deteriorating into a militarized police
state. Cheney’s dream of global hegemony and absolute rule
continues to move forward regardless of the elections’
results. He remains committed to his original plan whatever
the cost to the country in terms of blood and treasure.
Do not underestimate Dick Cheney. He is a dogged
“bare-knuckled” street-fighter with a will of tempered
steel. He will stop at nothing.
All he needs is a means of getting back into the seat of
Do we need to remind ourselves that he is only a “heartbeat”
away from the most powerful position in the world?
That’s something that should concern us all.