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Dick Cheney Latest, Highest Profile Bush Administration Official to Support Obama Drone Policy

John Bolton, Karl Rove also defended the president's policy


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Former Vice President Dick Cheney became the highest profile Bush Administration official to come out in support of President Obama's drone targeted killings policy when he dismissed concerns about "checks and balances" and explained on CBS This Morning that Obama's "paid to make difficult, difficult decisions." Other Bush era officials who the president's targeted killings:

Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton: "[t]he approach that the Obama administration is following is consistent with and really derived from the Bush administration approach to the War on Terror, and I think it is entirely sensible. Whether it is foreign citizens who are involved with Al Qaeda or American citizens, we are in a war. They have attacked us. We have a congressional authorization to use military force in response.

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden: "I find it very remarkable that two very different presidents, two very different administrations have such a powerful continuity, a powerful continuum in their counterterrorism strategy… I am quite comfortable that what the Attorney General laid out [on targeted killings at Northwestern last March] is more than legally sufficient and I know it's operationally effective."

Former senior Bush advisor Karl Rove: "I want to give the President the benefit of the doubt. I do believe the president has to have tools like this to deal with people like al-Awlaki. This was a U.S. citizen, admittedly, but he was  part of the Al-Qaeda leadership in Yemen, he was a prime mover, he appeared in videos, we had solid evidence that he was an activist in the leadership of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Penninsula and he was a threat to the United States and God bless President Obama for having the courage to take him out."

Former Assistant Attorney General John Yoo argued Obama is actually diluting his war powers: "Mr. Obama hasn't issued American 007s a license to kill. The real story revealed by the memo is that the Obama administration is trying to dilute the normal practice of war with law-enforcement methods. Its approach reflects the mind-set of an administration populated with officials who spent the Bush years decrying military methods then employed and are now trying to impose a weaker law-enforcement approach to combating terrorism."

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40 responses to “Dick Cheney Latest, Highest Profile Bush Administration Official to Support Obama Drone Policy

  1. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Defend it, Obama supporters. You know Cheney is the devil. Defend Obama and show your hypocrisy. Do it.

    1. Never underestimate the power of doublethink.

    2. Don’t worry, they will. The true believers will defend to the end anything Obama does, even when Darth Cheney supports it.

      I’m impressed that their heads haven’t exploded yet from the cognitive dissonance, but then I realized for there to be dissonance there first needs to be cognition. When “TEAM BLUE GOOD, TEAM RED BAD” is the closest thing that passes for rational policy analysis, there’s no chance of them even realizing their own hypocrasy.

      1. their heads are incapable of explosion. They will defend anything Obama does, whether it contradicts what he said as senator/campaigner or whether it meshes with anything from the evil Boosh.

      2. “We trust the president,” former Gov. Jennifer Granholm of Michigan said on Current TV. “And if this was Bush, I think that we would all be more up in arms because we wouldn’t trust that he would strike in a very targeted way and try to minimize damage rather than contain collateral damage.”…

  2. I think this is great. I think John Yoo and Chaney ought to do a joint press conference to support John Brennen’s appointment to head the CIA and explain how Obama is doing things they always wanted to do but never dared to because of the fear of media backlash. Lets end any idea that the progtards have that Obama is somehow better or different than the evil Boosh!!

    1. That would be delicious. But it’ll never happen.

      1. If the GOP were not the party of stupid, they would call Cheney up to testify in support of Brennen. How fun would that be?

        1. I would stream C-SPAN all day for that testimony.

          Sometimes I think trained monkey’s could run the GOP political machine better than those in charge. Then I slap myself for thinking the monkey’s would have to be trained.

    2. I would love that but I don’t think Cheney really cares about party. He really just thinks these actions are justified so it would be against his interests to jeopardize Obama’s ability to do them.

      1. I think you are right.

  3. This is definitely the cherry on top of the pile of funny.

    1. The whipped cream on top will be if BUSHITLER himself releases a statement in support of Obama’s drone policy. If only:

      “I support president Obama’s assertion of the right of the president to kill any person on the planet without any judicial oversight whatsoever. We would have started this program during my administration, but we were concerned about media backlash, and frankly underestimated the American public’s willingness to go along with blatant civil liberties violations in the name of fighting terrorism. Thank God we elected a Democrat. Now the executive branch can do pretty much anything it wants without worrying about the media ever calling them out on it.”

