Cheney: Obama pretends we’re not at war

posted at 9:30 am on December 30, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

It’s not too often that one can put Dick Cheney and the New York Daily News on the same side.  Both blast Barack Obama for fundamental unseriousness about the war on terrorism and national security after Obama’s poor handling of the Christmas Day terrorist attack.  But where the Daily News contents itself with merely scolding the President over his too-casual approach, Cheney asks whether Obama may have some ulterior motives for downplaying terrorism.

The NYDN editors tells Obama to “get a grip”:

What the public was left with was a never-to-be-repeated case study in crisis mismanagement. It’s time to get a grip, Mr. President.

The attempted bombing occurred at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Christmas. When finally Obama spoke after the weekend, he vowed to hunt down “all who were involved” and promised, as has become standard, to “use every element of our national power to disrupt, dismantle and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us.”

Nothing less is required, and there can be no arguing with the stated mission.

Even so, Obama’s description of Abdulmutallab as an “isolated extremist” was remarkable and disturbing. This radicalized young Nigerian is nothing of the sort. He operated, in fact, as an Al Qaeda-recruited, Al Qaeda-supplied, Al Qaeda-directed foot soldier – as, to put it directly, an enemy combatant, and not as the criminal “suspect” of Obama’s description.

In similarly distant fashion, the President ordered up a “review” of how Abdulmutallab smuggled explosives onto the jet and a “review” of how he slipped through the government’s various terror watch lists despite signals of clear and present danger.

Missing then was a statement about those obvious and unacceptable security cracks; the name, rank and serial number of the officials who would conduct the inquiries, and a deadline for completion and a report to the public. Tuesday, Obama filled in those rather basic blanks.

But Cheney argues in a statement to Politico that Obama has his own reasons for downplaying the significance of the attack:

“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 9/11 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.”

Mike Allen points out that George Bush waited six days to publicly address the Richard Reid shoe-bombing attempt in 2002, which is a fair point, but that’s more of a response to the NY Daily News than to Cheney.  In his statement, Cheney goes beyond Obama’s performance this week to make an entirely different point than just incompetence.  In fact, Cheney believes that Obama’s response fits a pattern that has a rational purpose, which is to move America away from a war mentality entirely and bring the effort against al-Qaeda into the law-enforcement realm instead.

And Cheney has a fair point, too.  The more Obama forces the issue on detention and habeas corpus, then it becomes more difficult to use military and intelligence personnel at all.  One cannot have CIA agents offering Miranda rights and committing to compulsory appearances in court, after all, or they will wind up dead and our sources of intel will dry up entirely.  Obama appears to want the CIA and other intel services to become nothing more than advisers to the FBI, who will swoop in and conduct arrests with fully-detailed warrants, which will allow us to try everyone in federal court.

We tried this before, however, in the 1990s.  It didn’t work out so well.  Oddly enough, Osama bin Laden never appeared in federal court to answer his indictment, and the Clinton administration declined to have him delivered to US custody because we weren’t sure we could get a conviction in court.  This approach resulted in an escalating series of attacks on US assets around the world during the 1990s, with hundreds of lives lost, and it culminated in 9/11.

The Daily News is right to tell Obama to “get a grip.”  We’re at war, not in the middle of a crime wave, and it’s high time Obama started acting like he understands it.


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You mean we have to take terrorism seriously?

artist on December 30, 2009 at 9:33 AM

he is right, add to it this little gem from Matt Yglesias:

Ultimately, it does no favors to anyone to blow this sort of thing out of proportion. The United States could not, of course, be “devastated” by anything resembling this scheme. We ought to be clear on that fact. We want to send the message around the world that this sort of vile attempt to slaughter innocent people is not, at the end of the day, anything resembling a serious challenge to American power. It’s attempted murder, it’s wrong, we should try to stop it, but it’s really not much more than that.

The left and Obama know exactly what they are doing when they downplay these events.

rob verdi on December 30, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Obama is an amateur. His only skill is in demonizing his opposition (so long as his opposition is American).

