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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The “Pinochet”-ing of Dick Cheney

This needs to happen; hopefully sooner rather than later. If our own spineless “leaders” won’t prosecute the war criminals in our midst, an international agency might have to do their jobs for them.

As you probably know, Chile’s now-deceased dictator, Augusto Pinochet, was arrested in London in 1998 after being indicted for crimes against humanity. And now, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, has said he will testify against Dick Cheney if Cheney is ever put on trial. Wilkerson said:

“I, unfortunately — and I’ve admitted to this a number of times, publicly and privately — was the person who put together Colin Powell’s presentation at the United Nations Security Council on 5 February, 2003. It was probably the biggest mistake of my life. I regret it to this day. I regret not having resigned over it.”

In the same interview, Salon’s Glen Greenwald said:

“The evidence is overwhelming… that Dick Cheney is not just a political figure with controversial views, but is an actual criminal, that he was centrally involved in a whole variety not just of war crimes in Iraq, but of domestic crimes, as well, including the authorization of warrantless eavesdropping on American citizens in violation of FISA, which says that you go to jail for five years for each offense, as well as the authorization and implementation of a worldwide torture regime that, according to General Barry McCaffrey, resulted in the murder — his word — of dozens of detainees, far beyond just the three or four cases of waterboarding that media figures typically ask Cheney about. And as a result, Dick Cheney goes around the country profiting off of this, you know, sleazy, sensationalistic, self-serving book, basically profiting from his crimes, and at the same time normalizing the idea that these kind of policies, though maybe in the view of some wrongheaded, are perfectly legitimate political choices to make. And I think that’s the really damaging legacy from all of this.”

Lawrence Wilkerson was then asked if he thought former Bush Administration officials should be held accountable for their crimes:

“I certainly do. And I’d be willing to testify, and I’d be willing to take any punishment I’m due. And I have to say, I agree with almost everything just said. And I think that explains the aggressiveness, to a large extent, of the Cheney attack and of the words like ‘exploding heads all over Washington.’ This is a book written out of fear, fear that one day someone will ‘Pinochet’ Dick Cheney.”

Well, what are we waiting for? Hurry up and Pinochet that cocksucker before he pulls a Kenneth Lay and pretends to “die.”

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Blogger Dave Dubya said...

The Bush administrations crimes and catastrophic policies have doomed our nation. Unless they are investigated and prosecuted the US will be a failure, along with its self inflicted demise of democracy.

August 31, 2011 at 9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hear, hear.

August 31, 2011 at 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are your forgetting Cheney's "Bad Heart" which could give out at any time during any trial?


August 31, 2011 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

Oh then, let's definitely put him on trial!!

August 31, 2011 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

If you've read Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine, you're aware that Pinochet was propped up by the U.S. government after Chile's own "9/11" in 1973. The devastation that he wrought on that country, with the assistance of "the Chicago Boys", is legendary.

Perhaps the person many suspect was complicit in our own 9/11, will suffer a similar fate. One can only hope.

August 31, 2011 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Demeur said...

Problem is he has to leave the country first.
We know the weenie Eric Holder won't do it.

Added bonus word verify bawkir. That about sums it up.

August 31, 2011 at 8:07 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Won't happen, since we are all about looking forwards not backwards. It will have to come from somewhere else. According to some of those cable leaks last year, Spain was looking at trying him and the powers that be here, got in the way and said no go. This is one bastard, I will not hold back the venom for when he dies, out of respect for his family. There are times I wish I believed in hell, so I would know that is where he would go.

September 1, 2011 at 7:05 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Dave: We've already turned into one of those banana republics that we all learned about in school. "In some primitive countries, citizens have no legal protections and political prisoners get tortured. Fortunately, that sort of thing could never happen here in America."

Anonymous: Thanks.

Erik: I never knew if it was a "bad heart" or no heart.

J: Damn right, let's see how much stress his pacemaker can take.

JG: That's another book on my long "to do" list. But I've been following the happenings in Chile ever since 9/11/73. Cheney and Pinochet are two of a kind and they deserve the same fate.

Demeur: I don't think Cheney is a bit worried; he's too contemptuous of the laws that everybody else has to obey. He probably thinks he's untouchable. I hope he gets an unpleasant surprise.

Jess: No doubt our own government won't do anything. Maybe somebody will render him to a secret prison in Iraqistan for some enhanced interrogation.

September 1, 2011 at 1:04 PM  

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