Cheney's "Team"

Just who is Cheney's team these days, what with Scooter Libby headed to jail and Rummy off playing bridge?
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Lynne and Dick Cheney pose with their newborn grandson. The baby's parents are Cheney daughter Mary and her partner Heather Poe. (Photo: The White House Handout, via Reuters)

Interesting commentary on Huffington Post today by Steve Clemons, who writes the popular washingtonnote.com. He says there's a battle brewing over how to deal with Iraq's neighbor Iran, with Bush's diplomatic and intelligence establishment (Condi Rice at State, Hayden at CIA, Gates at Defense, etc.) on one side, and "Cheney's team" on the other.

This begs a question: Just who is Cheney's team these days? His able #2, Scooter Libby, is convicted of lying about the leak of a covert CIA agent, Valerie Plame. Former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld is "retired" and off playing bridge somewhere. So the ranks have surely thinned as this presidency's blunders have gone on, and there is obviously some recruitment of new blood taking place.

I'd say it's a rebuilding year. Probably several.

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