Thursday, May 21, 2009

Politician Death Match: Cheney vs. Obama


May 21: President Obama's shadow is cast on the Constitution as he delivers an address on national security, terrorism, and the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison at the National Archives in Washington.
Charles Dharapak-AP



They start speaking in less than an hour.

Found this at Shadow Government:
Jack Goldsmith's spot-on piece in the New Republic. It's a must-read:

Former Vice President Cheney says that President Obama's reversal of Bush-era terrorism policies endangers American security. The Obama administration, he charges, has "moved to take down a lot of those policies we put in place that kept the nation safe for nearly eight years from a follow-on terrorist attack like 9/11." Many people think Cheney is scare-mongering and owes President Obama his support or at least his silence. But there is a different problem with Cheney's criticisms: his premise that the Obama administration has reversed Bush-era policies is largely wrong. The truth is closer to the opposite: The new administration has copied most of the Bush program, has expanded some of it, and has narrowed only a bit. Almost all of the Obama changes have been at the level of packaging, argumentation, symbol, and rhetoric. This does not mean that the Obama changes are unimportant. Packaging, argumentation, symbol, and rhetoric, it turns out, are vitally important to the legitimacy of terrorism policies.

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5 Comments:

Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I’m watching Obama’s speech and it absolutely infuriates me. Misleading, demonizing, distorting, politicizing, blame-gaming, all while wearing a halo and obfuscating through lofty rhetoric.

Thursday, May 21, 2009 7:54:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Cheney’s speech is bringing my blood pressure back down. Glad Obama’s speech was first.

Thursday, May 21, 2009 8:54:00 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

I had s similar reaction Word. In fact it was an insult for Obama to stand in fron tof the Constitution which he so quickly has scuttled. His speech actually was a slap in the face of the principles that he claims he is saving. His policy moves are so unconstituional that I am shocked that there have not been any court challenges yet.

But on the bright side it was refreshing to listen to Cheney and once again hear the adults speek frankly about protecting the Nation and telling the real truth !

BTW Happy Memorial Day and God bless our fallen heroes who paid for our freedom with their all!

Friday, May 22, 2009 3:06:00 PM  
Blogger Z said...

Obama's a preschooler and cheney's the erudite professor....the differences couldn't have been made more apparent than in those speeches, Sparky. I'm with you; obama's speech was classless and cheap. it's time he stopped campaigning, running against Bush's "fear mongering" and all he says that entailed. What a message to send to the world.
Do you notice how unhappy and officious obama's looked lately.it's downright ODD.

Have a great weekend......

Friday, May 22, 2009 9:38:00 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

I haven't yet had time to read and compare the speeches. Heavy work load right now.

The above said, I already know that BHO doesn't perceive a serious threat with regard to Islamic terrorism. Sadly, America is going to get another awakening like that of 9/11.

Saturday, May 23, 2009 2:40:00 AM  

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