ThackerAgency on December 30, 2009 at 9:35 AM

He also pretends to be President…

PatriotRider on December 30, 2009 at 9:35 AM

I want to hear Cheney on the executive order empowering Interpol. Seriously.

ORconservative on December 30, 2009 at 9:36 AM

The best thing about the Cheney comments are his statement about why Obama wants to pretend we are not at war. Cheney is absolutely right. Obama, the single minded narcissist wants his legacy to be social engineering. A pesky war messes that up and he can not have that.

ORconservative on December 30, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Adjusting to reality is not one of Barry’s strong points.

Daveyardbird on December 30, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Obama, professional shake-down artist, being shaken-down by terrorists would be funny if our lives didn’t depend on the dweeb-in-chief not hating America. The man, his family, his associates don’t like this country. They would relish attack after attack after attack. That may be controversial to say, but nothing is being done to prove me wrong.

SouthernGent on December 30, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Hey, Barack The Magnificent, this is how a leader who loves and stands up for his country sounds.

kingsjester on December 30, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Obama: We’re not at war.
Al Queda: We are at war.
Obama: No we’re not.
Al Queda: Yes we are.
Obama: No we’re not.
Al Queda: Yes we are.
Obama: No we’re not.
Al Queda: Yes we are.
Obama: No we’re not.
Al Queda: Yes we are.
Obama: No we’re not.
Al Queda: Yes we are.
Pull out the military and call the cops. They’ll probably “ACT STUPIDLY”, but that’s what he wants.

Cybergeezer on December 30, 2009 at 9:41 AM

I “heart” Dick Cheney!

BetseyRoss on December 30, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Mike Allen points out that George Bush waited six days to publicly address the Richard Reid shoe-bombing attempt in 2002, but that’s more of a response to the NY Daily News than to Cheney.

It’s just not the same. Who was thinking that the lack of a statement from Pres. Bush meant he wasn’t taking it seriously? It was December 2001. Apples and oranges.

MamaAJ on December 30, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Cheney plays with Obama like a rag doll.

He makes him look un-presidential, inexperienced and un-serious, with one sentence.

$$$

artist on December 30, 2009 at 9:41 AM

The NYDN editors tells Obama to “get a grip”:

you mean, like on his 3-wood? or his surfboard?

ted c on December 30, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Obama is sending the country down the sewer . . . that was his goal and that’s what he is doing. Thank you enlightened voters, you really stuck it to us this time.

rplat on December 30, 2009 at 9:44 AM

“Mike Allen points out that George Bush waited six days to publicly address the Richard Reid shoe-bombing attempt in 2002″

Actually it was 2001 and President Bush had been speaking to the public about terrorist almost every week, unlike President Obama who I think didn’t even call the Fort Hood attack a terrorist attack or the person responsible a terrorist.

JeffinSac on December 30, 2009 at 9:44 AM

From the Politico article:

A senior Democrat said in response: “It’s telling that in attacking the president and the administration, that Vice President Cheney did not condemn the attack against our nation on Christmas Day.”

Quisp on December 30, 2009 at 9:45 AM

The more Obama forces the issue on detention and habeas corpus, then it becomes more difficult to use military and intelligence personnel at all. One cannot have CIA agents offering Miranda rights and committing to compulsory appearances in court, after all, or they will wind up dead and our sources of intel will dry up entirely. Obama appears to want the CIA and other intel services to become nothing more than advisers to the FBI, who will swoop in and conduct arrests with fully-detailed warrants, which will allow us to try everyone in federal court.

Blamo. Strong work.

In Utopia, the CIA and other intel services work second fiddle to the swoopiness of the FBI and their strongly worded warrants. That’s hopenchange, baby!

ted c on December 30, 2009 at 9:45 AM

OBAMA IS A TRAITOR: IMPEACH OBAMA NOW: HIS NEGLIGENCE AND INCOMPETENCE WILL GET MANY AMERICANS KILLED, AND CAUSE UNTOLD DAMAGE TO THE UNITED STATES

Cybergeezer on December 30, 2009 at 9:46 AM

We ARE at war…and the war is once again coming to our shores. Hell, it is being INVITED to our shores.

