Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Annals of Irony — Cheney and Kristol Team Up

The idea that Liz Cheney and William Kristol are forming a right-wing group called “Keep America Safe” to criticize President Obama for his foreign policy is so rich with irony that you wonder if they weren’t really coming up with a pitch for SNL.

The new group, Keep America Safe, will make the case against President Barack Obama’s moves to wrench America away from Bush era foreign policy on issues from detaining alleged terrorists at Guantanamo Bay to building a missile shield in Eastern Europe.

“The policies being proposed by the Obama administration are so radical across the board,” Cheney said. “Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, you want the nation to be strong and so many steps this president is taking are making the nation weaker.”

But I thought the meme du jour was that the Obama administration hadn’t done anything yet. How can that be “radical”?

If the Cheney/Kristol team wants to take us back to the good old days of a “safe America” during the Bush administration, then, as Steve Benen says, go for it:

“Keep America Safe” looks back at the Bush era and sees a national security record to be proud of. Except for the catastrophic events of 9/11, and the anthrax attacks against Americans, and terrorist attacks against U.S. allies, and the terrorist attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Bush’s inability to capture those responsible for 9/11, and waging an unnecessary war that inspired more terrorists, and the success terrorists had in exploiting Bush’s international unpopularity, they may have a point.

They also say that President Obama doesn’t measure up to the standards set by the Bush administration, and they’ve come up with a commercial that mocks President Obama for spending so much time on the golf course. They could be right about that: Mr. Obama is woefully behind the curve compared to President Bush when it comes to taking time off from his job.

Update: Scott Horton at Harper’s succinctly summarizes the purpose of “Keep America Safe”: keep Dick Cheney out of the slammer.