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Taliban targets VP Cheney in Afghanistan

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He was unhurt, but according Reuters, 12 people were killed when a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up outside the main US military base in Afghanistan:

A Taliban suicide bomber killed up to 12 people at the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday in an attack the rebels said was aimed at Dick Cheney, but the visiting U.S. vice president was not hurt.


An American and South Korea soldier were killed, as well as a U.S. government contractor whose nationality was unknown, NATO and Korean officials said. NATO said 27 people were wounded.

A Reuters photographer at the scene at Bagram Airbase, 60 km (40 miles) north of Kabul, saw eight bodies in addition to NATO's tally of four dead, putting the toll at 12.

"We wanted to target ... Cheney," Taliban spokesman Mullah Hayat Khan told Reuters by phone from an undisclosed location.

Soon after the blast, Cheney -- who officials say was never in danger from the blast at the sprawling base -- went ahead with talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the capital.

Other reports are saying 14 people were killed.

AJ Strata notes that the left is applauding the Taliban's attempt to assassinate Cheney. Check out these leftist sentiments:

Well gosh (18+ / 0-)


As long as Dick is "safely inside" we can all heave a huge sigh of relief. Big Time's safety is of utmost importance, of course. To hell with anyone else who died in order to save his pasty hide.
My local news just lead with his safety...as if we were all waiting for that particular news. No, I thought of the young man I know is over there as a medic. I sure hope HE is safe. This time.

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should have called [the post] (2+ / 0-)
damn, they missed!

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So unnecessary (0 / 0)
Cheney must know that he is a magnet for attack. Unfortunately, other people (U.S. troops and Afghanis) are the collateral damage.

He should go to a permanent undisclosed location, preferably one with iron bars that allows one hour per day of exercise or interaction with others. The other 23 hours should be in solitary confinement so he will have time to think about the death and destruction he's created.

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Good point (13+ / 0-)
I want him to rot in jail not die in a way that could in any way be construed as bravery, honor or decency.

I see these leftists have abandoned any sense of human dignity they had left.

Update: Taliban knew of Cheney's visit ahead of time? Someone close to Musharaff must have tipped them off.

Cheney's visits to Pakistan and Afghanistan were unannounced and shrouded in even tighter secrecy than when US President George W Bush travelled to the two countries in March 2006.


Author Ahmed Rashid, who has written a book on the Taliban, said the bombing was a "very provocative" move by the Taliban.

"They were waiting for a high-level visit to carry out an attack. This visit, although highly secretive, was known in circles in Kabul and Islamabad," he said.


A senior Pakistani counter-terrorism official said the "sophisticated" attack "indicates the militants' preparedness and the quality of their intelligence collection in the run-up to the so-called spring offensive".

He added: "They must have had information (a) few days before that the US vice-president would be in town and stay at Bagram. This is not something you can plan with 12 hours notice."


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Comments (42)

Oh "happy" day, al-reuters ... (Below threshold)
marc:

Oh "happy" day, al-reuters has dropped the "insurgent" label and have resorted to using "rebel" to describe jihadist-cut-throats.

If there are any doubts the talaban and their like minded ilk don't use these attacks as propaganda aimed at the US and its compliant media their claim it was aimed at Cheney should dispel them.

If it were "aimed at Cheney" he wouldn't have been inside the compound while the jihadist-cut-throat was outide as he pulled the 72 virgins cord.

Desperation breeds desperat... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

Desperation breeds desperate measures. Both for the Taliban and the unhinged left.

damn, maybe next time guys!... (Below threshold)
suka:

damn, maybe next time guys!!

People like those quoted ab... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

People like those quoted above (as well as suka) illustrate perfectly the zealotry that makes reasoned debate impossible. When you'd prefer to have your enemies kill your political opponents, it uncovers the basic and willful psychological malfunction that leads many of us on the right to sling the word 'treason' around.

Democracy? Not so much, if you don't agree wih my ideology, I'd just prefer you die horribly, thanks.

This is just more propagand... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

This is just more propaganda from the jihadist media al-reuters. We all know that everything is fine in Afghanistan. The Taliban and al Qaeda were defeated long ago.

Glorious leader Bush told us that the fight was in Iraq, and he doesn't think about Bin Laden anymore. That is why he pulled all our forces, and redeployed to Iraq you dumb-asses.

Why wont the Left-o-crats, and their MSM conspirators just admit to being domestic surrogates of the terrorists.

