And the also annyoning, but infinitely more terrifying, propensity for lying about terrorism in an effort to promote a specific political agenda. We know that Dick Cheney stated that Iraq had "reconstituted nuclear weapons" (Meet the Press, 2003). When that turned out to be not exactly true, he went on to say that Iraq had the "capacity to develop Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) (fundraising dinner, 2004). In October 2004, knowing the WMD thing had been totoally wrong, he continued to say attacking Iraq was the right thing to have done (VP Debate).
And when all else failed, he repeatedly mentioned Al Quaeda and Iraq in the same sentence/statement, giving the impression 9/11 and Iraq were somehow related, even when he didn't say so directly (Interview with John King on CNN 2006, for example). He only admitted this was inacurrate in 2009.
Liz Cheney has become great at playing the same games as her father. On This Week on January 10, 2010, She talked about Yemen and terrorisim. She drew a connection between the Christmas Day underwear bomber and the Ft. Hood attack without missing a beat:
CHENEY: Well, I think that you've got to go back here and look at the way this president has dealt with terror since he's been in office. And the point of that ad was this notion that you cannot win a war if you're treating it as sort of an inconvenient sidelight.
The Obama administration counterterrorism officials, including John Brennan, were briefed by the Bush administration counterterrorism officials during the transition on Yemen and the threat from Yemen. In June of this year, we were attacked at Little Rock, at the recruiting station, by a terrorist who had just come back from Yemen. In September of this year, John Brennan traveled to Saudi Arabia, where he received a personal briefing from Mohammad bin Naif, the head of Saudi intelligence, who himself was the target of an assassination attempt using precisely the same weapon that the Christmas Day bomber used.
You know, you can go down this list on and on. In November, we were attacked...
STEPHANOPOULOS: ... had a record number of drone attacks and this year has personally ordered a record number.
CHENEY: In November, we were -- that's right. But in November, we were attacked at Fort Hood by someone with connections to Yemen, and (OFF-MIKE) attack. And even after that, after the president's press conference, when you had John Brennan and Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano brief, they both said they were surprised that Al Qaida in Yemen was operational. And Napolitano went on to say she was surprised that individuals would attack us.
So there is clearly a problem here. I disagree with George. I don't think that the events, the briefings that were provided this week have begun to give Americans any comfort that there is a real understanding of the threat the nation faces and what it's going to take to be able to defeat that threat.
In the transcript, it says OFF MIKE. But I played it back 3 times, and what it sounded like to me and those watching with me was "someone with connections to Yemen, and the Christmas Day attack." I played it back 3 times because it was slightly unclear and also ridiculously ludicrous.
Here's what she said as part of her speech at CPAC:
Now, this is on top of the money the U.S. taxpayer has already spent on Guantanamo Bay. This isn’t rocket science. My 9-year-old daughter, Grace — who is a genius, if I may say so myself — asked me about this recently. She said, “Mom, is President Obama really trying to bring terrorists into the United States?” (Laughter, applause.) And I told her, “Yes, Grace, sadly that’s exactly what he’s doing.”
What kind of a crazy woman portrays bringing terrorists to trial as dumping them freely onto American soil to her 8-year-old child?
Here's the link to her full remarks (click if you can stomach it).
Dick Cheney has proven to be very dangerous with the lengths he will go to to promote his own agenda at the expense of the truth and of America. Liz Cheney (here is the link to her organization) is at least as scary as her father.