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Cheney Makes Gaffe-A-Minute Biden Look Like Bigger Fool

Posted on February 16 2010 9:21 am
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As soon as the Obama administration heard that former Vice President Dick Cheney was planning to appear this past Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” they dispatached Vice President Joe Biden to do double duty on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CBS’s “Face the Nation.”  It was no contest.

Cheney challenged Biden on his assinine claim a few days before the talk shows that “Iraq will prove to be one of Obama’s great achievements.”

Is Biden smoking something?  He and Obama opposed the surge that won the war in Iraq.  Biden at one point had even suggested splitting Iraq into three separate pieces.  But now he comes along and claims credit for the victory, while still saying that the Iraq war – which resulted in the removal of Saddam Hussein, the creation of a democracy in the center of the Middle East and the single most serious strategic defeat for al Qaeda to date – was not worth it. 

Cheney wiped the floor with Biden when he offered this simple reality check:

For them to try to take credit for what’s happened in Iraq strikes me as a little strange.If they’re going to take credit, fair enough for what they have done while they’re there. But it ought to go with a healthy ‘Thank you, George Bush,’ up front and a recognition that some of their early recommendations, with respect to prosecuting that war, were just dead wrong.

As to the claims of Biden, Terrorism czar John Brennan and others in the Obama administration that they are doing a better job in fighting the War on Terror than the Bush administration, Cheney criticized the decisions to give Khalid Sheikh Mohammed a civilian trial, to Mirandize the failed Christmas Day airline bomber, and to close down Gitmo:

I just think that’s dead wrong.  I think the biggest strategic threat the United States faces today is the possibility of another 9/11 with a nuclear weapon or a biological agent of some kind, and I think al Qaeda is out there even as we meet trying to figure out how to do that.

Biden told us not to worry too much about this threat because the Obama administration was throwing alot of resources at the problem.  Yet only a couple of weeks ago, Obama intelligence officials warned of the certainty of an attack on our home soil within six months!  Which is it?

Cheney also easily bat down the Obama administration’s facile comparison of the handling of the Christmas Day bomber’s case to the shoe-bomber case (both handled in civil court) by pointing out that the shoe-bomber case took place right after 9/11 when a military tribunal process had not yet been put into full operation.  Besides, the shoe-bomber pleaded guilty (just as KSM, by the way, had already offered to do before a military tribunal).

I do not understand why Fox media commentator Bernie Goldberg said on “The O’Reilly Factor” last night that he thought the face-off between Biden and Cheney was a draw.  Cheney won hands-down.

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