I am no shill for former Vice President Dick Cheney, but I would much rather have him in charge of national security than the disingenuous individual now living in the White House. Both Dick Cheney and President Obama gave seperate and very different speeches today on national security. Dick Cheney reminded the country that there is no middle ground and with the capture today of some terrorists in New York who were going to engage in an Overseas Contingency Operation – yeah I know, how can it be overseas? I guess DHS better re-think their terminology – he is proved right. All the diplomacy in the world is getting Obama nowhere and even now Iran is test firing rockets that can reach Israel.
President Obama claimed that our security is the first thing he thinks about when he wakes up. And yet we no longer can use harsh interrogation techniques. Obama also claimed that “we’re investing in the 21st century military and intelligence capabilities”, but how exactly are we going to pay for that since defense spending has been slashed? Obama also plans to dismantle our plans for a missile defense shield. The President had the audacity to say, “The documents that we hold in this very hall – the Declaration of independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights – these are not simply words written into aging parchment. They are the foundation of liberty and justice in this country, and a light that shines for all who seek freedom, fairness, equality and dignity around the world.” Those of us who do uphold the Founding Documents see through the President’s bullcrap. Everything he has pushed forward so far and his other plans that he is laying the groundwork for are all anti-Constitution and our rights are under assault nearly daily.
Dick Cheney on the other hand pointed out that those who consider waterboarding torture engage in “contrived indignation and phony moralizing on the interrogation methods applied to a few captured terrorists.” He criticized the Obama administration for releasing the interrogation memos which was “flatly contrary to the national security interest of the United States.” Cheney finished his speech saying, “You can look at the facts and conclude the comprehensive strategy has worked, and therefore needs to be continued as vigilantly as ever. Or you can look at the same set of facts and conclude that 9/11 was a one-off event – coordinated, devastating, but also unique and not sufficient to justlfy a sustained wartime effort.”
Unfortunately, our current leader appears to be a man holding to the latter conclusions. He referred to the decisions made after 9/11 as “hasty” and based in “fear rather than foresight”. The Bush administration must have had good foresight because we have not had another terrorist attack on our soil since 9/11. Obama’s statements are shown to be disingenuous by the fact that no attack has occurred. The President claimed that we must fight this war with the rule of law and due process. Excuse me? Terrorists do not live under our Constitution. Yet again, this statement reveals a lack of understanding when it comes to the Founding Documents. The President held to his promise to close Gitmo as well even though support from his own party is lacking and neither the House nor the Senate have agreed to fund the closing of the camp. And what does this mean, “Now let me blunt. There are no neat or easy answers here. I wish there were. But I can tell you that the wrong answer is to pretend like this problem will go away if we maintain an unsustainable status quo.” What is that? We have not been maintaining a status quo and the President’s inactions and hidden actions (the media chooses not to inform the public that this President has been dropping bombs on Pakistan for weeks) have not been making the world any more secure.
Iran is firing off rockets and making nuclear weapons, North Korea is testing long-range missiles, Russia and Venezuela have war gamed with their navies, the Taliban is on the march for nuclear weapons in Pakistan, violence is up in Iraq, Mexican drug cartels are still streaming across the border bringing their violence and terrorists are still plotting attacks on American soil. Let me be clear, Mr. President, I do not feel more secure with you at the helm.