Defense Secretary Gates to Cheney: Stop the Fear-Mongering

May 23, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Defense Secretary Robert Gates blasted former Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday, for his use of “scare tactics” and “fear mongering.” Cheney in a speech on Thursday, condemned President Obama’s anti-torture policies and closing of Guantanamo Bay prison, accusing the sitting President once again, of endangering the nation’s national security.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney took his snarling torture road show prime time on Friday, in a televised speech he gave for a fee, from the sanctity of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington think tank.

Cheney made his scathing speech immediately after President Obama addressed the nation explaining his policies on torture and closing Guantanamo Bay. Cheney’s rant was a look back on revisionist history, as only Cheney can do, claiming waterboarding was legal and saved thousands of lives. Cheney blasted Obama for releasing the so-called “torture memos,” as contrary to national security, when the Director of National Intelligence, Adm. Dennis Blair, approved their release.

His speech was filled with distortions, misrepresentations, outright omissions and dishonesty as he attacked President Obama for making America less safe and two Republicans; Defense Secretary Gates, as well as former Homeland Security Director, Tom Ridge called Cheney out on his falsehoods.

Secretary Gates targeted opponents to closing Guantanamo, as engaging in “fear mongering,” noting that President Obama’s decision to close the prison is in the interests of national security not against it, as Cheney claims. Gates asserts Guantanamo prison was damaging America’s image around the world and became a propaganda tool for Al-Qaeda. The name itself has “a taint,” said Gates.

In an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union,” airing on Sunday, Ridge said he did not agree with the former Vice President Dick Cheney’s accusations that President Obama had undermined US national security with his policies, although Ridge cited both men for politicizing the issue.

Gates further blasted critics of the plan to release some Guantanamo detainees into US Federal high-security prisons, saying opponents were engaging in scare tactics. He noted that dozens of convicted terrorists have been held at super-max prisons for years, and no one has ever escaped.

His comments were targeted at not only Dick Cheney, but also to both Republican and Democratic lawmakers, who are refusing to allow terrorist Guantanamo detainees into US prison facilities.

President Obama said in his speech on Thursday, he plans to continue with his plans to close Guantanamo, calling it a “mess, rejecting the Bush administration’s War on Terror and Dick Cheney’s bunker mentality, based on fear and ideology.



7 Responses to “Defense Secretary Gates to Cheney: Stop the Fear-Mongering”

  1. Paul Meyer on May 23rd, 2009 1:14 pm

    Gates has reached his level of incompetence.. time to go!!!!

  2. CF on May 23rd, 2009 2:02 pm

    My admiration for Dick Cheney increases everyday, while I continue to lose respect for Robert Gates.

    Cheney’s speech was probably the best I have ever heard him give. It was to the point, intelligent with a lot of common sense. Unlike Obama’s mangled contridictory mess.

    Shame on those who want to bring the terrorists to US soil.

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  4. Marissa Livengood on May 23rd, 2009 2:15 pm

    It is amazing to me that we have such short minded and fragile leaders in this country. President Obama clearly explained his plans for closing GITMO. He stated that it would beclosed by the end of the year. Almost every day and every week since his announcemnt in January, he has been hammered for his plan. As with all of his decisions. This is May. With the myriad of taks, choices, decisions and huge responsibilities this President has, what is wrong with this picture? My request is that the former VP be given no more air time and then maybe he will go away. Fear is a four letter word and should remain shackled to the Bush Administration. I, for one, love the smell of fresh air and intellectual thinking that now occupies the White House.

  5. stupidcontardbushfag on May 23rd, 2009 3:21 pm

    Man these whiny contard traitors will attack anybody who doesn’t support their cowardice. From generals and decorated heros, veterans, clergy, whatever, doesn’t matter to these cowards who are so scared they’ll give up every freedom and support all manner of treason just for pertekshun. Boy it must suck to be a cowardly contard traitor.

  6. Ex-Republican on May 23rd, 2009 8:47 pm

    If Obama presents such a grave threat, why didn’t Cheney bother to run for President on these issues? Did he have “other priorities”?

    One would have to be brainwashed to buy his argument that you are either FOR torture or AGAINST America.

  7. breeze on May 25th, 2009 7:03 am

    Save the world…..EAT THE RICH

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