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Cheney and Whittington 2006: A Most Dangerous Game Revisited

Cheney and Whittington 2006:  A Most Dangerous Game Revisited

Haven't you wondered what really happened between Vice President Dick Cheney and Texas politician Harry Whittington just north of Mexican border in 2006? We do know some facts, Whittington got pelted by buckshot still feeling effects of one pellet lodged in his larnyx to this day. Whittington speaks with a warble, as he puts in, an ironic use of fowl language! Don't you have even a little curiosity, how someone could fail to report "an accident" while quail hunting for a substantial period over entire weekend? Aren't you even remotely curious what could have occurred during those many hours?

The present writer found Whittington's choice of words revealing, at a press conference, calling Mr. Cheney "a nice man." Was Whittington in the grip of Stockholm syndrome? A 2010 post, "When Dick Cheney shot Harry Whittington – the most dangerous game," offers some insight into an alternative account - history - of the Dick Cheney hunting incident:

"Harry recently decided to clear up some up the misconceptions. First of all, Dick Cheney was NOT his friend, and he was NOT on a quail-hunting trip with fellow enthusiasts. It appears that he had received an ‘invitation he couldn’t refuse’ to be the guest of honor at a remote private property just minutes from the Mexican border. After teaching him the rules of the hunt, VP Cheney unloaded his Perazzi-Brescia over-under 28-gauge shotgun directly toward Harry’s face and shoulder."

"... After the shooting, the VP and his staff decided to not bother the local authorities, and to take care of Harry themselves throughout the night as he lay bleeding. This gave them additional time to discuss some of their disagreements and come to a better understanding of how politics works. Miraculously Harry lived through the night, and by the next afternoon had agreed to apologize to the Vice President and his family, to keep the bloody vest as a reminder, and of course to never give an interview or discuss their trip. Cheney’s staff then transported Harry to a hospital."

What you would expect from an especially mean-spirited party, the battered victim gets blamed:

"No one in the vice president’s entourage said a word about it publicly until the next morning, when Katharine Armstrong, the daughter of the ranch’s owner, spoke with a reporter from a local newspaper. Armstrong blamed Whittington for blundering into Cheney’s line of fire, a comment that White House spokesman Scott McClellan repeated later that day. Investigators didn’t speak to Cheney until the next morning, and Cheney didn’t address the issue in public until four days later. In a TV interview on Fox News back in Washington, he took responsibility for the shooting ('Ultimately, I am the guy who pulled the trigger . . . ') but offered no apologies."

A humorous wit reveals sick psychology behind incident, Harry Whittington "Apologizes for making Dick Cheney have to shoot him." Whittington's official statement shows symptoms again of Stockholm syndrome, "my family and I are deeply sorry for all that Vice President Cheney and his family have had to go through this week."

Whittington, seems to realize, how lucky he was to make it out of there alive? We'll never know fully contents of disagreement that fueled Cheney's desire to use his favorite, most persuasive method of getting his way? We do know however, possibility exists, Whittington got drafted to play "A Most Dangerous Game" over a weekend in 2006! The present writer suspects this alternate account to be much closer to the truth!

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