Maybe if clueless Janet Napalitano would expand her definition of “terrorist” beyond:
- veterans
- Christians
- Tea Party particpants

she and the rest of the Keystone Kops could actually ATTEMPT to keep us safe.

Thank God, and our Founders, for the 2nd Amendment!

Justrand on December 30, 2009 at 9:47 AM

The Daily News is right to tell Obama to “get a grip.” We’re at war, not in the middle of a crime wave, and it’s high time Obama started acting like he understands it.

Never happen. His upbringing and political record inform us that where he is right now on the issue is in complete congruity with his core principles.

The Pope will convert to Judaism first.

Leopards don’t change their spots.

turfmann on December 30, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Words have alot more meaning when it is the POTUS saying them and Obama is saying all the wrong words.

He calls this guy a “suspect” like there is some chance he might not have known there was a bomb in his panties. It makes him sound like some actor playing a cop in a crime drama on TV.

Mord on December 30, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Has Obama said anything to the hero of flight 253 yet?

Cybergeezer on December 30, 2009 at 9:49 AM

It doesn’t fit with what seems to be the goal of his presidency – social transformation—the restructuring of American society.

Bingo! Pretending we aren’t at war will not make it go away or the terrorist attempts and attacks stop.

The Democrats response to Cheney’s statement? He didn’t condemn the Christmas attack. That snipe and whine falls on deaf ears, because no one–except liberal appeasers– doubts Cheneys condemnation of terrorism.

conservative pilgrim on December 30, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Obama’s not really a leader. He just plays one on Television.

kingsjester on December 30, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Has the hero of flight 253 been arrested and given his miranda rights yet?

Cybergeezer on December 30, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Where is the RNC to denounce this act? Cheney again is the only attack dog out there. The common link to all terrorism are young muslims, profiling is the only answer, not harrassing my 80 year old parents at the security lines.

bhawknine on December 30, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Tom will be along in a moment to chastise the ‘right-wing’ guys criticizing Obama, and ignore the ‘left-wing’ guys criticizing Obama.

Damnable right-wing partisans, politicizing things and such!

Midas on December 30, 2009 at 9:51 AM

I am tired of this Wet Foot/Dry Foot battle strategy where if they are on the ground in a third world nation, then we can bomb them mercilessly without any due process or Miranda warning, but if they make it to a Western country, you need to get them a lawyer.

BohicaTwentyTwo on December 30, 2009 at 9:51 AM

In his statement, Cheney goes beyond Obama’s performance this week to make an entirely different point than just incompetence.

Looks like we have the answer to weather America would come together like it did after the 9/11 attacks.

I always liked most of the people on this site. But you guys are really starting to lose me with your reaction to this failed attack.

Tom_Shipley on December 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Making war is like playing the trombone…either do it well or don’t do it at all.

Dark-Star on December 30, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Has Obama said anything to the hero of flight 253 yet?

Cybergeezer on December 30, 2009 at 9:49 AM

I think he called him a trouble maker.

Told him to mind his own business next time.

artist on December 30, 2009 at 9:53 AM

The left and Obama know exactly what they are doing when they downplay these events.

rob verdi on December 30, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Once upon a time, there was some doubt about this. That was before the ‘progressives’ came out of the closet. But no longer. You’d have to have worn blinders for the last few years not to see it.

petefrt on December 30, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Cheney kicks ass while Obama gets his ass kicked.

cubachi on December 30, 2009 at 9:54 AM

I believe Obama thinks that if he doesn’t act like we’re at war that AQ won’t try to attack as much. It goes along with his statement that if he responded right away to the terror attack, AQ would “act out” and there might have been more attacks. I do believe he is wrong, however. If they sense weakness, they will strike even harder.

deidre on December 30, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Jasper Schuringa will be sued by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab for preventing him from carrying out his god given rights.

Cybergeezer on December 30, 2009 at 9:55 AM

But you guys are really starting to lose me with your reaction to this failed attack.

