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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Maybe he thinks that when he finishes his most important agenda…the social transformation—the restructuring of American society, that the mean old terrorists will get jobs or become farmers or humanitarians and forget about mass murder. Yea, that’s it. Brilliant!

scalleywag on December 30, 2009 at 10:50 AM

ya gotta love Cheney

cmsinaz on December 30, 2009 at 10:50 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

Interesting analogy. Hmmm.

Oink on December 30, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Since this act of terrorism happened on Obama’s watch, he’ll demand another takeover of industry so he can “fix it”.

Which one is he not currently in charge of?

Airline industry? CIA? FBI? Military? Oh wait.

ConservativeTony on December 30, 2009 at 10:50 AM

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

Exactly what I was thinking. There was no question whether Bush was seriously and actively engaged. With Obama, there is such a question, and his recent behavior only adds further doubt.

mikeyboss on December 30, 2009 at 10:52 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

Don’t let the door hit you in the a$$ on your way out.

AZCoyote on December 30, 2009 at 10:54 AM

blank out.

j_galt on December 30, 2009 at 10:54 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

I wish it were only his narcissism. The fact is that this is symptomatic of Obama’s deep-seated belief that if America has enemies it is our own fault, and a few dead Americans really don’t matter to him if it helps him make that larger point that we are only reaping what we have sown through decades of “imperialism” and “oppression.” This is the propaganda he has been fed by his radical family, friends, ministers, and associates his entire life. He wants America transformed, all right — into a prostrate nation that begs the world to forgive it and sacrifices its own citizens as penance for all the evil it has sown in the world. He wants America to be just another second- or third-rate power that pulls up the drawbridges and stops caring what happens to people or nations anywhere else in the world. And he does not care if Americans die in the process.

That sounds harsh, but I believe it is the truth. If this nation survives until 2013, it will be by the skin of our teeth. This man and his radical agenda must be stopped.

rockmom on December 30, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Secrets?

You mean like what Michelle Obama knows about the Halprin firing fiasco?

You mean about what was the role of the Social Secretary with the Gate Crashers?

Oh, you mean National Security secrets, no problem… /s

barnone on December 30, 2009 at 10:55 AM

And to all you right wing nut job birthy tea party climate denying commenters who got blasted by the Green Wizard for saying that the system failed, that there should be an investigation, that perhaps heads should roll…well guess who surprisingly has nothing to say after Mr. President himself announces that the system failed, that he wants an investigation, and he wants to hold people accountable? The giant hypocrite whom I will not link to, that’s who! Hahahaha. He just gets more and more amusing.

scalleywag on December 30, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Obama isn’t a thinker, so any response from him typically comes from someone else. He is just words, sometimes pretty, sometimes petty, sometimes just plain stupid.

At least Bush thought about what he was about to say, even though he mangled his speech at times.

ConservativeTony on December 30, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Bush, Rumsfeld et all barely muster a response to the shoe bomber a week after the fact but y’all are pis*ing your pants over this.

“Obama pretends we’re not at war”

What an incredibly stupid thing to say.

You clowns are the ones who need to get a grip.

Dave Rywall on December 30, 2009 at 10:59 AM

And to all you right wing nut job birthy tea party climate denying commenters who got blasted by the Green Wizard for saying that the system failed, that there should be an investigation, that perhaps heads should roll…well guess who surprisingly has nothing to say after Mr. President himself announces that the system failed, that he wants an investigation, and he wants to hold people accountable? The giant hypocrite whom I will not link to, that’s who! Hahahaha. He just gets more and more amusing.

scalleywag on December 30, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Words, my friend, just words. Call me when a head actually rolls for anything in this Administration.

rockmom on December 30, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Anyone else pick up on the big irony in all of this (and Obama even acknowledged it in his comments without understanding it’s importance)…

All of the security and government planning and intervention failed. There was no law enforcement authority to call on in mid-air. The other passengers on the flight were the ones who recognized the impending danger and acted to defend themselves and their fellow passengers. Americans are better at protecting themselves and their own interests than the government….

