Illustration: StreetRec (Chicago)

"Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy."

got oil?

Dick Cheney Watchers Unite!

"I'm often asked why I left politics and went to Halliburton and I explain that I reached the point where I was mean-spirited, short tempered. . . . So I went to Texas and joined the private sector."
-- Dick C.

Dear Dick:

I created this site after being woken up repeatedly by your helicopter flying low and loud over my house here in DC at all hours. Please accept this tribute to you as my personal contribution to the dialogue in this country that is emblematic of freedom: we still have the right to say what we think, even about our autocratic, perfidious leaders.

America is a great country and I'm very proud of it. You and your corrupt, greedy, oil-driven politics disgrace us.

Your arrogant, short-sighted actions plant your values smack in the 1950s Texas oil-boom cronyism -- a last-century embarrassment to the flag and to patriotic Americans. You do a disservice to our country, while, in the name of "public service," you and your fellow parasites like Donald Rumsfeld and Thomas White have sold our future to polluters and weapons producers, personally profiting at every step of the way.

As Ben Harper says, "We've taken the Mister from out in front of your name, because it's a Mister Like You that puts the rest of us to shame." To me, you will never be Mr. Cheney, the Honorable (vice) President. You are nothing but Dick.

-John Deever
Washington, DC, February 2003




Cheney:




The Latest on the (V?)P

"I hope one day I can clone another Dick Cheney. Then I won't have to do anything." "
-- George W. Bush, at the Gridiron dinner

Cheney Energy Plan a giveaway to Oily Buddies.

When it was revealed that Dick met only with the energy industry in drafting US energy policy, the government's own oversight folks went after him -- for awhile. Now they've dropped their investigation.

Freelancer? Or Shadow President?

"As far as we can tell, the Cheney speech was a freelance job. . ."
-- European diplomat.

White House in Disarray over Cheney Freelancing
by Julian Borger in Washington

George Bush has moved to distance himself from his vice-president after it was revealed that a saber-rattling speech on Iraq by Dick Cheney was made without clearing key points with the White House. In a clear sign of disarray at the top of the US administration it has emerged that Mr Cheney may have gone too far in a bellicose address last week. . . .

(In opinion polls 9/1/02, 81% of the US public said it was important to gain the formal support of the UN for military action and 86% said it was important to get support from most of Washington's European allies.)

Ramsey Clark (former US Attorney General, ) notes that Iraq has been attacked by the US "every week" since March 1991.

Think About It:
Bush and Cheney Hate Us

"There are few more sickening sights than George W. Bush wearing a lapel pin bearing an image of the American flag. Bush and his creepy henchmen can wrap themselves in nationalistic symbolism all they want, but these right-wing thugs aren't patriots. They may pledge allegiance to the flag, but they despise the republic for which it stands."
-- Ted Rall

Cheney's corporate past Haunts Him

Cheney's Halliburton had subsidiaries in offshore tax havens, the number of which increased from 9 to 44 during Cheney's tenure as CEO. Cheney sold nearly $40 million in Halliburton stock around the time he left Halliburton to become Vice President.

Is that the legacy of a patriot?

CEO: Crooked
Execs On-the-run

"To be involved in the Yadana pipeline is to knowingly accept brutal violations of human rights as part of doing business." "
-- Katie Redford, Co-Director of ERI

Cheney Classic: Earthrights Halliburton report

August 5, 2002 -- The Enron and WorldCom accounting scandals have launched a much-needed debate about the responsibilities corporations owe to their employees and shareholders in financial and legal matters. This debate is critical, but its present scope is incomplete: corporate accountability must extend beyond the financial into social and environmental realms. Halliburton is a case in point.

In addition to Dick Cheney's controversial retirement package, which received attention during the presidential campaign of 2000, and the acquisition of Dresser Industries and their asbestos liabilities currently in the news, EarthRights International discovered that during Cheney's tenure as CEO of Halliburton, a subsidiary of the company provided services to two controversial gas pipelines in Burma, the Yadana and the Yetagun.




