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megimoo
01-01-2010, 02:07 AM
But what I can’t wrap my head around is that it took the President four days to acknowledge what he termed a “catastrophic” national security failure, but Cheney criticizes the administration’s handling of the war on terror and they have a rapid response on the White House blog in a matter of hours? .......................Priorities!

Then again, it took six days to respond to the riots in the streets of Tehran during their election, so four days seems about right for a barely averted domestic catastrophe. Also, is the White House aware of how small they look when they are so obviously spooked by Cheney’s every utterance?

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They remember, but they don’t learn.
This gang makes the Clintons look high-minded and magnanimous by comparison.

Part of this attitude stems from their lack of other, more appropriate governing skills. They don’t know how to craft an effective, bipartisan health-care bill, or make a swift decision on Afghanistan (or announce it without the need for days of “it really isn’t a timeline” statements), or put together an alternative to “engagement” on Iran that doesn’t smack of more of the same wishful thinking.

But they do know how to win elections, feed the media machine, and attack their political foes. So that is what they do over and over again.

More important, they have defined themselves as being not Bush and not Cheney. They cling to the rhetoric after it has lost all meaning (”Closing Guantanamo will protect our values.”), and they feel compelled to be contrarians (”Lose ‘the war on terror!’”). When Cheney appears periodically to mess with their heads (Don’t we think there is quite a bit of that going on?), their eyes light up and they jump.

Ah, something they can do well — attack Cheney! But doing it frequently or quickly doesn’t make it smart or presidential. Like attacking Rush Limbaugh (best wishes for a speedy recovery) or Fox News, it diminishes rather than elevates Obama and gives us the sense that these are small-time pols, in over their heads.

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http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/rubin/208861

lacarnut
01-01-2010, 03:07 AM
Cheney has forgotten more about foreign policy and the working of the Presidency than this amateur-in-chief will ever know.

Speedy
01-01-2010, 04:47 AM
Cheney is like Inspector Clouseau's manservant Kato. He had orders to attack the inspector at anytime, anywhere. The Inspector said he had ordered Kato to do this so he could keep his skills sharp. Instead this made him extremely paranoid and had him jumping at every shadow and sound and when he was attacked by Kato, his responces were ineffective and mostly missed. Kato could have the same effect whether launching a real attack on Inspector Clouseau or just jumping out of the closet and saying, "Boo!"

The Obama Administration knows that Cheney is out there and it scares the hell out of them. If Cheney jumps out of the shadows and says, "Boo!" They shit their pants!