It’s why we have a Constitution that this president is desperately trying to rid us of…. it’s why the 2nd Amendment is such a powerfully important part of our national psyche. The Founding Fathers credited ordinary Americans with the will and desire to defend their home, their families and their freedom…

2nd Ammendment Mother on December 30, 2009 at 11:01 AM

The only war that Obama is conducting is a war on the white middle class.

To bad that when he loses his war in a catastrophic manner, that he won’t be subjected to the justice he deserves as a certifiable traitor.

notagool on December 30, 2009 at 11:03 AM

“Cheney asks whether Obama may have some ulterior motives for downplaying terrorism.”
Of course he does,he is a Jihadist.

DDT on December 30, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Oh, great, I see Drywall has woken up and read his DNC talking points today.

Richard Reid attempted his bombing in 2001. Whatever anyone thought of Bush’s response, and it did leave much to be desired, the FACT is that there were no more Al Qaeda attempts to blow up American airline flights on Bush’s watch.

rockmom on December 30, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Words, my friend, just words. Call me when a head actually rolls for anything in this Administration.

rockmom on December 30, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Who was that lowly guy that got the axe for the Air Force One flyover? Didn’t get a job with the “other” Weather Underground founder?

barnone on December 30, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Call me when a head actually rolls for anything in this Administration.

rockmom on December 30, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Well, he’s not going to take the blame, so I’m thinking someone’s going under the bus. Although, it seems now that there were so many errors made if he threw everyone under the bus there would be no security at all.

scalleywag on December 30, 2009 at 11:10 AM

It’s fun watching liberal heads explode.

aikidoka on December 30, 2009 at 11:11 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

How can we accelerate your loss?

BobMbx on December 30, 2009 at 11:13 AM

I’d just like somebody to name one thing this adminstration has done to make them feel proud.

ConservativeTony on December 30, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Completely agree with Cheney. Obams looks detached when he speaks of these attacks because he is detached. He does not believe in this war and is still somewhat in shock that it is happening.

PattyJ on December 30, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Bush, Rumsfeld et all barely muster a response to the shoe bomber a week after the fact but y’all are pis*ing your pants over this.
“Obama pretends we’re not at war”
What an incredibly stupid thing to say.
You clowns are the ones who need to get a grip.
Dave Rywall on December 30, 2009 at 10:59 AM

I don’t recall Bush administration officials claiming that the system worked with Reid when it failed in State, the CIA and the TSA.

That’s Obama’s responsibility, so he should stop golfing and start dealing with his job.

Chuck Schick on December 30, 2009 at 11:18 AM

2nd Ammendment Mother on December 30, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Excellent points!

ted c on December 30, 2009 at 11:20 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

What makes you think it was a failed attack? Perhaps al Quaida set out to see how far they could go and now that they have the info. . .

ConservativeTony on December 30, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Not only is Obama denying that we are at war with the terroists, but he denies that traditional antagonists, such as Russia and China, need to be viewed as potential real-time enemies in our strategic thinking. That, together with his all-in trillions-of-dollar choice of “butter” from the fundamental “guns or butter” menu puts us in a position of not being able, financially, to meet some of the military problems we will face in the next few years.
Obama has put our once-great nation at substantial risk.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 30, 2009 at 11:25 AM

rockmom on December 30, 2009 at 11:06 AM

AQ and the rest of the jihadi world are well aware of the disorganization and contradictions of the Obama Administration. They are merely taking advantage of this. Yemen has always been a hotbed of AQ activity since the earliest days of AQ. But now, while the Obama Administration dithers between war fighting and law enforcement, closing Gitmo or opening up a new and improved facility on US soil, right next to one of our largest cities and a huge Moslem community, and generally views jihadi terrorism as a law enforcement matter, AQ-Yemen will grow itself, needing only one spectacular event to cement their global street cred.