Lips Dripping with Words of Interposition and Nullification

Liar King

Origins of "Got Oil?"




Dick, Learn Some Facts about Oil

"The good Lord didn't see fit to put oil and gas only where there are democratic regimes friendly to the United States. . . . You've got to go where the oil is."
-- Dick C.

How Our Oil Addiction is Killing Us

Project Underground
Dick: Dinosaur in the Age of Mammals
Blood on His Hands
Oil, a Cruel King: A Library
Buckets of $$ to the Oil Companies
Dick's Own Oilco & Its Destructive Practices (10/11/00)
Dick led Halliburton's Feast at Public Trough (8/2/01)
Dick's Oil Investments in Mexico (8/8/00)
Dick Thinks Caspian Oil Should Be His (10/19/01)
International Oil Watch




You Must Be Kidding

"The oil industry is the only large industry whose leverage has not been all that effective in the political arena."
-- Dick C.

Dick's Amazon Wish List

Dick Cheney's Big Time Humor Links

"Only Cartoonists Could Think This Guy Is Funny"

Good One Among Many: Cartoon by Kevin Kallaugher (Kal), Baltimore, Maryland -- The Baltimore Sun, The Economist (London) and the International Herald Tribune.

In bad taste, though true.




Follow the $$$$

"Scarcely a month after Bush moves into the White House, Vice President Cheney has his first secret meeting with Ken Lay and other Enron executives on February 22, 2001. Other meetings follow on March 7 and April 17. It is the details of these meetings that the Bush Administration is seeking to keep private."
-- Enron-Cheney-Taliban Connection

How Dick Got Rich. As secretary of defense, Cheney oversaw one of the largest privatization efforts in the history of the Pentagon, steering millions of military dollars to civilian contractors. Two and a half years after Cheney left his federal job, he began cashing in on the very contracts that he helped initiate.

Cheney and Enron

  • 48 Hours for the Environmental Comment?
  • Judicial Watch Lawsuit (filed before the GAO’s suit, and broader in scope) to Obtain Cheney’s Energy Policy Documents
  • Sierra Club Sues Dick for Energy Task Force (1/25/02)
  • Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California, pointed out in a letter to Dick "at least 17 policies in the White House energy plan that were advocated by Enron or that benefited Enron" (site includes correspondence with the Vice President and timeline of Energy Task Force)

What Kenny boy gave Dick

Dick's buddy Thomas White changed his bio to minimize his Enron connection. Too late for lies, Dick's buddy!

Enron = One of Many




Stalin Also Knew
That a Flat-Out Lie
Only Has to Convince
Some of the People . . .

"We ... safeguard the environment by making greater use of the cleanest methods of power generation we know.... that is nuclear power."
-- Dick C.

Dick, we have lots of alternatives! The one that creates poisons that last centuries should not even be on the table. Join the 21st century and push investment in true alternatives:

Climate Ark
True Fossil Alternatives
Shifting Gears to True Clean Energy
Green Scissors
Energy indepedence declaration
Try Not to Be Cynical: Hunt for Joy and Justice!

The cheapest and safest form of alternative energy is--using less. Vice President Cheney says we will need 1,300 new (300 megawatt) power plants, "more than one new plant per week, every week for twenty years running." Put aside for a moment that those plants could all be wind- or solar-powered, and consider: Had Cheney consulted less with Enron and more with the best government scientists, he'd know that a three-year study found that an efficiency program could cut projected electricity demand by 20-47 percent--the equivalent of from 265 to 610 of Cheney's plants. Bill Prindle, a buildings expert with the Washington-based Alliance to Save Energy, has a list of proven efficiencies that slim Cheney's 1,300 plants even further, to just 170.

