Monday, May 25, 2009

safe for seven years

We Kept You Safe For Seven Years

Dick Cheney, and his toadies, Hannity, Limbaugh, Gingrich, have taken short memory to a new level. Dick Cheney was the sitting vice-president when the United States was brutally and successfully attacked on September 11, 2001. There is ample evidence that the Bush Administration, in its arrogance and incompetence looked away from clear and explicit warnings that Osama Bin Laden was an imminent threat, determined to attack in the United States. Somehow, they have successfully laid the blame on Clinton, Bush senior, even their savior, Ronald Reagan. But now Cheney is creating a narrative that will say, if we are attacked in the Obama Administration, it is because we are not torturing, a policy his own administration renounced, and the Supreme Court declared illegal. What a brilliant play. Take no responsibility for the worst attack on our soil in history, on your watch, blame the previous administration for creating those conditions, but make sure that if we are attacked again, you can say, “I told you so”. How about someone asking him, if you are going to take credit for the seven “safe” years, do you take responsibility for the eighth?

Not to mention that he kept us “safe” by invading a country that had no weapons of mass destruction, had no connection to the attack, and sacrificed over 4000 American lives, as well as untold Iraqi lives, and trillions of dollars in the bargain. We have not seen the likes of a Cheney in power in our lifetime. Nixon looks like a progressive statesman compared to him. And he just gets a free ride, a hero’s welcome on TV. He left us in economic ruin, an endless war in Iraq, a failed policy in Afghanistan, a stronger and more nuclear Iran, no progress in the Israel-Palestine conflict, a nuclear armed North Korea, and he struts around like a conquering hero.

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