Tom_Shipley on December 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Everyone here is happy the attack failed.

artist on December 30, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Cheney goes beyond Obama’s performance this week to make an entirely different point than just incompetence.

Cheney gets it.

petefrt on December 30, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Tom_Shipley on December 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Our reaction? Our reaction? Our reaction? First Mr./Ms. Napalitano comes on national TV and says the system worked when it plainly didn’t. Then she has to retract her statement. Then Barack the Magnificent finally addresses this failed attack 72 hours after the event, opened collar, wussy attempt at a moustache, looking like someone who just rolled out of bed, instead of America’s leader and making a statement way less than motivational and awe-inspiring and ignoring the fact that this guy was clearly connected to al-Queda and the same Imam that counseled Maj. Hasan. VP Cheney is exactly right and you know it…and so do the American people.

kingsjester on December 30, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Cheney goes beyond Obama’s performance this week to make an entirely different point than just incompetence.

YEA: IT’S CALLED NEGLIGENCE.

Cybergeezer on December 30, 2009 at 9:59 AM

The Vice President and his brilliant daughter are truly great Americans. I am certain each day they wake up terrified knowing that we have a Muslim, Marxist in the White House. It was a horrible mistake – but America is finally waking up.

Cinday Blackburn on December 30, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Tom_Shipley on December 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Knew I could count on ya, bub. Even on a page that spoon-feeds you a left-wing criticism of Obama on this topic, you simply can’t see it, but go right on railing against the right-wing criticism.

Midas on December 30, 2009 at 10:00 AM

In Obama’s thinking, bringing a terrorist to “justice” means processing them through a due process laden “justice system.”

To almost everyone else it means draining as much intel as possible from the captured terrorist and then introducing his a$$ to Allah.

President Pretends will get us killed yet.

TXUS on December 30, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Note to Cheney – Obama’s half sister is Indonesian, so there’s been a paradigm shift and the world loves us now.

gatorboy on December 30, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Am I the only one who sees a logical flaw in the statement: “We are going to hunt down everyone involved in plotting the attack of an isolated nut-job who acted alone”?

mr.blacksheep on December 30, 2009 at 10:02 AM

I like Cheney but if America had had a serious war mentality there would not now be enemy combatants among the general population springing semi-routine attacks like the Fort Dix plotters, the Fort Hood jihadi, the Memphis jihadi etc. The war on terror(ism) was/is about going over to Asia and fighting jihadis there – the home front has always been ambiguously half-guarded and left vulnerable.

aengus on December 30, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Bravo to Cheney for calling it like it is! Obama looked more disturbed at having his vacation interrupted than concerned about the fruit of the boom terror attack.

GrannySunni on December 30, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Is anyone else seeing this terrorist incident as a helluva way to end this historic, unprecedented year?

ted c on December 30, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Am I the only one who sees a logical flaw in the statement: “We are going to hunt down everyone involved in plotting the attack of an isolated nut-job who acted alone”?

mr.blacksheep on December 30, 2009 at 10:02 AM

I picked up on that too…if he truly was a lone wolf, there IS no pack to find.

Either a stupid statement, or they’re lying. (again)

Dark-Star on December 30, 2009 at 10:04 AM

fruit of the boom

GrannySunni on December 30, 2009 at 10:03 AM

lol

Midas on December 30, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Oddly enough, Osama bin Laden never appeared in federal court to answer his indictment,

That would be the indictment handed down by the Clinton Justice Department.

Interesting thing about that document-it stated as fact that bin Laden was working with Iraq.

But of course that suddenly became irrelevant after 9/11. After that date, Iraq was the only country in the world where AQ was not operating.

Del Dolemonte on December 30, 2009 at 10:04 AM

The facts that this TERRORIST was a self proclaimed jihadi, pointed out by his father, THREE TIMES, and had been tracked by the CIA for years, will not be admissible in court.
He’ll be acquitted, and end up with a journalism position at the NYT.

