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Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned that there is a "high probability" that terrorists will attempt a catastrophic nuclear or biological attack in coming years, and said he fears the Obama administration's policies will make it more likely the attempt will succeed.

 

In an interview Tuesday with Politico, Cheney unyieldingly defended the Bush administration's support for the Guantanamo Bay prison and coercive interrogation of terrorism suspects.

 

And he asserted that President Obama will either backtrack on his stated intentions to end those policies or put the country at risk in ways more severe than most Americans - and, he charged, many members of Obama's own team - understand.

 

When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then I worry," Cheney said.

 

Protecting the country's security is "a tough, mean, dirty, nasty business," he said. "These are evil people. And we're not going to win this fight by turning the other cheek."

 

Citing intelligence reports, Cheney said at least 61 of the inmates who were released from Guantanamo during the Bush administration - "that's about 11 or 12 percent" - have "gone back into the business of being terrorists."

 

The 200 or so inmates still there, he claimed, are "the hard core" whose "recidivism rate would be much higher." (Lawyers for Guantanamo detainees have strongly disputed the recidivism figures, asserting that the Pentagon data have inconsistencies and omissions.) Cheney called Guantanamo a "first-class program," and "a necessary facility" that is operated legally and with better food and treatment than the jails in inmates' native countries.

 

But he said he worried that "instead of sitting down and carefully evaluating the policies," Obama officials are unwisely following "campaign rhetoric" and preparing to release terrorism suspects or afford them legal protections granted to more conventional defendants in crime cases.

 

The choice, he alleged, reflects a naive mindset among the new team in Washington: "The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected. Sometimes, that requires us to take actions that generate controversy. I'm not at all sure that that's what the Obama administration believes."

 

 

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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/18390.html

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I don't approve of past presidents or vice presidents criticizing a new administration. It should be a courtesy to the office. Especially since he really didn't add any value. He is just echoing what many others speculate.

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When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then I worry," Cheney said.

 

That is awesome! No fear mongering hyperbole here......

 

All class, all the time Mr. Cheney.

 

Someone needs to give this guy a talk show.

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View PostYeah we all know how safe the Bush administration kept us....

 

Well besides the worse attack ever on our soil......

 

Come on, Bush was still looking for a place to hang his coat. The WTC attack was planned for years on Clinton's watch.

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View PostCome on, Bush was still looking for a place to hang his coat. The WTC attack was planned for years on Clinton's watch.

 

 

Including the one in 1993......

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View Postand the next thing you know, Dr Strangelove will be warning us about the "Mine Shaft Gap"

 

Maybe, if there are no more terrorist attacks. If there are, Obama is cued up to take the fall.

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View PostHe's trying to save his Presidency. If, God forbid, there is another large scale attack, he will tell us that the policies of his Presidency were proven correct.

 

Motives are debatable, but if something happens, he will have said it, and people will believe it.

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