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Cheney's Daughter To Be Human Shield In Baghdad?

Cheney's Daughter To Be Human Shield In Baghdad?

by Ian Gurney

The United Arab Emirates leading semi-official daily newspaper, Alittihad, reported on Thursday that a US government delegation had arrived in Amman, Jordan, on its way to Baghdad for negotiations with the Iraqi government about an immediate ceasefire. A diplomatic source told Alittihad that the US government delegation included four leading members of Congress as well as Elizabeth Cheney, the daughter of the US Vice President Dick Cheney, representing the US Department of State, where she works as an Assistant to the Deputy of the Secretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs.*

This has fuelled recent rumours claiming that Mary Cheney, the vice president's eldest daughter, is currently in Jordan planning to go to Baghdad to act as a human shield, something that would be a great embarrassment to the Bush administration. This was first reported by the London based Arabic daily Al Quds Al Arabi on Tuesday, March 25, which claimed that the American vice president himself would soon be heading to the Jordanian capital, Amman.

The newspaper claimed that the visit would be an attempt by Cheney to convince his daughter, Mary, to back down from her decision to go to Baghdad with a group of volunteers who want to form human shields against the US led attacks on Iraq. It now seems that instead of the vice president, his younger daughter Elizabeth will try to convince her sister, who is currently staying at a hotel in Amman, not to go to Baghdad.

The White House yesterday denied vice president Cheney would be visiting Amman, but the arrival of Elizabeth Cheney has increased speculation that the Cheney family is trying desperately to dissuade their errant daughter to return home. Already some sons of western officials have volunteered as human shields in Iraq against the American invasion, including the son of the Canadian Foreign Minister, Bill Graham

Mary Cheney, 34, is the lesbian daughter of the Vice President Dick Cheney. She has never kept her homosexuality a secret, either to her friends or to her employer, Coors Brewing Company, where she was the gay and lesbian corporate relations manager.


© Copyright: Ian Gurney. March 2003. Ian Gurney is the author of "The Cassandra Prophecy"

* Links: Al Jazeera Report

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