Traci - posted on 05/21/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )




Did you guys hear Cheney's speech today? Look up the transcript if you didn't. It was great, I think. What I want to know is-WHY THE HECK WASN'T HE OUT THERE SPEAKING WHILE HE WAS STILL IN OFFICE??? Actually, I already know the answer to that question. Bush didn't want to demean his office by defending each and every little criticism. But's so frustrating....

Found this on a blog, these are the top ten lines from this speech he gave at the American Enterprise Institute today.

No. 10: The administration has found that it’s easy to receive applause in Europe for closing Guantanamo. But it’s tricky to come up with an alternative that will serve the interests of justice and America’s national security.

No. 9: In the category of euphemism, the prizewinning entry would be a recent editorial in a familiar newspaper that referred to terrorists we’ve captured as, quote, “abducted.” Here we have ruthless enemies of this country, stopped in their tracks by brave operatives in the service of America, and a major editorial page makes them sound like they were kidnap victims, picked up at random on their way to the movies.

No. 8: If fine speech-making, appeals to reason, or pleas for compassion had the power to move them, the terrorists would long ago have abandoned the field. And when they see the American government caught up in arguments about interrogations, or whether foreign terrorists have constitutional rights, they don’t stand back in awe of our legal system and wonder whether they had misjudged us all along. Instead the terrorists see just what they were hoping for – our unity gone, our resolve shaken, our leaders distracted. In short, they see weakness and opportunity.

No. 7: Yet having reserved for himself the authority to order enhanced interrogation after an emergency, you would think that President Obama would be less disdainful of what his predecessor authorized after 9/11. It’s almost gone unnoticed that the president has retained the power to order the same methods in the same circumstances. When they talk about interrogations, he and his administration speak as if they have resolved some great moral dilemma in how to extract critical information from terrorists. Instead they have put the decision off, while assigning a presumption of moral superiority to any decision they make in the future.

No. 6: To completely rule out enhanced interrogation methods in the future is unwise in the extreme. It is recklessness cloaked in righteousness, and would make the American people less safe.

No. 5: This recruitment-tool theory has become something of a mantra lately, including from the President himself. And after a familiar fashion, it excuses the violent and blames America for the evil that others do. It’s another version of that same old refrain from the Left, “We brought it on ourselves.” It is much closer to the truth that terrorists hate this country precisely because of the values we profess and seek to live by, not by some alleged failure to do so. Nor are terrorists or those who see them as victims exactly the best judges of America’s moral standards, one way or the other.

No. 4: Intelligence officers of the United States were not trying to rough up some terrorists simply to avenge the dead of 9/11. We know the difference in this country between justice and vengeance.

No. 3: To the very end of our administration, we kept al-Qaeda terrorists busy with other problems. We focused on getting their secrets, instead of sharing ours with them. And on our watch, they never hit this country again. After the most lethal and devastating terrorist attack ever, seven and a half years without a repeat is not a record to be rebuked and scorned, much less criminalized. It is a record to be continued until the danger has passed.

No. 2: In the fight against terrorism, there is no middle ground, and half-measures keep you half exposed. You cannot keep just some nuclear-armed terrorists out of the United States, you must keep every nuclear-armed terrorist out of the United States. Triangulation is a political strategy, not a national security strategy.

No. 1: Critics of our policies are given to lecturing on the theme of being consistent with American values. But no moral value held dear by the American people obliges public servants to sacrifice innocent lives to spare a captured terrorist from unpleasant things. And when an entire population is targeted by a terror network, nothing is more consistent with American values than to stop them.

Cheney is a "boogeyman" to lefties, but there is something about that man that warms my heart :)


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Karen - posted on 05/26/2009




I love Dick Cheney, and I think he's the most talented vice president this country has had thus far. We don't have cable and don't subscribe to any conservative journals or newspapers anymore. Money is tight, so these items had to go. Also, watching the news just raises my blood pressure these days. My mom told me about Cheney speaking out lately. It's about time we hear a republican speaking out and pointing out Mr. B.O.'s inadequacy to the office! Right on Cheney!!

Gina - posted on 05/26/2009




Exactly, the other day on Glenn Becks show he had a former Clinton officer who was in charge of Rendition. I think that would be a lot worse than waterboarding. The people in other countries have no rules for torture.

Traci - posted on 05/26/2009




Well, the whole torture debate is dumb. We've got the Dems hand wringing over it while they sat back and watched Bill Clinton do rendition. What is worse, pouring a little water over the face or sending people back to countries who pull out fingernails and stuff? Clinton, in essence, did the same thing. He just didn't have the gall to do it himself, he let Egypt do his dirty work.

Deborah - posted on 05/26/2009




I really enjoyed Taken, too! And totally agree that our form of "torture" is nothing compared to what they would do to us! And also, I would want the same methods used should my son be in danger! I'm reading "Rules of Deception" and it talks about the US CIA having a secret relationship with Syria in that they take our suspected terrorists and torture them for us - how I wish that that is true! It gave me hope for our future!

Gina - posted on 05/23/2009




Last night we watched Taken, If you haven't seen it it's about a dad whose daughter gets kidnapped, and the dad is a retired CIA or something officer. He basically tortures anyone he can get his hands on to save his daughter. I was thinking that after that show, waterboarding looks pretty mild. To tell you the truth if my daughter was in that situation I would want to do the same thing to get her back.

Traci - posted on 05/22/2009




Yeah, just like they are calling terrorist attacks "man made disasters" now. Do they really think we are that stupid?

Alisa - posted on 05/22/2009




Cheney is the boogeyman to lefties because he is brillant...very intelligent man. I have three sons and a husband in the military....they were told they could not call the terrorists "detainees"...they have to call them "internees"....give me a break!

Rhonda - posted on 05/22/2009




I totally LOVED that speech yesterday! It's good to have someone out there speaking up for us!

Christa - posted on 05/22/2009




I actually read an article yesterday that says his approval rating went up 8 points. It's still low, but I think that's a good sign that people are starting to see the Bush administration wasn't the devil. Here's to hoping in 2010!

Lindsay - posted on 05/22/2009




It's nice to know there is a VP that makes sense. I think he feels like he has to speak up now because obama has already done so much damage and he just started,

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