Washington, D.C. - At a news conference today, Vice President Cheney discussed his career plans once he leaves office.
"Many people have been asking me what I plan to do after my tenure as vice president is over. I am once again returning to the private sector where I will run a little start-up venture called Evil, Inc. My carefully picked staff and I will serve as consultants to the world's dictators, despots, thugs, strong men, and others who rule with an iron fist. In other words, my heroes.
"We will counsel them on the many ways to keep power through terror and intimidation, and help them build a secret police force, torture facilities, and a highly intrusive surveillance system. It's a wide open market."
A reporter asked if this wasn't at odds with American foreign policy, and Cheney laughed.
"I will be an entrepreneur, not a politician. Morality or even laws of common decency will be a non-issue. Our wonderful capitalist system is values-neutral, which means I can do what I damn well please, as long as I make money."
Another reporter wanted to know if that meant he favored legalizing prostitution, heroin and gladiator fights, to which the VP answered, "No. Although if they were legal, I'd have a big-ass piece of that action."
Cheney said he had the full backing of the president in this endeavor, particularly if a Democrat wins this November. "George is all lathered up about Armageddon and his daughter's wedding, so he basically doesn't give a shit what I do."
As he ended the press conference, he added this piece of practical advice. "Remember, always go with your strengths."