Blogging at the Huffington Post, former Congressman Les AuCoin relates a tale about Dick Cheney that reveals the essential character of the man:
On our second morning in Moscow, my friend, U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA), and I rose early to jog before the start of a long day of meetings. What could be more indicative of the new US-Soviet era than two U.S. congressmen trotting through Red Square, past Lenin's Tomb and the Kremlin, without clearance from a party apparatchik? ...
Steam rising from our sweat suits, Dicks and I were anxious to share our exuberant moment with Cheney. "Imagine, Dick!" Norm exclaimed. "Here we are, standing in the middle of Red Square. What does it make you think?"
Cheney gave a thin smile and replied, "Just that I'm standing on Ground Zero."
I knew Cheney for ten years as a fellow congressman and for four years when he was defense secretary and I, a member the House Defense Appropriations Committee.
When people ask me to describe Cheney, I say, "morbid."
Of course, it's not just a tale about a man. Les AuCoin, a former member of the House Defense Appropriations Committee, believes he knows what's next:
Today the war believer -- immersed in almost every Bush White House initiative, major and minor -- is leading a highly veiled reorganization of U.S. military priorities, downgrading al Qaeda and upgrading nuclear-minded Iran. ...
I don't know if Cheney has stood in the Grand Bazaar in central Tehran.
But I know Dick, and I'm sure he has thought of his own name for it.
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