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Cheney Says Obama Owes Bush An Apology

From a highly incensed (at Mr. Cheney) Washington Post:

Cheney: After Yemen strike, Obama owes apology to Bush

By Joby Warrick
Published: October 2, 2011

Former vice president Dick Cheney on Sunday called last week’s CIA drone strike against al-Qaeda operative Anwar Awlaki a validation of the George W. Bush administration’s terrorist-fighting strategy, and said that President Obama should apologize for his past criticism of those policies.

Cheney endorsed the killing of Awlaki as “justified,” despite Awlaki’s U.S. citizenship, and suggested that the Obama White House was being hypocritical when it approved a deadly strike against the New Mexico-born Awlaki while condemning Bush’s use of so-called enhanced interrogation methods of al-Qaeda prisoners.

“They’ve agreed they need to be tough and aggressive in defending the nation and using some of the same techniques that the Bush administration did,” Cheney said on CNN’s Sunday talk show “State of the Nation with Candy Crowley.” “And they need, as I say, to go back and reconsider some of the criticisms they offered about our policies.”

The Obama administration defended its decision to kill Awlaki, the first U.S. citizen to be added to the CIA’s target list, saying the al-Qaeda propagandist was part of a terrorist organization actively planning attacks on the United States. A Justice Department memo providing legal justification for the strike concluded that Awlaki was not entitled to normal legal protections because he was a combatant in a war against Americans.

But that reasoning rankled Cheney, who noted that Obama had criticized Bush-era decisions that justified the harsh treatment of al-Qaeda prisoners.

“They, in effect, said that we had walked away from our ideals, or taken policy contrary to our ideals, when we had enhanced interrogation techniques,” said Cheney, who has acknowledged supporting the Bush-era use of secret prisons and waterboarding for al-Qaeda suspects. “Now they clearly have moved in the direction of taking robust action when they think it is justified.”

Asked by host Crowley if he would like an apology, he replied: “Well, I would.”

But Cheney said that the Awlaki hit “was a good strike.”

On the same broadcast, the former head of the House Intelligence Committee called on the White House to release the legal memos justifying the use of lethal force against Awlaki. Former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) said Obama should allow a public debate about the legal basis for its fight against terrorism, avoiding what she said was excessive secrecy under Bush and Cheney

Ms. Harman always was ignorant of the law and even our nation’s history.

Unfortunately, there have been many US citizens who have taken up arms for the enemy on the battlefield. These people have often been killed by our forces without ‘due process’ or even hearing their Miranda Rights. Which is one way in which wars are different from traffic stops.

Of course, with the Obama administration, we might be on a dangerously slippery slope. After all, his own Vice President has called Tea Party supporters "terrorists." So who knows whom might be the next target of an Obama ordered drone.

But certainly Mr. Cheney is right to call for an apology. The same people who called waterboarding three mass murders ‘the crime of the century,’ are now praising Mr. Obama for targeting and killing a US citizen outright.

In fact, Mr. Obama himself basically called waterboarding un-American. But apparently, blowing up people is a different story.

But which would you rather have done to you? Have some water poured up your nose for a few seconds, or get blown to smithereens by a drone? Which is worse, enhanced interrogation or enhanced disintegration?

And, after all, Mr. Bush is probably the only leader in the world that Obama has not yet apologized to.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 3rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Cheney Says Obama Owes Bush An Apology”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    It really is amazing how quickly the left turns a blind eye to their own misdeeds. It has been said many times before but bears repeating, if it weren’t for double standards the left would have no standards at all.

    I can see drones being programmed to look for Ron Paul bumper stickers any minute now.

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    OK – that’s one. Let me know when Obama gets to the rest of America’s citizens he’s screwing out of a future.

  3. sticks says:

    I live fairly close to Idaho where an FBI sniper in a helocopter shot down a woman in her house with her baby in her arms. Liberals never have any problem with lethal action against Americans when their the ones doing it, just ask people down around Waco.

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