Cheney: Obama appointing second-raters to nat-sec positions

posted at 12:31 pm on February 10, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

It’s a measure of just how much credibility Dick Cheney retains in national-security matters that the AP sent a reporter to his speech at a dinner for the Wyoming GOP.  CBS also picked up the story and featured it on its Sunday Morning site.  When Cheney criticizes Obama, more than four years after leaving office, the media still notices:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Saturday night that President Barack Obama has jeopardized U.S. national security by nominating substandard candidates for key cabinet posts and by degrading the U.S. military.

“The performance now of Barack Obama as he staffs up the national security team for the second term is dismal,” Cheney said in comments to about 300 members of the Wyoming Republican Party.

Cheney, a Wyoming native, said it was vital to the nation’s national security that “good folks” hold the positions of secretary of state, CIA director and secretary of defense.

“Frankly, what he has appointed are second-rate people,” he said.

That criticism was a bit awkward, under the circumstances:

Wyoming’s two U.S. senators, Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, voted for Kerry’s confirmation. Both Enzi and Barrasso gave introductory speeches for Cheney Saturday night.

Cheney may have meant to include Kerry in that accusation, but the votes of the two Senators shouldn’t come under too much fire.  Kerry may or may not be a “second-rate” appointment, but at least he had serious qualifications for the job as the long-time chair/ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee.  Kerry may not have produced much legislation in his very long tenure in the Senate, but that’s in part because of his focus on his committee work in this arena.  One can disagree with his policy outlook while still acknowledging that Kerry’s appointment was not just defensible, but perhaps the most supportable of the leading choices — and more defensible than Hillary Clinton’s was in 2009.  Enzi and Barrasso aren’t in the Senate to choose the nominees, and after the demolition of Susan Rice, Republicans probably figured they could do a lot worse than Kerry.

At least according to the AP report, most of Cheney’s ire was directed at Chuck Hagel rather than Kerry or John Brennan.  Cheney accused Obama of using Hagel as a shield to let a Republican take the heat for his own destructive policies on defense spending.  That will not just constrict Obama’s options on national security, Cheney argued, but those of Presidents to come.

However, that is what’s meant by “elections have consequences.”  It’s Obama’s policies that will be put into place no matter who gets the SecDef position, and that’s exactly how it should be, because Presidents are accountable to the voters.  Hagel’s nomination is second-rate (or worse) not because he’ll carry out the President’s policies; that’s what every Cabinet Secretary does.  It’s second-rate because Hagel is clearly unqualified for the position, and apparently unwilling to even prepare properly for it.  Even if Hagel withdraws and Michelle Flournoy gets the position, the SecDef will carry out Obama’s policies — we’ll just have someone more competent at doing so in the position.

Cheney is correct in pointing out the weaknesses of the second-term appointees, but it’s not really the appointees that are the problem.  It’s the man making the appointments … and the voters who gave him the opportunity to do so.

Addendum: So why does Cheney continue to have so much credibility on national security?  Maybe it’s because the Obama administration has continued so many of the Bush/Cheney policies, and even amplified a few of them.


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CHENEY 2016! If life hasn`t killed him after all his troubles, he`ll make it two more terms. :)

ThePrez on February 10, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Kerry is a second-rate appointment. Hagel is, maybe, as high as fourth-rate. Hagel is every bit as qualified to be SecDef as I am.

NeighborhoodCatLady on February 10, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Yawn. Clash of the statists.

abobo on February 10, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Somehow I doubt this will be a Troll-Free thread.

Have at it, Leftists.

War Criminal? Dear Leader has continued many of Darth Cheney’s policies.

Halliburton? Many high ranking officials of that evil empire donated to and voted for Dear Leader in 2008 and 2012, and Democrat Sugar Daddy George Soros bought $61 million worth of Halliburton in 2006.

5-Time Draft Dodger Chickenhawk? Our current “Vice President” also dodged the draft 5 times, so that one won’t work either.

Secret White House Meetings? lol.

Del Dolemonte on February 10, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Huh?

I hope that what I just read was not an apologetic for John Kerry.

The only reason John Kerry looks good is that there are no drowned women beneath any bridges on small islands off the south coast of Massachusetts.

Kerry is a prime example of what is wrong with politics in America today – a privileged class of ne’erdowells that consider themselves above the progs.

To this point they are getting away with it.

turfmann on February 10, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Cheney is right on Hagel. Totally unqualified. Its an insult to that office that Hagel is even nominated.

tommy71 on February 10, 2013 at 12:46 PM

All part of the plan: Gut the military, install retards as SecDef and SoS, get bulldozed by Bark when necessary, kowtow to every douchebag tinpot the world over, and embarrass ourselves on the international stage.

