Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dick Cheney's Response to ObamaTeam's Lies about "Starting from Scratch" in Afghanistan

This weekend, Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, went on CNN to whine about Fox News; at the same time, he claimed that the Obama administration had to "start from scratch" to put together a policy for Afghanistan. Emanuel's childish, bald-faced lie was challenged by Dick Cheney on Wednesday night when he spoke at the Center for Security Policy. Dick Cheney has forgotten more about international relations than Obama could ever learn in 12 lifetimes. Cheney's speech was a bitch-slap. Too bad Leftists have no shame.

Cheney says the Obama team was briefed about Afghanistan: They asked us not to announce our findings publicly, and we agreed, giving them the benefit of our work and the benefit of the doubt. The new strategy they embraced in March, with a focus on counterinsurgency and an increase in the numbers of troops, bears a striking resemblance to the strategy we passed to them. They made a decision – a good one, I think – and sent a commander into the field to implement it.

 Now they seem to be pulling back and blaming others for their failure to implement the strategy they embraced. It’s time for President Obama to do what it takes to win a war he has repeatedly and rightly called a war of necessity.

Cheney characterized Obama as afraid to make a decision, dithering, and waffling. In other words, "Man up, buddy, you wanted this job, now do it." The Weekly Standard has the text of the speech tonight.

A couple more highlights:

We should all be concerned as well with the direction of policy on Afghanistan. For quite a while, the cause of our military in that country went pretty much unquestioned, even on the left. The effort was routinely praised by way of contrast to Iraq, which many wrote off as a failure until the surge proved them wrong. Now suddenly – and despite our success in Iraq – we’re hearing a drumbeat of defeatism over Afghanistan. These criticisms carry the same air of hopelessness, they offer the same short-sighted arguments for walking away, and they should be summarily rejected for the same reasons of national security.

Having announced his Afghanistan strategy last March, President Obama now seems afraid to make a decision, and unable to provide his commander on the ground with the troops he needs to complete his mission.

It’s time for President Obama to make good on his promise. The White House must stop dithering while America’s armed forces are in danger.

Make no mistake, signals of indecision out of Washington hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries. Waffling, while our troops on the ground face an emboldened enemy, endangers them and hurts our cause.

Update: Here's the video of his speech.

Update #2: At today's White House "press" (I use the term loosely) briefing, WH Press Sec'y Robert (Porky Pig) Gibbs responded to Cheney's accusations. The smirking Gibbs shouldn't be allowed to shine Cheney's shoes, in my opinion, let alone comment on anything that Cheney has to say. This from a dithering, waffling White House:

"What Vice President Cheney calls dithering, President Obama calls his solemn responsibility to the men and women in uniform," Gibbs said Thursday. "I think we've all seen what happens when somebody doesn't take that responsibility seriously." This is typical drive-by, meaningless commenting by Gibbs. He reminds me of the kid who lived across the street when I was a kid, Dennis Klemp. Dennis was a fat kid whose wittiest trick was to ring someone's doorbell and run away.

Calling Cheney's comment "curious," Gibbs attacked the Bush administration for allegedly taking years to provide the support necessary for the war effort in Afghanistan.

"I think it's pretty safe to say that the vice president was for seven years not focused on Afghanistan," Gibbs said. "Even more curious given the fact that an increase in troops sat on desks in this White House, including the vice president's, for more than eight months."

Update #3: Tonight (Thursday) Karl Rove on Bill O'Reilly called Gibbs "enormously irrelevant." God,  I love Karl Rove.

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