This article in Truthout is genuinely frightening. It outlines the rise to power of America's real president, Dick Cheney. Cheney is as ruthless and evil a man as we have in public life. The opening of this article on his career grabbed me:
For his entire career, he sought untrammeled power. The Bush presidency and 9/11 finally gave it to him - and he's not about to give it up.
The hallmark of the Dick Cheney administration is its illegitimacy. Its essential method is bypassing established lines of authority; its goal is the concentration of unaccountable presidential power. When it matters, the regular operations of the CIA, Defense Department and State Department have been sidelined
You really need to read this.