“For example, just in the last two weeks the prime minister of Kuwait has gone to Iran on an official visit, the first time in 30 years. Why did he do that? Well, he wants to make sure he’s got a foot in all camps.” Weakness has consequences. “Cheney: Obama ‘more radical’ than seen,” by Mark Silva in the Chicago Tribune, December 8:
President Barack Obama, bowing to other leaders of the world, fails to understand the concept of “American exceptionalism,” former Vice President Dick Cheney contends.
“There’s never been a nation like the United States of America in world history, and yet when you have a president who goes around and bows to his hosts and then proceeds to apologize profusely for the United States, I find that deeply disturbing,” Cheney says in an interview that FOX News will air tonight. “That says to me this is a guy who doesn’t fully understand or share that view of American exceptionalism that I think most of us believe in.”
The Republican also contends that Obama is a “more radical” Democrat than he first appeared to be – yet stops short of calling Obama, as some critics have, a socialist: “I don’t want to use that kind of a label.”
“I saw him when he got elected as a liberal Democrat, but conventional in the sense of sort of falling within the parameters of the national Democratic Party,” Cheney says in the interview with FOX’s Sean Hannity airing tonight at 9 pm EST and again tomorrow, same time. “I think he’s demonstrated pretty conclusively now during his first year in office that he’s more radical than that, that he’s farther outside the parameters if you will of what we’ve traditionally had in Democratic presidents in years past.” […]
Cheney maintains that Obama has shown the world a dangerous lack of understanding about the war on terror. He maintains that the Obama Justice Department’s planned trial of the 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and al-Qaida accomplices in a federal courtroom in New York will make him “a hero in certain circles.”
The former vice president calls the trial of the terrorist known as KSM and others in criminal court “a huge mistake…
“He’ll be able to go in whenever he’s up on the stand and proselytize, if you will, millions of people out there around the world including some of his radical Muslim friends and generate a whole new generation of terrorists,” Cheney says. “I think it will make Khalid Sheikh Mohammed something of a hero in certain circles, especially in the radical regions of Islam around the world.
“It will put him on the map. He’ll be as important or more important than Osama Bin Laden, and we will have made it possible.”…
“Everybody is watching. The Taliban are watching, the al-Qaida are watching, the Afghans who are on our side are watching, and when they see hesitation, uncertainty, lack of clarity from an American president, they begin to think the Americans aren’t going to be here very long…. Then you see governments in that part of the world start to shift their alliances and their friendships. For example, just in the last two weeks the prime minister of Kuwait has gone to Iran on an official visit, the first time in 30 years. Why did he do that? Well, he wants to make sure he’s got a foot in all camps.”…