This is not about "conservation"--i.e., living without air conditioning or making other virtuous sacrifices--but about "efficiency"--high-tech solutions like better lighting and appliances. Amory Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, calls it installing "negawatts." "Negawatts" are the cheapest, cleanest, most-quickly-installed--and, by the way, the most terrorist-proof--of all energy sources. As Lovins has noted, a 0.4 mile-per-gallon improvement in the average vehicle would save as much oil each year as we'd ever get from the Arctic refuge. The National Academy of Sciences concluded in July 2001 that a 40-mpg average, nearly double what we have now, is within quick reach. Read More . . .




Too Bad Salon Doesn't Get Nader

Dick never worried whether his BlueCross/Blue Shield federal employee health insurance policy would cover his $25,000 to $30,000 pacemaker. Dick's spokeswoman told Salon that Cheney "assumes" his policy will cover it, simply because "he's a patient whose doctors decided he needed the treatment."
-- Dick C.

Dick gets his own directory on Salon (where they wonder why Time loves him.)

Free Heart Surgery for Millionares

Dick's move from Defense to the world's largest oil services company illustrates how business and government make money at the expense of the environment.




Welfare Queen

Under the guidance of Dick, a get-the-government-out-of-my-face conservative, Halliburton Company has emerged as a corporate welfare hog, benefiting from at least $3.8 billion in federal contracts and taxpayer-insured loans.

Since 1992 Halliburton has contributed $1.6 billion to the campaigns of Washington-bound politicians. As a Wyoming Congressman from 1978 to 1989 Dick co-sponsored a measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling and voted against the Clean Water Act. Dick is a member of a group called COMPASS (Committee to Preserve American Security and Sovereignty), which wrote in 1998 to President Clinton to protest against the Kyoto climate change treaty, dismissing it as a 'feel-good public relations ploy'.

Dick's Private army. In the five years before Cheney arrived, Halliburton had secured $1.2 billion worth of US government contracts. In the five years under his leadership, he nearly doubled that amount to $2.3 billion. In 1999 Halliburton began new contracts to service the US army in Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Hungary for another five year period, a deal estimated to be worth another $1.8 billion. Halliburton also won the contract to increase the security of 150 US embassies.

The cash flows both ways: When a generous Republican patron sought political backing for his company's multi-billion dollar Alaskan pipeline project, he turned to Dick.

Cheney served on the boards of P&G and EDS




The Non-Alternative

The Demo-Crap-Licans have lotsa crude simplistic mocking of Bush & Cheney if you go in for that. They can't go too deeply into exposing his corrupt heart since they suffer the same flaws.

Sorry to you Demo-Crap-Licans who disagree, I'm not self-righteous about it, but Your Guy is Dick Minus Deviousness.

Thank you to DEBATETHIS.org for the terrifying illustration above.

[[Aside: You think the B2 Stealth Bomber pictured is fakey, remember that this plane would cost the same were it made of Solid Gold: over $2 billion; also, ask me about my day at Washington's National Zoo last fall when fighter jets were flying over us, accompanying Dick & Co. to their homes. Makes the photo above look a lot more realistic. The B2, by the way, was designed to drop bombs on the Soviet Union and was never cancelled from production, despite the fact that Russia is about to be invited into NATO now. Dick and his friends have ordered another dozen or two of these very cool-looking but absolutely useless things.]]

The Commission on Presidential Debates, the corporate-funded, antidemocratic Lawyers' Cabal that prevented real debate as a lead-up to the last election and will do so again, is one of the forces that support both parties at the expense of social justice and open democracy. Demo-Crap-Licans, please visit Debate This! with an open mind and think big! There's plenty of room in the discussion for Libertarians, Working Familes Party, and more in this big, smart country! (Read Crashing the Party and make up your own mind.)




The Official Spin:
In Their Own Words

Founded in 1919, Halliburton Company is the world's leading diversified energy services, engineering, energy equipment, construction and maintenance company. In 1998, Halliburton's consolidated revenues were $17.4 billion and it conducted business with a workforce of approximately 100,000 in more than 120 countries. The company's World Wide Web site can be accessed here.

