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(This column appeared in THE LONE STAR ICONOCLAST, Crawford, Texas, and at the week of June 26, 2006.)

The Dark Lord made a rare daylight appearance on national television today (Thursday, June 22, 2006). Even more rare, he agreed to an interview -- on CNN.

The recipient to have been bestowed honor such as this exclusive face-to-face with the Dick Cheney was John King, the news giant's chief national correspondent.

Yep, whenever the real fun stuff comes along, such as a secret flight to Baghdad, King's the guy to whom the White House gives the personal invitation.

And when El Veepo orders up a talk on the veranda, actually in the sunlight, complete with softball questions - all conditions in forward mode to make him appear sweet and lovable - King's the go-to guy.

Because there's no way he's going to ask any question as difficult as those even the tough Larry King (no relation, I'm sure) might pose.

Besides, whenever hard-hittin' John asked a question Dark Lord preferred to not answer, it simply went unanswered. John knows not to press an issue, lest he be silenced and ignored by the Regime a' la Helen Thomas.

That shotgun leanin' against the doorframe off-camera might have been a mild deterrent to open debate, too.

Despite all the facts we now know, such as all the "facts" conjured up by Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and Donnie Rumsfeld were not facts at all but Faerie Taeles based upon fantasies of the deepest, darkest dimensions, the Dick refuses to budge one mil (0.0001/inch) as to the reasons behind the illegal invasion of Iraq.

Of course, King hasn't the cojones to call Cheney out on any of that.

On any number of issues, the Dick fell back on "I support the president's policy," which we know would be pretty much his own or that of Herr Oberst Karl Rove. But on the record these policies belong to egomaniacal George W. Bush. Ain't it nice having a fall guy?

Dark Lord scooted around the Scooter Libbey issue, using the excuse that he may have to testify. When asked if "Executive Privilege" will be a White House strategy, he began scooting faster in ever-widening circles.

King asked Cheney where had the jokester of 10, 15 years ago gone. The Dick said it was hard being lighthearted after 9/11 - that 9/11 changed everything in America.

Now, where have we heard that before?

King George XLIII certainly has no problem joking around, even at the most serious press conferences.

George always manages to smile (well, he at least smirks) when talking about death, destruction, and how he's gonna git some evildoer or another. It's not uncommon for those whose synapses aren't firing in proper synchronicity to smile a lot, with or without reason. These people also display a tendency to make jokes or play around in inappropriate settings.

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An erstwhile Philosopher and sometime Educator, Jerry Tenuto is a veteran of seven years service in the U.S. Army. He holds a BS and MA in Broadcast Communications from Southern (more...)
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