If the President isn’t above the law, what about an ex-President?

Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States.
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As the old saying goes, “Money talks and bulls$%t walks,” it must be just gliding through the halls of the White House and from every title that occupies a seat there.  The Law just isn’t the Law, and nowadays even the United States is being reminded that they are no longer the force they used to be.

President Obama has been said to be under fire because of the way he got his Healthcare Reform Bill passed during the Democratic reign.  As with many lobbyists in Congress, there are incentives for greasing palms.  The downside of that action is, though justice is blind, the tongue speaks in volumes when it’s up against the wall.  Could this be seen as an innocent attempt to pass legislation that would benefit the good of the people?  Or, is the passage of a bill a mere inflation of one’s ego?  But as sure as the ego is inflated, those opposed will surely do what they can to deflate it.  Therefore, where is the benefit of the people when otherwise there would have been no hope.  Our current President’s situations are being dealt with now – as his foes are leaving no stone unturned in their quest to make sure they reveal to the American People what real CHANGE he stands for, no matter how ridiculous.  CHANGE for the People, is not so good for ALL of the People.

So, as our current President is under fire for his daily actions, let’s take a look at an           ex-VicePresident and something he did somewhere else before he became Vice President.  Dick Cheney, chief executive of Halliburton (the world’s second largest oilfield services corporation with operations in more than 70 countries), has been charged by the head of Nigeria’s anti-corruption body with bribery.  With Nigeria being oil-rich, as chief executive of Halliburton, Cheney and three others were said to have sought out corrupt Nigerian individuals and institutions to carry out their plans and projects.  Though the monies should have gone to the betterment of the people of Nigeria, instead, the monies were shipped to offshore accounts.  This has definitely increased the personal wealth of ex-Vice President Cheney.

Ex-Vice President Cheney not only served as the chief executive of Halliburton, he also served as head of its one-time subsidiary KBR before he became the Vice President in 2001.  When both companies pleaded guilty in a U.S. court to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices act by paying more than $180 million in bribes to Nigerian officials prior to 2007, the companies were fined $579 million.  But, to offset this figure, EFCC spokesman Femi Babfemi told Reuters that Halliburton had offered to settle the case by paying fines totalling up to $250 million.

Farida Mzamber Waziri, the executive chairman of Nigeria’s Economic Financial Crimes Commission, has been quoted saying, “There’s no way such amount of money would’ve been moved to bribe Nigerians without his approval and without his knowledge, this iw what we’re saying.”

In  a pompous attempt to throw the weight of the U.S. around, the Department of Justice and the Security and Exchange Commission conducted an extensive investigation.  Little did they know that Nigerian officials had conducted their own investigation and want the case prosecuted in the country where the crimes were committed.  Now, if Dick Cheney was chief executive of Halliburton and KBR, how is that Cheney’s lawyer, Terrence O’Donnell, honestly state that the U.S. investigation “found no suggestion of any impropriety by Dick Cheney in his role of CEO of Halliburton.  Any suggestion of misconduct on his part, made now, years later, is entirely baseless.”  You see, time does have a way of catching up to you.  Maybe, had the United States remained as formidable as they were during Cheney’s reign, there would be no effort made to go after him or his other cohorts.

Can this slate be wiped clean?  Is one’s indiscretions any more serious or less serious than another’s?  Some can say that ex-Vice President Cheney didn’t profit from the oil business dealings in Nigeria.  It can also be said that he worked for the betterment of the American People.  It can be said, but it wouldn’t be remotely feasible.  As Cheney went to a country known for its corruption, he high-tailed it out of there and thought that time would not catch up with him.  President Obama is still in office and has pretty much stood and faced his accusers here in the United States.  But just as a judge has found some discrepancies with the President’s healthcare reform bill, many are going to lose out when it comes to acquiring healthcare for individuals.  Does he still stand the chance of impeachment?  I don’t think so.  The spoken word doesn’t appear to be a severe as the all might dollar exchanged for many more dollars.

No one is above the law.  This is the message that is being sent from just about everywhere.  You just don’t go into another country and try to enforce your own strongarm when you don’t pack the clout you need to do so.  Although you are now considered an “ex,” you have no immunity when you do wrong to another country.  It is extraordinary that ABCNews.com even reported this story.  Just how far will Nigeria go to enforce Dick Cheney’s extradition back to Nigeria, will do not know.  There appears to be no room for leniency due to medical conditions as this was not the condition at the time the crime against a nation was committed.  President Obama is reminded everyday that just because he is President, it guarantees no love, no admiration, or compassion.  But the sight of him reminds us all of CHANGE…here in the United States of America.

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