Seeking Truth – Should We Water Board Dick Cheney?

Via on Aug 30, 2011

Is it just sad or horrifically pathetic that Dick Cheney must re-write history to make himself appear more powerful and disturbing to peace and harmony in the world than his real life actually was and continues to be?

Yes, I know, water boarding Mr. Cheney is not exactly the greatest example of restorative justice. How could he restore the damage his policies and decisions have caused? Perhaps by telling the truth for once.  It could easily be supported that he is personally responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths. His influence and recommendations destroyed the lives of innocent citizens in many countries, including his recommendations to bomb villages in Cambodia, ostensibly to keep military supply routes for the Vietnam War “safe & secure.” That may have been his first transgression of all international law and precedent. In his mind, executive privilege goes a long way.

In his new memoir, to be released today, he drops bombs on his friends and colleagues as he tells T.V interviewers that “heads are going to explode” in Washington. As if Dick Cheney’s inside dealings on behalf of Halliburton weren’t egregious enough to make him one of the wealthiest self-serving politicians in our history; now, he’s launched a publicity tour to reshape the world in his image and boost book sales.

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Cheney has no regrets and no apologies for his career, he made no mistakes of judgement or action, according to his own interpretation of history. If he were still in office, he would do it all over again. If there was ever an opportunity to practice compassion and unconditional love, this fellow would be the ultimate focal point.

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The euphemism of all euphemisms has to be “enhanced interrogation techniques”.  Dick Cheney is incapable of referring to his favorite sadistic practice as torture. He appears as arrogant and unapologetic as ever on television and radio. He continues to believe in torture, in spite of the CIA inspector general report that so-called enhanced interrogation doesn’t work.

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Before too much hoopla get’s stirred up by Cheney’s appearance in the media, I thought it would be helpful to share a sneak preview of his interview aired on the Today Show yesterday. Brace yourself for more, as Mr. Cheney will undoubtedly be interviewed time and again about his book “In My Time.”.

As we approach the ten year anniversary of 9/11 – perhaps we could use water boarding on Mr. Cheney to see if it works. We might get a full confession from him.  He might reveal what really happened on that September day in 2001 or why he designed the shock and awe attack on Iraq under false pretenses.  Any number of revelations might be exposed. If he fails to admit his role in designing and implementing the New American Century, we’ll discover his favorite enhanced techniques of torture don’t work after all. Don’t give up or give in, there are those who will testify against him. Who is willing to stand up and press charges for all his crimes?

In the absence of criminal prosecution, here is an interlude from Pema Chodron to keep your blood pressure steady. This brief reminder of the absurdity of all our troubles helps keep it all in perspective:

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Even Colin Powell is outraged by Mr. Cheney’s account of history – Colin’s head didn’t explode as Mr. Cheney predicted, but General Powell did get steamy in an interview to respond to the reincarnation of “Darth Vader”, as many of Cheney’s critics like to call him. He survived his 5th heart attack in February last year and only a hand full of famous folks have survived more. General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower survived seven and Peter Sellers survived eight, his ninth was fatal as he was having lunch in London.

If caring hearts and open minds don’t show up for the next election, we may end up with more authoritarian personalities with no conscience, driven by ideologues. Keep in mind, Mr. Cheney is the champion and hero to the ultra-right-wing Tea Party candidates in this country. I realize this posting raises an emotional response for many who yearn for integrity , honesty and ethical behavior among our leaders. If you’re still disturbed by these recollections of Dick Cheney’s legacy and his attempt to stand tough on his record, I offer this guided Tonglen practice to help you regain equanimity. My own teacher always recommended that we release any contractions as one begins Tonglen. Spend a moment smiling down into your heart, releasing any negativity as you bring a soft and gentle feeling of joy in your chest.

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Rather than a song, I’ll end with one of my favorite quotes from Thomas Paine, a true American Patriot:

“Such is the irresistible nature of truth,

that all it asks and all it wants is the liberty of appearing”

Stay Awake!

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About Bud Wilson

As a student-athlete-activist during the tumultuous era at Harvard University Bud emerged with an interdisciplinary degree combining, child development, innovative education and urban social policy. To recover from academia, he moved to the mountains of Colorado and devoted his energy to hosting professional conferences and seminars in Snowmass Village, followed by a few years working with John Denver's Windstar Foundation. He has lots of stories to share about those formative years living in the Roaring Fork Valley. Bud continues to consult with many organizations including Newfield Network, Environmental Communications, Inc. and The Living Green Foundation, Next Culture Network, The Unified Field Corporation, Regenerative Community Development of Colorado and The Agora Projects. Bud has 25 years of experience as an awareness instructor and wilderness guide for Sacred Passage and the Way of Nature. As Global Director of Eco-Regional Leadership for The Way of Nature, in May 2011, he co-created and coordinated the first World Nature Quest. More than 35 groups in 17 countries on 5 continents simultaneously communed with the Earth for healing and renewal. His articles have been read by more than 70,000 Elephant Journal Readers His adult son, daughter and son-in-law are the source of great joy in his life.

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8 Responses to “Seeking Truth – Should We Water Board Dick Cheney?”

  1. JaoNegro says:

    …how on earth do you find empathy for someone whom the Universe has decided is not fit to have a beating heart, and yet still walks the earth? Cheney literally does not have a heartbeat. A machine sloshes his blood around. It' the closest thing to the undead that I've ever seen in the real world.

    • Bud Wilson Bud Wilson says:

      I completely agree with your observation that finding an ounce of compassion for the walking dead is extremely difficult. That's why I wrote the article to transform my own disgust for someone so arrogant and unapologetic for the suffering he has caused the world through his actions and mis-deeds.

  2. Kunga Rangdröl says:

    I came across the PNAC website years ago and was horrified. their stated purpose and goal was/is the equivalent of Nikita Khrushchev pounding his shoe at the UN and growling, "We will bury you!". following that, John Perkins' "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" blew the cover off what has been building post-WWII. NO MORE EMPIRES: we had best seek alternatives to the biggest Dick on the block mentality…

    • Bud Wilson Bud Wilson says:

      Yes, Kunga, their plans for total domination of the world was blatant and despicable. They called for an event on a par with the invasion of Pearl Harbor to shock the American public, perpetuate fear and assert their own agenda to achieve, military, economic and social dominance worldwide. Cheney has been a ring leader for the Plan for the New American Century for years!

  3. Just seeing Dick's name makes me shudder. Thanks, Bud, for the Pema Chodron videos to help me release that anger.

  4. gigsandagirl says:

    By the way, gigsandagirl is actually your niece, Jenny!

    • Bud Wilson Bud Wilson says:

      Ah ha! Your true identity is revealed. :) Glad you liked the Pema Chodron videos – they do help us all put things into perspective – our hearts and minds are extraordinary gifts, especially when we have the ability and courage to balance and harmonize their energies. Not always easy but definitely doable.

  5. [...] This was long before the invention of Dick Cheney. [...]

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