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My Dick

Posted by ginnypub on May 21, 2009

I’ve listed previously why I love Dick Cheney. I love him even more after today. When the Fearful Leader of the Free World was so intimidated by Dick Cheney’s scheduled speech at the AEI, he grabbed his teleprompter and headed for a camera, it was more glaring proof the U.S. voted in a juvenile to do a man’s job.

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I LOVE Dick Cheney

Posted by ginnypub on March 17, 2009

I unequivocally and unapologetically LOVE Dick Cheney.  There are many reasons. Some are obvious; such as his unconditional love for his family and despite being a manly man, he’s putty in the hands of his grandchildren-one, or more, of which, he usually has with him at all times.

Probably the biggest reason I love the “public” Dick Cheney is how he deals with the media. No matter how much vitriolic hatred the media spit at him or how many scurrilous accusations or how many conspiracy theories they come up with, he is Teflon. Not only is he not bothered by them, he needles them. Remember when he had the horrifying experience of accidentally shooting another man on a hunting trip? He told the local media, instead of the Washington media, who predictably went ape-shit. I love how some political TV putz will refer to him as “menacing” or “Darth Vader” and the next time he’s  interviewed he kind of hunches over, looks the interviewer in the eye over the top of his eyeglasses and speaks in a lower-than-normal gravelly tone.

I didn’t watch the recent interview Dick Cheney did on CNN with intellectual giant John King because no one was holding a loaded gun to my head, so I read the transcript.

Most everyone else has already posted the “Obama has made us less safe” money quote, but I haven’t seen the complete answer posted at many places. Here it is:

KING: You made clear in an interview with the Politico when you left office that you were a little worried that President Obama might not be up to this challenge of fighting terrorism. I want to read you from that interview. You said you think there’s a high probability of such an attempt, meaning a major attack on the United States like 9/11. And you said, whether or not they can pull it off depends whether or not we keep in place policies that have allowed us to defeat all further attempts since 9/11 to launch mass casualty attacks against the United States.” Well, since taking office, President Obama has done these things to change the policies you helped put in place. He has announced he will close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. He has announced he will close CIA black sites around the world, where they interrogate terror suspects. Says he will make CIA interrogators abide by the Army Field Manual, defined waterboarding as torture and ban it, suspend trials for terrorists by military commission, and now eliminate the label of enemy combatants.

I’d like to just simply ask you, yes or no, by taking those steps, do you believe the president of the United States has made Americans less safe?

CHENEY: I do. I think those programs were absolutely essential to the success we enjoyed of being able to collect the intelligence that let us defeat all further attempts to launch attacks against the United States since 9/11. I think that’s a great success story. It was done legally. It was done in accordance with our constitutional practices and principles.

President Obama campaigned against it all across the country. And now he is making some choices that, in my mind, will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another attack.

KING: That’s a pretty serious thing to say about the president of the United States…  (You’re insulting the savior, now, Big Mister!)

CHENEY: Well…

KING:(You better take it back, RIGHT NOW) and commander in chief of the military. So I want to give you a chance, because many people will say, Vice President Cheney just said Barack Obama, President Obama is making us less safe, more at risk, which you just said. I want to give you a chance — and take as much time as you want — to prove it. Because you put that list up there, and I know you say there have been three cases, I believe, of waterboarding in the past, and you say that specific things have been prevented. I know some of this is classified intelligence, but now that you’re out of government, to the degree that you can, tell the American people, because of those tactics, because of those, yes, sometimes extreme tactics, we stopped this.

CHENEY: Well, I would say that the key to what we did was to collect intelligence against the enemy. That’s what the terrorist surveillance program was all about, that’s what the enhanced interrogation program was all about.

KING: But another 9/11, because of a tactic like waterboarding or a black site, can you say with certainty you stopped another attempt to do something on that level?

CHENEY: John, I’ve seen a report that was written based upon the intelligence that we collected then that itemizes the specific attacks that were stopped by virtue of what we learned through those programs. It’s still classified. I can’t give you the details of it without violating classification, but I can say there were a great many of them. The one that has been public was the potential attack coming out of Heathrow, when they were going to have several American planes with terrorists on board, with liquid explosives, and they were going to blow those planes up over the United States.

Now, that was intercepted and stopped, partly because of those programs that we put in place.

Now, I think part of the difficulty here as I look at what the Obama administration is doing, we made a decision after 9/11 that I think was crucial. We said this is a war. It’s not a law enforcement problem. Up until 9/11, it was treated as a law enforcement problem. You go find the bad guy, put him on trial, put him in jail. The FBI would go to Oklahoma City and find the identification tag off the truck and go find the guy that rented the truck and put him in jail.

