Thursday, July 28, 2005

Hasn't this woman retired yet?

Our favorite curmudgeon Helen Thomas has weighed in on a possible Dick Cheney candidacy in 2008. According to The Hill, Ms. Thomas believes Cheney to be eminently qualified because, after all, he already runs the show:

If Vice President Cheney is indeed a “serious darkhorse” candidate for president in 2008, as Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward recently suggested, he probably won’t want to enlist legendary White House reporter Helen Thomas to help with his press relations, even though she has proposed a campaign strategy he could run on.

Thomas, a syndicated columnist for Hearst Newspapers who has covered the White House since the Kennedy administration, wrote in May that Cheney “certainly could campaign on the theme that he has had experience in running the White House.”

Thomas made the suggestion in a column she wrote about President Bush’s not being notified about a terror scare caused by an off-course Cessna airplane until after it was over, according to Editor & Publisher magazine.

Declaring that the incident “again raises the question of who’s running the show,” Thomas also noted Cheney’s central role on Sept. 11 and the widely held view that he is “probably the most powerful vice president in recent times, perhaps in U.S. history.”

Ok, so we know where Helen stands on that issue. Or do we? Here is an excerpt from a May 12 Helen Thomas column titled U.S., U.K. Voters Don't Care About Credibility:

Iraq was on Bush's radar screen when he took office in 2001, perhaps even before. Books by former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and Richard Clarke, former head of counter terrorism at the White House's National Security Council, both attest to early signs -- even before 9/11 -- that war against Iraq was high on Bush's agenda.

In the run-up to the war, Vice President Dick Cheney and then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice used appearances on Sunday television shows and in speeches to friendly audiences to start the drumbeat that Iraq had unconventional weapons.

Meantime, Blair was doing his share to build public support for war, even though he knew that his case was thin.

As the British reelection campaign was ending, the May 1 Sunday Times of London published a secret U.K. government memorandum discussing a July 23, 2002, meeting between Blair and his top security advisers. The memo said that military action against Iraq "was seen as inevitable" and that Bush wanted to remove Saddam "through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD," weapons of mass destruction.

So which one is it Helen? Does Bush call the shots or doesn't he?

Funny, how our friends on the left always insist that Bush is not the one in charge, yet in the same breath express fear that we have a driven, war mongering religious zealot of a President who listens to no-one and who's policies are single-handedly bringing the country down the tubes and taking the world with it.

Ok I'm done with Helen Thomas now. Time for an antacid.