Need to quit acting like the Dog Eating Aszhat is trying to make this nation greater, he hates everything about it except his paycheck so why would he look for competence? Besides, his skills are so laughable that having actual brains in his administration would make him look bad.

Bishop on February 10, 2013 at 12:46 PM

2rd rate….heck, that is at least grades above Obama and Biden.

albill on February 10, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Checking out the link to al-AP’s story, some caring comments:

Dick Cheney is one of the most dangerous men to ever occupy the Vice-Presidency. He is a rotten piece of sh*t that should have been tried for war crimes. For him to criticize the President or anyone else for that matter is laughable.

Dick Cheney can go Dick himself.

Del Dolemonte on February 10, 2013 at 12:47 PM

more defensible than Hillary Clinton’s was in 2009

Setting the bar mighty low, aren’t we?

tom on February 10, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Shooting. Skeet.

koaiko on February 10, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Its true that Obama has continued many of the Bush terror policies that heand Dems railed against. But lets not kid ourselves into thinking Obama has been as effective on the War on Terror as Bush was. How many countries were Al Qaeda and terror groups operating in when Bush left office? And how many are they in now?

Jack_Burton on February 10, 2013 at 12:50 PM

When there’s a “shadow government” making the REAL decisions, 2nd rate appointees will do just fine.

listens2glenn on February 10, 2013 at 12:52 PM

“Frankly, what he has appointed are second-rate people security risks themsleves,” he said.

Cleombrotus on February 10, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Big government Cheney…sigh…

At what point did you all lose your moral compass?

The GOP will betray you

True_King on February 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Obama considers himself smarter than any of his underlings, and to prove he’s right he appoints bigger dolts than himself. While it can be argued Kerry knows something about foreign affairs from his committee position, the fact remains he’s been insulated in the Senate; the most practical experience he has is maybe a vacation in the Bahamas.

I can easily picture Bush and Cheney having heated debates on foreign policy matters, but Obama needs his yes-men who wouldn’t dare risk his ire. The Cabinet is supposed to be a team of advisers, not a cast to make the leading-role player look better.

Liam on February 10, 2013 at 12:57 PM

PC crap from Cheney.

They weren’t second rate and he knows it! They are treacherous.

katy on February 10, 2013 at 12:57 PM

The thought of this crowd infecting all our national security offices scares me.

Cleombrotus on February 10, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Second rate or treasonous? You decide. John Gualdono is no slouch either…

http://www.therightscoop.com/shocking-new-claim-john-brennan-converted-to-islam/

katy on February 10, 2013 at 12:59 PM

There is no reason, to ever vote for Kerry, he’s been wrong on three continents, in three different decades, in Southeast Asia in the 70s,
Central America, in the 80s, and the Middle East in the OOs.

narciso on February 10, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Obama Third rate prez appointing second-raters to nat-sec positions

petefrt on February 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Its true that Obama has continued many of the Bush terror policies that heand Dems railed against. But lets not kid ourselves into thinking Obama has been as effective on the War on Terror as Bush was. How many countries were Al Qaeda and terror groups operating in when Bush left office? And how many are they in now?

Jack_Burton on February 10, 2013 at 12:50 PM

In 2002, the UN estimated that AQ was active in 40 countries.

In 2011, the BBC estimated that AQ had cells in “dozens” of countries.

But remember, AQ has never, ever been active in Iraq! The Left tells us so.

Del Dolemonte on February 10, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Hagel’s nomination is second-rate (or worse)

Far, far worserier.

rbj on February 10, 2013 at 1:03 PM

They are all just First Class AAA rated lap dogs and should be recognized for the accomplishments of their life time political goals and not criticized for their gross, inept incompetence.

If it were not for the political machinery that got them where they are they would all be on the Government dole. “Wait Wait don’t tell me” they are on the Government Dole.

“We the People” can not have any more of these class act clowns rewarded with positions of importance and power. They are destroying this Country with every MissTwiLies (Misleading, Twists and Lies)Run & Hide CYA.

jpcpt03 on February 10, 2013 at 1:05 PM

“Frankly, what he has appointed are second-rate people,” he said

…that high?…generous in his old age!

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Ah the elitist GOP brings out their retired, thus safe, hit man Cheney(he shot down Sarah Palin twice for them) to do their dirty work.

Don L on February 10, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Gawd I love that Heartless Old Bastard.

He knows how to irritate the hell outta the DLP (Donk/Liberal/Progressive) establishment.

It’s a skill-set the GOP/Whig party sure could use these days…

Bruno Strozek on February 10, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Hagel’s nomination is second-rate (or worse)

Far, far worserier. – rbj on February 10, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Methinks that you made up a new word. But I agree with you. If Hagel does become Secretary of Defense, which he probably will, he will be the worst Secretary of Defense, ever.