Cybergeezer on December 30, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Am I the only one who sees a logical flaw in the statement: “We are going to hunt down everyone involved in plotting the attack of an isolated nut-job who acted alone”?

mr.blacksheep on December 30, 2009 at 10:02 AM

Or the logical flaw in the statement of “we are not going to rest until the people who did this are found…” said while on————vacation……

ted c on December 30, 2009 at 10:05 AM

If we’re not at war, for what reason did he want his civilian army? No one has had the courage to demand Obama answer that simple question, even at this too late hour!

Don L on December 30, 2009 at 10:08 AM

The systemic failure is all yours Mr. Obama. You own it now so either fix it or step aside and let someone who knows what they are doing fix it. That goes for Napolitano, Penetta, Clinton, and Holder.

fourdeucer on December 30, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Help us Darth Cheney, you’re our only hope.

upinak on December 30, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Looks like we have the answer to weather America would come together like it did after the 9/11 attacks.

Funny thing, I remember leftists blaming America for the attacks soon after.

Bishop on December 30, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Is anyone else seeing this terrorist incident as a helluva way to end this historic, unprecedented year?

ted c on December 30, 2009 at 10:04 AM

There’s more to come, I’m afraid. Zero is diddling (himself) while Rome burns.

This whole treat-war-as-crime thing is designed to enrich lawyers, damn the consequences.

mr.blacksheep on December 30, 2009 at 10:09 AM

ted c on December 30, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Excellent observation.

mr.blacksheep on December 30, 2009 at 10:11 AM

“alleged terrorist” OK, everyone on the plane with a scorched crotch line up over there.

Dukehoopsfan on December 30, 2009 at 10:11 AM

I always liked most of the people on this site. But you guys are really starting to lose me with your reaction to this failed attack.

Tom_Shipley on December 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM

It didn’t fail because Obama is so tough, it was pure luck. What happens when it DOESN’T fail? What will you say then??????

NJ Red on December 30, 2009 at 10:12 AM

We’re at war, not in the middle of a crime wave, and it’s high time Obama started acting like he understands it.

“The Obama Crime Wave” can’t be used to describe this war because it already refers to Obama’s general governing.

Josiah on December 30, 2009 at 10:12 AM

This whole incident really undermines the crisis-followed-by-big-government-program mentality that spawned the DHS and, when put into context with healthcare, really makes one think hard about the limits of government power when faced with clear threats that multibillion dollar systems and bureacracies can actually identify and act upon.

How many heart attacks, brain tumors, broken pelvises or aneurysms have to go undiagnosed, untreated or kill somebody when absolutely clear warnings are present?

How many billions have we sunk into DHS and this terrorist nearly waltzed into the cockpit….?

ted c on December 30, 2009 at 10:13 AM

BamBam pretends about everything. Most call it lying.

tarpon on December 30, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Honestly, all of this wicked hard presidenting stuff really interferes with his cocktail parties and his ability to travel the world to collect medals and prizes.

Alden Pyle on December 30, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Go Cheney!

I am truly afraid of BHO after this. Calling him an “isolated extremist” and his canned and very unbelievable “we’re gonna get them speeches.” When will people wake up and realize it’s no coincidence that all these attacks are happening now?!

Dubn8tr on December 30, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Headlne:
Obama Rethinks Protection of U.S. Secrets
Move by the president is expected to declassify more than 400 million pages of Cold War-era documents and curb the number of government records hidden from the public.

Cheny knows what he’s talking about… A Declassification Department and more openness from the most divisive admin ever. This will certainly be great news to our enemies, as if we weren’t in enough danger! A desperate attempt to discredit the Bush admin because of the Dems waning polls with no regard for public safety. They’re disgraceful.

Nalea on December 30, 2009 at 10:13 AM

I always liked most of the people on this site. But you guys are really starting to lose me with your reaction to this failed attack.

Tom_Shipley on December 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Lefties in the media have also expressed concern.

People here have concerns about how serious Obama takes national defense or his approach to it because Napolitano states that the system worked and Obama says this guy was an ‘isolated extremist’.

gwelf on December 30, 2009 at 10:14 AM

To paraphrase the line from Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson,” “Where have you gone, [Dick Cheney]/A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.”

