Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Obama didn't raise U.S. terrorist attack risk, most say in poll.

Dick Cheney, in a complete break from normal protocol, seems to find it impossible to stop attacking the Obama administration. Perhaps he feels if he keeps doing so it would make it seem more political if they allow him to be prosecuted for his blatant war crimes, who knows? It's certainly unheard of for a VP to behave in this way.

He has said that the Obama administration is making the US "less safe" because Obama has said that he intends to close Guantanamo Bay and stop the Bush regime's policy of torture.

Obama recently hit back:

OBAMA: I fundamentally disagree with Dick Cheney. Not surprisingly. You know, I think that Vice President Cheney has been at the head of a movement whose notion is somehow that we can't reconcile our core values, our constitution, our belief that we don't torture, with our national security interests. I think he's drawing the wrong lesson from history. The facts don't bear him out. I think he is... that attitude, that philosophy has done incredible damage to our image and position in the world. I mean, the fact of the matter is, after all these years, how many convictions actually came out of Guantanamo? How many... how many terrorists have actually been brought to justice under the philosophy that is being promoted by Vice President Cheney? It hasn't made us safer. What it has been is a great advertisement for anti-American sentiment, which means that there is constant effective recruitment of Arab fighters and Muslim fighters against U.S. interests all around the world.
Now CNN have just issued a new poll which shows that the American public are not on Cheney's side on this issue:

A new poll indicates Americans don't agree with former Vice President Dick Cheney's recent assertion that President Barack Obama's actions have increased the chances of a terrorist attack against the United States.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey also suggests that most people support the president's plans in Afghanistan — up to a point.

Seventy-two percent of those questioned in the poll released Monday disagree with Cheney's view that some of Obama's actions have put the country at greater risk, with 26 percent agreeing with the former vice president.

It's no real surprise that the public don't share Cheney's views, as they didn't share them when he was in office, which is why he ended up one of the least popular vice presidents in history.

To which he would no doubt reply, "So?"

It's nice to know that the public are paying no attention to Cheney's carping from the wings, but it's still in extraordinary bad taste for a VP to continually behave in this way. It's odd that both Cheney and Karl Rove, two of the least popular figures of the previous administration, simply refuse to fade quietly into the background and take every opportunity they have to attack the new guys.

Cheney and Rove are both the last thing the Republicans need as the people representing them publicly. But then, if the choice is them or Beck and Limbaugh, it's all much of a muchness.

The Republicans have no reasonable face at the moment. They look like what they are; a political movement whose policies caused chaos.

It's no wonder the public are not listening to them.

Hat tip to Crooks and Liars.

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