The Secret Service wants to spend $4 million to provide protection for Vice President Dick Cheney for at least 6 months after he leaves the White House. Talk about throwing money down a rat hole.
As far as I can tell, rat holes are precisely where Cheney spends most of his time, hiding from all the terrorists his wars have created. It’s easy to picture Cheney scurrying through the DC sewer system from one undisclosed location to another, sticking his head out occasionally to predict, “Six more years of war. So what?”
They’re trying to justify continuing to guard Cheney by saying they did the same for Al Gore, Dan Quayle, and even Hubert Humphrey.
The only difference is that none of those Veeps engineered the deaths of 4,000+ American soldiers, maimed umpteen thousands more, and “freed” countless innocent Iraqi civilians by getting them murdered.
I don’t know why humans haven’t thought of this, but there’s a much cheaper way to give Cheney all the protection he needs. You just hand him a shotgun and promise him a lifetime supply of buckshot.
He’s already proven that he’s perfectly capable of shooting the face off anyone who gets in his way. Grant him immunity from prosecution (which he seems to have anyway), and watch the bodies start stacking up.
Seriously, Cheney deserves the same level of security he’s leaving the U.S. with – none. Thanks to his and Bush’s “anything goes” attitude toward torturing and killing anyone outside their own families, terrorists think anything they do is just tit for tat and nobody’s safe.