From December, a marble bust of former Vice President Dick Cheney will grace the U.S. Capitol, in accordance with a Senate tradition that honors former vice presidents.
It seems that Cheney, infamous for his criminal involvement in torture and wars, is a good symbol of American leadership in the 21st Century
The unveiling of the
monstrosity marble bust of Vice President Richard Cheney is scheduled for December 3, 2015.
Addington Info reports:
The placement of the statue is being justified by a Senate tradition in which former vice presidents, who constitutionally preside over the body, are honored with busts. The office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed the Cheney statue’s placement to the Huffington Post.
Cheney’s bust will stand alongside statutes of figures the official Capitol Visitor’s Guide refers to as “human rights leaders.” That includes figures like Sojurner Truth, a former slave who became a tireless advocate for ending slavery and supporting women’s rights.
Interestingly, the George W. Bush presidential library has no Cheney bust but has statutes of the former president’s dogs.
As part of the Bush-Cheney ticket, Cheney became the first vice-president elected in U.S. history who failed to secure the support of a plurality of voters in the controversial 2000 election. He followed that up by becoming one of the administration’s chief advocates of invading Iraq in 2003, and was part of that administration’s public relations campaign which forcefully claimed that weapons of mass destruction were in that country.
When asked about the collapse in public support for the war by 2008, Cheney told ABC News “So?”
Cheney was also a strong supporter of torture, and continues to defend the tactic using the term “enhanced interrogation.”
Cheney’s office was subject to an investigation about the leak of the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame, which prompted the resignation of one of his top aides, Scooter Libby. Libby was later convicted of obstruction of justice, perjury, and making false statements to federal investigators.