Mention the name LaRouche anywhere in official Washington and eyebrows roll...all the time. Even so...LaRouche is quite a phenomena -- somewhere between an astute gadfly commentator with quite unusual depth of knowledge and experience...and a kind of unique political cult. At 81...he's healthy and vigorous. When it comes to the issues, he is often extraordinarily diverse yet sometimes riveting in his targets (such as Cheney in this case).
LaRouche: Beast-Man Dick Cheney Must Go!
by Jeffrey Steinberg
OCT. 15, (EIRNS)--Lyndon LaRouche, one of two Democratic Party
Presidential candidates certified by the Federal Election
Commission (FEC) to receive Federal matching funds, has escalated
his year-long campaign for the ouster of Vice President Dick
Cheney. LaRouche will be addressing a Washington, D.C. audience
on Oct. 22 on the ``post-Cheney era in American politics,'' and,
in the run-up to that historic international webcast, he has
emphasized that the Vice President, and the entire neo-con cabal
inside the Bush Administration that he heads, must be swept out
of power in the immediate weeks ahead, or the United States will
face a series of insurmountable global catastrophes--including a
spreading war in the Middle East, that could escalate to Israeli
use of mini-nuclear weapons against Iran.
- Cheney Goes Berserk -
Indicative of the ``Beast-man'' role being played by the
Vice President, was his geek-act performance on Oct. 10 at the
Heritage Foundation, the Washington, D.C. Mont Pelerin Society
front organization. The Vice President delivered a speech at
Heritage, throwing down the gauntlet to anyone who dares to
question the Bush Administration's preventive-war doctrine, the
decision to unilaterally invade Iraq, or the Administration's de
facto decision to write off the United Nations as a menace to the
war on terrorism. Cheney repeated the neo-con mantra, that the
entire international political order collapsed with the Sept. 11,
2001 attacks on New York and Washington, and that now the United
States has an obligation and a right to act alone, pre-emptively
and with no concern for international law or the interests of our
The next day, even the Washington Post reported that
Cheney's performance was over the edge. Earlier in the week, both
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and President George
W. Bush had gone out on the stump, to defend the Administration's
Iraq fiasco. But neither of them had gone so far as to defend the
pre-war claims of Saddam Hussein's ties to the 9/11 terrorists,
or Saddam's arsenal of ready-to-launch weapons of mass
destruction--as Cheney had done at Heritage.
- Backlash -
As the result of Cheney's latest performance, and the
ongoing failure of the U.S. to get a handle on the deteriorating
situations in Iraq and Afghanistan, others are now joining
LaRouche in tackling the Cheney menace.
Just two days after Cheney's Heritage rant, Sen. Richard
Lugar (R-Ind), the respected chairman of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee, appeared on ``Meet The Press,'' along with
the ranking Democrat on the committee, Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del).
Both men blasted Cheney by name, and demanded that President
Bush, at long last, take charge of his deeply divided
Asked by host Tim Russert what he would do if he had one
minute alone with President Bush in the Oval Office, Sen. Biden
replied, ``I'd say, Mr. President, take charge. Take charge.
Settle this dispute. Let your Secretary of Defense, State, and
your Vice President know this is my policy--any one of you that
diverts from the policy is off the team.''
Lugar agreed: ``I concur with my colleague,'' he told
Russert. ``The President has to be the President. That means the
President over the Vice President, and over the Secretaries.''
The same day, Oct. 12, the Washington Post, in a front-page
story, reported that, on a number of occasions, Vice President
Cheney had countermanded specific orders from President Bush. In
one case, Cheney had approved Pentagon assistance to Ahmed
Chalabi, the head of the widely discredited Iraqi National
Congress, bringing him onto Iraqi territory at the outset of the
U.S. invasion in late March 2003--despite the fact that President
Bush had issued an order, through National Security Adviser Rice,
that Chalabi was to get no special treatment.
Pentagon sources have confirmed that Cheney and his National
Security Adviser and Chief of Staff Lewis ``Scooter'' Libby
virtually ran the Pentagon Office of Special Plans, the secret
intelligence and covert operations unit under Douglas Feith,
William Luti, and Abram Shulsky, that faked the intelligence on
Iraq's terror links and WMD catches, that were used to justify
the U.S. invasion. Indeed, Luti, the OSP head, was dispatched to
the Pentagon from Cheney's office to steer the covert unit.
- The Wilson/Plame Leak -
It has become one of the worst-kept secrets around
Washington that it was also Vice President Cheney's office that
was behind the criminal leak of the CIA pedigree of Ambassador
Joe Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame. Not only did the leak, to
syndicated columnist Robert Novak and a half-dozen other Beltway
reporters, constitute a serious crime. It represented a serious
breach of U.S. national security, exposing a CIA ``non-official
cover'' officer, her network of sources and assets, and a CIA
One former top U.S. intelligence official candidly told this
news service, ``No matter what the White House says, I am certain
that the leak was directed by Scooter Libby.''
Other sources have reported that the Vice President launched
an operation against Ambassador Wilson in March 2003, within days
of the UN Security Council testimony by Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei,
head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in which
he revealed that documents purporting to prove Iraq was seeking
uranium from Niger, were shoddy forgeries. Ambassador Wilson had
traveled to Niger in Feb. 2002, to probe other allegations about
the Iraq-Niger illegal uranium sales, and had reported back to
the Vice President, via the CIA, that the story was false.
On Oct. 11--the day after Cheney's Heritage Foundation
speech--Time magazine blasted Cheney in a viewpoint piece by Joe
Klein, headlined ``Dick Cheney, Hard-Liner in Chief: Turf wars,
temper tantrums, mysterious leaks--has Bush lost control of his
own government?'' Klein cited members of the Reagan and ``Bush
41'' Administrations, who blamed Dick Cheney for President Bush's
failure to take charge. ``Cheney is, of course, the hardest of
the hard-liners,'' Klein wrote, ``and his intransigence is
responsible for both the CIA's fury and the Pentagon's leadership
arrogance.... The failures of American intelligence have been a
Cheney obsession--which is why Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel
recently suggested that if the President really wants to know who
the White House leakers are, he should `sit down' with his Vice
President.'' Klein concluded, ``Cheney is tough, discreet, secure
in his judgments--but he has been wrong too often, and now George
W. Bush must decdie what he wants to do about that.''
A week before the Time story, U.S. News and World Report had
devoted its cover story to Cheney, ``The Man Behind the
Curtain.'' A parade of former ``Bush 41'' top aides, all
unnamed, trashed Cheney, charging, ``Cheney is not always right,
but he's always certain. He and his allies thought they were
invincible, that this would be the American century, that we
could reshape the world anny way we wanted to. Welcome to the
Now the real world, led by Lyndon LaRouche, is demanding
that President Bush take the only step that will avert an even
greater disaster for the United States: Dump Vice President
Cheney, and clean out the entire neo-con cabal that hijacked his
Presidency on 9/11.