A burn bag is the informal name given to a container (usually a paper bag or some other waste receptacle) that holds sensitive or classified documents which are to be destroyed by fire or pulping after a certain period of time. The most common usage of burn bags is by government institutions, in the destruction of classified materials.
Example: note the burn-bag next to Obama in this recent photograph taken during the capture of Osama Bin Laden.
After angering Russia earlier this year with criticism that it was using its energy reserves as a political weapon, the administration has tried to avoid provoking Russia as Washington seeks the Kremlin’s cooperation in confronting Iran.
Regardless, Cheney bitched and moaned anyway.
He said Russia has a choice to make when it comes to reform, and said that in many areas, “from religion and the news media to advocacy groups and political parties, the government has unfairly and improperly restricted the rights of the people.”
Other actions “have been counterproductive and could begin to affect relations with other countries,” Cheney said, mentioning energy and border issues.
“No legitimate interest is served when oil and gas become tools of intimidation or blackmail, either by supply manipulation or attempts to monopolize transportation,” he said.
“And no one can justify actions that undermine the territorial integrity of a neighbor, or interfere with democratic movements.”
I just threw up in my mouth.