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Does this prove that Dick was wrong?

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama visited the National Counterterrorism Center outside Washington and declared that "because of our efforts" al Qaeda and its allies have "lost operational capacity." He cited recent arrests of terrorist suspects in Colorado, New York, Illinois, and Texas, asserting that these actions have made the nation safer. Afterward, his critics responded with...silence. Since Obama was sworn in, conservative hawks, led by former Vice President Dick Cheney, have been pounding the president for being weak on national security, accusing him of leaving the country vulnerable to another catastrophic attack. But this chorus of scaremongers tends to go mute when the Obama administration scores apparent counterterrorism successes.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 7:47 PM on Oct. 9, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Cheney, for instance, hasn't said anything publicly about the arrest last month of Najibullah Zazi, the Denver airport shuttle driver, and others accused of planning an al Qaeda bombing operation.

    Nor have Cheney and his amen corner acknowledged other gains in the fight against al Qaeda.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:47 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • On February 3, two weeks after Obama moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Cheney told Politico that there is a "high probability" that terrorists will launch a nuclear or biological strike on the United States and that they would have a better chance of success thanks to Obama's policies. He added, "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." In mid-March, Cheney said Obama's actions will "raise the risk to the American people of another attack."
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:48 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • On April 1, Abdullah Hamas al Filistini, reputedly a senior al Qaeda trainer, was killed by a CIA Predator drone strike in Pakistan—part of the search-and-bomb program started by President George W. Bush that the Obama administration has continued. Cheney said nothing about this attack. But three weeks later, the ex-veep again slammed Obama. Referring to the president's banning of extreme interrogation techniques (a.k.a. torture), Cheney huffed during an interview with Sean Hannity that the "Obama people" believe that they don't need "tough policies."
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:48 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • Funny how everyone who cites Democratic/liberal crickets can't be heard above the din of their own.

    Yes--this proves Dick is nothing more than able to live up to his name.
    PsWifey

    Answer by PsWifey at 7:48 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • In May, Cheney made a similar claim on Face the Nation, asserting that under Obama the nation will not have "safeguards" against terrorists. And at a much-covered speech at the American Enterprise Institute—delivered the same morning Obama was giving a speech on national security and civil liberties—Cheney again charged that the administration was placing the United States at risk by adopting "half-measures" in the fight against Islamic extremists: "There is never a good time to compromise when the lives and safety of the American people are in the balance." That same day, GOP chair Michael Steele accused the Obama administration of endangering the nation by planning to shut down the Guantanamo detention facility. Five days later, Rep. Eric Cantor, the Republican House whip, claimed that the Obama crowd had a "lack of regard for national security."
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:49 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • * June 23: Khwaz Ali Mehsud, a senior deputy to Baitullah Mehsud, the top leader of the Taliban in Pakistan.

    * July 3: Mufti Noor Wali, a suicide bomber trainer for the Taliban and al Qaeda.

    * July 7: Kifayatullah Anikhel, a Taliban commander under Baitullah Mehsud.

    * August 5: Baitullah Mehsud, the Taliban chief in Pakistan.

    * September 7: Mustafa al Jaziri, a senior military commander for al Qaeda.

    * September 8: Maulvi Ismail Khan, a military commander in the Haqqani Network, a terrorist group responsible for major attacks in Afghanistan.

    * September 14: Najmuddin Jalolov, the leader of the Islamic Jihad Group, a breakaway faction of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. He was allied with al Qaeda.

    * September 14: Ilyas Kashmiri, the operations commander of the Harakat-ul-Jihad-Islami, a paramilitary organization active in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India, and the operations chief of Brigade 313
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:49 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • In some regards Cheney is right. But we do have the decision of Obama to keep the patriot act, which soooo many libs hated, to thank. That is one of very few things I agree with him on.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 7:52 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • In some regards Cheney is right. But we do have the decision of Obama to keep the patriot act, which soooo many libs hated, to thank. That is one of very few things I agree with him on.


    LOL...Only you would read ALL that and conclude that it means Cheyney was RIGHT!! LOL

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:54 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • How does this point to Dick being right?

    op
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:54 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • Botom line...Did obama KEEP the patriot act? YES! So he continued the Bush line (kind of like with the bail outs) and where as Bush get BLAMED for the bailouts so Bush should get CREDIT for ALL of these arrests since its HIS programs that made it happen...right?

    momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 8:01 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

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