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A very disturbing book about American leadership,
This review is from: Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency (Hardcover)Prior to 2002 I used to have a great deal of respect for Dick Cheney. He did a great job of running the 1991 war with Iraq. His 2001 energy plan was well researched and professional even thought some people (including myself) felt it should have been more oriented to renewable energy.
However, since September 11, 2001 Dick Cheney has strongly promoted some totally disastrous policies such as the decision to go to war with Iraq.
This book contains some truly stunning accusations. It suggests that Cheney's role in picking himself as Bush's running mate when he was in charge of finding a running mate for Bush in 2000 had serious ethical breaches. There is a suggestion that Cheney was less than candid about his health problems.
The author suggests that Cheney knowingly lied to Dick Armey (House Majority Leader) about intelligence concerning the (nonexistent) relationship between 9/11 terrorists and Saddam Hussein.
There is more disturbing material concerning Cheney's alleged role in encouraging the use of torture against terrorism suspects and the use of domestic wiretapping.
It is interesting that Gelman knocks down one of the most popular accusations against Cheney, the notion that he wanted to use his office for private financial gain or the benefit of the oil industry or his previous employer, Halliburton. In a recent interview with Harper's magazine, Gellman states, "There's no venality here. Cheney was not trying to aggrandize himself, to steer money to friends, or to set himself up for higher office. He simply believed that the stakes were high and he was more capable than others. He saw the world, he believed, as it truly is and was prepared to do the "unpleasant" things that had to be done to safeguard us. Cheney is a rare combination: a zealot in principle and a subtle, skillful tactician in practice."
I can't vouch for the accuracy of all that's in this book. It may be true. It may not be - although the reporter is a very professional journalist.
What I can say is that this is a serious book that should be read and considered by American citizens. This is a book that should be read and debated by Amazon readers.
This whole situation is very depressing story about a talented man who did a lot of good in the past but went in a truly disastrous direction since 9/11/2001.
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Initial post: Sep 18, 2008 3:42:48 PM PDT
John Condron says:
Wow! This is the first "review" of this book that I have encountered here on Amazon that actually talked about the book more than the topic of the book. Bravo!
Posted on Sep 22, 2008 10:12:15 AM PDT
C. Clark says:
I wish there had been an explanation for why the three star rating was given. Otherwise, good review.
Posted on Sep 23, 2008 3:58:12 PM PDT
K. webster says:
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2008 2:56:49 AM PDT
F. M. Jurick says:
He's talking about the First Gulf War not the current war in Iraq
Posted on Oct 9, 2008 4:49:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 9, 2008 5:48:29 PM PDT
Michael Heath says:
Future Watch Writer - Given your review, why only 3 stars, because you found it to be a depressing story?
I am at page 112 and am stunned at the volume and quality of information he was able to retrieve. I've probably read about a dozen books on Bush, this book is finally answering some of the nagging questions I've had on Bush and his presidency. I am a bit disturbed regarding the bias against Cheney by the author, though I think the book is well enough written and adequately resourced to overcome a framing of Cheney that is not completely fair to the man, for which I'll be knocking the book down a star but still highly recommending people read.
My big question going into this book, especially given that I voted for Bush in 2000 largely because of Cheney, is how could such a competent man like Cheney be a primary participant in the most inept presidential tenure in my lifetime? So far I believe the author is doing an outstanding job of answering that question in spite of some framing concerns.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2008 5:06:51 PM PST
P. Rigos says:
The answer to your question is not difficult: Ideological myopia of the whole Bush.Cheney team
If you believe government can't do anything right, that the private sector is always superior, then you subcontract everything, appoint yes men in every position and do nothing to even mildly supervise all things from a war to the economy. Basically even Cheney the insider, they all became very lazy, not realizing they had hired a bunch of incompetents ..from Rumsfeld to Paulson.
For Paulson after eight years in office a cabinet officer comes to you and says i will propose that Congress give me 700 bn blank check ...and you don't notice his proposal is eight pages long and you sign off on that !!!
Another reason: colossal arrogance on the part of Cheney "We will be treated as liberators in Iraq"
Inability to process real events or hard findings of research (i.e.torture does not work) .
But what most of you reviewers miss is the sheer immorality of the "the ends justify the means"
method of how Cheney dealt wit all issues. Very dangerous man.
Posted on Mar 12, 2009 9:47:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 12, 2009 9:49:20 AM PDT
my dad would spit when the words conservatives or republican were mentioned in his presence. He was born in the PENNA hard coal region.I too am a child of the great depression:I do not spit but rather operate on the No more republicans at any level creedo.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2011 9:33:11 AM PDT
the navigator says:
Nautilus, i would've liked your dad...
Posted on Aug 30, 2011 8:29:10 PM PDT
Amazon Store Card says:
After 9/11 We were suffering from an act of war as Pearl Harbor had in 1941. This country and any intellectuals in it can be very thankful that Dick Cheney had served in our government long enough to know that the United States of America had many enemies who wants to destroy her. Who else could have done a better job doing what had to be done than Bush and Cheney?
I believe everyone who approved of the two invasions had the same information Mr. Cheney did. They all acted on intelligence gathered for the United Nations to approve actions taken. We can thank Vice President Cheney for any plans he had a hand in.
The Bush Administration is still being blamed that Obama is making straight Fs as President. If Pres. Bush deserves that; I guess he can be blamed for the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden!! Bush- Cheney well done.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2012 11:17:43 AM PST
Bob Hoskins says:
["... that the United States of America had many enemies who wants to destroy her...."]
Pssssssssssssst - stop watching Fox News so much. Your fear mentality is showing ....
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