Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Liz Cheney: Another Inhabitant Of Planet Cheney

Liz Cheney, whose opinions on national security are the same as her father's, recently told Sam Donaldson of ABC's "This Week," "Waterboarding isn't torture, and we can go down that path. The lack of seriousness here is important."

If Ms. Cheney really wants to get serious about a determination like that, perhaps she should do what conservative Chicago radio host Erich "Mancow" Muller did: get waterboarded. "Mancow" lasted 6 or 7 seconds and concluded, "...if waterboarding does not constitute torture, then there is no such thing as torture."

Ms. Cheney also told Larry King that Obama is "...an American president who seems afraid to defend America." Consider, then, recent domestic events related to fighting terrorism:

Just last week, F.B.I. agents were working double time to unravel the alarming case of a Denver airport shuttle driver accused of training with explosives in Pakistan and buying bomb-making chemicals. In Dallas, a young Jordanian was charged with trying to blow up a skyscraper; in Springfield, Ill., a prison parolee was arrested for trying to attack the local federal building.

Meanwhile, some foreign developments:

Three days apart in mid-September, American special forces in Somalia firing from helicopters killed Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a leader of a Somalian organization, Al Shabab, which is allied with Al Qaeda, and the police in Indonesia killed the most-wanted terrorist in Southeast Asia, Noordin Muhammad Top, in an assault on a house in Java.

In Pakistan, missile strikes from C.I.A. drone aircraft have taken a steady toll on Al Qaeda and its Taliban allies since the Bush administration accelerated these attacks last year, a policy reinforced by President Obama. A count of such strikes, compiled by the Center for American Progress in Washington, found a handful in 2006 and 2007, rising rapidly to 36 in 2008, and another 36 so far in 2009, nearly all in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

Pretty strange that these events are occurring on the watch of a president who is "afraid to defend America." But that's the perspective of Liz Cheney, another inhabitant of Planet Cheney.

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