In the vice presidentâ€™s new, more fortified bunker, inside his old undisclosed secure location within the larger bunker that used to be called the West Wing of the White House, Dick Cheney was muttering and sputtering.
He wasnâ€™t talking to the pictures on the wall, as Nixon did when he finally cracked. Vice doesnâ€™t trust those portraits anyway. The walls have ears. He was talking to the only reliable man in a city of dimwits, cowards, traitors and fools: himself.
He hurled a sheaf of news reports with such force it knocked over the picture of Ahmad Chalabi that he keeps next to the picture of Churchill. Winston Chalabi, he likes to call him.
Vice is fed up with all the whining and carping – and thatâ€™s just inside the White House. The only negativity in Washington is supposed to be his own. Heâ€™s the only one allowed to scowl and grumble and conspire.
The impertinent Tom DeFrank reported in New Yorkâ€™s Daily News that embattled White House aides felt â€œPresident Bush must take the reins personallyâ€ to save his presidency.
Let him try, Cheney said with a sneer. Things are nowhere near dire enough for that. Even if Junior somehow managed to grab the reins to his presidency, Vice holds Juniorâ€™s reins. So he just needs to get all these sniveling, poll-driven wimps and losers back on board with the master plan.
Things had been going so smoothly. The global torture franchise was up and running. Halliburton contracts were flowing. Tax cuts were sailing through. Oil companies were raking it in. Alaska drilling was thrillingly close. The courts were defending his executive privilege on energy policy, and people were still buying all that smoke about Saddamâ€™s being responsible for 9/11, and that drivel about how weâ€™re fighting them there so we donâ€™t have to fight them here. Everything was groovy.
But not anymore. Cheney could not believe that Karl had made him go out and call that loudmouth Jack Murtha a patriot. He was sure the Pentagon generals had put the congressman up to calling for a withdrawal from Iraq. Is the military brass getting in touch with its pacifist side? In Wyoming, Vice shoots doves.
How dare Murtha suggest that Cheney dodged and dodged and dodged and dodged and dodged the draft? Murtha thinks he knows about war just because he served in one and was a marine for 37 years? Vice started his own war. Now thatâ€™s a credential!
It always goes this way with the cut-and-run crowd. First they start nitpicking the war, complaining about little things like the lack of armor for the troops. Then they complain that there arenâ€™t enough troops. Well, that would just require more armor that we donâ€™t have. Then they kvetch about using incendiary weapons in a city like Falluja. Vice likes the smell of white phosphorus in the morning.
What really enrages him is all the Republicans in the Senate making noises about timetables. Before you know it, itâ€™s going to be helicopters on the rooftop at the Baghdad embassy.
Just because Juniorâ€™s approval ratings are in the 30â€™s, people around here are going all wobbly. Vice was 10 points lower and he wasnâ€™t worried. Numbers are for sissies.
Why do Harry Reid and his Democratic turncoats think they can call the White House on the carpet? Do they think Vice would fear to lie about lying about the rationale for going to war? A real liar never stops lying.
He didnâ€™t want to have to tell the rest of the senators to go do to themselves what he had told Patrick Leahy to go do to himself.
Now all these idiots are getting caught, even Scooter. DeLayâ€™s on the ropes and the Dukester is a total embarrassment, spending bribes on antique commodes and a Rolls-Royce. Vice should never have let an amateur get involved with defense contracts.
Republican moderates are running scared in the House, worried about re-election. Even senators seem to have forgotten which side their bread is oiled on. Ted Stevens let oil company executives get caught lying about the energy task force meeting, while Vice canâ€™t even get a little thing like torture chambers through the Senate. Whatâ€™s so wrong with a little torture?
And now John Warner wants Junior to use fireside chats to explain his plan for Iraq. When did everybody get the un-American idea that the president is answerable to America?
Vice is fed up with the whining of squirrelly surrogates like Brent Scowcroft and Lawrence Wilkerson on behalf of peaceniks like George Senior and Colin Powell. If Poppyâ€™s upset about his kidâ€™s mentor, he should be man enough to come slug it out.
Poppy isnâ€™t getting Junior back, Vice vowed, muttering: â€œHeâ€™s my son. Itâ€™s my war. Itâ€™s my country.â€
(And the bad news is: this man is our vice president.)