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December 20, 2005

This Just In: Dick Cheney Possibly Sympathetic to Oil Interests


According to the Washington Post, Dick “Dick” Cheney is about to cut short a trip to Iraq so he can vote for drilling in the Arctic Reserve.

And, I quote:

“Vice President Cheney cut short a trip to the Middle East and rushed back to Washington overnight, preparing to cast a tiebreaking vote on budget cuts in the Senate today, as Republicans also make a high-stakes bid to approve oil drilling in the Alaska wilderness.”

Let’s put this in context. On Sunday, President Bush made a speech about progress in the Middle East. Meanwhile, he’s also pointed out that you’ve got to spy on, well pretty much everyone, to make progress in the Middle East happen. So, Cheney made a surprise visit on Sunday so that people understood that success in Iraq was the most important thing to the American people.

Yet today, Cheney is cutting short his diplomatic mission in Iraq to support drilling the remainder of the Alaskan coast so that Exxon-Mobil can have a really good year. This, needless to say, has nothing to do with the Middle East, except that it makes us look ridiculous there.

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