The Pardu

The Pardu
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Monday, May 19, 2014

Dick Cheney Calls Obama Weak And Stumbles Through Putin and Georgia

Awesome Screenshot Capture and Annotate, Cheney and wife on Fox News (hawking a book)

I suppose it is true: "Time heals all wounds.

It appears the US public and US media are willing to actually give Dick Cheney an audience after years of proof the man has serious issues with credibility, honesty and competence. Now, add a bit of salt to the wounds by sprinkling Cheney as a pundit of international affairs.  INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS!  

So soon we forget Iraq, the "Charge of the Bush Brigade" as against Saddam, the failed war in Afghanistan, and outing a CIA agent to facilitate the Great Bush/Cheney Charge.

Selling a war on Iraq
They will welcome us as liberators

On Sunday May 18th, 2014 Dick and his wife (Lynne) appeara together for the first time since leaving the vice presidency. The Fox News slip is 11:53 minutes of disgusting Cheney and wife. I suggest focusing on the 2:30 minute mark to the 3:34 mark. The man actually calls Obama a 'weak" president. 

Before I suggest another snippet from the clip, I simply have to ask, "Who gives one damn about anything from Dick Cheney's wife's mouth?" As I skipped across Lynne Cheney's comments, I found the reason she is sitting on camera. The woman is hawking a book! (As a total news and current event geek, and after eight full years in the White House, I have never seen Lynne Cheney). 

I picked up the segment after she finished an attempt to move the segment to her book. Wallace asked Dick Cheney about Putin's incursion into the nation of Georgia during Bush Administration. After a few seconds of stumbling for an answer, Cheney fired off a few words that are as shallow as his sitting on camera criticizing Obama's handling of Putin's incursions into Ukraine. We pick-up the Fox clip at the 4:08 minute mark to the 5:22 minute mark. 

PunditFact ran a review of Cheney's comments and assigned the comments a "Mostly False." Let me suggest the findings warrant a "Pants on Fire." 

First, take a three minute ride through a Politics Nation segment on Cheney's remarks. 

Cheney "At the mere request from Putin, President Obama withdrew the plans for a missile defense program based in Poland and the Czech Republic."  

Dick Cheney on Sunday, May 18th, 2014 in an interview on "Fox News Sunday"

As the unstable situation in Ukraine continues, former Vice President Dick Cheney was asked Sunday what he thought of President Barack Obama’s handling of Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin.
Cheney said Putin has taken advantage of what he sees as weakness in Obama, and that Obama had sent the wrong signals as early as 2009.
"At the mere request from Putin, President Obama withdrew the plans for a missile defense program based in Poland and the Czech Republic," Cheney said on Fox News Sunday.
Here, we’re fact-checking whether Obama withdrew plans for a missile defense program at Putin’s request.
The Bush plan
In 2006, on advice from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, President George W. Bush pushed for an initiative to install 10 interceptor missiles on the ground in Poland and an advanced radar system in the Czech Republic, to counter the potential threat of long-range missiles from Iran. Russia did not like the idea one bit.
Russian defense minister Sergei Ivanov told the Russian news organization Ria Novosti that Russia was opposed and that the plans did not make "political sense, much less military sense."
During the 2008 election, candidate Obama said he supported the installations in Poland and the Czech Republic but also said he was open to rethinking them.
When Obama took office in 2009, he spoke of making U.S. relations with Russia less confrontational. The symbol of this was a photo-op of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presenting her Russian counterpart with a  "reset" button.
Three years after Bush announced his missile defense proposal, Obama changed course. On Sept. 17, 2009, Obama announced that the United States would pursue a new missile defense policy focused on knocking out short- and medium-range Iranian missiles. The new plan relied on missiles based on American warships and eventually sites closer to Iran.
The response at home and overseas
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, released statements suggesting that Obama was being soft and letting down American allies. Pundits like John Bolton, whom Bush had appointed as ambassador to the United Nations, said Russia and Iran came away as "big winners" in a "bad day for American national security."
Meanwhile, Israel and most NATO countries in Western Europe approved of the move, news stories show, because they thought the missile system provoked Russia. Polish and Czech leaders expressed disappointment.
Obama left it to Defense Secretary Robert Gates to explain the shift. In a New York Times op-ed, and later in his 2014 book Duty, Gates said that Defense Department officials realized the Iranian government was putting more stock into building short- and medium-range missiles over long-range ones. The agency wanted to uproot the old plan to better counteract that threat, and the new tactic Gates and the Joint Chiefs of Staff recommended to Obama was cheaper and took less time to implement.
Lance Janda, chairman of the Department of History and Government at Cameron University, added that the full U.S. strategy included deploying potentially hundreds of interceptor missiles in Eastern Europe starting in 2018. Lost in the GOP fury, Gates wrote, was that the Russians found Obama’s new approach to be even more worrisome than the Bush-era plan.  They worried that those missiles could easily be configured to thwart them as well as Iran.
Our ruling
Cheney said Obama dropped a missile defense plan based in Poland and the Czech Republic on the "mere request" of Putin. While Putin strenuously objected to the plan, a Pentagon reassessment of the nature of Iran’s capabilities was the actual reason for the change. The Pentagon saw a greater danger from Iranian short-and-medium-range missiles than the long range missiles that were targeted in the original plan.
NATO allies and Israel also favored the new approach, which included steps to install a missile defense system in Poland in 2018.
So, Obama did forgo the Bush-era plan, but he didn’t do it at the "mere request" of Putin. We rate the claim Mostly False.

Those of you who grew-up with opportunity to expire the outdoors, do you recall nocturnal snails commonly referred to as "Slugs?" The following is a bit unsettling, but true. Do you also recall pouring salt on the Slug? Since, I mentioned 'salt' on old wounds in the first paragraph, would someone consider pouring salt on Cheney.

If we do not remember of paste we are doomed to repeat the past. The US cannot yet withstand another dose of Republicans in the White House and infesting the US Senate. The horror of a GOP House an GOP SCOTUS us quite enough.

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