Shut It, Cheney: White House
'Bellicose rhetoric' about war failed before, fails now: Pfeiffer
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2009 11:17 AM CST
Former Vice President Dick Cheney.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Dick Cheney’s “bellicose rhetoric” and “clearly untrue” claims following the Christmas terror attempt aren't sitting well at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, and the new administration isn't shy about telling the ex-veep off. Echoing the sentiment—and the words, even—of a “senior Democrat” yesterday in Politico, Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer questions the former VP’s motives. “It is telling that Vice President Cheney and others seem to be more focused on criticizing the Administration than condemning the attackers.”

Cheney is “engaged in the typical Washington game of pointing fingers and making political hay,” Pfeiffer writes on the White House blog. “This president is not interested in bellicose rhetoric, he is focused on action. Seven years of bellicose rhetoric failed to reduce the threat from al-Qaeda.” And watch those lies about Obama not admitting we’re at war—Pfeiffer has a stack of statements proving otherwise. He just "doesn’t need to beat his chest to prove it, and—unlike the last administration—we are not at war with a tactic ('terrorism'), we are at war with something that is tangible.”