Thursday, February 5, 2009

Dick Speaks

I really thought we could put this harbinger of doom behind us, but no.

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 county 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.”

Not surprisingly, the only way to believe what Mr. Cheney is saying is if you accept the premises of his arguments, and not surprisingly, he’s got it all wrong. But then, he’s not known for getting a whole lot right, so the best thing you can say about him is that he is remarkably consistent in his fallibility.

Ironically, during the Bush administration we could go weeks or months without hearing about Mr. Cheney except for his occasional outings from his lair to get his pacemaker recharged or the bolts in his neck tightened. Now he’s out of office for three weeks and he won’t shut up.