Dick Cheney Had Secret Resignation Letter

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Other than his health, what were some other things he was concerned about that prompted him to pre-write his resignation? One of many ‘secrets’ revealed in Cheney’s new book, In My Time, set to be released at the end of the month. Via Reuters:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney signed a secret resignation letter shortly after taking office in 2001 and kept it in a safe, according to an excerpt of an NBC interview released on Wednesday.

Cheney, who has a long history of heart disease, said concern about a possible health crisis was one of the main reasons he kept the letter. Former President George W. Bush knew about it and so did a Cheney staff member.

“I did it because I was concerned … for a couple of reasons,” Cheney said.

“One was my own health situation. The possibility that I might have a heart attack or a stroke that would be incapacitating. And, there is no mechanism for getting rid of a Vice President who can’t function.”

[Continues at Reuters]

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  • DeepCough

    Like all the other rats, Cheney himself was planning on jumping the sinking ship called the Bush administration.

  • DeepCough

    Like all the other rats, Cheney himself was planning on jumping the sinking ship called the Bush administration.

  • Rex Vestri

    It’s a crying shame that Dick didn’t have a suicide letter as well…And that he didn’t use it.

  • Rex Vestri

    It’s a crying shame that Dick didn’t have a suicide letter as well…And that he didn’t use it.

  • SexyBeast911

    After helping an attack like 9/11 go forward. I would have a resignation letter too.

    • CancerJesus

      Yeah, and don’t forget the fact that he shot his friend in the face. 

      I guess those anti-drug commercials are BS. You don’t need pot to shoot your friend in the face, you just hang out with Dick Cheney.

  • SexyBeast911

    After helping an attack like 9/11 go forward. I would have a resignation letter too.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    “One was my own health situation. The possibility that I might have a heart attack or a stroke that would be incapacitating. . . ”

    So . . . he had reflected enough upon the situation to recognize the contingency, but not enough to avoid proposing someone ELSE take the position?  Or imagine how the letter could be credibly tendered AFTER he’d been incapacitated by a stroke?

    Okay, so the whole thing’s a ridiculous cock-up.  He clearly wasn’t one bit sincere about taking precautions for the good of the Republic.  Real big surprise there.

    Still, it’s kind of interesting as an upfront seat to the staged masterpiece of epic self-delusion that moronic soulless douchebags have to go through every day to avoid salshing their own throats in remorse for the irreversable curse they’ve wrought upon the world.  The guy seems to spend something like an entire chapter spinning some bullshit tale about designing “checks and balances” against his own weaknesses and utterly ignoring their glaring inadequacy.  Or his own continual and ruthless efforts to defeat more effective measures.

    And thanks for the photo.  Reminded me that asymmetry in facial expression is often an early tip-off to serious cardiac issues, as well as signalling a just plain butt-ugly canker.

    • E.B. Wolf

      You seriously think they have to delude themselves? They know the score; and they’re laughing all the way to the history books.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Well, I’m interested in actively tackling the problem of evil, not just getting my rocks off by identifying it in others.

        There is such a thing as Evil, and I’ve lived with it daily, for decades, personally and in my own skin, if not always with a super level of hyper-awareness.  However, the transformative moment is when an individual recognizes his own potential for Evil.  Not a mere self-castigation as an agent or auto-beatification as victim, but a true dynamic engagement with it.

        It’s just a little too convenient to arrogantly brush off Evil as an irreducible quality that belongs exclusively to “The Other”.  Yes, as you say, that is exactly what douchebags like Cheney do–but that is the very definition of evil behaviour–callous unwillingness to confront our own moral responsibilities.

        In a way our responses to other people are really a reflection of ourselves.  If we feel comfortable writing off another human as utterly beyond even theoretical redemption, what we’ve basically done is abdicated part of our own responsibility.  Within certain bounds that has to be done–we live in a finite material world where acceptance of one possibility often forecloses another.  I just don’t think absolute judgments like that can be undertaken lightly.

    • Tuna Ghost

      Still, it’s kind of interesting as an upfront seat to the staged masterpiece of epic self-delusion that moronic soulless douchebags have to go through every day to avoid salshing their own throats in remorse for the irreversable curse they’ve wrought upon the world.  The guy seems to spend something like an entire chapter spinning some bullshit tale about designing “checks and balances” against his own weaknesses and utterly ignoring their glaring inadequacy.  Or his own continual and ruthless efforts to defeat more effective measures.

      Yeah all the reviews I’ve read have blasted it for being in no way revealing about anything, simply repeating the same lines he used while in office, and completely breezing over questions like “where were the WMDs, Dick?” and “Quantanemo seems like the most terrifying place in the world, what’s up with that?”.  I would have had a grudging respect if he had addressed these questions, even if he answered them with a picture of a middle finger and the caption reading “because I can, motherfuckers”.  He’d still be a shitheel, but at least he’d be acknowledging something.

