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Dick Cheney is Right: Obama Projects Weakness

posted at 1:03 pm on December 1, 2009 by

Former Vice President Dick Cheney once again made headlines recently by criticizing President Barack Obama. As we’re used to by now, Cheney doesn’t mince words:

On the eve of the unveiling of the nation’s new Afghanistan policy, former Vice President Dick Cheney slammed President Barack Obama for projecting “weakness” to adversaries and warned that more workaday Afghans will side with the Taliban if they think the United States is heading for the exits.

In a 90-minute interview at his suburban Washington house, Cheney said the president’s “agonizing” about Afghanistan strategy “has consequences for your forces in the field.”

“I begin to get nervous when I see the commander in chief making decisions apparently for what I would describe as small ‘p’ political reasons, where he’s trying to balance off different competing groups in society,” Cheney said.

“Every time he delays, defers, debates, changes his position, it begins to raise questions: Is the commander in chief really behind what they’ve been asked to do?”

Now, let’s not get into a debate about whether or not Cheney hasn’t been guilty of playing politics himself in the past (he has, of course; that’s what politicians tend to do). What matters most is that he’s right. From the day he was sworn in, Obama has projected an image of weakness to the rest of the world. And that’s a dangerous thing to do.

Even those of us who criticized George W. Bush regularly during the last years of his administration (and before), have to admit that he at least projected an image of strength. America’s adversaries knew, especially after Bush’s reaction to 9/11, that America could not be messed with. If America was seen as weak back then, you can bet on it that it would’ve been challenged even more by its enemies than it was.

Obama is making a tragic mistake by spending too much time and energy on trying to come across as a ‘uniter,’ instead of on squashing the West’s enemies. The world is a dangerous, Hobbesian place. Obama’d better realize it ASAP. Before Iran has nuclear weapons, for instance.

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Obama is making a tragic mistake by spending too much time and energy on trying to come across as a ‘uniter,’ instead of on squashing the West’s enemies. The world is a dangerous, Hobbesian place. Obama’d better realize it ASAP. Before Iran has nuclear weapons, for instance.

He’s been too busy squashing Socialism’s enemies in domestic politics to worry about civilization’s enemies in foreign policy.

cthulhu on December 1, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Weakness? Why? Just because he bows whenever he sees a Burger King commercial?

Daggett on December 1, 2009 at 1:32 PM

He’s sort of the walking image of the high school guidance counselor–polite, pleasant, useful in some ways but entirely non-threatening.

jeanie on December 1, 2009 at 1:38 PM

I have tried and tried to find one single positive thing this bho has done here in America or around the world since he was sworn in. I can not find one. I would be happy if one could be found. Daily it gets worse and worse.
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letget on December 1, 2009 at 1:41 PM

I have tried and tried to find one single positive thing this bho has done here in America or around the world since he was sworn in. I can not find one. I would be happy if one could be found. Daily it gets worse and worse.
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letget on December 1, 2009 at 1:41 PM

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

old trooper2 on December 1, 2009 at 3:40 PM

old trooper2,
Thanks, that was funny.
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letget on December 2, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Dick Cheney cooks his meat by staring at it.

5u93rm4n on December 2, 2009 at 12:16 PM