POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Frank Rich: Cheney lies and Democrats in Congress are cowed

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 31, 2009

Frank Rich writes in the New York Times (5-31-09) …

  • Once again Cheney and his cohort were using lies and fear to try to gain political advantage — this time to rewrite history and escape accountability for the failed Bush presidency rather than to drum up a new war.
  • Once again Democrats in Congress were cowed.
  • even before Cheney spoke, Congressional Democrats were quaking in fear
    • purporting with straight faces that the transfer of detainees to “supermax” American prisons constituted a serious security threat.
    • Many of the same senators who signed on to the Iraq war resolution in the fall of 2002 joined the 90-to-6 majority that put a hold on Obama’s Gitmo closure plans.
  • The Bush administration did not make us safer either before or after 9/11.
  • Obama is not making us less safe.
  • If there’s another terrorist attack, it will be because the mess the Bush administration ignored in Pakistan and Afghanistan spun beyond anyone’s control well before Americans could throw the bums out.

read Frank Rich’s entire column at … http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/31/opinion/31rich.html?ref=opinion

 LMW COMMENT … There is clearly a lack of courage among Democrats in Congress. This was evident in the last two years of the Bush administration, when majority Democrats led by Namcy Pelosi and Harry Reid did as little as they possibly could to advance issues critical to our nation. Now, with an intelligent courageous Democratic President, the Congress still dithers. It will take all of Obama’s enormous leadership skills to bring the Democrats in Congress to positions they should recognize as being in their own interests, as well as the countries.


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