The former Vice-President is outraged:
“Here’s a guy without much experience, who campaigned against much of what we put in place … and who now travels around the world apologizing,” Cheney said. “I think our adversaries — especially when that’s preceded by a deep bow … — see that as a sign of weakness.”
Really? Bin Laden is going to see how Obama bowed in Japan and see that as a sign of weakness? If only those guys were that stupid. Still, it’d be interesting to know what interesting signs like that Bush/Cheney used to build their amazing strategy of foreign and domestic policy. Perhaps reading entrails?
And speaking of the upcoming KSM trial:
“One of their top people will be given the opportunity — courtesy of the United States government and the Obama administration — to have a platform from which they can espouse this hateful ideology that they adhere to,” he said. “I think it’s likely to give encouragement — aid and comfort — to the enemy.”
So, let’s review: Cheney is a guy “who imported torture into the American constitutional system, failed to capture bin Laden, invaded a country under false pretenses, allowed the Afghanistan campaign to disintegrate, and added $5 trillion to the next generation’s debt burden” and is so outraged that he seeks (at every opportunity) to espouse HIS hateful ideology.
Oh, so that’s what it means…
Perhaps the question should be, since 2001 who has given more aid and comfort to the enemy? KSM didn’t orchestrate the hugely successful recruiting drive for al-Qaeda that resulted from the war in Iraq. KSM didn’t make torture American policy, compromising our principles. KSM didn’t let OBL escape or Afghanistan fall off the policy radar.
Cheney really should just keep his mouth shut and thank his lucky stars he isn’t going to trial.
As Sullivan says:
If you truly use a position of such authority to show contempt for the sitting president, to accuse him of treason, to attack him on the day he addresses the nation in a critical address, to divide him from the troops, to use sacred issues of war and peace which a president is solemnly engaging as a political weapon or as a vain and self-serving attempt to make your own record look better, then you have no core respect for the institutions and traditions and civility that make a constitutional democracy possible.