Never has one man, even former President Bush, gotten under the skin of the Left and invoked so much of their hatred as Dick Cheney has. His most recent criticism of President Obama, appearing in the Politico, is what is now stirring the pot.
The Politico-“As I’ve watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war. He seems to think if he has a low-key response to an attempt to blow up an airliner and kill hundreds of people, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if we bring the mastermind of Sept. 11 to New York, give him a lawyer and trial in civilian court, we won’t be at war.”
Regardless of a person’s political striping–or even your view of Darth Cheney–there are a few precious issues that should always surpass political identification. One of those is our national security. Nevertheless, the howls of whining and discontent over “Bush got a pass and Obama didn’t” continue. Suffice to say that the politicization from both sides of the aisle is less than likely going to subside since children must always be correct despite the consequences.
First off, the reality is Bush never got a pass on anything he did from the Left, good, bad, or indifferent. If you need me to post a link to prove that one then you not only have had your head in the sand but in the clay strata a few feet below it. Secondly, from 2003 on the whole agenda of the Pelsoi administration was never “loyal opposition” it was shameless and hateful political opportunism. Opportunism which took advantage of a nation’s sorrow at the loss of its most precious commodity, its young.
Despite all of this there were problems in the way the Bush administration handled the terrorist threat which are still continuing and becoming exacerbated under the policies of the Obama administration. Take for instance the trend of three cases and their ramifications.
Back in 1994 four men, and subsequently two more in 1997, were convicted of attempting to blow up the World Trade Center. Those men were, Ramzi Yousef, Mahmud Abouhalima, Mohammad Salameh, Nidal Ayyad, Abdul Rahman Yasin and Ahmad Ajaj. The 2003 conviction of Richard Reid, better known as the infamous “Shoe Bomber.” Flash forward to May of 2006 and the case of Al Qaeda terrorist and 9-11 plotter, Zacarias Moussaoui. Convicted and serving a life sentence for his participation in the 9-11 attacks.
Yet since 1994 there have been several well documented attacks and attempts; the more noted and well known have been the 1998 attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, al-Qaeda’s Year 2000 attack plots which resulted in the bombing of the USS Cole in October of 2000, and of course the most infamous being the attack on the World Trade Center in September of 2001. Among the lesser known and thwarted were a plan to crash airplanes into the U.S. Bank Tower (aka Library Tower) in Los Angeles, a 2003 plot to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, the 2004 Columbus Shopping Mall Bombing Plot, the 2006 Sears Tower plot, and the 2007 Fort Dix and John F. Kennedy International Airport attack plots.
What does all of this prove? It shows the strategic value of legal intervention as the final word in fighting the war on terr…er…man made disasters, is about as effective as farting in a hurricane. The bad guys keep coming and we keep reacting, nothing more than a vicious cycle which creates a better advantage for terrorists to eventually succeed at their ill-gotten games. Yet the Obama administration is not only going to pursue these policies, they are going big on them by extending the right to trial to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and others, in NYC for his involvement in 9-11. This somehow proves that we, as a nation, are morally superior and more sophisticated than these caveman. All while these very same cavemen are forcing our “advanced society” to adapt and change its way of living because of their primitive terror.
As American lives in the tens, hundreds, thousands, or even millions can potentially hang in the balance all we have is a game of gotcha’ politics going on. No real analysis by the people who count is happening, no rigorous thought is being pursued to create an effective battle plan, we are subjected to meaningless actions which do nothing to cure the problem, just treat the symptoms.
So, excuse me, as a tax paying and voting American, if I, or a former Vice-President, “criticize” the President, this one or any other, when we do not feel that they are effectively protecting our nation. This ain’t about politics as usual, it is about ability and commitment. Too date the present administration is proving more and more that they do not possess the proper tools or mental state to handle what is coming down the pike.
Now, please remind me again, who is really winning this battle, us or the terrorists?