Dave N.: Dick Cheney is the biggest hypocrite in America. From Politico:
"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."
In other words, Obama has been too focused on health-care reform to do the necessary work to protect America from attack, according to Cheney.
It's a vicious canard of the kind we've come to expect from Cheney. But even if it were true, it's a better excuse than going on vacation for a month after getting a memo warning, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S."
More to the point, Cheney is holding Obama to a standard his own administration miserably failed to meet back in 2001, when shoe bomber Richard Reid was apprehended in a nearly identical bombing attempt. Another Politico story points this out:
Eight years ago, a terrorist bomber’s attempt to blow up a transatlantic airliner was thwarted by a group of passengers, an incident that revealed some gaping holes in airline security just a few months after the attacks of Sept. 11. But it was six days before President George W. Bush, then on vacation, made any public remarks about the so-called shoe bomber, Richard Reid, and there were virtually no complaints from the press or any opposition Democrats that his response was sluggish or inadequate.
But then, we've known all along that there is no depth to which these scumbags will not stoop in order to attack Obama.