Washington, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on Sunday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should be “held accountable” for four Americans who died during a 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Cheney made the statement during an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News.
At the same time, Cheney said that after much retrospect and examination of his own conscience, he is now ready to face charges of war crime resulting from the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 when he was vice president. Cheney is known to have played a big role in fabricating intelligence on Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction. It is estimated that 174,000 combatants and innocent civilians died during the Iraq war.
The former vice president said that he is also ready to face a lesser charge of corruption in connection with shady dealings of his company, Halliburton. Halliburton is an American multinational corporation engaged in oil field services with operations in more than 80 countries. In the run-up to the Iraq war, Halliburton was awarded a $7 billion contract for which ‘unusually’ only Halliburton was allowed to bid.
“So, if I will be held accountable for my crimes, why shouldn’t Mrs. Clinton be held responsible for the Benghazi attack casualties,” Cheney said.
The Adobo Chronicles reached out by telephone to Mr. Cheney on Monday and asked what led him to turn around and admit the charges against him. He said that since he left the Office of the Vice President, he has been having daily nightmares about the Iraq war. After multiple consultations with his pastor, he said he was finally convinced to do the right thing and to admit to his lies and deception that cost hundreds of thousands of innocent lives.
Even for the likes of Cheney, a “coming to Jesus” is always possible.
Puerto Princesa, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea is among the disputed territories between China and the neighboring countries. Both the Philippines and China have laid claim to the shoal, where a Philippine navy vessel, the BRB Sierra Madre, has been grounded for months now.
Since its grounding, the Philippine military has been standing guard and protecting the vessel, replenishing both troops and supplies, despite several attempts by the Chinese Coast Guard to block the Philippine operations.
Yesterday, as part of its supply replenishment, a Philippine Navy plane airdropped several packages of food supply for the Filipino navymen currently stationed at the grounded vessel. The packages consisted of the popular chicken joy from Jollibee.
Upon learning of the special airdrop, both McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) cried foul and accused the Philippine military of unfair business practice. “We have been at a great disadvantage, because the chicken joy airdrop gave Jollibee free advertising,” officials of McDonald’s and KFC claimed. ” We could have provided complimentary chicken McNuggets and original KFC chicken for the troops,” they added.
McDonald’s and KFC are filing a joint formal complaint against the Philippine military before the Department of Trade.
The rivaly between McDonald’s and Jollibee in the Philippines is no secret in the business circuit.
Honolulu, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles) – Now that a new, ten-year agreement has been signed to allow increased U.S. military presence in the Philippines, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today that Pearl Harbor will be relocated to Manila Bay, just behind the U.S. Embassy on Roxas Boulevard.
“It is part of the U.S. plan to be more strategic in the deployment of its troops, especially near hotspot areas in the Asian region, including China, North Korea and Russia,” Hagel said. He added that relocating Pearl Harbor to Manila makes perfect sense because of the proximity of the Philippines to the hotspot areas. Hagel also said that “after all, the Philippines is called the ‘Pearl of the the Orient Seas’ so Pearl Harbor fits right in.”
Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie was outraged at the federal government’s decision and threatened to join the Hawaii Independence Movement.
Meanwhile, Manila Mayor (and former Philippine President) Joseph Estrada was ecstatic and is planning a celebratory luau at the Manila Hotel this weekend.