BuckeyeSam on December 30, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Am I the only one who sees a logical flaw in the statement: “We are going to hunt down everyone involved in plotting the attack of an isolated nut-job who acted alone”?

mr.blacksheep on December 30, 2009 at 10:02 AM

I picked up on that too. It’s bc it’s canned and what’s expected of him. If he really meant it, he would have made a more coherent statement.

Dubn8tr on December 30, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Obama is a crypto-muslim.

pseudonominus on December 30, 2009 at 10:15 AM


OBAMA IS A TRAITOR: IMPEACH OBAMA NOW: HIS NEGLIGENCE AND INCOMPETENCE WILL GET MANY AMERICANS KILLED, AND CAUSE UNTOLD DAMAGE TO THE UNITED STATES

Cybergeezer on December 30, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Just thought that NEEDED to be said again! I whole-heartedly agree with it. In point of fact I personally believe that Obama is just as much a terrorist as AQ, OBL, our dear little pantie shielded fool, and George Soros! They want to destroy this country! Police action against terror warriors are just one more little way to go about it! I agree: OBAMA NEEDS to be impeached! I’m sure if we searched long and hard enough we could find some laws he’s broken in order to do it!

Vntnrse on December 30, 2009 at 10:15 AM

I always liked most of the people on this site. But you guys are really starting to lose me with your reaction to this failed attack.

Tom_Shipley on December 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Uh oh we may lose Tom! Quick change your values and beliefs.

Alden Pyle on December 30, 2009 at 10:16 AM

deidre on December 30, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Good point.

Whistling past the graveyard.

If Obama pretends we are not at war…a war the Islamofacists started years ago…then they will stop fighting us…or at least pretend to stop, according to Obama’s logic. Go to Cairo, make a major apologia to the Moslem world, and they’ll love us, or maybe like us a bit more.

The problem with that Obama-esque logic is that they are not pretending to be at war.

France, in 1939, pretended to be at war. The debate in the French National Assembly ended when the first German troops entered the chamber and told the delegates to go home.

coldwarrior on December 30, 2009 at 10:16 AM

“Cheney plays with Obama like a rag doll.

He makes him look un-presidential, inexperienced and un-serious, with one sentence.”

Yes he does, but it’s not too difficult to do.

GFW on December 30, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Nalea on December 30, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Who needs to declassify secrets?

DHS/TSA already posts their secrets on the internet.

coldwarrior on December 30, 2009 at 10:18 AM

. But you guys are really starting to lose me with your reaction to this failed attack.

Tom_Shipley on December 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM

We’re so hurt.

thomasaur on December 30, 2009 at 10:18 AM

“Cheney plays with Obama like a rag doll.

He makes him look un-presidential, inexperienced and un-serious, with one sentence.”

Yes he does, but it’s not too difficult to do.

GFW on December 30, 2009 at 10:17 AM

POTUS doesn’t need former VPOTUS to accomplish that…

ted c on December 30, 2009 at 10:19 AM

I certainly hope the GOP is paying a topnotch firm to make several videos of Obama’s missteps:

The health control grab, the czars (why hasn’t Kevin Jennings been fired yet?), the Interpol snatch of our liberties, the case of “acting stupidly”, the granting of rights to TERRORISTS in terms of closing Gitmo and trials in NYC, the ACORN connections, the EXPENSIVE jaunts to Copenhagen for NOTHING, the shielding of Black Panthers in voter intimidation, the constant whining of how he inherited this mess (I know, it’s all Bush’s fault)…

But this one, his mishandling of a terrorist attack on American soil, should be the tipping point for even the most ardent Obama supporter. His disconnect is telling and damning. I hope the GOP is working on this and pulling ALL Democrats into his sordid circle. I want to see nothing short of lining the 2010 Democrats up for election and shooting them WITH THE FACTS of the President they’ve decided to support.

