"In the second term, he felt Bush was moving away from him. He said Bush was shackled by the public reaction and the criticism he took. Bush was more malleable to that. The implication was that Bush had gone soft on him, or rather Bush had hardened against Cheney's advice. He'd showed an independence that Cheney didn't see coming. It was clear that Cheney's doctrine was cast-iron strength at all times — never apologize, never explain — and Bush moved toward the conciliatory." LA Times
"Let dog eat dog."
Cheney has a lot to worry about. How long will "Scooter" be willing to sit in internal exile brooding over the loss of his professional license, disbarment, etc.?
Bush made Libby a permanent threat to Cheney and his "legacy." a threat that can materialize in Cheny's lifetime or perhaps later. pl