I remain a huge fan of Cheney

Vice President Cheney

Vice President Cheney

Put that in your commie pipe and smoke it, hysterical liberals.

Dick Cheney may well be the best VP in the history of the republic.  For starters, and this is something that I appreciate, he is not some slimy, obfuscating beta male, in contrast to virtually every elected Democrat and certainly in contrast to our current empty-suit, beta male POTUS.  Cheney says what he means and will not back down in the face of criticisms.

I remember the tale of his interactions with Sen Leahy, which was used by the MSM to demonstrate what a loose cannon he is.  However, this man respected that.  If someone trashed me publicly, calling me a chickenhawk in speeches, but then tried to pretend it had never happened the guy would be lucky if all that happened was that I told him to go f— himself.  Cheney went up a couple of notches in my eyes with that one.  He is a man’s man – we do not tolerate disrespect.

Earlier this year, President Obama released half of the story of the use and efficacy of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EIT).  True to form as a dishonest statist, he released the parts that talked about the use of the techniques and declined to release the memos that made it clear that using EIT had a massive positive effect on making KSM and Zubayda become cooperative.  Spare me the weak “we do not torture” talk; that does not impress me.  I would do far worse to those guys, I would use pliers and a blowtorch.  When I was done, KSM would have gone from a rooster to a hen if that is what it took.  This mamby-pamby attitude of the Left is part of why they can never be trusted with national security and why they can never be expected to demonstrate anything close to what regular people would call “toughness”.  Witness their turning terrorism back into a law enforcement problem.  Typical stupidity of those who always pretend that history started yesterday.

I watched Chris Wallace interview Cheney this morning and I was once again quite impressed.  Though his decision not to run was wise, Cheney would have made a phenomenal president.  One quote from Cheney:

The fact of the matter is the lawyers in the Justice Department who gave us those opinions had every right to give us the opinions they did. Now you get a new administration and they say, well, we didn’t like those opinions, we’re going to go investigate those lawyers and perhaps have them disbarred. I just think it’s an outrageous precedent to set, to have this kind of, I think, intensely partisan, politicized look back at the prior administration. 

I guess the other thing that offends the hell out of me, frankly, Chris, is we had a track record now of eight years of defending the nation against any further mass casualty attacks from Al Qaeda. The approach of the Obama administration should be to come to those people who were involved in that policy and say, how did you do it? What were the keys to keeping this country safe over that period of time? 

Instead, they’re out there now threatening to disbar the lawyers who gave us the legal opinions, threatening contrary to what the president originally said. They’re going to go out and investigate the CIA personnel who carried out those investigations. I just think it’s an outrageous political act that will do great damage long term to our capacity to be able to have people take on difficult jobs, make difficult decisions, without having to worry about what the next administration is going to say. 

If and when we get hit again, the biggest reason will be the naive return to the old “law enforcement” approach to international terrorism.  Mr. Obama continues to prove that he is exactly the naive, unprepared empty suit that his detractors warned of during the election.  The MSM will cover for him if it happens, but regular Americans will know the truth.

People who base their thoughts and actions on emotion (i.e. the Left) had their emotions fade a year or two after 9/11 and just wanted to move on beyond the icky requirements to keep our guard up and remain on the offensive. 

People who base their thoughts and actions on facts and logic did not forget.  Cheney is one of those people.

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