Saturday, January 2, 2010

Video: Rep. Eric Massa Goes After Dick Cheney

George W. Bush has done what most presidents do when they leave office -- they spend the next few years relatively out of the public eye letting the new president do his/her job. Dick Cheney, on the other hand, doesn't appear to have any interest in leaving public life as he seems to enjoy his knew role as a political hit man. Anytime there's something dealing with national security issues, Cheney comes out of his secret hiding place to launch into some attack claiming that Barack Obama is going to be responsible for the downfall of the United States.

The most recent example of this came after the Christmas Day event where a man attempted to blow up an airplane that was landing in Denver. In an interview that he gave to Politico earlier in the week, Cheney said that Obama was "trying to pretend we are not at war" and that his policies don't fit with the philosophy he had when he won the election last November. Of course, fitting with the strategy that Cheney is famous for he added in the scary line that Democrats are making the country less safe even though evidence seems to contradict that statement.
"As I’ve watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war. He seems to think if he has a low-key response to an attempt to blow up an airliner and kill hundreds of people, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if we bring the mastermind of Sept. 11 to New York, give him a lawyer and trial in civilian court, we won’t be at war.

“He seems to think if he closes Guantanamo and releases the hard-core Al Qaeda-trained terrorists still there, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he gets rid of the words, ‘war on terror,’ we won’t be at war. But we are at war and when President Obama pretends we aren’t, it makes us less safe. 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. President Obama’s first object and his highest responsibility must be to defend us against an enemy that knows we are at war."
While Cheney is extremely unpopular and is known for defending the horrible policies that he promoted during his time in public office, the fact that his comments receive a lot of attention means that Democrats shouldn't simply ignore what he's saying. It's like the swiftboat attacks during the 2004 election where the accusations should be nipped in the bud before they're able to gain any traction. With that in mind, I'm glad to see that Rep. Eric Massa has decided to go after Cheney and wasn't afraid of doing so on national television. Here's the video of his appearance on "The Ed Show" discussing the former vice-president.

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