Cheney hints at pardon for President Bush



With the Bush administration in its final days questions are being asked whether the president will be investigated over a number of concerns.

Thoseconcerns include the legitimacy, legality, and constitutionality of the 2003 invasion of Iraq; the controversial eavesdropping by the NSA of U.S. citizens; the authorization of the use of torture; and the treatment and processing of detainees at prisons in Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib.

While there are impeachment proceedings underway in the House of Representatives, they have been sidelined by the global financial crisis, and will be overtaken by the end of the Bush presidency on January 20.

There are many however who believe the president and members of his administration should be pursued. Officials in the Department of Defense have reportedly been pressing the Obaaa transition team to take action to demonstrate that justice will be served, and to restore America’s image in the world.

There are others that say it is time to move on, and the healing of the nation from the tumultuous times of the Bush years will be advanced by not opening up old issues.

Barack Obama has given some hope to those that are interested in the former. he has said he will promptly review actions by the Bush administration “If crimes have been committed, they should be investigated,” he has said.

However he has also said, “I would not want my first term consumed by what was perceived on the part of the Republicans as a partisan witch hunt, because I think we’ve got too many problems we’ve got to solve.”

Dick Cheney seemingly is one of those that wants to move on as he unexpectedly raised, and drew parallels with, President Ford’s pardon of former President Nixon this week, hinting that similar treatment should be afforded President Bush.

On Monday the vice president was asked about some of the issues that have given rise to some of the major concerns, on Sean Hannity’s Radio program.

“Well, let me ask you this, as you look back on the presidency,” said Hannity, “I think the President, through the prism of history, is going to be viewed as a very principled, successful President. And that would include you being Vice President, because I don’t think, I think most people’s memories are short. I think most people have forgotten the mood of the country after 9/11. I think there were many, many decisions that were made, tougher interrogations, Gitmo, the Patriot Act, that have all contributed to making this country safer. We seem to forget all those tough battles, and that was the biggest focus obviously of the administration.”

“Do you believe, as I do, that history will be kind to you guys?” asked Hannity.

“Right,” said Cheney. “No, I do. I think – I had the experience with Jerry Ford. I came in, went to work here the day he got sworn in as President, worked with him throughout his time there. I’ll always remember, of course, what happened when he made the decision to pardon Richard Nixon. And he dropped 30 points in the polls in a week.”

“And at the time a lot of people were outraged about that decision,” said Cheney. “But, in fact, thirty years later we look back on it, and nearly everybody has come around to the point of view that it was exactly the right thing to do. It was a courageous thing to do, because he knew it might well cost him the next election in ’76, but he went ahead and did it anyway because he thought it was right for the country.”

“And I think there are parallels there in terms of George Bush,” said the vice president.

“I think that when people have an opportunity to look back and sort of ignore the emotions of the moment, which tend to dominate now, especially in the mainstream media, and look with some time and be able to pause and reflect on it, that the decisions he has made and the things he has done in terms of liberating fity million people and protecting the country and taking down a big part of the al-Qaeda organization, etc., etc., etc., I think he will be well regarded,” said Cheney.

  • Boris The Truth Give

    If a Criminal can be president & VICE president, then who will invest in such a criminal outfit known as the USA?

  • Yea you wish Cheney!

  • willy wonka

    Of course nothing will happen to them. All presidents and condidates are connected more than we know. After all, why would either McCain or Obama not forgive family, either by partisan politics or blood ties. Its a win-win for them haha!

  • Former Marine Wife

    To Boris The Truth Giver, John Sheehan and willy wonka,

    You all should be very glad that you live in the USA where you HAVE the RIGHT given to you by our CONSTITUTION by which, Mr. Sheehan, your son signed up in the military of his own free will to defend this country and it's people to guarantee that we will continue to have this RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH GUARANTEED BY THE FIRST AMENDMENT. Mr. Sheehan, no one held a gun to your son's back and forced him to go to the recuriter's office and sign his name on the dotted line. No one had him by a hand hold where his arm was bent back around to his back with a knife to his throat threatening TO CUT HIS HEAD OFF if he didn't say " I DO." after given his oath to defend his country. The only people that I know that CUT OFF HEADS are the TERRORISTS that we are fighting every day in IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN and who we have had inprisoned in Gitmo and Abu Grihb. If you feel the President and Vice President are criminals and the United States of America is a criminal outfit, then Mr. Boris the Truth Giver, I suggest that if you DON'T HAVE YOUR CITIZENSHIP yet OR IF YOU ARE A CITIZEN of this country, THEN I SUGGEST YOU FIND A COUNTRY THAT BETTER SUITS YOUR LIKING, THAT GIVES YOU THE SAME RIGHTS THAT THIS COUNTRY DOES AND RENOUNCE YOUR AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP and become a citizen of the new country where you want to live. There is no greater country on this earth than the United States. Of course, willy, your opinion that "nothing will happen to them," is quite appro pos as the previous president who shared part of your pseudamym, "Slick Willy" was impeached by Congress and NOTHING happened to him!! Even his wife will be confirmed as Secretary of State for President-Elect Obama, and shouldn't be because neither she nor FORMER PRESIDENT Clinton will divilgue where or from whom his donations for his foundation come from. Haven't we been down this road before…does WHITEWATER come to mind??? "I CAN'T RECALL. I DON'T REMEMBER." Just so you all three know, I worked for the United States Information Agency at 1776 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. while Gerald Ford was president. I married a man who was in the Marine Corp for 17 and 1/2 years and was screwed out of his retirement by the Graham/Rudman bill when President George H. W. Bush was in office going out and President Clinton was coming in after the Gulf war. We and a lot of other people who were close to retirement were not allowed to retire. WE were told that we don't need you any more basically. But we keep on marching on. I have a daughter in the Army and another daughter is married to a Marine that just left for Iraq for a year. So, you just sit back and keep whining and my children will keep risking THEIR LIVES to defend YOUR RIGHT TO DO SO!!!! Use your head for something else than just to wear a hat on!!!

    PS President Bush and Vice President Cheny are Republicans, the House and Senate were only controlled


    The other 6 YEARS the House and Senate have been controlled by the DEMOCRATS!!!!!! The President and his administration CAN'T DO ANYTHING WITHOUT THE CONGRESS!!!! SO QUIT BLAMING THE PRESIDENT AND THE REPUBLICANS FOR ALL OF THIS MESS AND LOOK AT WHO CAUSED THE REAL PROBLEMS!!! Didn't anyone take civics or government class in high school or college???

  • Irmhild

    to former marine wife: shut the fuck up and be glad your husband is still alive! your judgement is useless, shallow & childish. why don't we ask your husband's opinion on what he thinks of your beloved bush & cheney? THEY SHOULD BE COURT MARTIALED AND ALSO TRIED IN THE INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE!