Friday, January 01, 2010

Cheney Plays Cheap Blame Game.

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One thing is guaranteed. And that is that Republicans - led by the war criminal Dick Cheney - will ruthlessly exploit any attempted terrorist attack to imply that Americans should be very afraid and that only the Republicans will step outside the law to a sufficient degree to make Americans safe.

The entire notion that the United States should conduct the war on terror within the confines of the law is explicitly mocked by Cheney - that's why he quotes "Miranda rights" - because if he admits that this war can be fought legally then he would find it very hard to explain why he committed so many heinous crimes against individuals whilst he was VP.

Cheney has to be one of the most cowardly figures in US politics. Leaving aside his five Vietnam deferments, he never agrees to be interviewed anywhere that his views might be challenged.

And he is playing the same fear game here that his party always played whilst in office. The implication is that only the Republicans will step outside the law to a sufficient degree to keep Americans safe.

I am still of the opinion that Cheney should be prosecuted for what he did. Only when it is established that this man committed serious crimes will this tired Republican argument be, finally, put to bed.

And it's notable here that Christie accuses Obama of "not showing the right emotion".

It's the final proof that the Republicans will attack Obama for anything. And Matthews does well to point out that this is simply, "cheap politics by Cheney".


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Rachel Maddow points out the blatant hypocrisy within Cheney's remarks.

Dick Cheney`s comments today probably the worst among them. He said, quote, "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."

Remember Richard Reid, the so-called "shoe bomber"? Richard Reid was arrested December 2001, when a man named Dick Cheney was vice president. The Bush Justice Department let him, as they say, "lawyer up," and Mr. Reid later pled guilty in federal court.

Remember 9/11 co-conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui? Same deal. Given American rights, tried in the federal courts and convicted, all while a man named Dick Cheney was vice president.

And are we seriously supposed to believe that this young man can't be successfully prosecuted within the American legal system? A man caught with, literally, his pants on fire?

That fact alone says how opportunistic and ugly the Republicans are being on this issue.


From Dan Pfeiffer:

[F]or seven years after 9/11, while our national security was overwhelmingly focused on Iraq -- a country that had no al Qaeda presence before our invasion -- Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda's leadership was able to set up camp in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where they continued to plot attacks against the United States. Meanwhile, al Qaeda also regenerated in places like Yemen and Somalia, establishing new safe-havens that have grown over a period of years. It was President Obama who finally implemented a strategy of winding down the war in Iraq, and actually focusing our resources on the war against al Qaeda -- more than doubling our troops in Afghanistan, and building partnerships to target al Qaeda's safe-havens in Yemen and Somalia. And in less than one year, we have already seen many al Qaeda leaders taken out, our alliances strengthened, and the pressure on al Qaeda increased worldwide.

To put it simply: this President is not interested in bellicose rhetoric, he is focused on action. Seven years of bellicose rhetoric failed to reduce the threat from al Qaeda and succeeded in dividing this country. And it seems strangely off-key now, at a time when our country is under attack, for the architect of those policies to be attacking the President.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Amazing as always