Cheney tried from within, pushing the rules and laws - ok, maybe not always, but not as blatant as trump. trump just bulldozed over anything that didn’t please his ego regardless of rules, laws or tradition.
But as per OP: No. Campaigning for his daughter doesn’t redeem him.
No doubt. Cheney was at the heart of directing our country into an endless war - but that’s okay, war is good for profit margins, if you’ve positioned yourself properly/
By James Mann
By Peter Carlson
February 10, 2004
“War is hell,” Gen. Sherman said, but the folks at Halliburton have a more nuanced view: To them, war is a helluva good way to make money.
Halliburton is, of course, the huge multinational conglomerate once headed by Dick Cheney. Now, Cheney is our vice president and Halliburton is the largest private contractor for American forces in Iraq, with $11 billion in government contracts. Jane Mayer, a staff writer for the New Yorker, looked into the Cheney-Halliburton story, and her report – printed in the Feb. 16 & 23 double issue – is a peek into the cynical world of crony capitalism and war profiteering.
The story begins in the early 1990s, when Cheney – then secretary of defense in George H.W. Bush’s administration – decided to privatize such military services as preparing food and washing clothes for the troops. Under Cheney, the Pentagon paid Halliburton $3.9 million for a study on how to privatize these services. Then it paid Halliburton $5 million more to do a follow-up study. Then it hired Halliburton to provide these services. In Somalia, Halliburton earned $109 million. In the Balkans, it earned $2.2 billion. …
BLACKWATER, the secretive private army now emerging into public view, is a perfect hinge linking two key elements of the Republican political base: America’s war machine and a muscular form of fundamentalist Christianity.
Military contractors such as Halliburton and Blackwater are the brainchild of Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. A major goal of Cheney when he was secretary of defense in the first Bush administration was to privatize as much military work as possible, ostensibly to make it more efficient. He commissioned a study by Halliburton, which predictably liked the idea and wound up as America’s largest military contractor. Cheney was hired as Halliburton’s chief officer, awaiting the return of a Republican administration.
When that occurred, Cheney and Rumsfeld enthusiastically promoted privatization, and went so far as to include private contractors in the “Total Force” of the American military, standing never before given to contractors.
Cheney’s Multi-Million Dollar Revolving Door
As Bush Sr.’s secretary of defense, Dick Cheney steered millions of dollars in government business to a private military contractor — whose parent company just happened to give him a high-paying job after he left the government.
Mehdi Hasan: “If the man who was once dubbed the ‘prince of darkness’ and his right-wing daughter—if Dick and Liz say the Republican Party has gone off the rails, just think about how extreme that make must the GOP right now.”