Surprise, surprise, the Republicans are once again attacking President Obama. This time it’s former Vice President Dick Cheney whose accusations have been getting louder and louder – but obviously no more truthful than his GOP cronies. During a recent interview with Fox News, Cheney made some claims against the President that can easily be refuted by anyone willing to do their homework.
Cheney and his daughter Liz appeared on Fox News following the release of on opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal criticizing President Obama’s actions in the Middle East. Borrowing from Winston Churchill (which I’m sure made them feel very clever) they said:
“Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.”
Cheney blames the President for the current unrest in Iraq, saying that it was a mistake not to leave a security force there to help maintain order. He also accused Obama of ignoring the continuing threat that al Qaeda posses to this country.
“Barack Obama has stated repeatedly that the terrorist threat is gone, we got bin Laden. That’s clearly not the case. That’s not the truth.”
Reviewing the President’s public speeches and statements, an independent fact checking group could not find any instance of Obama saying anything to support Cheney’s claim. In fact, it was just the opposite.
“We found no evidence of Obama saying the threat of terrorism is ‘gone’ – let alone ‘repeatedly’ saying it. In fact, in his speech announcing the killing of Osama bin Laden, Obama warned that the U.S. needs to ‘remain vigilant’ because ‘al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us.’”
I find it very difficult to believe that Cheney did not hear that particular speech or any of the six speeches referenced by the group in which President Obama discusses the potential and continuing threat of terrorism. The truth is a matter of public record, but it’s obvious that the truth is not something Cheney (or his daughter) is interested in.
It should be noted that when talking about terrorism, Obama has used many of the same phrases – that al Qaeda was “on the run” or “on their heels” – used by Cheney and President George W. Bush when they were in office. Just something to think about.
h/t: Huffington Post