Generals to Dick & Liz: Stop Scaring People!

Josh Gerstein at Politico:

About a dozen retired generals and admirals, trying to add momentum to President Barack Obama’s effort to close the Guantanamo Bay military prison, are accusing former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz of scaremongering about the dangers of closing it.

“It’s up to all of us to say these arguments advanced by Cheney and his acolytes are nonsense and that really what they’re doing is undermining our national security by delaying the date at which Guantanamo is closed,” retired Brig. Gen. James Cullen, a former chief judge of the Army’s Court of Criminal Appeals, told POLITICO Tuesday.

“Some of the fear issues that are being raised in this are really unfortunate. It gets people excited about things they shouldn’t be excited about and impedes doing what is critical to this country. Get that damn symbol off the table,” said retired Gen. David Maddox, a former Army commander-in-chief for Europe. “We take a setback every time somebody, whether it’s the vice president or his daughter comes out and says the things that they say….We have to get out there again and just keep pounding.”

The former vice president and his daughter declined comment on the criticism.

The former military officers, whose Washington visit was organized by Human Rights First, argued rather bitterly that the Cheneys have exaggerated the risks of bringing Guantanamo prisoners from Cuba to the United States.

“Can you imagine getting a terrorist from Guantanamo convicted and put in a federal penitentiary in your town?” Maddox asked. “Have you ever checked who the hell’s in there already? Have any of them gotten out? The person who we’re putting in is probably a heck of lot less dangerous than most of them who are already in there.”

Needless to say, Michael Goldfarb — being the big supporter of the military that he is — thinks that 12 former U.S. generals and admirals are addled in the head and don’t know what they’re talking about — because, of course, they are not talking the talk that he likes to hear.

3 Responses to “Generals to Dick & Liz: Stop Scaring People!”

  1. Michelle says:

    And Don Suber was wailing the other day about three more being released to Ireland and Yeman, calling them terrorists. It’s talk like that, and the Cheneys’ that infuriate people. What, are there over 100 in Gitmo that have been ordered released, but they have nowhere to go because of this fear-mongering. The Cheneys’ should be ashamed of themselves, but apparently that’s impossible.

  2. Jack Jodell says:

    When even generals tell Dick and his mongrel daughter to cool their jets, there is no question that the Cheneys are absolutely nuts, way out of line, and way over the top!

  3. I wish Al Gore would take your advice on the Environment … just quit scaring people !! After one of the coldest summers on record his fear mongering appears an even bigger scam ….

    Democrats are using this fear tactic on Health Care right now too, like it’s some big emergency and Congress has to take over Health Care … or all will fall apart ..

    …. and Race as well, … suddenly everyone’s a racist who opposes Obama!!

    Geez, seems Regressives use lies and fear tactics on everything !!

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