Former Vice President Dick Cheney has re-emerged in recent weeks to remind us of the reason why Governor Bush selected him 9 years ago to serve as his number two. Cheney is a mature statesman unafraid to speak truth to power and to stand on his convictions no matter the cost to his reputation.
He is a man who has decided that the protection of the country that he loves and has served for his entire life comes before any vain attempts to be loved. And yet, as he speaks boldly against the political winds of the day, he finds an uptick of 8 points in his approval rating since leaving office. This will continue to happen as he continues to speak out on the real record of the Bush Administration in preventing another attack on our country during their watch.
First, Vice President Cheney is not moved by the political winds. He never has been and never will be. He started his speech today by refusing to apologize for the actions taken by the Bush administration in this post 9/11 world:
Today I want to set forth the strategic thinking behind our policies. I do so as one who was there every day of the Bush Administration -who supported the policies when they were made, and without hesitation would do so again in the same circumstances.
Meanwhile, our President Obama begins with a yarn about how our Declaration of Independence and Constitution led his alcoholic father to come to this country (albeit briefly so that he could return to Kenya and promote socialism there before killing himself in a drunk driving accident after disgracefully abandoning his son…but I digress.) He then once again reminds us that everything is the evil President Bush’s fault and that he (Obama) can’t be held accountable for anything (do you suppose he might start taking responsibility for anything by the time he runs for re-election or will he simply run against Bush again?) He pointed out that:
Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. I believe that many of these decisions were motivated by a sincere desire to protect the American people. But I also believe that all too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight; that all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions. Instead of strategically applying our power and our principles, too often we set those principles aside as luxuries that we could no longer afford. And during this season of fear, too many of us — Democrats and Republicans, politicians, journalists, and citizens — fell silent.
Don’t those lines come from a Reverend Wright sermon?? There’s got to be a “G-D America” or “USKKK of A” in there somewhere, right?
Well, Vice President Cheney landed a sucker-punch on the community organizer when he declared that President Obama needed to be answered:
The point is not to look backward. Now and for years to come, a lot rides on our president’s understanding of the security policies that preceded him. And whatever choices he makes concerning the defense of the country, those choices should not be based on slogans and campaign rhetoric, but on a truthful telling of history.
So what “hasty decisions” does the President disagree with? Surely it’s that horrific water-boarding that liberals can’t stop foaming at the mouth about. Bill Ayer’s best friend reminded us that:
I know some have argued that brutal methods like waterboarding were necessary to keep us safe. I could not disagree more. As Commander-in-Chief, I see the intelligence. I bear the responsibility for keeping this country safe. And I categorically reject the assertion that these are the most effective means of interrogation.
What did we learn from these waterboardings? How often was it used? You would think that we were literally kidnapping innocent women and children from playgrounds in foreign countries and subjecting them to horrific torture for our amusement. According to Vice President Cheney, however, we learned today that all of this fuss is about the following:
It is a fact that only detainees of the highest intelligence value were ever subjected to enhanced interrogation. You’ve heard endlessly about waterboarding. It happened to three terrorists. One of them was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, who has also boasted about his beheading of Daniel Pearl.
We had a lot of blind spots after the attacks on our country, things we didn’t know about Al Qaida. We didn’t know about Al Qaida’s plans, but Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and a few others did know.
And with many thousands of innocent lives potentially in the balance, we did not think it made sense to let the terrorists answer questions in their own good time, if they answered them at all.
Seriously? So for years the left-wing lunatics have been screaming and gnashing their teeth over three dirtbags who were high-level operatives in Al Qaida getting some water poured on their faces? Three?!? As in three people?!?
Of course, according to Vice President Cheney, we learned a lot from those three people. And with countless thousands of lives hanging in the balance, thank God they did. Thank God that for those years we had real honest leaders instead of pandering whimpering sycophantic cowards. Think back to 9/11 and all of the horror that happened that day. Are you really upset that a few of the men most responsible for that got some water-boarding? I, for one, am not.
Vice President Cheney didn’t stop there. He also remarked that:
Yet for all these exacting efforts to do a hard and necessary job and to do it right, we hear from some quarters nothing but feigned outrage based on a false narrative. In my long experience in Washington, few matters have inspired so much contrived indignation and phony moralizing as the interrogation methods applied to a few captured terrorists.
I might add that people who consistently distort the truth in this way are in no position to lecture anyone about values. Intelligence officers of the United States were not trying to rough up some terrorists simply to avenge the dead of 9/11. We know the difference in this country between justice and vengeance.
Meanwhile, still in the la-la land of a presidential campaign (somebody please tell him it is over) President Obama boasted:
So the record is clear: Rather than keeping us safer, the prison at Guantanamo has weakened American national security. It is a rallying cry for our enemies. It sets back the willingness of our allies to work with us in fighting an enemy that operates in scores of countries. By any measure, the costs of keeping it open far exceed the complications involved in closing it. That’s why I argued that it should be closed throughout my campaign, and that is why I ordered it closed within one year.
So, his administration chooses to de-classify documents that expose to the world how we have obtained information in the past, but doesn’t release any of the findings of those investigations in an attempt to make the people who have called us “infidels” and declared “Jihad” on us for simply being Americans will like us more? I guess even from his liberal ivory tower, Obama can see that the majority of the American people if given all of the facts, will side with Bush and Cheney and kick his community-organizing, ACORN-training hide back to his sweetheart real estate transaction of a mansion in Bill Ayers’ neighborhood in Chicago. That is how propaganda works folks. Deny people all access to the facts and then expect them to make good decisions.
Finally, Vice President Cheney warns us that:
The administration seems to pride itself on searching for some kind of middle ground in policies addressing terrorism. They may take comfort in hearing disagreement from opposite ends of the spectrum. If liberals are unhappy about some decisions and conservatives are unhappy about other decisions, then it may seem to them that the president is on the path of sensible compromise.
But in the fight against terrorism, there is no middle ground, and half-measures keep you half-exposed. You cannot keep just some nuclear-armed terrorists out of the United States; you must keep every nuclear-armed terrorist out of the United States.
The former Vice President today reminded us why it is so vitally important to have serious men governing this country during times of serious threat. The current administration lacks the fortitude to leave behind the never-ending campaigning long enough to deal seriously with ongoing threats that could claim the lives of thousands of our citizens. Their concern and priority is world popularity and the rights of maniacal zealots hellbent on killing us in a burst of flames.
Today’s dueling views of the world serves as a sobering reminder at just how serious our situation is. Let us pray that our leaders recognize that fact before it is too late.