Today, Dick Cheney correctly noted President Obama's effete stand on terrorism. In a statement at Politico.com, the former Vice-President points out that Obama is "trying to pretend we're not at war".
“Why doesn’t he want to admit we’re at war? It doesn’t fit with the view of the world he brought with him to the Oval Office. It doesn’t fit with what seems to be the goal of his presidency — social transformation — the restructuring of American society.”
The only thing weaker that Obama's efforts to protect America was the response by an unnamed senior Democrat: "It's telling that in attacking the president and the administration, that Vice-President did not condemn the attack against our nation on Christmas Day."
Really? That's the best you can do to criticize the truth, Mr. Unnamed Senior Democrat? You don't even want to be identified? Well, in light of that inane statement, I wouldn't want to be identified either.
This administrations' retreat to the pre-9-11 mentality of terrorism being a law enforcement issue does several things. First and foremost, it assuages the delicate sensibilities of those on the left who believe that terrorists are just like them and will respond to soft words, soothing music and a non-aggressive posture. These people are also the ones who believe that we are causing terrorism by our very existence and our "oppression" of Muslims, when reality is just the opposite. These same misguided people coincidentally think that we should close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
Second, our legal system isn't designed nor suited for overt acts of war against civilians. In this case, the "alleged" underwear bomber has a defense counselor ready, willing and able to prevent any type of interrogation of the "suspect". This prevents any effort to uncover and stop future attacks that the "suspect" may have knowledge of. In essence, our enemy is using our own court system against us, much as our own planes were used against us on 9-11. And this administration is aiding and abetting them in doing so.
Thirdly, we are sidestepping the very mechanism that allows us to defeat terrorism: The Geneva Convention. Enemy combatants who are not in uniform can be executed. This provision is conveniently ignored by the same people who claim to protect us. It has a precedent and is perfectly legal. It also sends a message to our enemies that we will defeat you.
Mr. Cheney, yours is a much needed voice of strength in a crowd of weaklings. We need more men like you in Washington.