Who Obama is, that’s who they are. BTW, I love Dick Cheney. I love real men. No more metrosexuals in DC.

manateespirit on December 30, 2009 at 10:19 AM

OBAMA NEEDS to be impeached! I’m sure if we searched long and hard enough we could find some laws he’s broken in order to do it!

Vntnrse on December 30, 2009 at 10:15 AM

We don’t have to search that long for it. It’s just finding enough people in Congress that are outraged at what he is doing. That’s the problem.

BetseyRoss on December 30, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Cheney is correct….again.

visions on December 30, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Obama has got to be one confused little prick. On one hand he wants everything to begin and end with him. On the other he wants to permanently be on vacation (which hopefully he will be in 2012/13).
It is a full time job trying to figure out how do both so when something goes wrong, he has to blame Bush. He doesn’t have time for anything else, including war.
Hey! did you see MO’s 635.00 shoes? Tom, how did you like those babies? and those arms? whew! we have an awesome first Lady.

ORconservative on December 30, 2009 at 10:23 AM

From Time Mag:

Under pressure in Saudi Arabia and Iraq, al-Qaeda began turning the lawless mountain areas of Yemen into a new staging area.

So just how safe does BO really think we are? They’re everywhere and coming for us.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1950345,00.html?xid=rss topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+time%2Ftopstories+%28TIME%3A+Top+Stories%29#ixzz0bBZeD1Ps

Nalea on December 30, 2009 at 10:24 AM

The facts that this TERRORIST was a self proclaimed jihadi, pointed out by his father, THREE TIMES, and had been tracked by the CIA for years, will not be admissible in court.
He’ll be acquitted, and end up with a journalism position at the NYT.
Cybergeezer on December 30, 2009 at 10:05 AM

His “position” with the Times would be short-lived because even a terrorist has more credibility than the editors at the Times—but he would be an excellent “un-named source”.

Rovin on December 30, 2009 at 10:24 AM

So just how safe does BO really think we are? They’re everywhere and coming for us.

Bunk. They’re not monolithic, they’re not everywhere, but they are determined, persistent, resourced and suicidal. Their numbers have been thinned and we are deep into their B+ team (then again, we have our B+ team at the helm too). We have to continue pursuit–for in pursuit, we displace them, when we displace them, we discourage them and they fall off the jihadi bandwagon. It’s telling that this kid was a lonely beast of burden who succumbed to the lies of AQ–men who wouldn’t commit to the mission themselves. That’s what differentiates our forces from AQI–we actually put our best men against their forces in the field.

ted c on December 30, 2009 at 10:29 AM

BHO is destined to be an abject failure unless he gets his head out of his a**. I don’t think this is what the good book had in mind, “And a child shall lead them.”

exdeadhead on December 30, 2009 at 10:31 AM

It’s not a reaction to the failed attack. Everyone is happy it failed, and to normal people, it should go without saying. OF COURSE we condemn the attack and are happy it failed.

The reaction is to our “leader” failing once again to lead. He had no problem running to the cameras to condemn the lunatic who shot the abortion doctor (which all sane people condemn also, yet he managed to lump all of Christian America into this “domestic terrorism” category!). He had no problem discussing how the cops act “stupidly”. But the Yemeni-trained guy who shot those people in the recruiter station? The Yemeni-cleric-advised jihadist who shot up Ft. Hood? The Yemeni/Al-Queada -trained nutsack bomber? CRICKETS. What’s wrong with this picture Tom? And please respond without referring to George Bush. There is no comparison to Bush/Richard Reid, because in the context of those times, everyone in America KNEW that our President was aware of terrorism, condemned terrorism, and would not let acts of terror go unanswered. Whatever people thought about the “proportionality” of the response, or the direction of the leadership, they knew he would lead the situation and make decisions pertaining to that situation. This guy? Not so much.

Boudica on December 30, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Hmm. Obama and his family don’t actually celebrate Christmas, don’t swap gifts, don’t go to church over the holidays, and continually go slow and soft on terrorists-in and outside our prisons.

