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Cheney Defends Bush Anti-Terror Policies

From an outraged Associated Press:

Cheney defends Bush’s national security policies


WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday defended the interrogation methods used against terrorism suspects, saying the Bush administration obtained specific information critical in combatting terrorists.

In a speech challenging President Barack Obama’s policies, Cheney said the national security decisions made by former President George W. Bush kept America safe. He dismissed "contrived indignation and phony moralizing" about the steps the CIA and military used to extract information.

Cheney told an audience at the conservative American Enterprise Institute that in the war on terror there is no middle ground.

"Half measures keep you half exposed," he said.

The former vice president spoke moments after President Barack Obama defended his administration’s plans to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Cheney criticized that move as one made with "little deliberation and no plan."

Cheney delayed his speech until after Obama finished speaking.

By the way, notice that Mr. Obama went on and on – probably for a reason.

From the Christian Science Monitor:

Was Obama trying to run out the clock?

By Jimmy Orr | 05.21.09

President Obama is running late today. He was expected to speak at 10:00am.

It’s not uncharacteristic of this administration to run late. But seeing that 28 minutes elapsed before Obama took the stage, you could make a case that the Obama team is trying to make it difficult on networks to carry former Vice President Cheney’s speech.

It’s politics. It’s a giant chess game…

Mr. Obama is so classy.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 21st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

28 Responses to “Cheney Defends Bush Anti-Terror Policies”

  1. U NO HOO says:

    At one time I bought the story that torture was bad.

    Then I took it to its logical conclusion, extreme torture is death.

    We kill in war.

    Therefore, torture is OK.


    • beautyofreason says:

      I was the same way. At one time I was very gullible and believed that water boarding was torture. Then I realized that it is simply 30 seconds of pouring water down someone’s gullet and that liberals constantly volunteer to try the practice in anti-war rallies – AND that many of our military personal underwent water boarding and pepper spray (including my father) as part of basic training. Comfortable? No. Permanent damage? No. Torture? No more than reading Michael Moore.

      And then I asked myself, why should we treat terrorist detainees well to begin with? It doesn’t make sense to fawn over jihadists, give them copies of the Koran with gloved hands, arrows pointing at Mecca, halal food all while their own forces chop off the heads of kidnapped civilians and plot bombings on our soil….

      I also realized that water boarding was politicized by the left-leaning media in a very one-sided fashion. Same goes for criticism of Israel. After Israel left Gaza, Hamas used school rooms as torture rooms for SUSPECTED spies. They shot out the knee caps of 60 men and gouged out the eyes of 3. Did the international media give a rip? No. They b*@($ed about Israel using white phosphorous as a smoke screen. And of course they wrote hundreds of articles condemning the “water boarding” of 3 men in Guantanamo and Bush policies…

      So I came to my senses.

    • 1sttofight says:

      True torture is having to live in the US with democrats in charge of the gov.

    • Yarddog1 says:

      ODERINT DUM METUANT – Let them hate so long as they fear!

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    “Mr Obama is so classy.”

    Hold that thought ………. now drink heavily!

    Wanna talk about torture …..Barry is putting the screws to Americans. Where is our beloved Fourth Estate watchdogs?

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    Cheney (again) shows more class, wisdom, and common sense in his brief presentation than o-blah-blah has in his entire public life.

  4. Snardius says:

    “Half measures keep you half exposed,” he said.

    Cheney is so right about this. And Democrats are all about half-assed partisan policies regarding the War on Terror as well as Global Warming and socialized health care. With them it’s all about ideology not reality.

  5. BillK says:

    I’ve been saying all along that it was a pity that Cheney didn’t run in 2008.

    The left would have trashed him just as badly as it did Palin, but Cheney would have done a better job of giving it right back.

    (Not that Palin can’t, she was just hamstrung to a large degree by the McCain campaign, as admittedly a VP candidate should defer to the top name on the ticket.)

  6. proreason says:

    “the Obama team is trying to make it difficult on networks to carry former Vice President Cheney’s speech”

    I thought I was done with this stuff after junior high.

    100% infantile. From the walk to the talk. From the games to the shame.

    • jobeth says:

      Obalmy can’t shut Cheney up so he did the only thing he could…he tried to “beat him at the punch”, to set the tone of the ‘debate’ and get the version HE wanted out there plus to delay the start of Cheney’s speech, hoping he would be preempted for the soaps to air. Guess he forgets about Fox News. Even MSNBC aired it, albeit of course with the usual snickering from the left.

      Next I expect Obalmy to stand with fingers in his ears shouting…”La la la la..I can’t hear you…!

      The nice thing I noticed with Cheney’s speech he did the classy thing and waited for Obalmy’s speech to be over even though he intentionally ran it over the appointed time for Cheney’s speech.