You're right on the mark, m... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

You're right on the mark, marc. Only a fool would belive that this attack targeted Cheney, and only a terrorist supporter would report it as such. It was simply a publicity stunt and the terrorists (not rebels) knew their supporters in the mainstream media would aid them by falsely publicizing it as an attack on Cheney.

You do NOT mess with the Vi... (Below threshold)

You do NOT mess with the Vice President of the United States - I wouldn't have approved it if the deplorable Albert Gore, Jr. had been a target, much less Dick Cheney who is an honorable, classy, intelligent and courageous man. The fact is that his visit to the base was a surprise drop in and there is NO WAY IN HELL that those idiots were targeting him - they just got a p.r. opportunity and, as usual, jumped on it. However, I think we should take them at their word, accept that they attempted to kill the Vice President of the United States and retaliate with full force and no mercy. There is no reasoning with the jihadist scum (or the left wing nutroots in this country) so just give them a salutory lesson on the folly of claiming to have attempted something they did not! The hills are alive - with the sound of intense carpet bombing. And go over the border into Pakistan while you're at it. Give their president a small lesson in the necessity for a stiffer spine! I realize the man has numerous internal pressures but if you say you're going to support us, then doggonit - support us!

If this isn't proof for all... (Below threshold)
civil behavior:

If this isn't proof for all you dead enders that the presence of "America" in all the foreign counries in which this administration is playing out its imperialist policies then nothing will suit.

Hugo has now told foreign oil to "get out" of Venuzuela so they might return the revenues to their proper owners. Pakistan president Musharref has pretty much told us to go "cheney ourselves after Dick was a dick and told him what he had to do on the borders.

There is no hope for you dead enders to realize that America has bullied its way through the world but the rest of the developing world realizes what has occured. Eventually people see the hypocrisy of what our actions have been.

Doesn't make me proud to realize it either but given the power of the internet and the ability to read its all pretty obvious.

There is such a thing as karma and America better change its ways or things are not going to get any better. At 4% of the worlds population using 25% of its resources its now coming home to roost. TIme to change folks. Cheney isn't the only one targeted for his egregious lifestyle, we're all sitting there along with him. Hte sooner we all realize that the better.

Democracy? Not so much, if ... (Below threshold)
jp:

Democracy? Not so much, if you don't agree wih my ideology, I'd just prefer you die horribly, thanks.

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the Left are Totalitarian fascist, we are lucky they don't have anymore power than they do.

Barney:It only tak... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Barney:

It only takes one guy with a bomb to shatter the idea that Afghanistan is secure. Ok.

What of the various Presidents we've had shot on our own soil...what does that say about our country?

Incidentally, no one here has said that everything was "fine" in Afghanistan.

But we can see from posts b... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

But we can see from posts by Barney and Civil that terrorism does work - at least on lefties...

It only works if you let it.

Comment trawling on DKos is... (Below threshold)
Blue Neponset:

Comment trawling on DKos is not a good way to gauge the opinion of the "Left". Unless, of course, you already have your mind made up regarding what the "Left" thinks. In that case it works like a charm.

Civil Behavior, how should ... (Below threshold)
Diane:

Civil Behavior, how should the US behave? What are your suggestions as to what we should do as a country concerning foreign policy? Should we close CITGO buisnesses in America today?

"in all the foreign coun... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"in all the foreign counries in which this administration is playing out its imperialist policies"

I wonder, civil, did you feel this way about the 40+ countries that Clinton attacked and invaded to play out his imperialist policies?

No, I didn't think so...

"It only takes one guy with... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

"It only takes one guy with a bomb to shatter the idea that Afghanistan is secure. " Herald

WOW Herald, you must have channeled Laura Bush! Yesterday she said the exact same thing about Iraq. She said that Iraq was just fine except for the one bombing a day that the MSM-Jihadist propagandize to the American public.

civil behavior,I'l... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

civil behavior,

I'll pose the same question to you:

If this isn't proof for all you dead enders that the presence of "America" in all the foreign counries in which this administration is playing out its imperialist policies then nothing will suit.

When a homicidal maniac kills himself and 12 others in an attempt to assassinate a world leader, it doesn't prove the point you think it proves.

There is no hope for you dead enders to realize that America has bullied its way through the world but the rest of the developing world realizes what has occured. Eventually people see the hypocrisy of what our actions have been.

Thanks for the lecture, but what the fuck are you talking about?

