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article imageOp-Ed: Vice President Richard 'Dick' Cheney allegations and war

By William Charles Baker     Dec 18, 2010 in World
Bribery charges were dropped against former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and Halliburton Company by the Nigerian government in a case dating back to the 1990’s.
Accused of using 180 million dollars in bribes to secure 6 billion dollars in contracts it was reported that approximately 250 million dollars was agreed upon as a settlement. Cheney, in addition to being the vice President of the United States under George W. Bush was also chairman and CEO of Halliburton from 1995 to 2000. The company was embroiled in publicity about its role during the conflict in Iraq. Among allegations were special treatment and over charging in delivery of fuel. Cheney received notoriety as a result of his close ties to the company.
Not the most eloquent of men or in the category of the ultra smooth stage presence that we have expected in our politicians. But you probably would want Dick Cheney beside you in a street fight. Let him not be judged by today’s high standards but the future view which will verify that he put America first. It’s easy to forget where we were in light of where we are now. A new golden age of socialism has swept the country and defense of the nation has somehow fallen behind in the list of priorities. We have troops on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq but mercy and the rules of engagement have tied hands and rifles to some degree. With that slippage of winning no matter what it takes comes the slippage of our heroes. It becomes easy to tag along when your head is below the fox hole. You never found Dick Cheney other than in the battle using whatever means necessary.
As Secretary Of Defense under President George H. W. Bush he was responsible for the invasion of Panama to oust Manuel Noriega and Operation Desert Storm the first war and invasion of Iraq to stop Saddam Hussein’s advance into Kuwait. The missions were high in risk with potential loss of life and political questioning of the reasons. It never bothered Dick Cheney he simply implemented what the leadership of the United States asked of him and he was very successful at what he did. But there is a big difference between taking the fight to our enemies and having the fight on American soil. Dick Cheney knows the difference.
As Vice President under George W. Bush the attacks of 9/11 forced a new kind of deployment and a new way to fight an unseen enemy. New fight new tactics and it is never easy to justify lack of respect for human rights. Racial profiling does not sit well with me being part of a minority but it is understandable if you were anywhere near the twin towers in lower Manhattan when they went down, like I was. If you had a family member that you lost or leaped out of a window on that day you can’t forget. For others times may change and we forget that vigilance is the duty of the soldier whether civilian or military. Somebody has to not only watch but wait and plan to avoid another surprise. Thus with President George W. Bush they crafted the War on Terrorism a global approach including political legal ideological and military attempts to counter terrorism. Called into question has been the tactics which many have concluded have violated human rights and placed America in a less than favorable light.
War can be understandable when the ground is level and the battlefield is a place that must occur because men cannot live with each other under Gods direction. When the greed and the desire to stand over another can’t be resolved then we fight we always did and we probably always will. Until there is no earth left to fight over. But when the war is against a foe that has no uniform or distinct identity then the parameters are different. When it hits you directly by a loss or sneak attack then you see it differently. Until the real issue of why is resolved then we will always have terrorists. This is the new frontier and we are in Dodge City until further notice. When it’s time to draw guns let’s have Dick Cheney on our side.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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