SC.Charlie on February 10, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Cheney: Obama appointing second-raters to nat-sec positions

It’s a second-rate administration. It would be unexpectedly unprecedented to appoint anyone higher than that.

rukiddingme on February 10, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Hagel is an idiot of the highest order. Obama nominates idiots to make himself look better in comparison, it still doesn’t work.

Russ86 on February 10, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Obama Third rate prez appointing second-raters to nat-sec positions

petefrt on February 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Beat me to it, although I had Preezy nowhere near third rate.

msupertas on February 10, 2013 at 1:17 PM

A bit on topic. I sure hope Brigitte is correct with her statement. She knows what she is doing and has ‘people in high places’ to give her information. I can not wait to see what/if this is true and if bho is more involved than thought?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/10/source-new-info-on-benghazi-is-going-to-come-out-people-will-be-amazed-shocked/
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letget on February 10, 2013 at 1:22 PM

The lefties complaining about Dick Cheney are saying what again about Obama’s drone policies? Oh yeah that’s right….crickets.

txmomof6 on February 10, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Second rate or treasonous? You decide. John Gualdono is no slouch either…

http://www.therightscoop.com/shocking-new-claim-john-brennan-converted-to-islam/

katy on February 10, 2013 at 12:59 PM

I watched that last night. WOW! It’s worse than we thot. If Hagel was smart (informed) he would withdraw in a heartbeat. No one would want to be involved with this Administration, unless they have the same goals.

Kudos to RS for putting this up and bravo for that station having Gualdono on. Courage for all of them isn’t a strong enough word.

Everyone should watch that video!!

bluefox on February 10, 2013 at 1:35 PM

After watching that video on RS, I really have my doubts about GW & Cheney also.

bluefox on February 10, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Would have been hilarious to here Cheney rattle off Obama’s drone stats and then make that piece go viral..

hillsoftx on February 10, 2013 at 1:38 PM

bluefox on February 10, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Who refers to Jerusalem as Al Quds?
Ans: Muslims

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmGe_lVYxDw

We are so naive about Islam. Brennan is no doubt working for the enemies of the West.

katy on February 10, 2013 at 1:52 PM

I liked old big Dick. Fit really well with a small Bush. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

msupertas on February 10, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Obummer administration – nothing but 2 bit progressive hacks…..

Yet again proving that socialism sucks……

redguy on February 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Kerry is a second-rate appointment. Hagel is, maybe, as high as fourth-rate. Hagel is every bit as qualified to be SecDef as I am.

NeighborhoodCatLady on February 10, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Don’t sell yourself so short. I’m sure you know what containment is and what the US position is on it.

blammm on February 10, 2013 at 2:14 PM

I think Cheney is being uncharitable to Kerry and Hagel, and he should make up for it by taking them out for a little bird shoot.

drunyan8315 on February 10, 2013 at 2:21 PM

He’s appointing USA haters.

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Everything bho has done since day one of being elected has been anti-American and everyone around him are also. bho hates the US almost as much as rop type hate Israel and the US!
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letget on February 10, 2013 at 2:34 PM

lol pot meet kettle. The Bush clan just needs to go away…far away.

unseen on February 10, 2013 at 2:48 PM

if not for bush and chenney there would be no Obama.

unseen on February 10, 2013 at 2:49 PM

While Dick Cheney, Barack Obama’s cousin, is not afraid to get out there and oppose his relative for being a radical Marxist, where is G. W. Bush besides painting himself in the bathtub when he should be helping Cheney.

Tripwhipper on February 10, 2013 at 2:51 PM

That’s what we get for electing a fifth-rate president.

MelonCollie on February 10, 2013 at 2:52 PM

The only reason John Kerry looks good is that there are no drowned women beneath any bridges on small islands off the south coast of Massachusetts.

It’s reasonable to argue against Kerry’s worldview and qualifications. But it’s also hard to imagine that a man who almost became President would not be confirmed for a Cabinet position by either political party.

bobs1196 on February 10, 2013 at 2:53 PM

We are so naive about Islam. Brennan is no doubt working for the enemies of the West.

katy on February 10, 2013 at 1:52 PM

I don’t think it’s that the American people per se are ignorant of Islam. It’s that the thots are for many that our enemies exist in the Middle East.

That video explains that both sides have been involved for a long time, back to the mid 90′s if I remember correctly.