Cheney isn't the only one targeted for his egregious lifestyle, we're all sitting there along with him. Hte sooner we all realize that the better.

I'm sorry, did I miss somewhere in your post where you thought it was bad that terrorists are blowing themselves up to kill people?

Oh, that's right, karma, coming home to roost...little Eichmans right, civil?

I have an idea, stop being such a chickenhawk and go join the Taliban.

Barney:WO... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Barney:

WOW Herald, you must have channeled Laura Bush! Yesterday she said the exact same thing about Iraq. She said that Iraq was just fine except for the one bombing a day that the MSM-Jihadist propagandize to the American public.

I happen to disagree with Laura Bush that everything is fine. I was also unaware that she said such a thing.

Well, I see the anti-Americ... (Below threshold)

Well, I see the anti-American Left cultists are spewing the usual "America is to blame, especially the non-Leftists!" stuff.

Wishing Cheney had been assassinated? Calling America "imperialist"? Sneering that America "deserves" to be attacked?

I'll do more than question your patriotism...I'll advise you that you are quite free to move to anyother country you prefer.

Maybe France or England... how long before they turn Islamic "Republics" is up for grabs but hey, you love that kind of fascism anyway.

Darleen,What would... (Below threshold)
Blue Neponset:

Darleen,

What would happen if all of us Leftists took your advice and left the US of A? I would love to hear a description of your market based utopia.

I see these leftis... (Below threshold)
I see these leftists have abandoned any sense of human dignity they had left.

Heh. Can we question their patriotism now?

What would happen ... (Below threshold)
What would happen if all of us Leftists took your advice and left the US of A?

What would happen is that in a short period of time, most of you guys would be begging to be let back in.

You know the guys in Iraq a... (Below threshold)
Dan Irving:

You know the guys in Iraq are going, "Man that's a good one - we should have thought of that the last time BushHitler was here!"

"What would happen if al... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"What would happen if all of us Leftists took your advice and left the US of A? "

A country with no law suites? That would be utopia!

A country with no genocide (abortions)? That would be great!

A country where childern were not subject to socialist indoctrination in schools? We'd be the most productive people in the world!

A country where the whole story was reported on the news? We'd be the best informed people on the planet.

A country where you had to contribute something of value to society in order to obtain wealth? I've no problem with that.

What would be the downside?

What would happen if all... (Below threshold)
Clay:

What would happen if all of us Leftists took your advice and left the US of A? I would love to hear a description of your market based utopia.

I don't know, but...gawsh...I sure would like a taste of it. BTW, we on the right tend to be capitalists and create our own wealth. Lefties are still in the entitlement mode.

Let's see, no more big government to handle all the entitlements. Hey, I'm all for dropping that ugly, dead weight.

Bah-bye.

You know, there are a lot o... (Below threshold)

You know, there are a lot of people here I strongly disagree with, but civil behavior is A) no where near civil and B) displays the most rabid, frothing-at-the-mouth, anti-American behavior on this blog. A truly hateful person. Must be miserable.

As to the topic: the terrorists who claim they were targeting Cheney (which is bull****) are probably, in the typical Kos-leftist style, celebrating their failure.

the islamist threat ultimat... (Below threshold)
jp:

the islamist threat ultimately destroys the leftist worldview, this may be part of the source of their unhingedness.....eventually they'll start looking for a new ideology to follow, hopefully it will not be Sharia

People like 'civil behavior... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

People like 'civil behavior' will follow any ideology as long as it's contrary to what the dreaded "right wing" believes. The intrinsic problem with that is you will inevitably ally yourself with some of the worst human beings on the planet.

Hence, the "we had it coming" school of thought.

Wonder where 'civil behavior' went...is Ward Churchill giving a "lecture" somewhere?

Taliban targets VP Cheney..... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

Taliban targets VP Cheney...

Yeah, right. Like they could actually kill Dick Cheney.

Why did the bomber begin running AWAY from Cheney after they made eye contact? And why were no traces of explosives found?

A more likely scenario - Dick used his telekinetic powers to spontaneously electrolysize/combust/detonate the hydrogen atoms in a Code Pink activist's body and covered it up with the suicide bomber story.

The same reason Ted Kennedy never makes eye contact with Cheney in the Senate chamber.

I wonder if the terrorist s... (Below threshold)
914:

I wonder if the terrorist supporting democrats are going to suggest defunding the Afghanistan effort since it is clear the scumbag homiciders dont want us there?

