I can’t help but think of the late Christopher Hitchens stalking Henry Kissinger, who he charged with war crimes and continued his claims up until his death.
Kissinger’s travel plans have been impacted because of the policies he trumpeted, which are tied to the botched kidnapping and assassination of Chilean General René Schneider, who was the commander-in-chief of Chile’s army in 1970 at the time Allende came to power. Scott Horton has the backstory.
I bring it up because George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have had similar troubles traveling.
But the latest from Dick Cheney takes the meaning of chickenhawk to a whole new level. From the La Times:
A spokesman for Cheney was not immediately available Tuesday, and a request left with is publisher for comment was not returned before this post was published.
Cheney — who has visited plenty of dangerous places in his time, including Iraq in 2008 — is a lightning rod for controversy in some corners of Canada. His harshest critics there call him a “war criminal” and blame him for human rights violations including the United States’ controversial use of waterboarding to elicit information from terrorist suspects.
Violence broke out when Cheney visited Vancouver in September as part of the book tour for his memoir, “In My Time,” which he wrote with daughter Elizabeth. Cheney had to hole up inside the building for hours as police in riot gear took on demonstrators.
I’ll never understand why the newly elected Pres. Obama and the Democratic Congress under Speaker Pelosi didn’t do their jobs, which was to drag Bush administration officials on the congressional carpet and make them answer for their policies.
But considering Pres. Obama is utilizing targeted assassinations and drone strikes that mimic and sometimes out number what Bush-Cheney did, it’s likely because once in The Presidents Club, atrocities become the water’s edge.