They are at war with us. It is our government’s choice to acknowledge it or not. Since this past January it appears, clearly, that we have chosen to not acknowledge such as a matter of our national security policy.

The Bush Administration did not broadcast all their success across the board. In many parts of the world, from Mali and Mauritania to the Philippines and Indonesia and Malaysia, even into Central Asia, spec ops and Agency officers went about their business, and grew some pretty good liaison relationships with the local authorities, all sub-rosa as broadcasting them would have meant a number of governments being toppled by the Moslem street. In the meantime, they killed a lot of jihadis, or trained up the locals to do the same.

Obama, on the other hand, tries to play it several ways, often at odds with each, and is more than willing to tout “successes” even when they are not successful.

If I were an AQ member or part of AQ-Yemen, I’d look at Obama’s public pronouncements and gauge my activities accordingly. If Obama claims a success where there is none, or was no jihadi activity, I’d surmise it was all fluff and be secure (relatively) in the knowledge that we have no idea what AQ or AQ-Yemen is doing.

Hitting a jeep or house filled with AQ members in Yemen with a Predator-borne Hellfire missile is an inconvenience. The White House stating that the leader of AQ-Yemen was killed when he knows, personally, that he wasn’t, shows AQ-Yemen that while they might lose a few members from time to time, the US is not all over them like flies on stink.

Under Bush, we went after AQ and jihadis in some pretty strange places, quietly, and generally successfully. Yemen never was a place where we could operate even though our premier counter-terrorism force in the region was just across the water in Djibouti. All levels of the Yemen government are permeated with AQ-Yemen, and a number of key Yemenis leaders are fully sympathetic toward AQ-Yemen. That the Obama Administration has called for giving Yemen over $40 million to “fight” AQ-Yemen for them means an influx in operational capital, nothing less.

And, so long as the disorganization of this Administration is played out in the press across the world…why not take advantage of it?

They are not stupid. Fanatic. Delusional. But, stupid?

No.

coldwarrior on December 30, 2009 at 11:26 AM

2nd Ammendment Mother on December 30, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Yes. A microcosm of the larger political struggle today. Well said.

mikeyboss on December 30, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Obama is not scheduled to return to Washington until Sunday.

He travels? I figured Chicago jesus just appears somewhere–sort of like what happens on abccbsnbcmsnbcfoodnetwork. . .

ConservativeTony on December 30, 2009 at 11:29 AM

The only war that Obama is conducting is a war on the white middle class.

Race card!

Grow Fins on December 30, 2009 at 11:36 AM

I’d just like somebody to name one thing this adminstration has done to make them feel proud.

ConservativeTony

Standing up to mouth breathers like you?

Grow Fins on December 30, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Remember, the Obamanator is a typical member of the liberal left “I speak therefore I am.” He will hunt down every person involved – oooh! now there is something that frightens me!!!! with what – Fox Moulder – Obama seems to feel that the War on Terror belongs in the X Files, and when the evidence is collected he will hold a review conference, issue the expected disclaimer, expect you to feel safe because he feels good about himself, snug in his own self worship. And the Islamo-facists will go away because the Wizard of Wash waived his magic teleprompter and rode off for another round of golf.

georgeofthedesert on December 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM

I’d just like somebody to name one thing this adminstration has done to make them feel proud.

ConservativeTony

Standing up to mouth breathers like you?

Grow Fins on December 30, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Translation: “I can’t honestly answer Tony’s simple question, so I will channel my hero Saul Alinsky and insult him instead.”

Mission Accomplished!

