Cheney Uses Christmas Attack to Undermine President Obama’s ‘Low Key Response’
December 30, 2009
(ChattahBox)—On Christmas day, a Nigerian plotter armed with an explosive device sewn inside his underwear attempted to blow up a U.S. airliner, as the plane prepared to land in Detroit. His plot was foiled, thanks to a faulty bomb and the quick-thinking of passengers and crew. Minutes after the attempted act of terrorism, before all of the facts were known, Republican Congressmen, Pete Hoekstra (MI) and Peter King (NY) shamelessly appeared before multiple media outlets, condemning President Obama for the attack, trying to make political hay from an event that could have resulted in the mass murder of nearly 300 people. The classy Pete Hoekstra, who is running for governor of Michigan, even went so far as to rush out a fund raising appeal seeking donations up to $250, exploiting the botched terror attempt to fill his campaign coffers.
And right on cue, the evil Dark Sith Lord of politics, former Vice President Dick Cheney, crawled out from under a rock in Wyoming to send his expected attack missive to Politico where it was dutifully published. Cheney attacked President Obama’s “low key response” to the attempted terror attack, claiming in his statement that President Obama “is trying to pretend we are not at war.”
Of course Dick Cheney never lets facts get in the way of his frequent attacks on the office of the Presidency, which began soon after Obama took office. Despite Cheney’s statements to the contrary, Obama has acknowledged the war with terrorism throughout his year in office, beginning with his inauguration speech, saying “Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred,” and most recently when speaking before West Point, to announce his decision to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan “to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” And he noted that we must take our fight against extremism wherever terrorists have gained a foothold, “whether in Somalia or Yemen or elsewhere.”
“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.”
Steve Benen of Washington Monthly’s Political Animal nicely summed up Cheney’s lies pointing out that the Christmas bomber obtained a visa to enter the US under the Bush/Cheney administration. And that the detainees released to Saudi Arabia who later traveled to Yemen to participate in the attempted Christmas bombing were released by Cheney’s administration.
Benen then nicely debunked Cheney’s attack of Obama’s “low-key response:
“President Obama addressed a failed terrorist attack three days after it occurred. Eight years ago, when a terrorist [shoe-bomber] tried to blow up an airplane under nearly identical circumstances, then-President Bush waited six days before making brief, cursory public remarks. Five days after the attempted terrorist attack, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld refused substantive comment altogether, telling reporters, “That’s a matter that’s in the hands of the law enforcement people.” A White House spokesperson would only say at the time that officials were “continuing to monitor events.”‘ …. “Eight years later, Dick Cheney believes his principal responsibility is to destroy President Obama — the man Americans chose to clean up the messes Cheney left as a parting gift after eight years of abject failure.”
Dick Cheney didn’t bother to condemn the terrorists for their attack against Americans on Christmas day. He was too intent on undermining President Obama. Dick Cheney is despicable.