Obama, Cheney Ready Dueling Gitmo Speeches
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2009 7:00 AM CDT
In this May 14, 2009, file photo, reviewed by the US military, Guantanamo detainees pray before dawn near a fence of razor-wire, inside Camp 4 detention facility.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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(Newser) – In what’s becoming a much-hyped political showdown, Barack Obama and Dick Cheney will deliver back-to-back speeches on national security this morning, CNN reports. Obama’s 10am speech will lay out a framework for closing Guantanamo Bay, offering a high-minded defense of his decisions so far regarding it and its detainees. He'll argue that America "lost its way" in fighting terrorism, and that Guantanamo has made us less safe.

Cheney, speaking at 10:45 before the American Enterprise Institute, will offer a counterargument. "When President Obama makes wise decisions, he deserves our support," he will say. "And when he mischaracterizes the national security decisions we made in the Bush years, he deserves an answer." Cheney will repeat his argument that the Bush administration's controversial policies prevented another 9/11.