Dick Cheney’s losing his old black magic

Mr. Secret Bunker says Obama is “afraid” to commit to an Afghan policy. Wingnuts clap, the world yawns

THURSDAY, OCT 22, 2009

Ooooh, Dick Cheney’s back, just in time for Halloween! In a Wednesday speech at Frank Gaffney’s far-right Center for Security Policy , Cheney blasted President Obama for being “afraid” to make a decision about sending more troops to Afghanistan, insisting the White House “must stop dithering while America’s armed forces are in danger.” Cheney had the audacity to say the Obama team merely implemented the Bush-Cheney strategy when they sent 21,000 more American soldiers to Afghanistan in March.

Where do I begin? How does a man who spent much of his vice presidency hiding in a secret bunker get off accusing the president of being “afraid?” How does a guy who got five deferments from service in Vietnam, because he famously had “other priorities,” call someone else a coward? (Still, Chickenhawk Cheney had no problem sending other people’s children off to die in needless wars.) How does a guy who dropped the ball on the Afghan war, letting Osama bin Laden escape and the Taliban retrench, blame someone else for “dithering” on Afghanistan?


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