It’s still astonishing

. . . that a former Vice President of the United States would go on the air and say that a sitting President is basically a traitor. Back on  March 15, Cheney said the President “is making some choice that, in my mind, will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another attack.”

By ‘another attack’,  I assume he was counting the one that occurred while he was Vice President, and when he couldn’t be bothered to schedule a single Principles meeting of the counterterrorism task force of which he was Chairman until exactly one week before on September 4. And this in spite of the pleadings of the people in government responsible for counterterrorism. In his book “Against All Enemies”, Richard Clark tells us he had been briefing at lower levels (known as Deputies) since January of ’01, but could not get any action at the Principles level until the September meeting. (Condi Rice didn’t even know who Bin Laden was and had never heard of Al Quaeda till Clark told her early on in the Administration.)

That of course, was NOT putting the nation at risk. What that actually was? That was hubris, incompetence, blinders on. They couldn’t see past Iraq; they really really wanted Iraq from Day 1.

And almost as soon as they hit Afghanistan, they abandoned it and turned those blind eyes toward Iraq.

And as for Afghanistan, today is the 207th day of the ninth year of the War there.

And we never got Bin Laden. And Al Quaeda has spread to North Africa and even Indonesia. And they don’t care.

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