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Richard Bruce Cheney in Lincoln, Nebraska on January 30, 1941,
Dick Cheny is the 46th Vice President of the United States under
George W. Bush.
chief of staff, Lewis
Libby, and Cheney himself have become targets of the Valerie
Plame investigation over claims that either they, and/or President
Bush chief of staff, Karl
Rove, revealed the name of covert CIA agent to the press.
recently, Libby resigned from his top level position after a five-count
indictment was handed down charging him with obstruction of
justice, making false statements and perjury.
recent reports had special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in pursuit
of Cheney's role in particular, amid indications that Fitzgerald
may have been edging closer to a blockbuster conspiracy
charge - with help from secret testimony - that may point to a
coverup of pre-Iraq War intelligence by Cheney staffers.
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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 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, campaiged
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 in the 1992 election.
In 1993, Cheney
joined the right-wing think tank, American
later, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Halliburton Company,
an international energy services company 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.
are quick to 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, and following the events
11, 2001 Cheney did not appear in public for weeks and reportedly
communicated with the White House from a secret location.
it has been Cheney who reportedly pushed behind the scenes for
the invasion of Iraq, while in public vehemently supported the
contention that weapons of mass destruction would eventually be
found there. Now, with American support for the Iraq war at its
lowest ebb, the fact that no such illegal weapons were ever found
is cause for even more controversy.
To add to
current White House woes, Cheney's chief of staf, Lewis
"Scooter" Libby, has been implicated in the Valerie
Plame investigation over allegations that he and/or Karl
Rove , President Bush's chief of staff, may have had a hand
in revealing her identity as a covert CIA agent to the press.
Dick and Lynne
Cheney have two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary, and four grandchildren.
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 controversy in debates against the conservative Republican
campaign to ban gay marriages.
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threats require decisive action.
stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons
of mass destruction.
in fact, be greeted as liberators.
for the occasional heart attack, I never felt better.
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.