Name: Richard Bruce Cheney
Birthdate: January 30, 1941, in Lincoln, Nebraska
Profession: Politician, Businessman
- 7th White House Chief of Staff, Ford Administration
- US House of Representatives (R-WY)
- 15th House Minority Whip
- 17th Secretary of Defense, George H. W. Bush Administration
- Chairman and CEO of Halliburton from 1995-2000
Bush Administration Affiliation:
War Crime Charge(s):
- Crime against peace – planning and carrying out a war of aggression.
- Complicity in the commission of a war crime – wanton destruction of cities and villages, devastation not justified by military necessity, ill-treatment of civilian population of or in occupied territory.
- Complicity in the commission of a war crime – torture, ill-treatment of detainees.
Place of Residence:
Cheney was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, but soon moved with his family to Casper, Wyoming, where he grew up. He began his political career as an intern for Congressman William A. Steiger, eventually working his way into the White House during the Ford administration, where he served as White House Chief of Staff. In 1978, Cheney was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming; he was reelected five times, eventually becoming House Minority Whip. Cheney was selected to be the Secretary of Defense during the presidency of George H. W. Bush, holding the position for the majority of Bush's term. During this time, Cheney oversaw the 1991 Operation Desert Storm, among other actions.
Out of office during the Clinton presidency, Cheney was chairman and CEO of Halliburton Company from 1995 to 2000.
"My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators1."
"In Iraq, a ruthless dictator cultivated weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them. He gave support to terrorists, had an established relationship with al Qaeda, and his regime is no more."
1"Meet the Press," March 16, 2003
2 Nov. 7, 2003