Dick Cheney offers some praise, more criticism of President Obama

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May 9, 2011

By CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN, Politico

President Barack Obama earned “high marks” Sunday from former Vice President Dick Cheney for the operation that killed Osama bin Laden – a thaw that underscores the difficulty Republicans face in challenging Obama’s defense credentials in 2012.

“You’ve got to give him a lot of credit for making the decision to have SEAL Team 6 conduct the raid that got bin Laden,” Cheney said on “Fox News Sunday,” echoing praise he offered last week after the bin Laden news was announced. “There’s no question that was his responsibility, and I think he handled it well. I give him high marks for making that decision.”

Cheney, who has been a vocal critic of the current administration’s national security policies, didn’t even fault Obama for not publishing photos of bin Laden after he was killed, breaking from Republican presidential hopefuls such as Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum, who have sought their release.

“I really can’t quarrel with it,” Cheney said in a pre-taped interview from his home.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld also praised the president Sunday during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” saying Obama made “the right decision” to enter Pakistan and kill bin Laden.

The acclaim from two of the Republican Party’s leading defense hawks, although limited to Obama’s decision to raid the compound and kill bin Laden, highlights the changed political landscape on which the GOP will run next year.

But Cheney and Rumsfeld moved quickly from their praise to a series of critiques, most notably of Obama’s stance on enhanced interrogation techniques, which have been a constant source of disagreement between the former and current administrations. Almost two years ago, in a strange showdown, Obama and Cheney delivered competing speeches on torture and terrorism.

On Sunday, Cheney said he remains concerned that the Obama administration has stopped using some of the techniques first instituted during the Bush years.

To read more, visit: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/54531.html#ixzz1LoWZdDJl

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Mr Chuck Schroeder says:

    DO NOT close the Guantanamo Bay facility.

    A Pakistani former commando, Ilyas Kashmiri that is barely known to the American public, who has been linked to multiple terror plots including a series of planned “Mumbai style” attacks in European cities last summer, has emerged a possible successor to Osama bin Laden as leader of al-Qaida. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has warned the United States against further incursions into his country following the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, saying that future strikes would be met with “full force.” In a speech to parliament Gilani said unilateralism runs the inherent risk of serious consequences. Pakistan reserves the right to retaliate with full force. No one should underestimate the resolve and capability of our nation and armed forces to defend our sacred homeland. Gilani also warned against any attacks on Pakistan’s “strategic assets,” a term the government uses in reference to the nation’s nuclear weapons, according to the Arab network Al-Jazeera. Perhaps then America should send in more Navy SEALs and stuff them all into that vast graveyard in the Sea?. After all, bin Laden benefitted from some sort of support network inside Pakistan. Obama pledged to shut down the Guantanamo Bay facility in the first year of his presidency and transfer its inmates to prisons in the United States. Obama has said the center, set up by his predecessor George W. Bush, has helped drive recruitment for anti-American groups and that allegations of mistreatment of prisoners have hurt America’s reputation?. Holder said it would take time for intelligence and law enforcement agencies to go through the trove of data collected from bin Laden’s compound, adding the information would be shared with allies as soon as possible. With the death of bin Laden, the world is safer but the world is not yet safe, said Holder. In addition to bin Laden and within the al Qaeda network, there are still parts of that organization that want to strike France, that want to strike the U.S. and our allies, he said. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Monday the United States would close the Guantanamo Bay facility holding terrorism suspects in Cuba, despite missing a previous deadline to do so. On an official visit to Paris, Holder stressed what he called unprecedented intelligence-sharing ties between France and the United States against a united enemy, al Qaeda, that he said still held the two countries and its allies in its sights. Supporters of Osama bin Laden want to rename the Arabian Sea after bin Laden’s death. They want to call it “Martyr’s Sea.” Please, hiding in your bedroom for six years with the blinds closed?. How about “Chicken of the Sea?.” President Obama will be doing an interview with “60 Minutes,” and Michelle Obama will be doing an interview with Martha Stewart. Not to be outdone, Klingon Joe Biden will be doing an interview with a panda he made at Build-a-Bear Workshop.

  • Kitty Adams says:

    Obama is inexperienced, he has blundered his way through this job to date. He is incompetent at the very least and incapable of making decisions of the magnitude necessary to run the most powerful country in the world. He is just not knowledgeable enough. Almost every decision he has made has been the wrong one. He should think about what he would do, then do the opposite. He thinks we can make love to those who war with us. He’s just plain stupid in that regard. Weakness is not attractive…dosen’t keep the bullies at bay or keep this country safe. He cannot be credited for the Osama killing. He was/is against the methods that were used to find him. He’s an opportunist…and opportunist and that is all. A bluderer. He has single handedly (except for those who were ignorant enough to vote for him) brought this country to it’s knees…with his stupidity and naivete’. What on earth does a community organizer actually do? balance books? employ people…meet a payroll? what executive experience did he have to prepare him for the biggest executive job in the world? For God’s sake how were Americans so stupid. Most people don’t even know how their government runs…thats how…Americans have gotten stupid as well…uneducated about their own land and how it runs…how scary.

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