Friday, May 22, 2009

Obama and Cheney battle over war on terror policies

By JOSH GERSTEIN & JONATHAN MARTIN In an extraordinary crosstown debate carried live across the airwaves, President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney battled Thursday over the Bush administration’s war on terror, with Cheney issuing a scathing rejection of the new president’s policies and saying Obama is leaving the nation exposed to attack. Cheney accused those who call Bush interrogation practices torture – as Obama has – of engaging in “contrived indignation and phony moralizing on the interrogation methods applied to a few captured terrorists.” And he urged Obama to make future national security choices based not on “slogans and campaign rhetoric, but on a truthful telling of history.” Obama, in turn, said President George W. Bush decimated the nation’s values and beliefs in a hastily conceived, poorly executed plan that left him a “mess” at Guantanamo Bay prison and American’s image abroad in tatters. Obama said the only responsible way to clean up problems at Gitmo is to bring some prisoners to the U.S. for trial, despite the intense resistance to that idea in Congress. [Continue reading at Politico]
President Barack Hussein Obama: VS. Former Vice-President Dick Cheney:
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