Poor Dick Cheney. Ever since George W. Bush's presidential term ended, all the former veep has wanted to do is spend some time at home, kick back with his grandchildren, and publicly criticize and undermine the authority of our current commander in chief as often as possible. And yet, it seems that no matter what he does, he can't stay out of the headlines. Specifically, the terrifying and tragic headlines dominating today's news. First, Alex Pareene at Salon's War Room notes that the giant, toxic, seemingly unstoppable oil spill headed toward the fragile and vulnerable Gulf Coast could be construed as kind of Cheney's fault.
CHENEY PROMOTES INCREASING SUPPLY AS ENERGY POLICY
Cheney Energy Task Force | NRDC
W A S H I N G T O N, June 25, -- A government watchdog agency is losing patience with the White House's refusal to detail secret meetings that produced President Bush's national energy policy and is threatening to take steps that could land the tug of war in the courts. The General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, has been pressing Vice President Dick Cheney's office to turn over information on the meetings for more than a month. Cheney headed up the task force, which drafted Bush's plan to dramatically expand the nation's ability to produce energy. Two Democratic congressman asked the GAO to launch the investigation into Cheney's task force in April, suspecting Bush campaign supporters from the energy industry were getting extraordinary access.
Dick Cheney Gets Coal-Fired
Two decades and a few heart attacks later, George W. Bush tapped Cheney to be the architect of his long-term energy policy, and after months of closed-door pondering with his task force and consultations with energy-industry lobbyists including a luxurious half-hour chat with Kenneth Lay, CEO of Enron , the Hillary Clinton of energy emerged with suggestions stretching over pages. And much like during the campaign when Cheney headed up Bush's vice-presidential selection team, the policy looks a lot like Dick Cheney. And very bad politics for the president.
Having ensured the continued flow of cheap oil from the Gulf by waging a war with Iraq, and after his boss, George Bush's ouster from office by Clinton in , Dick Cheney turned his attention to the corporate world. In he joined the American Enterprise Institute in Washington as a senior fellow. In October of he became president and chief executive officer of the Halliburton Company in Dallas, Texas. Halliburton Co.