Motto: Halliburton -- We corner oil markets, favor repressive regimes, supply corporate-run unaccountable armies to the world, and build nuclear plants in our spare time. (OK, I admit I made that up. Official Spin Plus One.)

Go see their site and then write to Wendy Hall, Halliburton's Flack for Global Public Relations.

Or ask Dick's Close Friends about him.




The Man, the Legend:
My Letter to Dick

Cheney was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is a graduate of the University of Wyoming where he earned B.A. and M.A. degrees. He has held a number of notable public and administrative offices during his career, including being elected to six consecutive terms, beginning in 1978, as Wyoming's sole member of the U.S. House of Representatives and four years as Secretary of Defense (March 1989 to January 1993).

As a lover of Nebraska, I'm pained by your bio, Dick. You're Annikin Skywalker: genuinely smart, yet turned irrevocably to the dark side. Your heart is stone and you've learned to live with all the evil you perpetrate.

Obviously from this webpage, you can guess that poor W in my view is: an unlucky puppet, the ambassador to Canada and Tony Blair, and a man whose primary skill amounts to having (barely) mastered pretzel-eating while watching football. [[[Shoot, I can do that -- make me president! If Big Dick were my Poppa's buddy, I might be.]]] W is Fredo -- the guy the Don gives nominal authority to, so that he can cloud the practical truths of who has the power and how power is used.

Dick, this page is for you. During the 2000 inauguration parade, I was with the huge group of protesters on Pennsylvania Avenue decrying your illegal takeover of the White House. Your limousine was going so fast the poor secret service guys had to sprint past us, even though two separate police lines were protecting your motorcade from us. Unlike W, you had the courage to look out your window as you passed. You must have been curious to see the freaks, hippies, whomever you imagine would stand in the cold and rain for three hours just to shake their fists at you. Thanks for having the guts to look us in the eye -- you do have guts, no doubt about it.

You just dont have scruples.

When you looked me right in the eye from behind bulletproof glass I saw your dark, evil, rotten heart.

You stand for oil and against people, for war and against peace, for the rich and against the poor, for large corporations and against small business, for the powerful and comfortable and against the weak and afflicted. Every Sunday in church I ask God to help me learn to forgive you for what you've done and are doing to the country I love.

To everybody else: Send me your beefs against Dick if you like. He's my neighbor, who lives just a few blocks away. I'll try to share them with him.

-John Deever
Washington, DC, April 2002


The following links and text come from Center for Public Integrity, I borrowed them and all credit and admiration goes to them:

Bush-Cheney
Archive

Dad's Appointees, Loyal Republicans Aid Bush Transition Fund (Dec. 15)
Bush Transition Team Got Bargain Digs (Dec. 14)
Bush Leads in Donations from Federal Contractors. (Oct. 31)
Thanks to Sponsors, GOP Threw Twice the Party the Democrats Did (Oct. 24)

Cheney Led Halliburton to Feast at Federal Trough (Aug. 2)
'Reformer With Results'? Don't Count on It (Commentary by Charles Lewis, Aug. 2)
Little-Known Texas Patron Guided Bush Policies on Vouchers, Tort Reform (July 31)
Bush's Insider Connections Preceded Huge Profit on Stock Deal (April 4)
Overnight Guests at Governor's Mansion Added $2.2 Million to Bush Campaign (March 15)

Under the Influence -- George W. Bush: Pragmatic, with Ties to Corporate America (March 2)
How George W. Bush Scored Big With the Texas Rangers (From "The Buying of the President 2000") (Jan. 18)

More Old DC 2000 election-time links from Center for Public Integrity:


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"It's a hard choice, but I think, we, think, it's worth it."
Albright's response to a May 11, 1996 Sixty Minutes question about the over half a million children killed by the [Iraqi] sanctions. And the classic warmonger line of all time, essentially justifying ANYTHING: "What's the point of having this superb military you're always talking about, if we can't use it?"
... as remembered in Colin Powell's memoir. Powell wrote that he almost had an aneurysm, he was so upset.