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Is Dick Cheney Above the Law?

He obviously thinks he is. How else to explain his veiled threat not to co-operate with the probe of detainee interrogation? We already know he doesn’t like the probe. He’s called it partisan, says the techniques used by the CIA were legal and saved lives, blah blah, blah.

Yet when asked in a Fox News interview if he’d talk to prosecutor John Durham once the probe got started, here’s what Cheney said. “It will depend on the circumstances and what I think their activities are really involved in.” That would seem to mean he won’t talk to Durham unless he feels like it. Right now, that means he doesn’t feel like it.

What makes Cheney think he, as a former elected official, is empowered to thumb his nose at a legitimate inquiry? And why is he taking the position that anything the CIA did in the wake of September 11th was legal and warranted?

The former VP went on in the interview to mention how this investigation will demoralize the intelligence community. This is old stuff. He wants us to believe any look back at how the Bush Administration conducted the war on terror must be an organized plot by the left wing of the Democratic Party.

Some facts to keep in mind. President Obama has said only those who acted without legal authorization face the possibility of legal action. Both the president and Attorney General Eric Holder have said those who acted on legal advice from the Justice Dept. won’t be prosecuted.

And of course, there’s Cheney’s assertion that even those interrogators who went over the line provided crucial intelligence that saved the lives of Americans. Even Sen. John McCain got off the bus on that one. So you have to go back to the question, why? Why is Dick Cheney the point man on this? He wasn’t even president at the time, and the guy who was doesn’t talk nearly as much about it.

No, Dick Cheney has a personal stake in all this. Does he worry about a trail of illegality that stops at his door? Does he think there’s no way an investigation that hasn’t even begun yet can be fair to those involved? If the probe is political, what is his response to it?

Former Vice President Dick Cheney
Former Vice President Dick Cheney

Methinks this guy has much to hide, and he’s hiding behind the people at the CIA, the people who tried to do their jobs properly and legally. That is truly sad. Let me say this from the left wing of the Democratic Party. The investigation should go forward. If Cheney refuses to talk to the prosecutor, let the full weight of the law fall on his head. And if it turns out he broke the law, let him be prosecuted!

What’s wrong with that?

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So Long, Sarah?

So Sarah Palin officially quit as Governor of Alaska Sunday.

One wonders if the people of that state feel cheated. She hadn’t even served two years when John McCain made her his running mate. One also wonders, all this time down the road, how he feels about that one. Anyway, the choice was Palin’s to make, and no one thinks she’s simply going to write a book while making moose casserole for the family. In case you hadn’t noticed, Sarah Palin has ambition.

There’s certainly nothing wrong with that ambition. In fact, in these times it’s difficult to get ahead without it. The question for Palin is, how to leave all those ethics questions, along with those about her fitness for high office, behind her.

And, the question of whether or not she’s a quitter? My good friend starlil363 sent me an e-mail the other day that chronicled Palin’s seeming inability to stay focused on one gig.

She quit five different colleges before graduating from the sixth, she quit her job in television, she and husband Todd quit their snow machine dealership, she quit her job as Mayor of Wasilla to run for Lt. Governor, she quit as chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and now she cuts and runs from being governor.

Nice. Yet from the moment McCain picked her, Palin has found she likes the limelight. She enjoys jousting with David Letterman, enjoys dogging out the father of her grandchild, enjoys instant celebrity as much as any reality TV show star. She thinks it’s her ticket to the White House, and there are those on the right (and left) who will feed her delusion. On a certain level, Sarah Pain being taken seriously is the best thing that could happen to the Democratic Party. That’s why much of the criticism you heard when she announced her resignation came from the GOP.

So what really is next for Sarah Palin? Fox News must be keeping some kind of contributor’s chair warm for her. She can go around the lower 48 [states] without anyone saying she’s neglecting her duties as governor. She really could star in a reality TV show, but that’s not likely.

Maybe, and I don’t think it’s likely either, she’ll use this down time to pursue some of that intellectual heft so many thought she was lacking on the campaign trail. Every now and then it’s nice to know what you’re talking about.

But then, if she works for Fox, that won’t be necessary. So what is Sarah Palin’s future? You tell me.

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Palin Quits. But is She Done?

It’s fascinating that most of the people speculating about Sarah Palin’s decision to leave her  job as governor of Alaska 18 months early are people in her own political party. Depending on who you read, watch, or listen to, she’s either a quitter, or she’s pursing a brilliant but risky political strategy. That would be if you think she’s going to run for president in 2012. As bad off as the GOP is right now, they can’t write her off completely.

Many things are astonishing about Palin’s decision. The first was her feeble attempt at a stream of consciousness in making the announcement itself. If you listen closely, her labored breaths between sentences sounded like she’d either just finished a marathon, or that she couldn’t wait to get this thing over with. Palin’s “I don’t want to be a lame duck” excuse was even worse. This is politics, pal. Lame ducks are a part of the game you chose. Besides, is she saying by quitting this early there’s nothing more she could do for her state?

Then there’s the alleged attacks on Palin and her family by the media. Aside from being the oldest trick in the book, Palin knows the worst thing media did to her was ask a number of questions she couldn’t answer during the presidential campaign. Besides, is she talking about her good friends from Fox News when she talks about media that “doesn’t understand, it’s about country”? Maybe she is in fact quitting so she can prepare for a presidential run in 2012.

It’s then fair to ask, why does she need so much preparation? We’re talking three years and change. If a governor can’t serve out an elected term because they need to get ready for higher office, how suitable are they for the office they seek? In the barren landscape that contains Republican presidential hopefuls, maybe Sarah Palin is still the Great Conservative Hope, no matter what she does.

It’s interesting that rumors she quit because of a pending embezzlement probe were strong enough to warrant a letter to the media from her, and an FBI statement to the effect she’s not the subject of a Bureau investigation. That’s not usual, but then neither was Palin’s decision to quit. It’s a given that someone who has risen to prominence so quickly will stay in the media spotlight for awhile. However, Palin’s gamble to me shows a losing hand. The term quitter is going to dog her every action, and if she does make a presidential run three years from now, it will be Republicans, not Democrats, that will pound her with it.

Yet maybe, just maybe, Sarah Palin knows something we don’t know. What do you think. Was it a smart move for Palin to resign as governor of Alaska?

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