Dick Cheney? Fat, pasty guy? Does the spasm dance every once in awhile? Nope. Haven’t seen him.

Dick Cheney has been kind of scarce lately. Since we can assume that he isn’t all greased up and hiding in a love-nest somewhere with Lynne doing the two-backed beast, we figure that Nicholas Kristof has a good idea why Dick should stay at that undisclosed location for just a few more days.

President Bush and Vice President Cheney portray Saddam Hussein as so menacing and terrifying that one might think they’ve lain awake at night for years worrying about him.

But when Mr. Cheney was running Halliburton, the oil services firm, it sold more equipment to Iraq than any other company did. As first reported by The Financial Times on Nov. 3, 2000, Halliburton subsidiaries submitted $23.8 million worth of contracts with Iraq to the United Nations in 1998 and 1999 for approval by its sanctions committee.


Old monsters like Libya, North Korea and Iran have proved — well, not ephemeral, but at least changeable, less terrifying today than they used to be. And the Iraqi threat, for which we’re now prepared to sacrifice hundreds or thousands of American casualties, just a few years ago was simply another tinhorn dictatorship where C.E.O. Cheney was earning his bonus.

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