Monday, September 11, 2006

did cheney admit that he was scared of oversight?

* relatively good effort by russert with cheney today. i wonder why cheney agreed to come on the show 'For the first time in 3 years'. cheney looked most uncomfortable all the way through. yay.

Watching cheney must be a treat for body-language experts (clemons appears to have become one this past week!)

Russert asked about the Plame case - and Cheney reached for a glass of water. I wrote about Blitzer's June 05 interview with Cheney here, and noted that Cheney reached for his water when asked about the Downing Street Memo, and also when Blitzer asked about Rove using 911 for political purposes.

There was lots of interesting stuff from today's interview - particularly about what cheney would and wouldn't answer. I'm sure there's lots of blogging about the interview - but this struck me - let's go to the transcript (i've edited the transcript a bit)
MR. RUSSERT: What happens if the Democrats win the House of Representatives?... But do you fear serious oversight of the Bush administration?

VICE PRES. CHENEY: We’ve had oversight all along, Tim.

MR. RUSSERT: With robust congressional hearings? ... Like the Democrats would have?

VICE PRES. CHENEY: On, on what?

MR. RUSSERT: On the war in Iraq, on weapons of mass destruction.

VICE PRES. CHENEY: We have those all the time now anyway.

MR. RUSSERT: No fears? No concerns?

VICE PRES. CHENEY: No. Not on that part.
Interesting. A moment of accidental honesty? I wonder what he fears the most.


rimone said...

cheney looked most uncomfortable all the way through. yay.

could've been gas. or maybe, just maybe the first signs of heart attack or stroke or whatever.

Anonymous said...

Might Vice President Cheney's worry reside with the possibility of a thorough probe of illegal surveillance ? Could it be that the early bypassing of FISA was, at least in part, because the surveillance was being utilized for support of a highly illegal 'black op,' or 'black ops,'(other than the surveillance itself) within the U.S. that targeted U.S. citizens in a manner that included harassment or worse and that the circumstances that initialized one of the early (and likely not the only) 'black op' (as referenced above) are tangent to what most all folks might typically assume in analyzing why there are obvious signs of an ongoing 'cover-up' ?

Anonymous said...


Adding to my previous comment:

" CHENEY: No. Not on that part.

Interesting. A moment of accidental honesty? "

Your observation is more astute than you likely realize.

Thank you for your blogging and posts, it means a great deal to me.


lukery said...

david - thanks for commenting and your kind words

I'm sure there are a dozen different reasons why Cheney might not sleep at night (and, no, his conscience isnt one of them) - he appears to think that he can skate on the war (at least domestically) - but there are any number of other things that he might worry about. Black ops spying is probably one of them. I suspect that he's also nervous about the Plame thing - and probably a bunch of others.