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Dick Cheney on Obama, Terrorism

At Politico, Dick Cheney reacts to Obama's actions after the failed Christmas terror attack. Hat tip to Powerline where the most relevant section is highlighted.

As I've watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war. He seems to think if he has a low key response to an attempt to blow up an airliner and kill hundreds of people, we won't be at war. He seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won't be at war. He seems to think if we bring the mastermind of 9/11 to New York, give him a lawyer and trial in civilian court, we won't be at war.

He seems to think if he closes Guantanamo and releases the hard-core al Qaeda trained terrorists still there, we won't be at war. He seems to think if he gets rid of the words, "war on terror," we won't be at war. But we are at war and when President Obama pretends we aren't, it makes us less safe. Why doesn't he want to admit we're at war? It doesn't fit with the view of the world he brought with him to the Oval Office. It doesn't fit with what seems to be the goal of his presidency - social transformation--the restructuring of American society. President Obama's first object and his highest responsibility must be to defend us against an enemy that knows we are at war.

This analysis is spot on and I suggest you read the whole statement at politico.

Now, to head off the inevitable trolls in the comments that Cheney is just a war-mongering, hunting-buddy-face-shooting, Bush-puppet-string-pulling, Neocon bastard and his opinion is therefore worthless, I direct you to Hot Air, where eerily similar comments are made...by liberal Maureen Dowd.

It would seem that Cheney's viewpoint is not unique or only shared by those on the far right. I chose to quote him because he stated it with such eloquence.


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Comments (21)

OUCH! That's gonna leave a... (Below threshold)

OUCH! That's gonna leave a mark! Can hardly wait for Baghdad Gibb's response.

On another note, check out ... (Below threshold)

On another note, check out Maureen Dowd's column today. I think hell just froze over.

I kept checking the datelin... (Below threshold)

I kept checking the dateline on Dowd's article. Then I thought someone hacked the paper. Barry and Maureen just broke up. He just got dumped by the dem's biggest back door groupie. Wow.

I wonder if Barry would con... (Below threshold)

I wonder if Barry would consider Him for the soon to be vacated secretary of Homeland security position?

Part of the problem is a ma... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Part of the problem is a man who isn't qualified by experience or accomplishment to hold any office, but who has been promoted without effort through sheer glibness until he has reached the peak to which politically correct adulation can carry him.

There are no more quick promotions available. Now Obama must put up or shut up, and he has demonstrated himself incapable of either.

The anti-American left has always hated the terminology of "War on Terror," because it sounds like something America might have to try to win, and they hate it when America wins anything. But wishing it away just won't do.

It's not a "War on Terror" because Bush said so or because Cheney says so. It's a WAR because the terrorists declared it a war and conduct it as a war, and it cannot end until they either surrender or are killed.

In the meantime, we are led by an unqualified buffoon who reads a lovely speech when his teleprompter is working.

After watching Obama on the... (Below threshold)

After watching Obama on the tube yesterday and now reading Dick Cheney's comments I marvel again at the differences. It's like comparing Sir Anthony Hopkins with Dana Carvey's character in "Waynes World".

Cheney in '12

Obama campaigned, won, and ... (Below threshold)

Obama campaigned, won, and presides as 'not Bush/Cheney'.

He must do all things 'not Bush/Cheney'.

our Milli Vanilli President... (Below threshold)

our Milli Vanilli President has just had his out of lip sych moment ... his words and demeanor are so far removed for reality that it is now impossible for the White House spinners to keep the sounds and his lips aligned ...

the long con has run its course ... in the words of the hon. rev. Wright, "Americas Chickens have Come Home to Roost" ...

Jim Addison -"I... (Below threshold)

Jim Addison -

"In the meantime, we are led by an unqualified buffoon who reads a lovely speech when his teleprompter is working."

Yes, apparently Barry majored in communications sophistry 101.

