Headline of the New York Times for Sunday read:
"Cheney Says Obama Has Increased Risks"
Basically he asserts that the country is made less safe now because while he was in office, the issue of terrorism was treated as a military one. Now, however, the current president is going back to "law enforcement mode," which is to say hunting down the terrorist and bringing them to trial, which he says is less effective. Never mind that his brand of fighting terrorism never resulted in the capture of the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.
He says, in fact, it was this way of treating terrorism that had made them so successful in their fight. He says, "[it is the] concept of military threat that is essential if you’re going to successfully defend the nation against further attacks.”
I guess what irritates me about this is he was the guy who was in charge of the whole Anti-terrorism Task Force that received the now famous [Gary]Hart/[Warren]Rudman report on terrorism that read, in part "mass casualty terrorism directed against the U.S. homeland is of serious and growing concern."
Oh yeah, he was also privy to the Presidential Daily Briefing memo that had the prescient title of "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.''
Of course his reaction to those two memos was to do nothing. He never convened the task force for which he was charged.
In the end after the horrific attacks of 9/11 we gave Afghanistan an ultimatum. Turn over Bin Laden or suffer the consequences. They chose to suffer the consequences. Then we attacked Iraq.
To say that this administration is making us less safe ignores the hotbed of terrorism and the instability of Iraq. Is it quieter now than three years ago, yes it is thank God. But for this guy to even talk about keeping us safe is disgraceful. After all, he was the guy who got not one, not two, not three, not four, but five deferments to Viet Nam because he "had other priorities in the 60s than military service."
Well, the President, and the nation has more important things to do than listen to this windbag who, I honestly feel, has made not only our country less safe, but the world at large.
I think Mr. Cheney would be best served by taking a long hard look in the mirror!