  4. You can judge a man by the company he keeps. Good job, Democrats.

  5. “[t]he approach that the Obama administration is following is consistent with and really derived from the Bush administration approach to the War on Terror, and I think it is entirely sensible.

    “It’s a great idea, but keep in mind, we thought of it first.”


    Meanwhile the Washington Post just got trolled by a humor website into reporting that Sarah Palin was joining Al Jazeera

    1. The post is now titled: Sarah Palin tries to stay relevant

      CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported that Sarah Palin had signed on as a contributor to the Al Jazeera America news network. The blogger cited a report on the Daily Currant Web site as the basis for that information without realizing that the piece was satirical.

      The blogger, Suzi Parker, is getting ripped in her comments thread.

      1. Remember Palin is a moron who thinks she can see Russia from her house but reporters are super geniuses.

      2. Anybody who spells their name Suzi, yet wants to be taken seriously as a journalist at once was a serious paper deserves to get ripped on general principles.

    2. The comments are pretty awesome.

      1. Also note the URL for the original title.

        1. I wonder if Suzi is getting her salary from that half million grant WaPo got from the Ford Foundation for, wait for it…accountability journalism!


        2. The hate fest the progtards engage in assuming this is true is hysterical. I bet most of them never bother to find out and don’t care that the story is not true. It makes them feel good, therefore it is true!!

    3. I’m shocked, shocked to find that someone at The Washington Post did something not perfectly brilliant.

    4. AHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!!

      That’s fucking hilarious, thanks.

  7. Is any further evidence that Obama has simply continued the Bush Administration policies he ran against in 2008 really necessary?

    1. No Ken. It is totally different because we can trust Obama.

      This is what progtards actually believe.

      1. It’s hard to tell sometimes whether the progressives love Obama more than they hate average white people.

        It certainly isn’t about policy.

      2. And why wouldn’t you trust him? Huh? Huh? It’s because he’s black, isn’t it? Huh? Huh? You damned racist! Prove you’re not racist by trusting him! Racist! Racist!

        1. I’d love some Obama supporter–who hated Bush–sometime explain why they hated Bush.

          They hated Bush for aesthetic reasons. They hated him because he was associated in their minds with rednecks. They hated him becasue he was associated in their minds with average people in flyover country.

          I hated Bush, too, but all the reasons I hated Bush are the same reasons I hate Obama. Where’s that creepy photo Reason uses sometimes morphing Obama and Bush? It was creepy becasue it was true.

          1. Pro Liberate has made that point multiple times. And I have stolen it from him and confronted Obama supporters with it. They never have an answer. They just get angry, mumble something about Iraq and then change the subject.

          2. They certainly didn’t hate him for his domestic policies. They sang glory, laud, and honor to those and then went to the Two Minutes Hate against him.

        2. Ever since the election Adam Sandler’s Lunchlady Land keeps popping into my head, except the lyrics are “Big and binders, big bird and binders, racist beans racist beans racist beans racist beans!”

          1. “Woke up in the morning, put on my Shepard Fairey shirt

            Heard some re-heated progressive shit, from an Obama campaign speech

            Got no clue what Obama’s real positions are

            Just know everything is fine down here in prog-tardo land…”

  8. “And they looked from Barack to Dick, and from Dick to Barack again, and could not tell which was which.”

    1. Did you just compare Jesus 2.0 to a pig? That’s racist.

  9. And I walked in, I sat down, they gave me a piece of paper that
    said: “Kid, see the psychiatrist in room 604.”
    I went up there, I said, “Shrink, I wanna kill. I wanna kill!
    I wanna see blood and gore and guts and veins in my teeth! Eat
    dead, burnt bodies! I mean: Kill. Kill!”

    And I started jumpin’ up and down, yellin’ “KILL! KILL!” and he
    started jumpin’ up and down with me, and we was both jumpin’ up
    and down, yellin’, “KILL! KILL! KILL! KILL!” and the sergeant
    came over, pinned a medal on me, sent me down the hall, said “You’re
    our boy”.

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