Del Dolemonte on December 30, 2009 at 11:45 AM

And to all you right wing nut job birthy tea party climate denying commenters who got blasted by the Green Wizard for saying that the system failed, that there should be an investigation, that perhaps heads should roll…well guess who surprisingly has nothing to say after Mr. President himself announces that the system failed, that he wants an investigation, and he wants to hold people accountable? The giant hypocrite whom I will not link to, that’s who! Hahahaha. He just gets more and more amusing.
scalleywag on December 30, 2009 at 10:56 AM

To all you lefty, never had sex with that woman, Global Warming err… Climate Change err… Pollution… believers, Al Gore like scamsters, America Hating, low life, Government Suckers…. How did that Hope And Change Work out? How is that reset with Russia working? How is extending hand to Iran working out? How did relationship with China work out in Copanhaagan? BTW…. Olympics are in Chicago… Correct? How did that job killing stimulus work out for you? How are your jobs(that 3 letter word) going(if you ever had one)? How are you feeling about security? Did you get that smooch from “extremists” yet?

Don’t blame me. I did not support that guy.

antisocial on December 30, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Standing up to mouth breathers like you?

Grow Fins on December 30, 2009 at 11:38 AM

No surprise that an Obama slobberer would have a response like this.

Couldn’t name anything, huh?

ConservativeTony on December 30, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Dave Rywall on December 30, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Hi, Drywall! There’s one little issue, though: By the time Richard Reid’s shoebomber attempt was discovered, the War on Terror was overall in the forefront of America’s mind. It was, pretty much, just another event, and Bush had already demonstrated his willingness to take it to the enemy. Obama…not so much.

But thanks for playing, though!

BradSchwartze on December 30, 2009 at 11:47 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

Who cares?

That’s the difference between conservatives and libtards. Libtards have an adolescent need to be liked or to be popular. Conservatives don’t give a damn. That’s why libtards like Obama the Coward are incapable of conducting a war properly or executing a strong foreign policy which protects the nation’s interest.

Oderint dum metuant.

atheling on December 30, 2009 at 11:51 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

Ted, I’m just sad to see the “Obamateurism of the Year” award ending without this incident being part of it. This whole Administration is amateurish!

PatMac on December 30, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Standing up to mouth breathers like you?

Grow Fins on December 30, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Lol, “standing up”? Hell, most “mouth breathers” like us can kick this Precedent’s ass to kingdom come. The Precedent only stands up to his own citizens, but he hasn’t the guts to stand up to dictators like Chavez and Ahmadinejad? What a wimp your “messiah” is!

You’re a pathetic POS, you spineless turd. Now go crawl back under the rock where you belong, ass wipe.

atheling on December 30, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Cheney/Palin 2012.

Time to tell the terrorists (and the libtards) to have a nice cup of STFU.

Wolftech on December 30, 2009 at 11:55 AM

the FACT is that there were no more Al Qaeda attempts to blow up American airline flights on Bush’s watch.

rockmom on December 30, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Almost certainly not true.

The 2006 liquid bombs were apparently intended for American airliners and had an al-Qaeda link. Several of those plotters are now in UK prisons.

YiZhangZhe on December 30, 2009 at 12:31 PM

The audience here is not restricted merely to the American public. Terrorists and would-be terrorist are listening too, very carefully. If the US president talks about -war-, uses that word specifically, and then his message is repackaged by al-Qaeda propagandists, then Obama will inadvertently boost al-Qaeda’s recruitment drive. Not making a “big deal” about it in public does have its benefits. What goes on behind the scenes though is probably very war-like. It better be.

AlexB on December 30, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Standing up to mouth breathers like you?
Grow Fins on December 30, 2009 at 11:38 AM

How?

Chuck Schick on December 30, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Dick Cheney is a true patriot, I miss him as VP.

Meanwhile 0bowma continues the surf and golf vacation as far away from DC as he could get while still being in the USA.

FireBlogger on December 30, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Just a possibility here…..

Is Obama really the first ‘Blackberry President’?

He signs the orders, makes the speeches (or actually reads TOTUS), and appears on the talk shows, 60 minutes, etc. but the real President is on the other end of his Blackberry?

PappyD61 on December 30, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Dick Cheney = win
Barrack Obama = fail

nuff said.

