Someone Needs to Check the Air Vents in Dick Cheney’s Bunker

Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument wallpaper. The Washington Monument is between the columns.

Is Dick Cheney, a former 4th branch of government or some hybrid fungus of athlete’s foot that we just cannot get rid of, Obama Rebuts ‘Dithering’ Charges: None Of The Options Called For Troop Deployments

In recent weeks, Republicans have been attacking President Obama for taking too long to settle on a strategy for the war in Afghanistan. The charge has been led by Vice President Cheney, who accused Obama of “dithering” and endangering U.S. troops:

It’s time for President Obama to make good on his promise. The White House must stop dithering while America’s armed forces are in danger.

Make no mistake, signals of indecision out of Washington hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries. Waffling, while our troops on the ground face an emboldened enemy, endangers them and hurts our cause.

Tonight in his prime-time address to the nation, Obama ordered the deployment of 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan and said that the U.S. would begin withdrawing in 18 months. He also pointed out that none of the options put before him were set to occur before 2010, so his review process did not result in any endangerment of U.S. troops.

When did the conservative movement actually start caring about the boots that carry out the inanity that passes for foreign policy. Was it President Obama that shifted military resources away from Afghanistan, and let Osama Bin Laden get away at Tora Bora, to Iraq to find nonexistent WMD. No that was Dick and George. Was it Obama that insisted that torture was legal and produced reliable intelligence. No, that was only true in Dick’s squalid imagination. Torture produced more terrorists and put our troops in more danger. Maybe someone should check the ventilation in Dick’s bunker. Whether one agrees with escalating troop levels in Afghanistan or not, maybe President Obama will finish the job that George and Dick left. No one should be surprised that President Obama’s goal has been – since his presidential campaign – to track down and eliminate al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Its beyond incredulous that Obama is doing more then Cheney did, yet Cheney is accusing him of ‘dithering”. Dick and George dithered for seven years. Its odd considering Cheney’s dismal legacy that anyone would consider his opinions relevant. Yet every few weeks he emerges from his bunker and there’s the media happy to give him a soapbox and take dictation. Could just one journalist ask Cheney, considering the lengthy list of failures that constitute his tenure as Mr. 4th Branch, why he thinks his opinion matters and why America should listen.

I recently saw an anti-health care reform commercial from a group called 60plus. Its basically a let’s scare grand ma to death diatribe. The commercial and web site claims they’re non-partisan, but Rachel Maddow researched them back in August and found they are far from it. On the contrary they’re just more right-wing conservative astroturf ,

And who has a record of funding this organization 60 Plus?  Well, when 60 Plus started lobbying against prescription drug reform at the state level a few years ago, AARP actually looked into who was behind them.  And they found that, quote, “virtually all of their largest contributions in recent years have come from the same source—the nation‘s pharmaceutical industry.”

In 2003, the drug-maker Pfizer paid 60 Plus to help defeat prescription drug legislation in Minnesota and in New Mexico.  According to the AARP‘s investigation, Pfizer, quote, “hired Bonner & Associates, a Washington-based firm that specializes in ‘Astroturf lobbying.‘  The firm‘s paid callers, reading from scripts that identified them as representatives of 60 Plus urged residents to ask their governors to veto the legislation.  Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. later said it had paid Bonner & Associates to make the calls.”

Why does Bonner & Associates sound so familiar?  Oh, yes, they‘re the firm that‘s now being investigated by Congress after they admitted to stealing letterhead and writing fake letters to impersonate groups like the NAACP in their coal industry-funded efforts to defeat climate legislation.  Same guys.

60 Plus also appears to have had ties in the past to the platonic form of Washington things or people to whom it is best not to have ties.  That, of course, would be Jack Abramoff.  According to a “Mother Jones” magazine investigation, Jack Abramoff once instructed an Indian tribe to donate 60 Plus, saying that that would help garner support for their legislative causes with the House GOP leadership.

60 Plus is well-known in Republican and conservative circles.  And like other corporate-funded P.R. operations, it often takes on causes that you wouldn‘t logically connect to their stated purpose.  The 60 Plus Association, which again, bills itself as a seniors advocacy group, they took on a subject they want us to believe is near and dear to the hearts of seniors.