      …Reminded me that asymmetry in facial expression is often an early tip-off to serious cardiac issues…

      What, seriously?  Is that a real thing?

      • Liam_McGonagle

        It may be overly simplistic to categorize it as an “early” tip-off, but it’s true.  To some extent.  By the time the cardiac condition is manifested in an unambiguous facial asymmetry, it’s usually too late to do much other than manage the condition to prevent severe episodes.  Still, that has to count for something.

        And, of course, not all facial asymmetries are cardiac in origin.  It just seemed apropos to mention it here.

  • Anonymous

    “One was my own health situation. The possibility that I might have a heart attack or a stroke that would be incapacitating. . . ”

    So . . . he had reflected enough upon the situation to recognize the contingency, but not enough to avoid proposing someone ELSE take the position?  Or imagine how the letter could be credibly tendered AFTER he’d been incapacitated by a stroke?

    Okay, so the whole thing’s a ridiculous cock-up.  He clearly wasn’t one bit sincere about taking precautions for the good of the Republic.  Real big surprise there.

    Still, it’s kind of interesting as an upfront seat to the staged masterpiece of epic self-delusion that moronic soulless douchebags have to go through every day to avoid salshing their own throats in remorse for the irreversable curse they’ve wrought upon the world.  The guy seems to spend something like an entire chapter spinning some bullshit tale about designing “checks and balances” against his own weaknesses and utterly ignoring their glaring inadequacy.  Or his own continual and ruthless efforts to defeat more effective measures.

    And thanks for the photo.  Reminded me that asymmetry in facial expression is often an early tip-off to serious cardiac issues, as well as signalling a just plain butt-ugly canker.

  • CancerJesus

    Yeah, and don’t forget the fact that he shot his friend in the face. 

    I guess those anti-drug commercials are BS. You don’t need pot to shoot your friend in the face, you just hang out with Dick Cheney.

  • Anonymous

    I look forward to stealing this book via the internet.

  • Anonymous

    I look forward to stealing this book via the internet.

  • E.B. Wolf

    You seriously think they have to delude themselves? They know the score; and they’re laughing all the way to the history books.

  • Tuna Ghost

    Still, it’s kind of interesting as an upfront seat to the staged masterpiece of epic self-delusion that moronic soulless douchebags have to go through every day to avoid salshing their own throats in remorse for the irreversable curse they’ve wrought upon the world.  The guy seems to spend something like an entire chapter spinning some bullshit tale about designing “checks and balances” against his own weaknesses and utterly ignoring their glaring inadequacy.  Or his own continual and ruthless efforts to defeat more effective measures.

    Yeah all the reviews I’ve read have blasted it for being in no way revealing about anything, simply repeating the same lines he used while in office, and completely breezing over questions like “where were the WMDs, Dick?” and “Quantanemo seems like the most terrifying place in the world, what’s up with that?”.  I would have had a grudging respect if he had addressed these questions, even if he answered them with a picture of a middle finger and the caption reading “because I can, motherfuckers”.  He’d still be a shitheel, but at least he’d be acknowledging something.

    …Reminded me that asymmetry in facial expression is often an early tip-off to serious cardiac issues…

    What, seriously?  Is that a real thing?

  • Anonymous

    It may be overly simplistic to categorize it as an “early” tip-off, but it’s true.  To some extent.  By the time the cardiac condition is manifested in an unambiguous facial asymmetry, it’s usually too late to do much other than manage the condition to prevent severe episodes.  Still, that has to count for something.

    And, of course, not all facial asymmetries are cardiac in origin.  It just seemed apropos to mention it here.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I’m interested in actively tackling the problem of evil, not just getting my rocks off by identifying it in others.

    There is such a thing as Evil, and I’ve lived with it daily, for decades, personally and in my own skin, if not always with a super level of hyper-awareness.  However, the transformative moment is when an individual recognizes his own potential for Evil.  Not a mere self-castigation as an agent or auto-beatification as victim, but a true dynamic engagement with it.

    It’s just a little too convenient to arrogantly brush off Evil as an irreducible quality that belongs exclusively to “The Other”.  Yes, as you say, that is exactly what douchebags like Cheney do–but that is the very definition of evil behaviour–callous unwillingness to confront our own moral responsibilities.

    In a way our responses to other people are really a reflection of ourselves.  If we feel comfortable writing off another human as utterly beyond even theoretical redemption, what we’ve basically done is abdicated part of our own responsibility.  Within certain bounds that has to be done–we live in a finite material world where acceptance of one possibility often forecloses another.  I just don’t think absolute judgments like that can be undertaken lightly.

  • Mysophobe

    Squeezing the last drop of blood from the “we kept America safe” turnip. Go F yourself, Dick.

  • Mysophobe

    Squeezing the last drop of blood from the “we kept America safe” turnip. Go F yourself, Dick.

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