Mojave Mark on December 30, 2009 at 1:02 PM

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

The time period between May 2009 and now is not years.

baldilocks on December 30, 2009 at 1:14 PM

You clowns are the ones who need to get a grip.

Dave Rywall on December 30, 2009 at 10:59 AM

HAHAHAHAHA! Bush, the one that the liberals kept saying was “scaring” the public with his announcement of the war on terrorism…Bush the one who was derided for using the term axis of evil, the one that the left kept saying was more focused on terrorism, then the economy….you liberals crack me up, you can’t even remember what you said last week, let alone a few years ago.
Just to remind you….Obama is the one who mandated the removal of the statement “war on terror”, he doesn’t consider us at war, these are all “isolated” incidents…this is the guy you are defending, no “war” and only “isolated” incidents.
You guys crack me up…do you laugh and spew milk through your nose as you type your posts, I almost do when I read them….what will the liberals think of next?

right2bright on December 30, 2009 at 1:17 PM

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.

Cheney is right.

Napolitano’s “the system worked”indicates strongly that as far as Obama is concerned we are not at war. I believe her when she explained that she was referring to after the incident reporting and not prevention. After all law enforcement is by design, reactionary.

And how long after the failed attack was it before Obama was even told of the attempt? 3 hours? So who was in charge? Evidently Obama wasn’t.

Texas Gal on December 30, 2009 at 1:21 PM

I always did like Cheney. And now that he’s found his voice, even more so. He’s courageously saying what many more need to say. It’s time to expose this president for what he is, otherwise, we don’t survive in any recognizable form, if at all.

paul1149 on December 30, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Bush, Rumsfeld et all barely muster a response to the shoe bomber a week after the fact but y’all are pis*ing your pants over this.

Dave Rywall on December 30, 2009 at 10:59 AM

We were already at war with the Islamists–one which Bush and Rumsfeld intiated–when Reid tried to ignite his shoes, you Disinformation Merchant. And you pretend that people can know about things before they actually know about them. Pertinent government agencies hadn’t discovered this method of smuggling explosives on board aircraft before Reid made his attempt. Now in 2009 this method of terrorism is known. That’s the difference.

But you knew that. You’re just trying to sell BS to anyone stupid enough to buy.

baldilocks on December 30, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Standing up to mouth breathers like you?

Grow Fins on December 30, 2009 at 11:38 AM

And that’s it….look at his polls now, I would say telling the majority to shove it, we won’t listen to you hasn’t helped your liberal cause any…how is that hopey changey thing working out for you?
Economy better? NOOOO!, no terrorist attacks? NOOOOO! Unemployement not over 8.4%? NOOOOOO! Home values up? NOOOOO! Auto companies doing better? NOOOOO! More secure homeland? NOOOOOOO!
Fastest growing government ever? YESSSSS!
Fastest growing debt ever? YESSSSS!
Higher payed government employees then ever? YESSSSS!
Record number of attorney on the presidents team? YESSSSS!
Largest number of white house staff? YESSSSSS!
Weekly staff meetings concerning radio talk show hosts? YESSSS!
Yeah, we are in real good hands….

right2bright on December 30, 2009 at 1:25 PM

But you knew that. You’re just trying to sell BS to anyone stupid enough to buy.

baldilocks on December 30, 2009 at 1:24 PM

But he knows that, so I guess that makes him pretty naive and stupid….Rywall has no shame, if he did he would be more cautious of what he posts, amazing.

right2bright on December 30, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Rywall has no shame, if he did he would be more cautious of what he posts, amazing.

right2bright on December 30, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Hah! Rywall is an MP! Remember?

atheling on December 30, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Cheney is right.

Terrye on December 30, 2009 at 2:10 PM

The Big Pretender in Chief is finally exposed to what he always was, nakid.

America is waking up, before she’s dead, literally.

