Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Dowd covers for Obama by attacking Cheney

Maureen Dowd's latest column attacks Cheney because Cheney dares to have the audacity to defend his actions while Vice-President. (hat tip Hot Air)

After a distracting and pointless comparison to Carter, Gore vs. a sitting president, we finally get to the crux of her unhinged Cheney harangue:
Well, then you’d have to say that, in effect, we’re prepared to sacrifice American lives rather than run an intelligent interrogation program that would provide us the information we need to protect America,” Doomsday Dick said.

Cheney has replaced Sarah Palin as Rogue Diva.
At first glance it appears that in Dowd's mind, Cheney is a drama queen because he is speaking his mind and not giving Obama the benefit of the doubt to the commander-in-chief. Just like Republicans said Gore and Carter shouldn't have done. Cheney's comments are from personal knowledge from being directly involved with the policy at hand along with being attacked now over that policy. Carter and Gore had no involvement or decision in the policies they criticized.

What was the point in bring it up? Dowd's real purpose is to begin the spin to counter the Bush-Cheney success:
No matter if or when terrorists attack here — and they’re on their own timetable, not a partisan red/blue state timetable — Cheney will be deemed the primary one who made America more vulnerable."
The fact is that in the 88 months after 9/11/2001 during Bush-Cheney, the US wasn't attacked. That didn't just somehow happen. Cheney was a part of that success and has said that the interrogation techniques played a role.

Dowd's push back is that Cheney, who is a private citizen, has a greater influence on the security of the US than the current President.

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