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June 1, 2004
Shocker: Cheney is a Liar

More from Time Magazine. Who would have thought they were doing any actual journalism over there?

Cheney on Meet the Press last September:

Citing the [Halliburton] company's role in rebuilding Iraq as well as Cheney's prior service as Halliburton's CEO, Russert asked, "Were you involved in any way in the awarding of those contracts?" Cheney's reply: "Of course not, Tim ... And as Vice President, I have absolutely no influence of, involvement of, knowledge of in any way, shape or form of contracts led by the [Army] Corps of Engineers or anybody else in the Federal Government."

That's pretty clear, right? "I have absolutely no influence of, involvement of, knowledge of in any way, shape or form or contracts..." Not a lot of wiggle room there.

Time digs up an email, sent by an Army Corps of Engineers official.

Dated March 5, 2003, the e-mail says "action" on a multibillion-dollar Halliburton contract was "coordinated" with Cheney's office. The e-mail says Douglas Feith, a high-ranking Pentagon hawk, got the "authority to execute RIO," or Restore Iraqi Oil, from his boss, who is Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz. RIO is one of several large contracts the U.S. awarded to Halliburton last year.

The e-mail says Feith approved arrangements for the contract "contingent on informing WH [White House] tomorrow. We anticipate no issues since action has been coordinated w VP's [Vice President's] office." Three days later, the Army Corps of Engineers gave Halliburton the contract, without seeking other bids.

Well jeez, "action has been coordinated with the VP's office?" Let's go back and check Cheney's statement:

No influence of contracts : Influence is certainly implied in this email.
No involvement : I'd say coordination smacks of involvement.
No knowledge of in any way, shape or form : Again, coordination without knowledge seems hard.

Impeach. Imprison.


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