NO one can make the lefties more nervous, make the latrine rats go absolutely crazy, like Mr. Cheney.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2009 at 2:14 PM

You clowns are the ones who need to get a grip.

Dave Rywall on December 30, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Here’s a broom – go sweep yer mess in Canada.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2009 at 2:16 PM

When it comes to guts and the will to fight- Cheney wears an xxxxx large jock strap while the Odummer wears a maxi pad.

jainphx on December 30, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Sart with yourself, Big Pretender in Chief.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2009 at 2:29 PM

God, how I love it when Cheney starts bitch-slapping 0bama.

Mirimichi on December 30, 2009 at 2:34 PM

He signs the orders, makes the speeches (or actually reads TOTUS), and appears on the talk shows, 60 minutes, etc. but the real President is on the other end of his Blackberry?

PappyD61 on December 30, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Are you suggesting that Mr Obama is a president after the manner of Mr Beeblebrox … that he exists not as a source of authority, but only to distract attention away from it?

YiZhangZhe on December 30, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Are you suggesting that Mr Obama is a president after the manner of Mr Beeblebrox … that he exists not as a source of authority, but only to distract attention away from it?

YiZhangZhe on December 30, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Yes, that is a fitting analogy.

daesleeper on December 30, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Dick Cheney is a true patriot, I miss him as VP.

Meanwhile 0bowma continues the surf and golf vacation as far away from DC as he could get while still being in the USA.

FireBlogger on December 30, 2009 at 12:48 PM

LOL, CNN is going to be spinning this Cheney story soon. Right now Leftist Looney Toon Jonathan Turley is on, asserting as fact that Bush and Cheney “tortured” detainees.

As for Dear Leader and his wanderings, he and the family went snorkeling at Hanauma Bay yesterday. It’s normally closed on Tuesdays, but he’s The Messiah, after all. One of the reasons it’s closed Tuesdays is to allow the bay to “clean itself out” as it gets heavy visitor use the other 6 days of the week. So it could be said that by visiting when the beach was closed, Dear Leader was in fact polluting it!

Del Dolemonte on December 30, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Who was that lowly guy that got the axe for the Air Force One flyover? Didn’t get a job with the “other” Weather Underground founder?

barnone on December 30, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Yup, that would be Jeff Jones. And there was also Van jones (no relation) who wound up at CAP, that used to be run by Panetta. Can’t remeber his replacement, another Clinton crank.

Archimedes on December 30, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Standing up to mouth breathers like you?

Grow Fins on December 30, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Grow Fins is back? The ranks of Moonbats must be getting thin.

Archimedes on December 30, 2009 at 4:41 PM

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.”

Bwaaaaahahahaha! These pathetic wankers are so desperate that they’re trying to imply that Cheney doesn’t condemn terrorist attacks on Americans?!

Good luck selling that, Emanuel, you little fairy.

Jaibones on December 30, 2009 at 4:47 PM

LOL! CNN is having a discussion about Cheney right now-noted Leftist serpent James Carville started his “response” by accusing Cheney of invading the wrong country. Later he repeated the accusation.

Pure gold, Jerry!

Del Dolemonte on December 30, 2009 at 4:48 PM

LOL, now Carville is defending O’bama for vacationing in Hawai’i because…”he was born there, and there are palm trees there”.

Del Dolemonte on December 30, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Bush, Rumsfeld et all barely muster a response to the shoe bomber a week after the fact but y’all are pis*ing your pants over this.

Dave Rywall on December 30, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Good one, Dave! You pansies spent 8 years crying about what madmen Bush and Cheney were and how insane their response to 9-11 was, and now you want us to believe they were soft on terrorism?

Heh. You sound like Emanuel’s sock puppet.

Jaibones on December 30, 2009 at 4:49 PM

I absolutely love it when Cheney or Sarah Palin come out. Trolls are spinning, lefties are in a rage dance, conservatives are glad and hotair is on fire. I love it. I hope they come out with something at least once a week.

antisocial on December 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Is the War on WTF? heating up again? Send everyone to the malls, buy Chinese sh1t there and keep an eye out for religion hi-jackers. Thats how Bush beat them before right?