I noticed that Cheney had nothing to say against Brennan nor have I heard any speech from Brennan praising Israel. Hmmmm I wonder why not?

bluefox on February 10, 2013 at 3:06 PM

When there’s a “shadow government” making the REAL decisions, 2nd rate appointees will do just fine.

listens2glenn on February 10, 2013 at 12:52 PM

True, all of these appointments are figure heads. Everyone should know all Cabinet positions, including that former S.O.S. take orders from the President. No independent thot/actions allowed.

bluefox on February 10, 2013 at 3:09 PM

letget on February 10, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Reading that article you linked to. The comments are very informative too!

One thing about Truth, it can be covered up and hidden, but not buried forever. Eventually it will come out.

bluefox on February 10, 2013 at 3:24 PM

America’s foreign relations…Bwahahahahahahahahah… this government is so EVIL…. it become common practice for the oppressed to become human bombs to attack its agents. But of course its propaganda machine has you believe “THEY HATE OUR FREEDOM”

roflmmfao

donabernathy on February 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM

I like to call Dick Cheney “Mr. Vice President.”

And that slobbering racist with the bad hair plugs and odd facial tic? Well, when he’s on the stage next to our clown president, I call him “the smart one.”

Rational Thought on February 10, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Cheney is correct in pointing out the weaknesses of the second-term appointees, but it’s not really the appointees that are the problem. It’s the man making the appointments … and the voters who gave him the opportunity to do so.

Cheney, along with every prominent Republican for the last half century, deserves blame for those voters, because the Republican Party supported importing a million new Americans a year, 90% non-white, which means about 80% Democrat-voting. When red areas turn purple and purple ones turn blue, that’s not just natural “demographic change,” that’s a political decision to import millions of the “minority” voters on which Democratic strategy is based, and the Republican Party has been on board with this political decision since 1965. The imposed “browning of America” means the locked-in racial voters of the Democratic Party are out-voting the white, conservative base on which the Republican Party relies. They are also death on the interests of the Republican base – the long term implication of continued mass immigration and forced integration is that there won’t be any white people, and every group has an interest in its own survival. So the Republican Party has been harming its supporters and giving strength to its political foes for fifty years.

David Blue on February 10, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Kerry may or may not be a “second-rate” appointment, but at least he had serious qualifications for the job as the long-time chair/ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry may not have produced much legislation in his very long tenure in the Senate, but that’s in part because of his focus on his committee work in this arena.

Kerry is a worthless putz, just like the guy in the oval office. But then, being “second-rate” appears to be a hallmark of this administration. Barry doesn’t like competition.

GarandFan on February 10, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Don L on February 10, 2013 at 1:09 PM

The world doesn’t revolve around Gov. Palin. While I would certainly vote for her for president-DESPITE her cultists-I would work my middle-aged azz off campaigning for Dick Cheney!!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 10, 2013 at 6:13 PM

unseen on February 10, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Speaking of Palin cultists…

annoyinglittletwerp on February 10, 2013 at 6:16 PM

unseen on February 10, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Speaking of Palin cultists…

annoyinglittletwerp on February 10, 2013 at 6:16 PM

…and I love you both the same!

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Obama is hiring dim bulb fools to run the departments then he’s giving them meat axes to cut and mutilate all the federal spending programs. These idiots are incapable of making sound well thought out reductions and this will be a total fiasco. Doesn’t it make your proud to be an American?

rplat on February 10, 2013 at 6:31 PM

While Dick Cheney, Barack Obama’s cousin, is not afraid to get out there and oppose his relative for being a radical Marxist, where is G. W. Bush besides painting himself in the bathtub when he should be helping Cheney.

Tripwhipper on February 10, 2013 at 2:51 PM

And if GWB was out there giving speeches and offering his opinions on our current leadership…you’d be whining and sniveling about that, too.

You clowns are nothing if not consistently hypocritical.

Solaratov on February 10, 2013 at 7:40 PM

roflmmfao

donabernathy on February 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Feel free to move to some country you find more to your liking at any time. I doubt that anyone will stand in your way.

But then, you don’t have the stones to do that, do you? No. Of course not.

Solaratov on February 10, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Well the practical issue is Cheney opposed Cruz who has been the point person on Hagel and Brennan, of course this crew is strictly forthrate as with Kerry, yet he got almost unanimous support,

narciso on February 10, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Because the prez is a second rater. More like third.

jake49 on February 10, 2013 at 9:49 PM

“One of the FBI’s former top experts on Islam has announced that President Obama’s pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, converted to Islam years ago in Saudi Arabia.

A former Marine and combat veteran, John Guandolo worked for eight years in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division as a “subject matter expert” in the Muslim Brotherhood and the global spread of Islamism.”

(WND.com)

DixT on February 10, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Kerry appointment also leaves an open Dem Senate Seat to win. Winning it is another story.

Dennis D on February 11, 2013 at 8:14 AM