POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Dick Cheney has no respect for the law and has it all backwards with regard to the CIA’s morale

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 30, 2009

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Lara Jakes (AP) writes  (8/30/09) …

  • Former Vice President Dick Cheney says politics are driving the Justice Department’s decision to investigate whether CIA interrogators abused terror suspects detained after the Sept. 11 attacks.
  • “It’s clearly a political move,” Cheney said in an interview aired on “Fox News Sunday.” “I mean, there’s no other rationale for why they’re doing this.”
  • He added: “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.”

read the entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090830/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_cheney_3

John Amick wrote in the Washington Post (8/30/09)

  • Not only does Cheney believe the changes in tactics are bad policy, he said the review, if it travels up the chain of command, will set a dangerous precedent for future administrations to seek prosecutions for opinions a previous administration has cleared through the Department of Justice.
  • “I guess the other thing that offends the hell out of me, frankly … is we had a track record now of eight years of defending the nation against any further mass casualty attacks from Al Qaida,” Cheney said. “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?'”

LMW COMMENT …

Dick Cheney never hesitated to break any law he thought was in the way of what he wanted to accomplish, so of course he would think the CIA should be able to do the same. But we are a nation of laws, and the Vice President, the President and the CIA are not excused from obeying them when they deem it inconvenient to do so.

My guess is that the overwhelming majority of CIA officers want to obey the law and are furious with the attitude that says some of their colleagues don’t have to. What is damaging to morale is the lack of standards, not the enforcement of them.

Beyond that, for Cheney to brag about the Bush/Cheney record of protecting our country for 8 years totally ignores the fact that the worst two attacks against this country since Pearl Harbor happened on their inattentive watch. They were warned about 9-11 and ignored the warnings. They had 7 years to solve the anthrax case and failed. Cheney as a protector of America is a bad joke.

Cheney will never get it. It is so good that he is out of public office.

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