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Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Featured, Politics | 7 comments

Carl Hiaasen: Anyone here miss Dick Cheney? Neither do I (Guest Voice)

Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant

Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant

Carl Hiaasen: Anyone here miss Dick Cheney? Neither do I

  • JSpencer

    Hiaasen (who is a writer worth reading) nails it.

  • sheknows

    I am still waiting for someone on the news to introduce Cheney as having been convicted in abstentia, along with Bush and Rumsfeld for war crimes in Iraq by Canada, and several other places.
    I think the American people have a right to know that information. It certainly is RELEVANT to their opinions on the recent problems there.

    God knows we should have had the guts to do that here!!

  • rudi

    Were lucky or unfortunate that the Democrats never held 4254 committees (repeal ObamaCare)into the Bush Cheney War Crimes. Could you imagine the outrage at Faux News if the Dems tried W and Cheney?

  • The_Ohioan

    From what I understand, they have been indicted/convicted by various groups in various countries (including Canada, Spain, and Switzerland), but not by the courts of any country. The closest was Malaysia in 2012 and even there:

    President Lamin told a packed courtroom: “As a tribunal of conscience, the Tribunal is fully aware that its verdict is merely declaratory in nature. The tribunal has no power of enforcement, no power to impose any custodial sentence on any one or more of the 8 convicted persons. What we can do, under Article 31 of Chapter VI of Part 2 of the Charter is to recommend to the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission to submit this finding of conviction by the Tribunal, together with a record of these proceedings, to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as the United Nations and the Security Council.

    Importantly, the U.S. not being a signatory of the ICC it has no jurisdiction over U.S. citizens. Any conviction has certainly not been completed by the ICC, NATO, or the U.N. It is highly unlikely, though not impossible, that any ever will be.

    I suppose there may be a process whereby a person’s citizenship could be legally revoked, or a person could be deported, but that’s probably the only way an ICC conviction might take place. Again, as far as I know.

  • slamfu


    Obama won the White House campaigning on a promise to end the war, which he did. No one who’s been paying attention to the Mideast seriously expected peace and harmony to ensue. Only the Iraqis can fix Iraq.

    Amen to that.

  • Agree with J Spencer on Hiaasen’s chops as a writer. His novels capture the crazy mixture of red-neck crackers, Jewish retirees, nouveau-riche real estate developers and other flim-flam artists that populate Florida perfectly.

    Those novels were great preparation for writing about a toxic con-man like Cheney.

  • slamfu

    To actually respond to the author, I do miss Dick Cheney! I hope he goes on a national speaking tour in October. The Democrats could use all they help they can get. They are basically relying on Republicans shoving their feet in their mouths in order to win any elections since most Democrats have no other position of merit other than they aren’t Republicans. So unless a Democrat is running against an obviously unbalanced Tea Party loon, they really need Republicans with national exposure to start saying unbelievably stupid stuff.

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