The homicider is now rotting in hell along with His 72 sturgeons.. uncivil behavior you belong there too!

A country without liberals ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

A country without liberals would be great. Then we know that everyone living in America loved their country. How nice that would be.

I have to agree that the at... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

I have to agree that the attack was not specifically targeting Cheney. From what I understand, he was not originally scheduled to spend the night at Bagram. A delay in his meeting with Hamid Karzai pushed back his schedule, so he spent the night.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/02/27/cheney.afghanistan.ap/index.html

Looks to me like the best p... (Below threshold)
civil behavior:

Looks to me like the best proof of fact of my comment about America's blowback being earned is in the right's defense of their pimped lifestyle needing to be continued by sacrificing a small majority of citizenry in the continuing quest to control worlds resources for their own.

Did I hear anyone step up to the plate to sacrifice their toys or even become more conservative in their buying habits and use of earths elements?

I didn't think so.

Heralder, Civil never goes far but desires as a democrat to work for a living so that the proper entitlements to corporate kings usury can be paid.

Diane, Read Conessions of an Economic Hit Man. That is the way the US must STOP behaving and start to implement the opposite of that kind of chicanery.

Bunyan, Yup,feel the same way about either side of the fence that continues to abuse the publics trust and treasury by making imperialist interventions in other countries.

Darleen, I would move except the real estate market in George's pretend great economy stinks. Buy both of the houses I have and you won't have me hanging around here waiting for the big surprise in store for us all.

civil behavior:<block... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

civil behavior:

Looks to me like the best proof of fact of my comment about America's blowback being earned is in the right's defense of their pimped lifestyle needing to be continued by sacrificing a small majority of citizenry in the continuing quest to control worlds resources for their own.

There are so many things wrong with this paragraph.

1) "Blowback being earned". Tell me, Did you lose anyone on 9/11, 2001? And if you did, say, lose a wife, would her blowback have been earned?

What of the Iraqi children that are being targeted by terrorists...is it their "pimped lifestyle" to blame for being a victim?

2) "Pimped lifestyle."

So, given your comment: 'the right's defense of their pimped lifestyle needing to be continued' ... only the "right" lives this "pimped lifestyle"?

And this "pimped lifestyle"...it's indicative of what? Freedom? The ability to vote? The ability to drive a car? Go outside uncovered without a familial male escort? Have electricity? Have a job? What is this "pimped lifestyle" I'm living?

3)The "quest to control worlds resources for their own".

Oh, really? Do tell me more.

Did I hear anyone step up to the plate to sacrifice their toys or even become more conservative in their buying habits and use of earths elements?

Is that what you're looking for...people to sacrifice thier "toys"? To what end, civil, so a bunch of certifiably insane, suicidal, religious zealots won't hate us anymore? I'll give them nothing more than the energy it takes to raise my middle finger.

And you are to judge just which one of us uses more of earth's elements or has conservative buying habits? I don't drive, use very little electricity, and simply do not have enough money to buy anything considered an overt luxury. How about you, civil, you live in the woods drawing out your ridiculous posts on a chalk baord which you then mail into Al Gore for him to post under your name? You have a computer, a car, a television? Do you have anything you don't need? And if you did, would giving it up stop Joe the Jihadist from wanting to saw your head of with a pocket knife on video tape?

Heralder, Civil never goes far but desires as a democrat to work for a living so that the proper entitlements to corporate kings usury can be paid.

And I desire as a Republican to work two jobs to pay my rent...so that I can continue to live my "pimped lifestyle."


That is why he pulled a... (Below threshold)
marc:

That is why he pulled all our forces, and redeployed to Iraq you dumb-asses. Posted by: BarneyG2000 at February 27, 2007 09:25 AM

Was that a knee-jerk response barney or another occasion when normal brain functions are overridden by BDS?

Of course you can prove both scenarios wrong if you can provide a link to a story, any story, that declares all U.S. troops have been pulled out of the Afgan theater of ops since first going in.

Ah... excuse me CB but this... (Below threshold)
marc:

Ah... excuse me CB but this is in need of correction:

Hugo has now told foreign oil to "get out" of Venuzuela so they might return the revenues to their proper owners.

That should read: Hugo has now told foreign oil to "get out" of Venuzuela so they might return the revenues to their Hugo's lavish life style and "socialist dreams."

If you believe otherwise your as demented as Hugo.

