Saturday, July 25, 2009

Time Magazine Special Report - Bush, Cheney & Scooter Libby

Terribly interesting cover story in the August 3 issue of Time Magazine.

Titled "Inside Bush and Cheney's Final Days" it's written by Massimo Calabresi and Michael Weisskopt and details the Vice President's attempts to get a Presidential pardon for his former aide, Scooter Libby.

Much more than being about this singular attempt, this Time Special Report also illuminates the relationship between Bush and Cheney and how the gears of power and relationship grind between the two men. It's also a fascinating look at how Cheney functioned in the White House along with the multitude of advisers, lawyers and Cabinet members who also provided influence on Bush.

Having finished the piece yesterday, I then saw today an Associated Press report that in 2002, Cheney wanted Bush to send troops into Buffalo to arrest terror suspects... what would have been unprecedented since the Civil War and also questionable within the bounds of the Constitution.

After reading something like this it just shows me that understanding history is important and makes me wonder what could have occurred had the Vice President continued to hold sway with the President through the entirety of both terms.

Also from this issue of Time, I found interesting this review of Richard Holmes' new book "The Age of Wonder". The book is account of experimental science at the end of the 1700s and described by Time writer Lev Grossman as "the most flat-out fascinating book so far this year." Pretty high praise...