Eight fu*king years fighting low intelligence religious monkeys and avoiding victory. Where do you find leadership that can do that?

BL@KBIRD on December 30, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Nothing better than Dick Cheney….sigh….

anniekc on December 30, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Heh. You sound like Emanuel’s sock puppet.

Jaibones on December 30, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Probably owns a pink tutu, too.

anniekc on December 30, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Countdown until the vultures on the LittleGreenFootballs find this video to lick their chops and launch ad hominem attacks.

Spathi on December 30, 2009 at 1:59 PM

*takes a look at the threat right in front of him*

Um, Spathi, I think somebody got the jump on LGF…

(not to say that the brainwashed sock monkeys on that site would be any better)

Dark-Star on December 30, 2009 at 5:47 PM

It’s why we have a Constitution that this president is desperately trying to rid us of…. it’s why the 2nd Amendment is such a powerfully important part of our national psyche. The Founding Fathers credited ordinary Americans with the will and desire to defend their home, their families and their freedom…

2nd Ammendment Mother on December 30, 2009 at 11:01 AM

This putrid precedent may fail to take away your guns but he won’t have to if he can take away your ammo or make it cost $100.00 per bullet. Start stocking up or roll your own. I suspect you may already be doing both.

Extrafishy on December 30, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Is Obama really the first ‘Blackberry President’puppet?

He signs the orders, makes the speeches (or actually reads TOTUS), and appears on the talk shows, 60 minutes, etc. but the real President dictator is on the other end of his Blackberry?

PappyD61 on December 30, 2009 at 12:58 PM

…in addition to which, when the poll numbers continue to plummet, miraculously, there will be a HUGE, amazing surge in the Dow. Hmmmm conversely to the way it tanked when he started to plummet under the evil Bush’s watch.

Chewy the Lab on December 30, 2009 at 6:28 PM

I have to admit, this country would now be in much, much better shape if Cheyney had been president, and Bush the VP. Come to think of it, it probably would have been as good as the last time a Bush was a Veep.

rmgraha on December 30, 2009 at 7:02 PM

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

YEA: IT’S CALLED NEGLIGENCE “PROVIDING AID AND COMFORT TO THE ENEMY”.

Cybergeezer on December 30, 2009 at 9:59 AM

May I take the liberty, Cyber.

KSM is made a US citizen for all intents and purposes and now underpants gets to lawyer up as a US citizen, too.

I think Cheney knows obama is a traitor, and hopes someone will have the spine to say so, and soon.

tigerlily on December 30, 2009 at 7:11 PM

Before 9/11, terroristic acts in the US were handled as law inforcement problems; criminal acts.

Then 9/11 happened. Terroristic acts were handled as acts of war, perpetrated by unlawful enemy combatants.

How can the reality of 9/11 and the fact that for eight years we have boots on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan allow obama to IGNORE these facts and ERASE the sacrifice and lost lives?

WHY are we allowing him to treat terrorists as criminals AGAIN?

HOW can we allow obama to coddle KSM and all other enemy combatants as nothing more than civilian criminals with all the rights of a US citizen, allowing them a worldwide stage and rights to US intelligence documents and personnel?

Are not obama’s actions treasonous? Isn’t he “providing
aid and comfort to the enemy”? And if so, can’t he be stopped?

I am asking these questions seriously, because I have grave doubts about whether we will be able to have a free and fair election ever again – billions of stimulus money must be in the hands of ACORN & SEIU – nobody can or will account for it. So, what happens if we can’t overturn using the electoral process?

tigerlily on December 30, 2009 at 7:30 PM

There is no dem, alive or dead, voter or politician, good enough to wipe Cheney’s ass

proconstitution on December 30, 2009 at 7:59 PM

I love Cheney. He sees the big picture and lays out the supportive details with a no-nonsense delivery. Essentially, he is telling ObaMao to man up and put away his utopian SimCity priorities.

