Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cheneys and Generals

Hey Vice-Precedence readers! Sorry I haven't been able to post something in the last couple days-had some technical issues here. Now I am back.

As I have reported many times former VP Cheney has frequently criticized the Obama administration on its handling of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the policy changes the administration is working on such as shutting down Guantanamo. He has been frequently joined in his criticism by his daughter Liz-who may be prepping for a Congressional run in Virginia. Also, in another earlier blog here titled "Cheney Grabbag" written on 9-16-09 I wrote how two former marines Commandant Charles Krulak and Marine General Joseph Hoar who succeeded General "Stormin'" Norman Schwarzkopf at Central Command have responded to the Cheneys with a blistering repudiation of their own-calling the former VP "irresponsible" and said he was using "scare tactics".

Now more military figures are also saying that they disagree with both the former VP and his daughter and what they are saying about these military and security issues.

A group of retired generals say that former Vice President Dick Cheney and his "acolytes," especially Liz Cheney, are trying to scare Americans over the prospect of closing the Guantanamo Bay prison facility through "nonsense" arguments, the website Politico reports.

"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 told Politico.

Added retired Gen. David Maddox: "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…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."

So far the Cheney's haven't commented on these remarks made by generals, and considering that neither of them have any actual military service that may be the smart move for now. Although Cheney has no actual military experience, he is a former Sec. of Defense and his years of experience in politics and international issues are nothing to sneeze at. The question is-who do the American people trust more about these issues-experienced combat veterans and high-ranking military figures, or a former Sec. of Defense and Vice-President of the United States? Who do you trust more? Well, the Obama Administration made it clear who they trust more-Attorney General Eric Holder met with Generals Maddox and Cullen on Monday.

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Matt Saxe

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