Emptywheel (aka Marcy Wheeler) examines Dick Cheney’s latest rantings — on missile defense, on Iraq and Afghanistan, on America’s success in keeping its moral bearings while torturing confessions out of prisoners, on how his administration’s policies kept us safe (except for 9/11 itself, of course, and except for the London bombings, and the Madrid bombings, and the murder of UN ambassador Sergio Vieria de Mello in Iraq….. oh, never mind).
The best part of the speech as far as I am concerned, though, was Cheney’s devastating pushback against Rahm Emanuel’s critical comments about having to start a review of Afghanistan policy from scratch:
In a wide-ranging speech, the former vice president pilloried the Obama administration on a host of issues from President Obama’s engagement with Iran to his decision to shut down the military prison at Guantanamo and his abandonment of the Bush administration’s missile defense plans in Eastern Europe.
But what appeared to vex Mr. Cheney the most was recent remarks by Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, that part of the reason why the Afghanistan review was taking so long was because the White House was asking questions which had never been asked before.
Not true, Mr. Cheney told an audience while accepting the Center for Security Policy’s “Keeper of the Flame” award. The Bush administration did its own review last year, he said, and offered the finding to the Obama transition team.
“In the fall of 2008, fully aware of the need to meet new challenges being posed by the Taliban, we dug into every aspect of Afghanistan policy, assembling a team that repeatedly went into the country, reviewing options and recommendations, and briefing President-elect Obama’s team,” Mr. Cheney said. “They asked us not to announce our findings publicly, and we agreed, giving them the benefit of our work and the benefit of the doubt.”
The fall of 2008?
Marcy had the same reaction:
Hahahaha!! Cheney believes that developing an Afghan strategy in an attempt to force Obama’s hand can make up for the seven years during which he oversaw the complete neglect of the war against the people who actually hit us on 9/11.