The Cons live in a very strange world. It’s a world in which the “free-market” supposedly fixes everything by itself and so is pursued with religious vigor that would make Orthodox followers scratch their heads. It’s a world in which every dark-skinned person in a viable, current threat to the safety and security of the Cons’ gated communities, except for the ones that are rich (see: Saudi Arabian royalty, etc). It’s a world in which the term climate-change is a far-left conspiracy theory that has somehow grabbed power in nearly every country’s government, that nearly every scientist is somehow a part of and that nearly every media outlet is somehow a part of to boot. It doesn’t have to make sense to the rest of us – the Cons excel at cognitive dissonance.
In this fantasy land, the daughter of the last Vice-President Puppet-Master is somehow considered to be a leader in developing Con opposition to President Obama’s foreign policy initiatives. Never mind that saying the President’s foreign policies weren’t in America’s interests got you labeled “traitor” and “terrist-lover” by the same Cons just one short year ago. The difference was the “President” was a Con, so his directives comes down from up-high, don’tcha know? Now that the President is a half-black man, all that is out the window. Nothing President Obama can or will do will ever be good enough for these rigid ideologues.
Months after her father’s prolonged campaign against President Obama’s national security policies, Liz Cheney is spearheading a new organization aimed at organizing conservative opposition to the new administration’s foreign policy approach.
The new group, Keep America Safe, says its aim is to provide a cogent and organized rebuttal to a series of recent moves that expressly divert from the more muscular policies of the Bush administration. The group plans to tackle hot-button issues like the way forward in Iraq and Afghanistan, defense spending, CIA interrogation techniques and the planned closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
Liz Cheney. The same person who at Richard Armitage’s (of Iran-Contra scandal fame) consulting firm. The same person who had a high-level position created for her at the State Department. Corrupt cronyism is a Con specialty! As I stated above, nothing these clowns produce will ever be cogent. One way in which this will become clear: only 23% of Americans thought the Bush “administration” was successful in their Iraq, Afghanistan, CIA torture and Gitmo policies. And Liz, one of the new faces of the Cons, will spend her time defending those failed policies.
“We have watched with concern and dismay as the Obama administration has cut defense spending, wavered on the war in Afghanistan, and launched investigations into Americans serving on the front lines of the war on terror, while at the same time expanding legal protections for the terrorists that plot to attack this country,” Cheney, along with the group’s two other founders, wrote on its web site. “These policies, along with President Obama’s abandonment of America’s allies and attempts to appease our adversaries are weakening the nation.”
This is a example of how disgusting Cons can be. Spending on defense war hasn’t been cut. As usual, it’s increased and it’s done so without any discussion whether it should have or not. At the same time that ConservaDems are wringing their hands over stimulus spending in the U.S., and not Afghanistan or Iraq; at the same time that they’re bunching up their undies over whether to provide health coverage to more, but not all, Americans, the war budget has once again increased. There’s no shortage of money for the Pentagon. Actually, a big reason is Liz Cheney’s continuation of a Con standard practice: whine about Democrats being soft on defense. Get them scared that they’ll go to their home districts and have to hear what cowards they are for not giving the Pentagon for whatever they ask for, and bam!, war funding continues to increase, regardless of the kind of economy we’re in.
Who are we warring with in Afghanistan, Liz? The Afghanis? Or the terrorists that helped plan and orchestrate 9/11? I doubt it matters to her. Further, I can say with conviction that she doesn’t actually realize that the U.S. military will never succeed in establishing a non-corrupt government and civil society in Afghanistan. Why won’t they? Because it’s not their mission to nation-build – you know, the thing Bush campaigned on in 2000, then proceeded to engage in not in just Afghanistan, but Iraq also. Afghanistan needs civil affairs personnel on the ground to reestablish their infrastructure, economy and society. The U.S. military isn’t equipped to handle that mission. They never were and they never will be. It’s like asking a pediatrician to audit a corporation – they’re not going to know the first thing about it and shouldn’t be forced to try.
In the mix of Cheney’s rambling complaints are investigations into intelligence and military torture activities that were confirmed to have come out of her dear ol’ dad’s office way in the early 2000′s. Torture was and remains illegal. The Bush “administration’s” attempts to codify it as legal with only a few memos from a legal counsel doesn’t make it so. But it isn’t the Obama administration that is pursuing the investigations. The Department of Justice is. And unlike the Bush “administration”, the Obama administration isn’t going to micro-manage a department that is supposed to be independent from the executive branch. Having grown up in a lawless household and working for a lawless executive, I’m sure Liz has a hard time understanding exactly what’s going on, but that’s her problem. It does, however, mean that Liz isn’t a serious source on policy matters.
It’s laughable at best that Liz comes out in defense of an administration that sat on its hands during the most horrific terrorist attack on American soil in our history. Who is she to cite other administrations as ineffective of defending the country?
Oh, if by “allies”, Liz means regimes like Saudi Arabia and Libya, then yes, perhaps she’s correct that President Obama has a different relationship with allies than did her father’s cabal. If you’re based in reality, you’ve realized that America’s standing in the world has nearly universally gone up since President Obama took office. It’s dark days indeed in Con fantasy-land.
The next best thing in the article is this:
Kicking off a fundraising drive Tuesday, Keep America Safe launched a one-minute, 30-second web video that portrays Obama as a wavering politician whose ambitious foreign policy promises as a candidate have not matched his actions.
“Not enough time for a decision, but plenty of time for Letterman, golf, a beer summit, more golf, vacation, and a visit to Copenhagen,” the video states.
Too funny! Do these propagandists remember how much vacation time Bush took in 2001? Half of his time was spent on his “ranch” in vacation. He easily set the record for time on vacation while holding the most powerful position in American politics – 1020 days, or 35% of his presidency. The concern trolling of Obama taking a little bit of a break is predictable, yet ineffective.
Liz Cheney and The Cons can whine, lie and concern troll all they want. Until they come up with a viable set of policies for governance, they’ll remain in the political wilderness where they belong.