Only someone who wasn’t Christian would act this way. Of course, he admits he was “raised” Muslim in Indonesia but who knows? He’s certainly not telling. Out loud, anyway. Just something to think about…

BTW-I don’t consider Jeremiah Wright’s racist BS to be a church in any meaning of the word.

bradley11 on December 30, 2009 at 10:32 AM

I sense a set of golf clubs getting thrown on some course today…..

ted c on December 30, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Good luck with getting o to see anything past his nose.He is surrounded by people who have their own agenda.

Miss ya,Mr. Cheney.

ohiobabe on December 30, 2009 at 10:35 AM

But this one, his mishandling of a terrorist attack on American soil, should be the tipping point for even the most ardent Obama supporter

Ogabe’s most ardent supporters are angry that the attack didn’t succeed, they won’t turn on him for being a noodle.

Bishop on December 30, 2009 at 10:36 AM

He makes him look un-presidential, inexperienced and un-serious, with one sentence.

$$$

artist on December 30, 2009 at 9:41 AM

So could a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, if it could talk.

BobMbx on December 30, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Really, this isn’t a partisan issue to me, it’s the same as the slip ups that happened on Bush’s watch, or the aspirin factory bombing under Clinton. They are inexcusable blunders coming from people who we entrust our nations security to. This latest travesty needs to be investigated and something needs to be done. It’s absolutely appalling that in this day and age a Nigerian with exploding underwear could come so close to killing and maiming hundreds of people.

That said, I think Cheney is right in that this issue seems to be just a minor problem to Obama, that he will “look into” it. When he ever gets back from vacation, he will proceed with his most important agenda…the social transformation—the restructuring of American society.

Meanwhile, I wonder if he’s keeping up with Iran? Hello? Can’t we please help those people somehow? Can we bring in UN troops? Something?

scalleywag on December 30, 2009 at 10:37 AM

bradley11 on December 30, 2009 at 10:32 AM

I think it’s like the Battered Wife Syndrome, where he’s too afraid to do what needs to be done and believes that being nicer is the answer, and it’s all our fault that Muslims want to kill us.

BobMbx on December 30, 2009 at 10:39 AM

. But you guys are really starting to lose me with your reaction to this failed attack.
Tom_Shipley on December 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM

And you’re still entertaining us with your refusal to admit the man is ever wrong.

Chuck Schick on December 30, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Where is bleeds blue and his merry band of Obama protectors?

booter on December 30, 2009 at 10:43 AM

booter on December 30, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Waiting for the Rahm Emmanuel/Axelrod e-mail?

coldwarrior on December 30, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Why doesn’t congress just declare war on Al-Queda? That would be too much to expect from this congress. We should have declared war, as is required in the constitution.

nazo311 on December 30, 2009 at 10:47 AM

In his statement, Cheney goes beyond Obama’s performance this week to make an entirely different point than just incompetence.

Looks like we have the answer to weather America would come together like it did after the 9/11 attacks.

I always liked most of the people on this site. But you guys are really starting to lose me with your reaction to this failed attack.
Tom_Shipley on December 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM

If you think we are going to pull together behind a failed nutless President like Obama, you are mistaken about most of the people on this site. This is a President who is out of his league, and hasn’t the faintest idea on how to fight a war, much less run a country.

I am not confident in the safety of my loved ones, or even of those here on this site that fly the skies of our country. I am not confident that our president even CARES about the safety of my loved ones.

If the Christmas bomber had been successful–Obama would’ve blamed it on Bush, and said “it was an historical point in time to change the failed policies of the Bush presidency”…

So, maybe this isn’t the site for you, if you think we should look the other way at Obama’s incredible, indefensible shortcomings–as our president, and as an American citizen…

lovingmyUSA on December 30, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Cheney plays with Obama like a rag doll.

He makes him look un-presidential, inexperienced and un-serious, with one sentence.

$$$

artist on December 30, 2009 at 9:41 AM

So true. I love Dick Cheney, but can you just imagine how much the Big O despises him?! It makes me chuckle a bit. Obama is the juvenile-in-chief.

Oink on December 30, 2009 at 10:48 AM

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