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Dick Cheney to Receive Hudson Institute’s Herman Kahn Award

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On Thursday, December 6(th) at the Pierre Hotel in New York City, Hudson Institute will confer its 2012 Herman Kahn Award on former Vice President Dick Cheney in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the United States and its government. Cheney will be introduced and formally presented with the Kahn Award by his former chief of staff and former national security advisor, Hudson Senior Vice President Lewis Libby. Vice President Cheney will accept the award and he will pay tribute to noted investor and philanthropist Allan R. Tessler, who recently took emeritus status after more than five productive years as chairman of Hudson’s Board of Trustees.

Here is some background:

Wikipedia

Irve Lewis “Scooter” Libby[1] (born August 22, 1950) is a former adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney. Libby was later disbarred after being convicted of a felony.[2]

From 2001 to 2005, Libby held the titles of Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs and Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States[3] and Assistant to the President during the administration of President George W. Bush.

In October 2005, Libby was indicted by a federal grand jury concerning the investigation of the leak of the covert identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame Wilson.[4][5][6] Plame’s relationship with the CIA was formerly classified information.[4] Libby was indicted on five counts relating to the Plame affair: Two counts of perjury, two counts of making false statements to federal investigators, and one count of obstruction of justice. Libby resigned all three government positions immediately after the indictment was announced.[7]

In the subsequent federal trial, United States v. Libby, the jury convicted Libby on four of the five counts in the indictment (one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury, and one count of making false statements) and acquitted on the second count of making false statements.[8][9] The day after his conviction in that trial, he resigned his later appointment as senior advisor at the Hudson Institute (January 1, 2006 – March 7, 200

also Wikipedia:

Following 9/11, Cheney was instrumental in providing a primary justification for a renewed war against Iraq. Cheney helped shape Bush’s approach to the “War on Terror”, making numerous public statements alleging Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction,[67] and making several personal visits to CIA headquarters, where he questioned mid-level agency analysts on their conclusions.[68] Cheney continued to allege links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, even though President Bush received a classified President’s Daily Brief on September 21, 2001 indicating the U.S. intelligence community had no evidence linking Saddam Hussein to the September 11 attacks and that “there was scant credible evidence that Iraq had any significant collaborative ties with Al Qaeda”.[69] Furthermore, in 2004, the 9/11 Commission concluded that there was no “collaborative relationship” between Iraq and al Qaeda.[70]

Following the US invasion of Iraq, Cheney remained steadfast in his support of the war, stating that it would be an “enormous success story”,[71] and made many visits to the country. He often criticized war critics, calling them “opportunists” who were peddling “cynical and pernicious falsehoods” to gain political advantage while US soldiers died in Iraq. In response, Senator John Kerry asserted, “It is hard to name a government official with less credibility on Iraq [than Cheney].”[72]

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