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Cheney on FOX: President 'Doesn't Have to Check with Anybody' to Launch Nukes

"He could launch the kind of devastating attack the world has never seen."

So, outgoing VP Dick Cheney has decided to come out of the shadows to give a couple interviews and, thanks to Chris Wallace at "FOX News Sunday," now we know:

a) He still considers himself a "Rumself man."

b) The U.S. would have invaded Iraq even without the false claims of WMD.

c) Patrick Leahy had it coming.

More significant (if unsurprising), is his open defense of torture and the NSA spying program -- "all steps we took, that I believe the president was fully authorized in taking, provided invaluable intelligence which has been the key to our ability to defeat Al Qaida" -- but perhaps the most downright frightening quote is this one, in which he elaborates on the president's powers as commander in chief:

Liliana Segura is a staff writer and editor of AlterNet's Rights and Liberties and War on Iraq Special Coverage.