      Then it went on just as he had planned with no attempt to address the junk that Obalmy just spewed. Obalmy really wanted to engage Cheney but to his credit Cheney didn’t bite. If you don’t engage a stupid opponent you marginalize them. Cheney did this well. He was able to rest on the truth and common sense of his own statements.

      Obalmy is on the defensive and trying to do damage control for all the truth being revealed lately. We need to keep him this way!

    • proreason says:

      thanks for the report jobeth.

      One of the things I really like about Cheney is that he always speaks calmly and without hyperbole. He comes across as a gunuinely serious adult person…….exactly what The Moron has practiced for decades to do and poisoned his body with cigarettes to get the right baritone.

      That’s one of the big reasons why Cheny drives the nutters crazy.

      Since they can’t diminish the gravitas, they descend instantly into name calling.

      And The Moron is just another nutter, but one who stumbled into the puppet theatre and found himself in the lead part of the performance.

    • wardmama4 says:

      I thought I was done with this stuff after junior high.

      100% infantile.

      Rush Limbaugh has issued a ‘challenge’ to MSNBC not to mention him or use his name – to stop their attempt to get any ratings at all using his fame – So yesterday he played a clip where a female person (can’t bring myself to call any of them commentators and certainly not newscasters) – was talking around using the Rush word and the male person with her said ‘Rush Limbaugh, Rush, Limbaugh, Rush Limbaugh’ there I said it. Talk about 100% infantile.

      And these are the people in charge of our msm and government right now – from a smarmy little petty prez who purposely delays his ‘press’ conference to interfere with a former VPs speech to this idiot who acted like a 4 year old.

      God Help America.

  7. catie says:

    Last year VP Cheney was at the Big Army Ball in DC. The rumor mill this year is the Messiah is going to be there with the Belle and perhaps the punishments though I doubt they’ll show up since it’s generally not a “family” event although sometimes Soldiers take their children as their escorts, but I digress. Needless to say we aren’t going because we didn’t want to hear what they had to say. Whatever it will be, it will be just like this classless.

  8. NotStuckOnStupid says:

    I’m curious as to what finally happened. Did Cheney’s speech ultimately get aired, at least by the cable news outlets?

  9. Reality Bytes says:

    Oops! Axelrod didn’t do his homework. Their lies depend on Cheney keeping quiet. WRONG!!!

    Rush mentioned emails asking why Cheney wasn’t more out there during the Bush administration explaining more. To find out why, YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK.


    Cool black cover with big red CHENEY letters & a profile shot of the man. Read it while in Mexico. No one dared taking my lounge chair with that thing on my towel!!! God I Do Miss The Grown Ups!

    CHENEY 2012

    • Paulajay says:

      Thanks for the link — just ordered a copy. I’ve always LOVED Cheney. If he could get a heart transplant from a 20 year-old, he could definitely be a contender in 2012.

  10. Colonel1961 says:

    Go Dick!!

  11. proreason says:

    Recap of The Creature’s anti-Cheney speech from Allahpundit of HotAir:

    “We must look forward while also remembering that everything is Bush’s fault, and we must not abandon our core ideals unless doing so would make things too difficult for The One.”

    His standard speech outline serves multiple purposes, doesn’t it.

  12. ThreeBus says:

    Thank you for posting Cheney’s speech today.
    I missed them both. (glad I missed the telepromters).

    Just read the recap on Rush’s site.
    Go Cheney Go!

  13. artboyusa says:

    “At one time I bought the story that torture was bad…” I can’t say that I ever “bought” it but I do think it can be counter-productive, in that it gives every msm terrorist enabler a chance to climb on his moral high horse and lecture us and it creates a cheap moral equivalence in some people’s minds, that is not in our interest.

    The French used torture in Algeria, and I mean the real deal -not the pussy ass stuff we did – and yes, it worked tactically and in the short term but strategically and in the long term it did great damage to their cause. In war, as in life, you need to be careful about doing that things which seem to make sense at the time but which will have really negative long term effects. Example: during World War One it made good sense to the Germans for them to practice unrestricted submarine warfare and sink anything that sailed but it helped alienate them from world opinion and ultimately it brought the US into the war and that was the end for them.

  14. Confucius says:

    Where is Bush? Doesn’t he have something to say?

    Was he really a dolt and Cheney the man behind the curtains?

  15. DB of Denver says:

    WOW for 15 minutes an 35 seconds I felt safe again, safe knowing that we had a bullet in the barrel for those that wanted to do us great harm, not a daisy our current President and his ilk believe will persuade the Fanatical Islamic Jihad-ist.

  16. Eagle334th says:

    I <3 Dick’s Speech!

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