Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Bloody Pit of Cheney 

We have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the deranged sadist who has enjoyed absolute control of American foreign policy for the last few years will henceforth be kept on a shorter leash:
Multiple sources close to Bush told the Daily News that while the vice president remains his boss' valued political partner and counselor, his clout has lessened - primarily as a result of issues arising from the Iraq war.

"The relationship is not what it was," a presidential counselor said. "There has been some distance for some time" . . . .

Other sources familiar with Bush's thinking say Cheney's zealous advocacy for what has become a troubled Iraq policy has taken a toll - especially since Cheney's predictions about how Iraq would play out have proven optimistic.

These sources also said Libby's indictment was a wakeup call for White House aides who have long believed the Cheney national security operation has enjoyed too much of a free hand in administration policymaking.

"The vice president's office will never be quite as independent from the White House as it has been," said a key Bush associate. "That will end.

"Cheney never operated without a degree of [presidential] license, but there are people around who cannot believe some of the advice [Bush] has been given."
The bad news is that the leash will still be in the hands of a gormless nincompoop.

PHOTOS: TOP: Vice president Cheney (left) explains the benefits of an aggressive foreign policy to wife Lynne, who credits their forty-year marriage as the "inspiration" for her acclaimed novel of frontier life, Sisters.

BOTTOM: With Cheney's influence on the wane, President Bush (left? right?) will depend on the counsel of other trusted advisers, such as former Supreme Court nominee and current White House ethics instructor Harriet Miers (left? right?)

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