I would like to echo Jim's ... (Below threshold)

I would like to echo Jim's statement about experience. Cheney's abrupt demeanor I am sure has a withering effect on many thin-skinned people. When one evaluates his extensive career in both the private sector as well as government I am not surprised that he has developed the capacity to make decisions with confidence and expediency. He has probably seen it all and I appreciate Cheney because he is not given to nuance and waffling in these important matters. It is always clear to me, at least, where he stands. Yeah, I am sure he is capable of a wrong decision but if that occurs I would surmise he would be more inclined to discard a failed strategy with expediency and move on to something new without a lot of brroding and pointless introspection. I also think Jim's statement about the term "War on Terror" is very pertinent. For Obama to accept that terminology he would again be slammed by the far left constituency of continuing Bush's policy. Plus, the term "war" puts more focus on Obama as CIC than he is comfortable with. Switching to the criminal characterization allows the civilian judicial branch to take on some of the burden of resolution.

DaveDWe need infor... (Below threshold)


We need information on his associates and plans for any other attacks.
We do not need him to have lawyers which will restrict our attempts to save more lives.

Though with incompetence that exist with this administration actionable intelligence will most likely be ignored.

Agree completely.... (Below threshold)

Agree completely.

DK, Your "APPEAL TO CAESAR/... (Below threshold)

DK, Your "APPEAL TO CAESAR/DOWD" is a Wizbang classic of misbeggotten political solicitation applied to a really, really crappy cause.

$200 or 10 days.

Cheney's words are mere pol... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

Cheney's words are mere political hyperbole at this point. Certainly, the Administration, U.S. intelligence and the U.S. military will undoubtedly soon be striking at Al Qaeda elements in Yemen very soon. That's coming for sure.

"...U.S. military will undo... (Below threshold)

"...U.S. military will undoubtedly soon be striking at Al Qaeda elements in Yemen very soon. That's coming for sure."

Paul, are you sure Barry can make a decision that fast? How long did it take him on Afghanistan?

Or does 4 months = 'very soon'.

I am not so sure Paul. I do... (Below threshold)

I am not so sure Paul. I don't think anyone wants to get involved in Yemen as I think the country is collapsing into lawlessness. Perhaps not as bad but somewhat like Somalia. That's my understanding but I might be wrong on that.

[Democratic strategists Wed... (Below threshold)

[Democratic strategists Wednesday asserted President Barack Obama "has been far more aggressive in fighting al Qaeda" than the previous administration .]


Why do I find this not surp... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Why do I find this not surprising.

Eight years ago, a terrorist bomber's attempt to blow up a transatlantic airliner was thwarted by a group of passengers, an incident that revealed some gaping holes in airline security just a few months after the attacks of Sept. 11. But it was six days before President George W. Bush, then on vacation, made any public remarks about the so-called shoe bomber, Richard Reid, and there were virtually no complaints from the press or any opposition Democrats that his response was sluggish or inadequate.
But Scott McClellan, Rummy ... (Below threshold)

But Scott McClellan, Rummy etc had press conferences on the topic when, Stevie? Hint: It was a shorter interval than 6 days or 4 days.
Hint redux: It was shorter than a single day.

At least we know the talking point distribution system on the left is still working...

You're an ass crackmore and... (Below threshold)

You're an ass crackmore and as blind a person as there is. Please just take your ignorance elsewhere. We are punished enough with the trolls we have already.

And the current WH issued a... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

And the current WH issued a statement the same day, Mr Wuzzy.

And what did Rumsfeld say on the subject when asked, Mr Wuzzy? Was it something to the effect of, "The matter is in the hands of law enforcement, I have no interest in the matter."?

And how many statements can you find, from Republicans or Democrats, excoriating the Administration's response to the shoe bomber as slow, inadequate, or "pretending we're not at war?" In other words, making political hay out of a National Security matter? Any? Did the previous VP go on TV and claim the administration was in denial, or did he keep his mouth shut about the incident? How exactly is Cheney's statement helping to make us safer?

The Republicans', and particularly Cheney's, shamelessness knows no bounds.






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