Dick Cheney is still out making the rounds on the right wing talk circuit, telling us all how much President Obama has messed up the utopian world and nation that he and George W. Bush handed him. On Tuesday, he stopped off to talk to Hugh Hewitt on his radio show where he warned that it is inevitable that there will be another terrorist attack in this country within the decade — and that it will be “far deadlier” than 9/11.
“One of the things I’ve always been amazed by,” he told Hewitt, “is the extent to which this administration has gone out of its way to claim the problem was solved because they got bin Laden.”
“Do you think we get through this decade without a massive attack on the homeland?” Hewitt asked.
“I doubt it,” Cheney replied. “I think there will be another attack. And next time, I think it’s likely to be far deadlier than the last one. You can just imagine what would happen if somebody could smuggle a nuclear device, put it in a shipping container, and drive it down the Beltway outside of Washington, D.C.”
“If that were to happen, do you see the government reconstituting?” Hewitt asked. “Because it would have to be military rule for a period of time at least.”
“Well, there was, some years ago,” Cheney said, “a program called the continuity of government program. It was part of the Cold War strategy that we pursued here, and basically it involved having a government waiting, if you will, ready to go in the event of a nuclear attack on the United States, so that we could always maintain the Constitutional base of governmental authority. I was part of that program for several years, and a lot of it, I’m sure, is probably still classified. But it was very, very important, and we operated and actually trained under circumstances of how would we go about making, providing for a government to survive if you know, we’re having nuclear weapons from the Soviet Union falling all over the country.”
That Cheney studiously avoided giving a definitive answer on the question of military rule in his answer is chilling. This is a man who is obviously not at all averse to the idea of imposing martial law and he feels that he is qualified to critique the way President Obama is handling his duties.