Monday, June 25, 2007

Cheney under a microscope

Today the Washington Post launched a four part series, Angler- The Cheney Vice Presidency. Today’s lengthy article by Barton Gellman* and Jo Becker, a Washington Post staff writer, "A Different Understanding with the President" describes how Vice President Richard Cheney “A master of bureaucracy and detail, …exerts most of his influence out of public view.”

In my opinion, what happens between now and January of 2009 will depend on Cheney’s influence on President George W. Bush. Whether or not the U.S. will attack Iran is at stake.

On May 25, I posted Cheney at center of war talk targeting Iran, linking to the widely circulated May 24 post by Steve Clemons of The Washington Note, "Cheney Attempting to Constrain Bush's Choices on Iran Conflict: Staff Engaged in Insubordination Against President Bush".

There’s a power struggle in the White House going on between Secretary of State Condi Rice, urging a diplomatic approach to resolving our problems with Iran, and Vice-President Dick Cheney, who wants to take military action against Iran. To whom is Bush going to listen?

On June 2, I breathed a sigh of relief as I posted Is Condi cracking the whip? because it looked like Condi was gaining the upper hand.

But Scott Horton, who blogs for Harper's Magazine, (and knows a lot more than I do) posted Setting the Stage for the Next War on June 23 in which he states, “The coming war pits the United States against Iran. For the dead-ender neoconservatives…the solution to the current dilemma – a catastrophic failure in Iraq, badly miscast plans in Lebanon, an increasingly angry American electorate – is simple: we need a new war…. And while times may be difficult for the neocons generally, not to worry – they still have the key man. One man is the “decider” on questions respecting Iran. His name is Dick Cheney."

So find a comfortable chair, download, print and read all four of the Angler articles as they come out this week, and let me know what you think about Cheney and his influence on Bush.

*I have a soft spot in my heart for Barton Gellman because he quoted by son, Jeff Jonas, in two front-page Washington Post articles, available here and here.

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