Sunday, April 5, 2009

Axelrod: Cheney Not Behaving Like A Statesman

On CNN's "State of the Union," Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod questioned Dick Cheney's unprecedented criticism of the new president in light of the Bush administration's record. In contrast, he praised President Bush's conduct since the transition. Watch:

Axelrod: "First of all, I find it supremely ironic on a day when we were meeting with NATO to talk about the continued threat from al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan where they are still plotting against us seven years later; I think the question for Mr. Cheney is how could that be? How could this have gone so long? Why are they still in business? That is the fundamental threat that we face and it's a little incredible to me that he would argue somehow that... forging an international alliance to finally pursue a strategy to defeat and dismantle al Qaeda and Afghanistan is going make us less safe. I think it was an unfortunate statement. Let me say in contrast how much we appreciate the way President Bush has behaved. He was incredibly cooperative during the transition and when he left, he said, 'I wish you guys the best. I'm rooting for you.' I believe that to be the case. And he has behaved like a statesman and, as I've said before, here and elsewhere, I just don't think the memo got passed down to the vice president." (h/t Huffington Post)

"Forging alliances," of course, is a completely alien concept to Cheney. His endorsement of waterboarding and extraordinary rendition alienated even our stalwart ally Great Britain. Last July, Foreign Secretary David Miliband said, “Given the clear differences in definition, the U.K. can no longer rely on U.S. assurances that it does not use torture...” Apparently, cultivating allies is not necessary to national security in Cheney's world.

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