Keith Olbermann – former vice president Cheney just needs to go away

February 7, 2009

(ChattahBox) — In an interview with Politico published on Wednesday, former vice president Dick Cheney defended the Bush administration’s use of torture and warrantless surveillance and suggested that unless the Obama administration maintains these policies, it risks a new “9/11-type event” that could “involve the deaths of perhaps hundreds of thousands of people.”

On Thursday night, the Countdown newsman took Cheney to task for his words.

“Flatly, it may be time for Mr. Cheney to leave this country,” he said. “The partisanship and divisiveness he ascribed his and President Bush’s delusional policies of the last eight years that have roared forth from Mr. Cheney can only serve to undermine the nation’s new president.”
Former White House Chief of Staff and President Obama’s nominee to lead the CIA, Leon Panetta, wasn’t too pleased with Cheney’s comments either saying:

“I was disappointed by those comments, because the implication is that somehow this country is more vulnerable to attack because the president of the United States wants to abide by the law and the Constitution,” said Panetta. “I think we’re a stronger nation when we abide by the law and the Constitution.”

“It is time for you to desist or to be made to desist,” said Olbermann. “With damnable words you protect no American, you serve no American and you aid and abet those who would destroy this nation from within or without.

I was also taken back by Cheney’s words but had a slightly different take on why he made those remarks.  In my view what Cheney was saying in so many words was, yeah the economy and lot’s of other things have suffered but we put everything we have into protecting this country (particularly from domestic terrorist attacks) and we did succeed.  And that’s the Bush administration legacy.  If he had stopped at that I would of thought, misguided but honest.  But he then went on to say:

“Unless the Obama administration maintains these policies, it risks a new “9/11-type event” that could “involve the deaths of perhaps hundreds of thousands of people.”

The veiled implications are if such an attack happens it justifies the policies of the Bush administration? Beyond the grave the Bush legacy continues to use fear as their main weapon, this time directed to attack the new president’s policies.

Material used from Raw Story


2 Responses to “Keith Olbermann – former vice president Cheney just needs to go away”

  1. old tbird8461 on February 7th, 2009 5:15 pm

    people! you have got to make up your mind,what do you want?do you want to be an american?if so,then we must all join together. this half assing,is what has got america in trouble must stand up and testify.let the country know how you feel.our leaders dont know how you feel about certain things. arise off your duffs and enlighten your leaders how you feel. i guarntee it will make a huge difference.

  2. olivia on February 7th, 2009 8:07 pm

    Bush has often stated quite clearly that he believed it is history that dictates the legality of a leader’s actions. Cheney follows in that line of thought, but he has always taken it just a step further, claiming the President cannot be held in contempt for anything he did in office, in impeachment was not put into play (ignoring, I assume, the millions who stood up to cry for impeachment over the last 4 years).

    The past administrations tactics technically worked, there were no more attacks on US soil. However, there were no serious attacks on US soil after Pearl Harbor either. It was not their methods that caused greater security, we have just been ambling on like always, while they use their disgusting, illegal tactics to undermine the value of the American way.

    I agree with Mr. Olbermann. After the shadow this man, and his ‘boss’ have left on this country, after the immeasurable damage they did here, and abroad, it’s time for them both to go.

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