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Short of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that Dick Cheney does indeed have the
mark of the beast (666) tattoed on his torso, Barton Gelman lays out an almost
complete argument that Dick Cheney is the most evil being ever to take human form.
Cheney never claimed to be a civil servant after all, instead, since his days as a
Nixon staffer, Cheney has claimed power, as much and as quickly as possible, and
then scurries off into the darkest recesses to wield it. What is most annoyinng is
that Cheney has had great success at turning our democracy into a piratocracy.
Gelman effectively points out all of the mis-deeds, from sanctionaing torture to
undermining any environmental controls that he could get his hands on, to outright
lying to people like Dick Armey in order to secure votes for the Iraq war. Gelman
also points out that this 'perfect storm' of a weak and un-interested President, a
fearful country, and a cabal of ruthless bucaneers is what has damaged our heritage
the most. There is almost always somehting that intervenes between pure evil and
potical success in American politics, but Cheney shrewdly outmaneuvers, hoodwinks
and threatens everyone (including "W" and Codi And Colin Powell!)into handing over
the poltical booty. Cheney is a pirate and he has brought this country to its
collective knees. Gelman, to his credit, has written a fine book, much better
balanced than this review.
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