Lost amid all the heavy breathing by the mainstream press reporters who have gotten
so worked up over the vice presidential shooting is the story of the vice-presidential
How many of us knew that the country's vice president--a man that most
politically aware citizens know is the country's real leader behind the scenes--is
so health-impaired that he always travels with a fully staffed ambulance--including
heart specialist--in tow?
This is the real secret, not the 14-hour reporting delay regarding Cheney's
shooting of his hunting buddy, that has been kept from the American people not
for hours but for years.
The fact that the nation's vice president and de-facto leader is so
frail and so close to death's door, while perhaps heartening to some who see
him as the architect of the war-mongering madness currently gripping the nation's
policy-making establishment, should surely have been a major topic of conversation
during the 2004 election.
But nobody mentioned it.
It's also worth pointing out that this same administration that is
spending what must be millions of dollars on a mobile cardiac unit to travel
with the vice president is calling for cuts in Medicare and Medicaid that will
force poor Americans and the elderly to make do with second-tier medications
for such things as heart conditions.
There seems to be a story there.
The corporate media is patting itself on the back for its aggressive pursuit
of the Harry Whittington shooting incident by the Vice President, but why didn't
the White House press corps tell us long ago about the vice president's medical
While we're at it, why are these reporters able to get so worked up and aggressive
when it comes to a pretty inconsequential vice presidential shooting incident,
yet they can't seem to bring themselves to ask the president or vice president
about the latest British memo showing that Bush was not only completely committed
to war against Iraq in July, 2002, but actually suggested to British Prime Minister
Tony Blair that he might have US planes painted in UN colors shot down over
Iraq as a pretext to invade. This story, much more important than the VP's bad
marksmanship, has been blacked out in the U.S. by our selectively diligent Fourth
The unfortunate upshot of all this misdirected reportorial zeal is that Cheney
will now probably be dissuaded from going hunting anymore. What we should
be doing is leaving the guy alone, in hopes that he'll make more trips to the
Armstrong ranch in the company of key Neocon strategists, new Supreme Court
members and key Senate and House leaders.