I noticed an interesting/provocative/stupid quote by the former VP on some news program about events in Egypt: roughly "Mubarek has been a longtime friend of the US". The man must have missed political science class on the day fellow students learned that countries have interests, not friends.
Later, his ruling position must have afforded a glimpse of the government's budget, which would have revealed the billion plus payment each year to buy Mubarek's friendship. Only people with deep complexes need to buy friends. It's easier now: one can manipulate social websites.
The man must also have attended the same school as Mubarek, where students were taught how to become rich by exploiting a government leadership position. He surely can't believe that he was given the Haliburton job for being the most-qualified business manager.
Both men also shared a talent for abusing their position to violate human and civil rights of others. Mubarek had it easier; after all, he was a dictator. In the US, leaders must employ clever lawyers to manipulate words, statutes, and courts...both before and after the fact. They must surely envy their "friends".
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.