Once you go into a wartime situation and it’s a strategic threat, then you use all of your assets to go after the enemy. You go after the state sponsors of terror, places where they’ve got sanctuary. You use your intelligence resources, your military resources, your financial resources, everything you can in order to shut down that terrorist threat against you.

When you go back to the law enforcement mode, which I sense is what they’re doing, closing Guantanamo and so forth, that they are very much giving up that center of attention and focus that’s required, and that concept of military threat that is essential if you’re going to successfully defend the nation against further attacks.

KING: Much more of our conversation with the former Vice President Dick Cheney ahead. What’s life like after the vice presidency, and how’s his health? We’ll ask when our exclusive interview with Mr. Cheney continues in just a moment. Don’t go anywhere.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

KING: Back now with our exclusive conversation with the former Vice President Dick Cheney. (I’m getting off this topic before I look like a bigger idiot …) You noted earlier you disagreed with the president’s strategy on Iran and North Korea.

Unasked for advice to Michael Steele-When you’re asked about Rush Limbaugh, don’t respond with some mealy-mouthed answer, hoping to gain some credibility with the America-haters. THIS is how to answer:

KING: What next for your party? There has been a big dust-up in recent days, in parts stoked by the White House, about Rush Limbaugh making some comments. David Frum, a conservative who worked in your administration, says that Rush Limbaugh is kryptonite, because he drives away the voters the Republicans need to build the road to discovery. Is Rush Limbaugh kryptonite?

CHENEY: No, Rush is a good friend. I love him. I think he does great work and has for years. He’s now offered to debate President Obama on his radio show. Hell, I’d pay to see that! It would be interesting to have developed.

I think Rush is a good man and serves a very important purpose.

Dick Cheney says what he means and means what he says. He walks the walk and he doesn’t apologize for it to anyone, especially fools who’ll never learn even half of what he’s already forgotten.

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I’m Sorry, Kenneth Clodfelter

Posted by ginnypub on February 6, 2009

Sixteen days into his administration, Barry Soetoro has wiped out eight years of bringing Islamic serial mass murderers to justice. For anyone still doubting the lack of respect Soetoro holds for our warriors serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, this last act should erase all doubt.

 

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon’s senior judge overseeing terror trials at Guantanamo Bay dropped charges Thursday against an al-Qaida suspect in the 2000 USS Cole bombing, upholding President Barack Obama’s order to freeze military tribunals there.

The charges against suspected al-Qaida bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri marked the last active Guantanamo war crimes case.

The legal move by Susan J. Crawford, the top legal authority for military trials at Guantanamo, brings all cases into compliance with Obama’s Jan. 22 executive order to halt terrorist court proceedings at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba.

Seventeen U.S. sailors died on Oct. 12, 2000, when al-Qaida suicide bombers steered an explosives-laden boat into the Cole, a guided-missile destroyer, as it sat in a Yemen port.

The Pentagon last summer charged al-Nashiri, a Saudi Arabian, with “organizing and directing” the bombing and planned to seek the death penalty in the case.

In his Jan. 22 order, Obama promised to shut down the Guantanamo prison within a year. The order also froze all Guantanamo detainee legal cases pending a three-month review as the Obama administration decides where — or whether — to prosecute the suspects who have been held there for years, most without charges.

 

John and Gloria Clodfelter, like Del. Frank Hargrove, I will remember Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter.

 

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 568

Celebrating the life of Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter.

Agreed to by the House of Delegates, January 12, 2001

Agreed to by the Senate, January 19, 2001

WHEREAS, Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter of Mechanicsville, a petty officer 2nd class in the United States Navy, was killed in the line of duty on October 12, 2000; and

WHEREAS, Petty Officer Clodfelter, on duty aboard the USS Cole, was a victim of the terrorist attack that occurred in the port of Aden, Yemen; and

WHEREAS, a resident of Mechanicsville, Kenneth Clodfelter was a 1997 graduate of Lee-Davis High School, where he was a member of the football team; and

WHEREAS, Kenneth Clodfelter, who was a Boy Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow, a volunteer firefighter, and a dedicated sailor, enlisted in the Navy after graduation from high school; and

WHEREAS, mourned by his parents, his wife, and his young son, Kenneth Clodfelter was promoted to petty officer 2nd class on the day of his death; and

WHEREAS, Kenneth Clodfelter’s death is a reminder of the hazards of military service and of the commitment, courage, and heroism of the young men and women who defend our nation’s freedom; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly mourn the untimely passing of a brave young Virginian, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter as an expression of the high regard in which his memory is held by the members of the General Assembly.

 

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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.”  Former VP Richard Cheney

 

“We will confront this mortal danger to all humanity. We will not tire, or rest, until the war is won.”  Pres. George W. Bush

On 04Nov08, 52.9% of Americans grew tired and rested, Mr. President, but some of us never will.

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