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Cheney: Obama Ups Chances Of Attacks

From the Politico:

Cheney warns of new attacks

By Jim VandeHei, John F. Harris and Mike Allen

Wed Feb 4

Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned that there is a “high probability” that terrorists will attempt a catastrophic nuclear or biological attack in coming years, and said he fears the Obama administration’s policies will make it more likely the attempt will succeed.

In an interview Tuesday with Politico, Cheney unyieldingly defended the Bush administration’s support for the Guantanamo Bay prison and coercive interrogation of terrorism suspects.

And he asserted that President Obama will either backtrack on his stated intentions to end those policies or put the country at risk in ways more severe than most Americans — and, he charged, many members of Obama’s own team — understand.

When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then I worry,” Cheney said.

Protecting the country’s security is “a tough, mean, dirty, nasty business,” he said. “These are evil people. And we’re not going to win this fight by turning the other cheek.”

Citing intelligence reports, Cheney said at least 61 of the inmates who were released from Guantanamo during the Bush administration — “that’s about 11 or 12 percent” — have “gone back into the business of being terrorists.”

The 200 or so inmates still there, he claimed, are “the hard core” whose “recidivism rate would be much higher.” (Lawyers for Guantanamo detainees have strongly disputed the recidivism figures, asserting that the Pentagon data have inconsistencies and omissions.) Cheney called Guantanamo a “first-class program,” and “a necessary facility” that is operated legally and with better food and treatment than the jails in inmates’ native countries.

But he said he worried that “instead of sitting down and carefully evaluating the policies,” Obama officials are unwisely following “campaign rhetoric” and preparing to release terrorism suspects or afford them legal protections granted to more conventional defendants in crime cases.

The choice, he alleged, reflects a naive mindset among the new team in Washington: “The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected. Sometimes, that requires us to take actions that generate controversy. I’m not at all sure that that’s what the Obama administration believes.” …

Of course it does not take a Nostradamus to realize that the terrorists will probably strike again — big time.

And as even Mr. Biden noted, probably sooner rather than later, with such a naive neophyte in the White House.

But to hear this from the unflappable Mr. Cheney is especially unnerving.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Cheney: Obama Ups Chances Of Attacks”

  1. BillK says:

    From Politico:

    Cheney warns of new attacks

    By Jim VandeHei, John F. Harris and Mike Allen

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned that there is a “high probability” that terrorists will attempt a catastrophic nuclear or biological attack in coming years, and said he fears the Obama administration’s policies will make it more likely the attempt will succeed…

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20090204/pl_politico/18390;_ylt=ArSCpm62YxMqzvSVISjVkP39xg8F;_ylu=X3oDMTE5Mmk3M3VpBHBvcwM1BHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcmllcwRzbGsDY2hlbmV5d2FybnNv

    I really, really miss Dick Cheney and, unfortunately, agree with him.

  2. dandean says:

    “Protecting the country’s security is “a tough, mean, dirty, nasty business,” he said. “These are evil people. And we’re not going to win this fight by turning the other cheek.”

    Do you think BO can even begin to imagine what defending this country really entails? Can he defy his far-left overlords and actually set in motion the “tough, mean, dirty, nasty” work required to protect us?

    My take? Probably not. He’s more concerned with image above all else. It’s more important to him to be seen as accomodating and understanding than it is to actually make the hard choices involved in protecting our nation.

  3. Alice L. says:

    Does anybody doubt it for a minute?

  4. Chinnubie says:

    When the one-party media wasn’t reporting on how BHO would protect the country, those of us who were reading between the lines, knew this would become an inevitability. What scares the HOLY-CRAP out-of-me is, where is the attack going to happen, because unfortunately, I don’t have the CIA protecting me 24-7, like others of us that want to get along with animals that DO NOT care whether Americans DIE!!!!!!!! What makes us better people than those animals, we care if they die.

  5. dandean says:

    To add to my earlier post: national security is one area where BO cannot ever vote “present.” He may wish he could, he may try to hide behind his typical rhetorical flourishes, but in the end he MUST make an executive decision. My guess is that he’ll want to delay and try to find some sort of “Wag the Dog” dodge to deflect attention, but ultimately he’ll have to do the one thing he’s NEVER, EVER been good at: making a hard choice.

  6. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    If the democrats would only fight these islamofacists with the same viciousness and ferocity as they do their political opponents then how safe our country would be. Unfortunately the dem’s regard the terrorists as a lesser threat than conservatives.

  7. Confucius says:

    I miss Cheney. He’s one of the few Republicans who isn’t afraid of his own balls.


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