Cheney Outshines Obama… Dear Leader Forgets Defense Chief's Name During Security Speech
Dick Cheney and Barack Obama gave their security speeches today.
Releasing the interrogation memos was flatly contrary to the national security interest of the United States. The harm done only begins with top secret information now in the hands of the terrorists, who have just received a lengthy insert for their training manual. Across the world, governments that have helped us capture terrorists will fear that sensitive joint operations will be compromised. And at the CIA, operatives are left to wonder if they can depend on the White House or Congress to back them up when the going gets tough. Why should any agency employee take on a difficult assignment when, even though they act lawfully and in good faith, years down the road the press and Congress will treat everything they do with suspicion, outright hostility, and second-guessing? Some members of Congress are notorious for demanding they be briefed into the most sensitive intelligence programs. They support them in private, and then head for the hills at the first sign of controversy.
President Barack Obama declared defiantly Thursday that the U.S. “went off course” in fighting terrorism over the past eight years, and said his policies will “better protect” the country against al Qaeda.
In a remarkable split-screen presentation of opposing worldviews, former Vice President Dick Cheney spoke across town moments later, saying he supported the controversial policies “when they were made, and without hesitation would do so again in the same circumstances.”
“The point is not to look backward,” Cheney said. “A lot rides on our President’s understanding of the security policies that preceded him. And whatever choices he makes concerning the defense of this country, those choices should not be based on slogans and campaign rhetoric, but on a truthful telling of history.”
Obama, in a major address at the National Archives, argued that waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods “did not advance our war and counter-terrorism efforts – they undermined them.”
To Obama, surrendering Iraq to Al-Qaeda and the Iranians was a better security stance than building a democracy in the former Baathist regime. Obama denies the success of enhanced interrogation techniques despite the fact that the CIA confirmed that waterboarding of 9/11 mastermind Led to Info that aborted 9/11-style attack on Los Angeles. Obama says Gitmo makes us unsafe but would release Uighur terrorists inside the US tomorrow if he could.
If it wasn’t clear before that Dear Leader is a committed moonbat, it should be after today’s speech.
Here’s Obama accusing the Bush Adminstration of being dishonest:
Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. And I believe that those decisions were motivated by a sincere desire to protect the American people. But I also believe that – too often – our government made decisions based upon fear rather than foresight, and all too often trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions. Instead of strategically applying our power and our principles, we too often set those principles aside as luxuries that we could no longer afford. And in this season of fear, too many of us – Democrats and Republicans; politicians, journalists and citizens – fell silent.
It would be nice if he for once could back up his attacks with specific instances where the Bush Administration “trimmed facts and evidence.”
It would be nice if he could back up his Far Left talking points before he accused the previous administration of lying.
The Weekly Standard called it a mismatch.
UPDATE: What a shocker– The AP cheerleads for Obama after his speech.