And BTW CBDid I ... (Below threshold)
marc:

And BTW CB
Did I hear anyone step up to the plate to sacrifice their toys or even become more conservative in their buying habits and use of earths elements?

I didn't think so.

I would be glad to oblige CB, just as soon as the far left Hollyweirds give up botox injections, waste precious oil reserves making porn tapes, drive-by check-ins at substance abuse clinics, Lear jets, and other such examples of conspicuous consumption.

Until that happens I am going to merrily tear up the roads with my 17mpg SUV and burn as much electricy as possible.

And will do so looking in the rear view mirror at un-botoxed eye lids.

"Looks to me like the best ... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

"Looks to me like the best proof of fact of my comment about America's blowback being earned is in the right's defense of their pimped lifestyle needing to be continued by sacrificing a small majority of citizenry in the continuing quest to control worlds resources for their own."

Posted by: civil behavior

So that's why the Iraqi Parliament (imagine that, a duly elected representative body in Iraq, of all places) is debating how the IRAQIS will split up oil revenues. If we had invaded Iraq for oil, then we really botched it. We could have destroyed the whole country and taken over the oil fields, but we didn't.

Kerry,Here's your an... (Below threshold)
civil behavior:

Kerry,
Here's your answer
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/IB28Ak01.html
And here's a quarter, go buy a clue

Heralder,
I said BOTH sides of the fence are culpable. Both. It's that I notice the right being much more unwilling to give up their pimped lifestyle as their established position is that nothing they do will make any difference, only occupation by force. WRONG
I also doubt you are too stupid to not "get" what I am talking about. You get it, you just don't want to say you do. And BTW we all lost on 9/11, the real question is what did we learn from such a tragedy.


To the rest, I notice the resistance to having to sacifice anything more than what you have become accustomed to as long as no one else plans on doing it in all respects then you remain part of the problem not the solution. God forbid you go first. (or alone)

As for me, I say get our military OUT of any other countries and pay attention to what we can do to be a shining example to the world of a peaceful, educated, healthy, energy efficient, humble nation that understands that earth is our home and our future. Unless we do we stand to lose everything.

Hey, don't screw with Dick,... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Hey, don't screw with Dick, know what I mean?

"What would happen if all o... (Below threshold)

"What would happen if all of us Leftists took your advice and left the US of A? "

Realistically and metaphorically, I could smoke a goddamn cigarette with my whiskey.

But Muse is right, you'd be back at me before the ash dropped.

civil behavior,I d... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

civil behavior,

I didn't see a unilateral accusation here:

Looks to me like the best proof of fact of my comment about America's blowback being earned is in the right's defense of their pimped lifestyle needing to be continued by sacrificing a small majority of citizenry in the continuing quest to control worlds resources for their own.

Which is part of the reason I jumped all over you.

I also doubt you are too stupid to not "get" what I am talking about. You get it, you just don't want to say you do.

No I "got" what you said, it's just such paranoic unfounded conjecture that I dismissed it.

And BTW we all lost on 9/11, the real question is what did we learn from such a tragedy.

The fact that you view this as karma, or deserved blowback, belies what you just said.

As far as what we learned? Some, not much. Some learned self-hatred. Others, like myself learned that even if we're not at war in another country, the general populace will be physically attacked. I learned that I don't want my fellow Americans to die with apologies on thier lips to those who killed them.


Hey, P. Bunyan, nice commen... (Below threshold)
ChrisO:

Hey, P. Bunyan, nice comment about leftists leaving the US: "A country with no law suites(sic)? That would be utopia!"

So since the majority of lawsuits are filed by companies suing each other, are you suggesting that most businesses would leave along with the leftists? I can't think of any other meaning for your post, because I'm sure you wouldn't just mindlessly regurgitate a right wing talking point without having any idea what you were talking about.

I also agree that trolling for comments is a pretty weak way to try and characterize the thinking of "the left." I know plenty of people (including myself) who despise Cheney. I've never heard any of them advocate his assassination. Using Kos comments is just weak. It's like me using Scrapiron's comment that someone would be justified in killing liberal professors, (which, BTW, no one on this site condemned, even after I pointed it out) or comments from sites Like Ace of Spades about killing liberals and nailing their skins to the barn.

Since this was a guerilla action (and likely not aimed at Cheney) I think any massive retaliation we could attempt would have already been tried against the Taliban.

And I might point out that Clinton launched a Cruise missile attack against Iraq in retaliation for a plot to assasinate George H W Bush.




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