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Dick Cheney: Rand Paul is 'not familiar with the facts'

CNN's Ashley Killough
May 18th, 2014 02:09 PM ET

(CNN) – In a response to comments by Sen. Rand Paul, former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday he had no ties to Halliburton after he became vice president and during the Iraq War.

"I had no relationship at all with the company throughout the time that I was vice president. I didn't even talk to them," Cheney said on "Fox News Sunday."

"We kept totally at arm's length relationship," he continued. "So he obviously is not familiar with the facts."

Paul came under hot water with some Republicans after a 2009 video surfaced in which he made a speech suggesting that Cheney pushed for the Iraq War out of his own corporate interests with Halliburton, an oil field services company where he once served as CEO.


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When they gaslight reality so boldly for the ears of the masses I can only laugh at this point ...

Then I get scared about all of the weak minded people that go along with this kind of thing.

Cheney Iraq is old news

Cheney fracking is the current scourge on America that will finish off the country.

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Last week when thousands Marcellus Shale supporters descended on the state Capitol for a rally, the Pennsylvania State Police bus safety detail showed up to do spot inspections of their parked buses on Harrisburg’s City Island.

According to ABC27 News, the Governor’s Office intervened, and the head of the State Police told the inspectors to leave:

A known and proven liar is not credible.


Free includes debt-free!

Cheney's Halliburton Ties Remain. - CBS News, 2003

Dick Cheney profits keep on rolling, rolling... Cut 'em in. Cut 'em out. Rawhide!

Lautenberg, D-N.J., asked the Congressional Research Service to weigh in. Without naming Cheney or Halliburton, the service reported that unexercised stock options and deferred salary "are among those benefits described by the Office of Government Ethics as 'retained ties' or 'linkages' to one's former employer."

Lautenberg said the report makes clear that Cheney does still have financial ties to Halliburton. "I ask the vice president to stop dodging the issue with legalese," Lautenberg said....

Cheney was chief executive officer of Halliburton from 1995 through August 2000. The company's KBR subsidiary is the main government contractor working to restore Iraq's oil industry in an open-ended contract that was awarded without competitive bidding.

According to Cheney's 2001 financial disclosure report, the vice president's Halliburton benefits include three batches of stock options comprising 433,333 shares....

His deferred compensation account was valued at between $500,000 and $1 million, and generated income of $50,000 to $100,000.

In 2002, Cheney's total assets were valued at between $19.1 million and $86.4 million.

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Technicalities, Dick.

You are the personification of the term "Military-Industrial Complex", Dick. If your picture isn't in Wikipedia under that term, it darn well ought to be. You are who makes the revolving door spin.

Who gives a...

Who gives a rat's a$$ what Dick says?

Live in Liberty
Tom Rankin

This is how it works ...

... and why Dick Cheney is full of s**t (as usual).

What politicians do is they set up a "blind trust." This is a trust where someone else (besides the politician or family member) manages the investments. The theory is that since the politician does not make the investments and "cannot" dictated to the trustee what to do, there is an "arms length" arrangement and the politician is "clean."

Nice theory, but it ain't reality.

Mitt Romney claimed he used blind trusts for his wealth, when challenged.

"My investments are not made by me," he said at the time. "My investments for the last 10 years have been in a blind trust, managed by a trustee."

But Romney understands the world of finance. Before he ever ran for president, he was asked about "those OTHER politicians" who use blind trusts. Here is what he said when someone brought up the fact that his rich opponent, Ted Kennedy, used blind trusts:

"The blind trust is an age-old ruse, if you will," Romney said. "Which is to say, you can always tell a blind trust what it can and cannot do."


Dick Cheney used a blind trust for his Haliburton stock when he was elected VP in 2000:

Cheney said he would set up a blind trust if elected vice president.

He put his Haliburton stock into the blind trust while he was vice president. However, at that time, stock options were not allowed to be put into blind trusts. Cheney said he would "forego" those options. Yeah sure, Dick.


As of 2005, those Haliburton stock options that he "was gonna give up" he still owned and they went form having a value of almost nothing back in 2000 to a value of $8,000,000 in 2005.


The year Cheney left office (2009), his blind trust was paying out $7 million per year.


That does not say how much the trust assets were worth, but if the stock tripled in 8 years, then it was substantial.

So yeah, Dick Cheney is a liar.

And in other news ...

... the Sun actually rose in the East this morning!

That's one helluva post Tommy

That type of writing will make establishment Republican supporters rethink their loyalties.

Using one establishment icon's words to decimate another one, absolutely brilliant. It practically reaches into people's brains and causes dissonance.

The planes 30 miles out, the

The planes 30 miles out, the planes 10 miles out do the orders still stand sir?
Dick> "Stand Down" Cheney lying lowdown war profiteering vermin. Is there anyone on this planet more vile?

Darth Vader speaks


How about the fact that the

How about the fact that the Halliburton board let Dick retire early and give him not only full retirement benefits but actually even sweetened the golden parachute to the tune of $20+MM in cash and stock ? And oh gee whiz, that stock has tripled in value??..you dont say,..how lucky of him.....really nice of the board to help him out like that , especially considering they didnt meet their financial goals during his years there and normally would have withheld bonuses for underperformance....Dick didnt need any contact after he was VP, his "ties" were that he owned $10MM+ in stock which has since tripled...prbly just a lucky co-inky-dink...way to go DICK

I'm dumfounded

How (if True) that Cheney holds stock in Halliburton claim he has no ties to it.

I can't for the life of me remember when, or where I read this but I recall that the contract with Halliburton was signed before Bush and Cheney decided to invade Iraq.

beating a dead horse, but

"Mr. Cheney’s financial disclosure statements from 2001, 2002 and 2003 show that since becoming vice president-elect, he has received $1,997,525 from the company: $1,451,398 in a bonus deferred from 1999, the rest in deferred salary. He also holds options to buy Halliburton stock."

"In the five years he worked at the company, he received $12.5m in salary. He also held $39m-worth of stock options when he quit the company in 2000 – a fortune for a man with no previous experience in running a multinational company. In addition, Halliburton's board of directors voted to award him early retirement when he quit his job, even though he was too young to qualify under his contract. That flexibility enabled him to leave with a retirement package, including stock and options, worth millions more than if he had simply resigned."

Perhaps so ...but his father

Perhaps so ...but his father is!

Last time I checked,

an arms length relationship is still a relationship and arms length is not that far of a distance.


Words are cheap! Now, I must ask myself, would I believe that Chaney had NO CONTACT?!

Last i checked, the only thing Rand Paul stated

Were facts.

Cheney said it would be a bad idea to go into Iraq.

Cheney became the CEO of Halliburton after being a career politician.

Cheney became vice president.

Cheney said it would be a good idea to go into Iraq.

Halliburton made billions of dollars.