Monday, June 15, 2009

Cheney Invites Attacks

It's a little bit late for Jane Mayer to be quoting Leon Panetta as saying that Dick Cheney is inviting terrorist attacks. Cheney's inflammatory speech at the American Enterprise speech was almost three weeks ago and it was obvious then that he was practically inviting another 9-11. My reaction to the speech was that Cheney "might as well be hanging out a sign saying "We're weak. Please attack us." Also, "one wonders if Cheney's well of bitterness doesn't run so deep that he wouldn't welcome a major terrorist attack as sweet vindication."

Anyway, here's the money quote from Mayer's article on Panetta:
“I think he smells some blood in the water on the national-security issue,” he told me. “It’s almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it’s almost as if he’s wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point. I think that’s dangerous politics.”Next time, the heavy hitters need to be quicker on the mark.
Better late than never I guess.

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