'Sleazy' Cheney Has No Right to Talk Terror

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2009 1:56 PM CST
Former vice president Dick Cheney.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Dick Cheney’s claim that a terrorist attack is more likely during an Obama administration “is sleazy in the extreme,” Joe Klein writes for Time. Even if you can “leave aside the fact”—which Klein cannot—“that if Dick Cheney and his alleged boss had been more vigilant” they might have avoided 9/11, the former VP has no standing to talk about terror. For one thing, an “attack is likely, eventually, no matter who is president.”

And, more insidiously, Cheney is just taking a page from the failed, abhorrent Bush playbook. He “has done here what the Bush Administration did throughout: he has politicized terror,” Klein writes. “If another attack happens, it's Obama's fault. Disgraceful...and ungrateful, since it's only Obama's mercy that stands between Cheney and a really serious war crimes investigation.”