Dick Cheney Forcing Obama to Abandon Reckless Policies?
By John W. Lillpop
Perhaps it was only coincidence.
Just last Sunday on national television, former VP Dick Cheney went for the jugular by asserting that Barack Obama's heralded "remaking of America" was, in fact, making the nation less safe.
Then on Wednesday, the Obama administration announced the reversal of mindless plans to release photographs allegedly showing abuse of terrorism suspects at the hands of the U.S. military.
All just a matter of sheer coincidence, right?
As reported, in part, at Reuters, Obama's foolish ideas are finally being exposed:
"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a reversal, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he would fight the release of dozens of photographs showing the abuse of terrorism suspects, over concern the images could ignite a backlash against U.S. troops.
"The decision was a blow to some liberals in Obama's Democratic Party who see the photos as part of a broader effort to investigate Bush-era officials and cleanse America's image abroad.
"Obama defended his decision, saying publication of the photographs "would not add any additional benefit to our understanding of what was carried out in the past by a small number of individuals.
"In fact, the most direct consequence of releasing them, I believe, would be to further inflame anti-American opinion and to put our troops in greater danger," Obama told reporters.
"Moreover, I fear the publication of these photos may only have a chilling effect on future investigations of detainee abuse."
Why do those words sound so familiar and resonate so well?
Because Republicans like Dick Cheney have been warning this inexperienced Community Organizer that his first concern must be to protect and defend America and her people, and to hell with gutless dim wits in the ACLU and elsewhere who would like nothing better than to see this great nation fail on its face.
From the same link above, this reaction to Obama's reversal from the ACLU:
"The American Civil Liberties Union, which argued for the photos' release, expressed outrage and said the decision "makes a mockery" of Obama's campaign promise of transparency.
"It's absolutely essential that these photos be released so the public can examine for itself the torture and abuse that was conducted in its name, and so that high-level officials who authorized or permitted that abuse can be held accountable," ACLU attorney Amrit Singh said.
"The human rights group Amnesty International said it was disappointed.
"Human beings have been tortured and denied basic rights. The American people have been lied to, and government officials who authorized and justified abusive policies have been given a pass," said the group's executive director, Larry Cox. He said the full story had not been told."
As usual, the likes of Amrit Singh and Larry Cox are quick to "blame America first" while ignoring the fact that 3,000 Americans died on 9/11.
Americans owe a special debt of gratitude to Dick Cheney for refusing to surrender to the intoxicating Kool-Aide dispensed from the Obamamania pot, opting instead for common sense and a healthy dose of pro-American rhetoric.
You go, Dick Cheney! We need you.
Posted by John W Lillpop at 10:44 PM