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How Dare Cheney Criticize Obama For Taking Out A Terrorist

By near-universal  account of those who condemn terrorism, the killing of jihadist Anwar al-Awlaki  was a good thing. This was a man believed to be behind the attempted Christmas  Day, 2009 bombing of a U.S. aircraft over American soil. It was a man U.S.  officials say was trying to blow up American cargo planes by putting explosives  into the packages on the planes, a man believed to have been hatching plans to  poison fellow Americans.

Al-Awlaki was killed last week in Yemen in a drone strike,  not only  ridding the world of a dangerous terrorist, but depriving al-Qaeda of  a  powerful recruiter.

And Dick Cheney wants President Obama to apologize for  it.

The irrepressible former vice president sees the killing  as  justified, to be sure. He’s just mad because he thinks Obama is  hypocritical  for criticizing what the Bush administration, in almost  comically euphemistic  terms, described as “enhanced interrogation  techniques” used on imprisoned  al Qaeda suspects. As Cheney told CNN’s State  of the Union:

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. And they need, as I say, to go back and reconsider   some of the criticisms they offered about our policies.

The self-centeredness of the comment is astonishing. A  key al-Qaeda  subject is killed, and Cheney is thinking about what it means for  the  reputation of the previous administration? If we’re demanding apologies   here, why not demand apologies from the people who are screaming about  the  budget deficit now after voting for laws and wars that vastly  increased the  budget deficit? And the al-Awlaki killing doesn’t have  anything to do with  waterboarding. We don’t know whether al-Awlaki was  found because of “enhanced  interrogation techniques.” There are surely  legitimate questions to be asked  about whether and why a U.S. citizen  should be targeted, either on U.S. soil or  abroad. But hypocrisy isn’t  the issue here.

Former President Bush has been gracious and quiet as his  successor  takes on the problems of the economy and national security. If Bush  has  disagreed with what Obama has done, he’s kept it to himself—something   that is not only just good manners for a former president, but in the  specific  arena of national security, important to giving a sense of  continuity in front  of the international audience. How unfortunate that  Cheney cannot behave in the  same way.

 

By: Susan Milligan, U. S. News and World Report, October 3, 2011

October 3, 2011 - Posted by | Conservatives, Foreign Policy, GOP, Homeland Security, Neo-Cons, Politics, Republicans, Right Wing | , , , , , , ,

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