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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dick Cheney Says Obama "Trying to Pretend We are Not at War"; Politico's Allen Defends Obama - Video 12/30/09

Here is video of Politico's Mike Allen reporting that former Vice-President Dick Cheney has released a statement saying President Obama is "trying to pretend we are not at war" with the way he is dealing with the attempted terrorist attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day.

But Allen, in an awkward and halting report, tries to defend Obama against what Cheney said! Allen pointed out that Obama said we are "at war with terrorists" in his inaugural address. But Allen failed to mention that the Obama Administration has spent the entire year trying to end the use of the phrase "War on Terror." The media is still trying to carry water for Obama, although I think that bucket is getting heavier and heavier!

Former Vice President Dick Cheney accused President Barack Obama on Tuesday of “trying to pretend we are not at war” with terrorists, pointing to the White House response to the attempted sky bombing as reflecting a pattern that includes banishing the term “war on terror” and attempting to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

“We are at war and when President Obama pretends we aren’t, it makes us less safe,” Cheney said in a statement to POLITICO. “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.” . . . MORE


Anonymous,  December 30, 2009 at 12:25 PM  

Where did Politico find such a perfect little toadie like Mike Allen, central casting?

Larry S December 30, 2009 at 3:58 PM  

Obama is being called to task by the likes of.... Dick Cheney?

Eight years ago, Richard Reid tried to blow up a civilian airliner with the exact same explosive. Did the Cheneey/Bush administration develop the technology to detect this explosive? Guess not.

But Obama took THREE DAYS to make a comment! Uhhh.... George took SIX days to make a comment about Richard Reid.

But Obama wants to try this guy in federal couort, as a criminal! Uhhh... Dick and George tried Reid in federal court, where he was found guilty and received a life sentence.

But Obama wants these guys to be kept in a prison here in the U.S.! Uhhhh.... Dick and George put Reid in SuperMax in Florence, Colorado... hasn't been heard from since!

But Obama wants to close Gitmo! Uhhh, Dick and George let the two guys who planned the Christmas Day attempt OUT of Gitmo in 2007.

Dick's blatant politization of important notional security issues is shameless and a lot closer to "treason" than anything the sitting President of the United States has done! Dick should go hunt another lawyer and STFU.

Brian December 30, 2009 at 5:53 PM  

Obama has spent the entire year dismantling the "War on Terror" approach to our enemy. He thought his very presence as President would make them not hate us so much.

The One now has to face that we have an Islamic Jihadist enemy that is bent on our destruction. Whether he wants to call it that or not, that is who we are up against. His law enforcement approach to this enemy is a return to the pre-9/11 mindset. We know where that led.

Larry S December 30, 2009 at 6:03 PM  

Your referring to the President of the United States, in a discussion of vital national security, as "The One clerly betrays your Cheneyist mindset, Brian.

You said "His [Obama's] law enforcement approach to this enemy is a return to the pre-9/11 mindset." Then explain why it was perfectly acceptable for Cheney and Bush to take the exact same approach with Richard Reid when he was prosecuted in 2002, in the immediate aftermath of 9-11?

It's called "partisan politics" and it's got to end.

THANK GOODNESS, the White House actually responded today to Cheney's treasonous rant:

"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.

"Second, the former Vice President makes the clearly untrue claim that the President – who is this nation’s Commander-in-Chief – needs to realize we are at War. I don’t think anyone realizes this very hard reality more than President Obama....

"There are numerous other such public statements that explicitly state we are at war. The difference is this: President Obama doesn’t need to beat his chest to prove it, and – unlike the last Administration – we are not at war with a tactic (“terrorism”), we at war with something that is tangible: al Qaeda and its violent extremist allies. And we will prosecute that war as long as the American people are endangered."

-- Dan Pfeiffer, White House Communications Director

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