Former RPV Chair Parrots Dick Cheney's "big lie"

Thursday, December 31, 2009

In this morning's Washington Post, Eugene Robinson editorializes on "Dick Cheney's lies about President Obama." Among other things, Robinson calls Cheney's remarks "corrosive and nonsensical," "like the pearls of wisdom one hears from homeless people sitting in bus shelters," a "histrionic Rottweiler-in-Winter act," a "shrill screed," "outright mendacity," "the big lie," and "completely off the rails." What prompted this torrent of (accurate) adjectives from Eugene Robinson was Cheney's "flat-out untrue" statement, "As I've watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war." There are so many problems with this statement, it's hard to know where to start. But first and foremost, as Eugene Robinson points out, the problem is that it is "[f]lat-out untrue."
The fact is that Obama has said many times that we are at war against terrorists. He said it as a candidate. He said it in his inaugural address: "Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred." He has said it since.

As Cheney well knows, unless he has lost even the most tenuous grip on reality, Obama's commitment to warfare as an instrument in the fight against terrorism has won the president nothing but grief from the liberal wing of his party, with more certainly to come. Hasn't anyone told Cheney that Obama is sharply boosting troop levels in Afghanistan in an attempt to avoid losing a war that the Bush administration started but then practically abandoned?
Either nobody's told Cheney or he has his fingers in his ears, singing "la la la la la I can't hear you!" Same thing with former Republican Party of Virginia chair Jeff Frederick, who chimes in with this gem:
Is Obama pretending that US is not @ war w/ terrorists,thus resulting in near Christmas bombing of airliner? Are we less safe w/ BO in chrg?
There are many ways one could respond to this wretched drivel, including with peals of mocking laughter. For now, I'll just quote two excellent responses on Twitter. The first comes from Kyle Blankenship, who writes that we should "just be glad @JeffFrederick isn't competent enough to actually DO anything other than TALK a big game." The second comes from Trent Armitage, who snarkily comments, "I guess being out of office has not made @JeffFrederick any less crazy."

By the way, I'd just remind everyone that the organizers of the latest terrorist plot against America were released from Gitmo by...that's right, the Bush Administration. Oh, and when they were released, you know where they went? That's right, an art therapy program in Saudi Arabia. Can you imagine if "liberals" had done that? My god, what would Dick and Jeff be saying then? Ha.