The Boston Globe has done better than many newpapers at covering what is really going on with the Cheney administration, nominally known as the Bush administration. Cheney’s role is different than any previous vice president. Some have called his management of the government an internal coup. Unfortunately our nominal President, Mr. Bush, either does not know, or does not care.
Cheney is in a class by himself. The administration’s grand strategy and its implementation are the work of Cheney– sometimes Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, sometimes Cheney and political director Karl Rove.
Cheney has planted aides in major Cabinet departments, often over the objection of a Cabinet secretary, to make sure his policies are carried out. He sits in on the Senate Republican caucus, to stamp out any rebellions. Cheney loyalists from the Office of the Vice President dominate interagency planning meetings.
The Iraq war is the work of Cheney and Rumsfeld. The capture of the career civil service is pure Cheney. The disciplining of Congress is the work of Cheney and Rove. The turning over of energy policy to the oil companies is Cheney. The extreme secrecy is Cheney and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
If Cheney were the president, more of this would be smoked out because the press would be paying attention.
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Why does this matter? Because if the man actually running the government is out of the spotlight, the administration and its policies are far less accountable.
The Cheney presidency
By Robert Kuttner | August 26, 2006
The Boston Globe