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Cheney Still Thinks He is Co-President and Warns About WMD Attack

In Bush/Cheney Administration, legal issues/law/courts, neoconservatives on February 4, 2009 by Editor Z

Ex-Vice President Dick Cheney gave an interview Tuesday in which he staunchly defended controversial tactics used by the Bush/Cheney administration in the war on Terror. Cheney said such tactics as: torture, warantless wiretapping, Guantanamo Bay,and the Invasion of Iraq to name a few; are the reasons why America has not been another attack on American soil since 9/11. Never mind that there have been terrorist attacks at other sites and locations around the globe.

“If it hadn’t been for what we did — with respect to the terrorist surveillance program, or enhanced interrogation techniques for high-value detainees, the Patriot Act, and so forth — then we would have been attacked again,” he said. “Those policies we put in place, in my opinion, were absolutely crucial to getting us through the last seven-plus years without a major-casualty attack on the U.S.”

Cheney also forecasted that unless such policies are adopted by the Obama administration there will be another attack on America soil, likely one involving chemical, nuclear, or biological weapons– you know WMDs? Just like the type of weapons and attacks that the Iraqis were…

Cheney said “the ultimate threat to the country” is “a 9/11-type event where the terrorists are armed with something much more dangerous than an airline ticket and a box cutter – a nuclear weapon or a biological agent of some kind” that is deployed in the middle of an American city.

“That’s the one that would involve the deaths of perhaps hundreds of thousands of people, and the one you have to spend a hell of a lot of time guarding against,” he said.

“I think there’s a high probability of such an attempt. Whether or not they can pull it off depends whether or not we keep in place policies that have allowed us to defeat all further attempts, since 9/11, to launch mass-casualty attacks against the United States.”

Oh wait I forgot in the non-Cheney world that most of humanity inhabits that proved not to be true. In fact whether it be alleged ties between Iraq and Al-Queda, WMD , the Iraqi insurgency being in its last throes in 2005; Cheney has been right—- in his own world. Seriously has this guy ever been right about anything? And why would the media be so eager to talk to one of if not the most disgraceful figures to hold power in modern American history who is so immensely disliked, so discredited, and who relieved us of his rule just two weeks ago?

Cheney believes that if we shed our historic constitutional principles, surrender our identity as an open and free society,and balk at those who seek less belligerent solutions, and instill fear in all those around the globe; the terrorists will let us be. Cheney to Benjamin Franklin: Screw you. Cheney seems to articulate his views as summed up below. By the way instead of respect I think Cheney really means to say fear.

“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.

And…

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.”

So to him the more America is hated and criticized the better. Constitution, legislature, the public, judiciary, and law be damned. As long as it is in the name of keeping America safe (unless you are in the military of course then according to Cheney you don’t count). But the thing is respect through fear can only last so long. Eventually the world finds out your secrets and finds your weaknesses as well as your wickedness, and then you have neither fear nor admiration, and thus no respect and few if any allies.

In short Cheney’s approach is best summed up by the old saying in the Vietnam War that” We had to destroy the town in order to save it”.

But given his sober, bellicose, and the anti-liberty measures that according to Cheney we must employ (including measures used previously by such powers as the Imperial Japanese and chairman Mao not exactly proponents of freedom) one has to wonder which would be the least worst option; an attack that would result in millions of casualties, or mutilating the face of America and her liberties so many crave that we become just another nation lacking the freedoms and identity, and thus the greatness enshrined in our historic principles and founding ideals, for a more authoritarian approach we aren’t sure will even work or has worked.

UPDATE: (11:16 PM ET)-
Washington Independent does Fact Check on Dick Cheney’s interview.

11:30pm ET: Joe Klein slams Cheney’s interview.


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