It’s a good question, isn’t it? On a whole host of questions, too, not just the one that former VP Dick Cheney was referring to on CNN.
On CNN, Cheney was talking about the Predator Drone attack that last week killed al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki and his cohort Samir Khan. Cheney reminded the CNN audience that Obama slammed the Bush administration for “overreacting to 9/11.” And Cheney thought that Obama owed the whole country an apology for his characterization.
“I think it was a very good strike. I think it was justified,” Cheney told CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union.” But “I’m waiting for the administration to go back and correct something they said two years ago when they criticized us for ‘overreacting’ to the events of 9/11.”
Obama “in effect said that we had walked away from (America’s) ideals,” Cheney argued. “I think he did tremendous damage. I think he slandered the nation and I think he owes an apology to the American people.”
The Obama administration has “clearly … moved in the direction of taking robust action when they feel it is justified,” Cheney said.
Yet…, and yet, Obama has pretty much continued every Bush era covert military program. He’s not closed the Guantanamo Bay Cuba detainment facility, he’s largely stepped up the Predator Drone program, he’s continued that secret holding facilities of the CIA, he’s stepped up the Special Ops programs… in short, despite all his claims that Bush and the GOP were eeeevil for their mistreatment of those, poor, poor Muslims, he’s not done much to change said treatment. In fact, he’s increased it.
So, where is the acknowledgement that his silly, over-the-top rhetoric of the 2007/2008 campaign trail was not only wrong but misguided, even dangerous to the safety of the country?
I mean, Obama apologies were good enough to be generously ladled out to the rest of the world, weren’t they? Where’s Obama’s now long overdue apologies to America for his sniveling in front of our enemies? Where’s his apologies for lying through his teeth as a candidate that once in office he’d discontinue every Bush era homeland security plan?
Further, where’s his apologies for destroying our jobs? Where’s his apologies for bankrupting the country? Where’s his apologies for creating an un-American super state that has dictatorial powers?
I sure hope he’s sorry for losing office in 2012, at least.