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Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney
grew up in Casper, Wyoming, and attended the Natrona County High
School where he was first introduced to his future wife, Lynne
Vincent. As teenagers, both excelled in the classroom and on the
field - she as a homecoming queen and baton twirling champion - and
he a football star and senior class president.
graduation in 1964, Cheney majored in political science at the
University of Wyoming, and he went on to earn his doctorate from
the University of Wisconsin.
in politics began under the Nixon administration in 1969, where
he first worked closely with then Illinois congressman, Donald
Rumsfeld, first as his special assistant and later as his
chief of staff.
Gerald Ford, Cheney became Assistant to the President and White
House Chief of Staff, later serving as campaign manager for Ford's
unsuccessful 1976 presidential campaign.
In 1978, Cheney was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wyoming and settled in for five terms until 1989. During
his tenure, Cheney served as Chairman of the Republican Policy
Committee, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, and House
as a staunch conservative only grew as he voted against making
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a national holiday, campaigned
against the Clean Water Act and opposed the Head Start program,
and fought against imposition of sanctions on South Africa for
its official policy of apartheid.
Way to the White House
Beginning in 1989, Cheney ended his tenure in the House to serve
as the Secretary of Defense under President George H. W. Bush,
an office in which he directed Operation Desert Storm in the Middle
East, afterwhich he returned to private business following Bush
Sr.'s defeat to Bill
Clinton in the 1992 election.
In 1993, Cheney
joined the right-wing think tank, American
Enterprise Institute. Two years
later, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Halliburton Company,
an international energy services company (later held responsible for the Gulf oil spill) with subsidiaries that
act as private military contractors for the U.S. government.
actively engaged in national politics, Cheney joined with Donald
Libby and other Republican conservatives in the creation of
a non-profit educational organization called the Project
for the New American Century in 1997 whose stated goal was
to "promote American global leadership".
In early 2000, while still serving as CEO at Halliburton, Cheney
was asked to head up George W. Bush's vice-presidential search
committee. In a surprise move, Cheney himself was asked by Bush
to run with him as Vice President. After accepting the offer,
Cheney resigned as Halliburton CEO and put all of his corporate
shares and stock options into a charitable trust.
Cheney with long-
time campanion, Heather Poe.
point out that Halliburton was subsequently granted over $10 billion
in no-bid rebuilding contracts following the war in Iraq, a fact
that continues to raise eyebrows and conflict of interest concerns.
to the war, Cheney was already seen as one of the most powerful
Vice Presidents in American history.
the events of September
11, 2001 Cheney did not appear in public for weeks and reportedly
communicated with the White House from a secret location. Since
then, it has been Cheney who reportedly pushed behind the scenes
for the invasion of Iraq, while in public vehemently still continues
to support the contention that weapons of mass destruction will
eventually be found there.
To add to
White House woes, Cheney's chief of staf, Lewis
"Scooter" Libby, was found guilty of a cover-up
in connection with the Valerie Plame investigation revealing Plame's
identity as a covert CIA agent to the press. Libby's sentence
was later commuted by President Bush.
In the news in 2008 for his indictment
by a south Texas jury, the former Vice President of the United
States has come under scrutiny for alleged abuses of prisoners
at federal detention centers. Named in the indictment along with
Cheney is former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
One of Bush's most powerful spokesmen for U.S. justification for
the war in Iraq, Cheney was thought to be a major influence on
American foreign policy and a virtual "power behind the throne"
in the Bush administration.
being closely connected to the 2003 Valerie
Plame scandal, the Vice President had also been the subject of calls for impeachment for his suspected role in in manipulating intelligence
prior to the Iraq War, and his ongoing link to Halliburton war-profiteering. Pressing
the case for Cheney's ouster, presidential candidate Dennis
Kucinich (D-Ohio) officially filed articles of impeachment In an 18-page draft in April 2007.
June, Cheney made headlines with his refusal to cooperate with
a government agency overseeing the handling of classified information,
claiming that the Vice President's office was not an "entity
within the executive branch that comes into the possession of
classified information." The
statement came as the Washington Post (free subscription required)
ran a much-heralded series of articles, Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency describing a "shadow
government" showing the Vice President's widespread influence
on Washington decision making.
September 2008, Judge
Orders Cheney To Preserve Records Of His Time In Office read
the headline as more news broke in the controversy over Cheney's
position on executive vs. legislative government branches.
Dick and wife
Lynne Cheney have two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary, and four
grandchildren. Daughter Elizabeth, born in 1966, is married with
four children. Mary
Cheney, born in 1968, has become one of her father's top campaign
aides, although her sexual orientation as a lesbian is often a
source of contention.
Republican party, many conservatives are adamantly opposed to
"immoral" relationships and, in particular, legal marriages
between gays. Fueling
the controversy, Mary announced in late December that she was
having a baby with long-time partner Heather Poe.
In May 2007,
Cheney gave birth to a boy, Samuel David.
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Direct threats require decisive action.
Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons
of mass destruction.
We will, in fact, be greeted as liberators. (Referring to the Iraq invasion.)
Go f**k yourself. (Said on the Senate floor, to Senator Patrick
Leahy, for remarks he made criticizing Iraq war contracts won
without competitive bidding by Halliburton.)
we will, in fact, succeed in getting democracy
established in Iraq, and I think when we do, that will be the
end of the insurgency.
Well, its a no-brainer for me. (Referring to the use
of waterboarding as a means of torture.)