Just an aside: Are there no file photos of Cheney, where he doesn’t look as if he is ready to snarl and bite off heads? This is the kind of not-so-subtle editorializing that the media like to use in order to control the narrative. It irks me to no end.

onlineanalyst on December 30, 2009 at 9:25 PM

Does anyone else have the sense that we conservative commenters and the blogs that host us are more on top of the events, the facts/emerging background info, and the “dots” connecting the Christmas jihadist (as well as the Ft. Hood jihadist) than the WH and its lackeys?

There are too many Muslims in our government agencies (some in high places of influence) shaping the message and policies of the ObaMoa administration. The attitude conveys appeasement and dhimmitude.

onlineanalyst on December 30, 2009 at 9:32 PM

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,

Ahh, Tommy, history shows and the history of AQ shows, FAILD AQ attacks are a precursor to future attacks.

Remember the USS Cole? 10 months before that attack the USS The Sullivans was the target of an attempted bombing.

Dumb luck on our part that they overloaded their boat and sank as they approached the USS The Sullivans.

1993 AQ bombed the WTC.
The intent was to blowout the foundation of the building causing it to collapse, killing EVERYONE inside.

Dumb luck on our part that they placed the bomb in the wrong location.

9/11 2001 Dumb luck didn’t work.

This guy had enough explosives to take out the plane he was on.

Dumb luck on our part he messed up the detonator.

Do you really think Dumb luck is a good plan for fighting terrorists?

DSchoen on December 30, 2009 at 10:22 PM

Bush, Rumsfeld et all barely muster a response to the shoe bomber a week after the fact but y’all are pis*ing your pants over this.
Dave Rywall on December 30,

There was no doubt that Bush understood we were at war and was actively engaged in fighting this war.

There is considerable doubt Obama understands we are at war.

Obama has been doing his best to ignore reality, that we are at war.

DSchoen on December 30, 2009 at 10:33 PM

“Only sick people take drugs. If I don’t take drugs, I’m not sick.”

Logboy on December 30, 2009 at 11:40 PM

Every time Cheney speaks, the West Wing goes into full panic mode.

That’s RESPECT.

It’s the kinda respect that “insiders” show to a man whose accomplishments and judgement will be forever hidden by those weaker than him.

God Bless Dick Cheney.

David2.0 on December 31, 2009 at 12:46 AM

That GWB waited 6 days to address the ShoeBomber is immaterial. Every American knew that GWB was deadly serious about the WOT. Whether or not he spoke directly to the SB, Americans knew that GWB was not just killing terrorists abroad, he was actively pursuing measures that would prevent terrorists slaughtering Americans at home. Americans have no such sense of security from Obama. Yeah, Al Qaeda thugs are being bombed abroad; however, simultaneously, Obama is giving away America’s security secrets to the terrorists via the NYT and other MSM outlets. Moreover, Obama is vilifying America on the global stage. Thus, the difference between the two is more than action abroad; it is the essential difference of GWB’s and Obama’s stance vis-a-vis the United States of America. We knew where GWB was even though some didn’t agree with him; we also know where Obama is, and nobody agrees with or trusts him.

SilentWatcher on December 31, 2009 at 1:59 AM

RUN.
DICK.
RUN.

leftnomore on December 31, 2009 at 5:03 AM

Maybe we can interrogate the panty bomber to find out who these other two or three hundred jihadists are who want to blow up our planes, trains, and automobiles. Oh, wait, he’s not being held at Gitmo……and he’s got a lawyer who’s not letting him talk. Gee, I sure hope team Obama fingerprints him and takes a DNA sample to see if he’s conducted any burglaries or rapes. Maybe the panty bomber doesn’t have a valid I-9 form, too! Oh Dear!

olesparkie on December 31, 2009 at 8:15 AM

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