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Benghazi “One of the Worst Incidents,” Says Worst Incidents Expert Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney's latest claim: Bush administration was "always there, locked and loaded, ready to go on 9/11." He forgets the other 364 days of the year, when Bush allowed more terrorist attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities than any other president in history.

 

Former Vice President Dick Cheney weighed in recently on the Benghazi controversy, calling the incident “a tragedy we must carefully investigate but not politicize.”  Hahahahah, just kidding.  Obviously, Cheney didn’t really say that, because that would have been reasonable and not completely dickish. What he actually said was the following, during a phone interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity:

I watched the Benghazi thing with great interest, Sean. I think it’s one of the worst incidents, frankly, that I can recall in my career.

Which is such an upsetting thing to hear Cheney say, because Alzheimer’s is a tragic disease. We wouldn’t wish it on anyone, not even Darth Vader. Sadly, his dementia only grew worse as the interview continued:

It put the whole capability claiming the terrorist problem was solved once we got bin Laden, and if they told the truth about Benghazi, that it was a terrorist attack by an al-Qaeda-affiliated group, it would destroy the confidence that was the basis of [Obama’s] campaign for re-election.

If this statement were made by our Pop Pop instead of Dick Cheney, we’d probably just play along to be nice. Of course we remember when President Obama said “al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us” our terrorist problem is totally solved now. It was during that televised address he gave from the deck of an aircraft carrier with that giant “Mission ‘Solve Terrorist Problem': Accomplished!” banner sprawled out behind him. Boy, Obama must feel pret-ty foolish about that spectacle now, eh, Pop Pop?

Dick Cheney Benghazi attack "one of the worst incidences." But there were more attacks under Bush than any other president, including Obama

Fun Dick Fact: When Cheney underwent a cardiac transplant in 2012, his doctors used his old heart as an ice pack.

Later in the interview, Cheney expressed outrage over the White House’s “incompetence” in failing to anticipate the attack. The Bush administration never would have let this kind of security breach occur, Cheney claimed, because they “were always there, locked and loaded, ready to go on 9/11.”  The other 364 days out of the year, not so much — there were twelve attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities under Bush, the most of any president in U.S. history — but they did keep us safe on all of the  9/11’s. Well, all the 9/11’s except for that one time when 3,000 Americans were killed in the deadliest terrorist attack in world history, which is the entire reason we need increased security on 9/11 in the first place. But everyone knows the original 9/11 doesn’t count as a real 9/11, so essentially the Bush record is spotless during those eight seven days of his presidency.

Hannity then argued that the Obama administration should have anticipated the Benghazi attack not only because it occurred on September 11,  but also because officials already knew “this particular consulate was a potential threat,” a claim with which Cheney agreed. Granted, the Benghazi facility had never come under attack before, but Libya is a “hotbed of terrorist training.”

You know where else there’s a hotbed of terrorist training? Pakistan. Extremists attacked the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan in 2002 (twelve dead) and 2003 (two dead) and attempted to detonate a car bomb there again in 2004. If only the terrorists who attacked the exact same facility yet again in 2006 had chosen September 11 to detonate their car bomb, the Bush administration would have been “locked and loaded, ready to go.” Unfortunately, the terrorists chose March 2, though, so they were able to kill their intended target: U.S. diplomat David Foy.

Photo ( Dick Cheney Benghazi ): Gage Skidmore

 

9 Responses to Benghazi “One of the Worst Incidents,” Says Worst Incidents Expert Dick Cheney

  1. ron

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    If there were a functioning justice system in the United States, Dick Cheney and most of the rest of the Bush administration would have been executed over 10 years ago for treason, rather than continue to live under an umbrella of protection provided by the next criminal administration in office.

  2. Anonymous

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    Wow, Dick! I remember shortly following the first 9-11, after the bin Laden families were evacuated out of the US, the initial Bush/Cheney strategy to combat terror was to put ‘Dead or Alive’ bounties for the heads of perceived evil-doers, and to encourage US citizens traveling abroad to arm & defend themselves…and maybe bag a bad guy.

  3. Sorry for going Anonymous on my initial post, but I wasn’t signed in I guess. Anyway, to get back to this Cheney/Hannity rapport; Didn’t Sean Hannity incessantly bitch a lot during his Fox News programs on the days following 9-11-12 that our Marines should be picking off the mobs of angry protesters who were attacking, torturing, raping, shredding, burning and dragging our flags through the streets of various US Embassies scattered throughout the Middle East? Seems he was bantering about some anti-Muslim video who’s director had every right to make because it was a “Freedom of Speech” issue? Oh, yeah, that was Benghazi!

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      But that’s because the Obama administration MISLED him to think that! What exactly the administration had to gain by leading people to believe the attack was due to a spontaneous protest instead of an organized terrorist attack is unclear, but what IS clear is that Obama definitely did tried to cover this up, because… well, the reason isn’t important, really. But he did it. For sure.

      [End Sarcasm]

      The only legitimate criticism that can be made here is that the administration/military/whoever failed to provide adequate security, and that claim would only be made MORE damning if the compound were overtaken by a bunch of random protestors without a plan rather than an organized cell of al Qaeda that had planned the attack in advanced. Why the hell would the administration want to make security at the facility seem even WORSE than it actually was?

      • Actually, Linda, the Consulate in Benghazi was probably one of the most protected diplomatic facilities we (had) in the world. I doubt many people knew that the Annex was CIA, especially Greg ‘Big Mouth’ Hicks who says he woulda sent in a detail of 4 (a woman who couldn’t drive a Humvee, a driver who could, a guy with a cast on his foot and himself) to the rescue! In reality, a handful of ex-Navy Seals was all that was needed to fend off 160 attackers (killing a 100 of them) while successfully evacuating all US personnel, including the casualties, with only two of their own lost due to a fluke mortar round. Any help sent in would have been an uncalibrated risk and most likely would have led to disaster. All in all, I’d say we did pretty damn good against the odds on that one!
        PS: Sonic Booming insurgents away just don’t work, and an AC-130 Gunship doesn’t discriminate between the good guys and the bad guys on the battlefield.

        • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

          I wasn’t really drawing any conclusions as to how well security was handled. I was just referring to the security issue in order to make a point about how the administration didn’t have any reason cover up the fact that this was a planned terrorist attack.

          The furthest I went was to say it was legitimate to question or criticize the security, which I do think we need to do in order to prevent future breaches — just not in this partisan, hyperbolic, counter-productive way the GOP is going about it. Any time there are deaths we ask questions, so we should ask questions here as well (again, though, not drawing any conclusions as to the adequacy of the security at this point).

  4. Whoa

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    Unreal. Think about this, has the supreme court never intervened in Bush v Gore in 2000, Gore would have been President. Which means 9/11 never would have happened, at least to the degree it did, because Cheney would not have been there to order the planes away for a training mission, so therefore at worst only 1 building would have gone down because our fighter jets would have caught the next one. Also, Bush appointed hundreds of inept morons into his administration, if Gore was there he would have appointed smart folks who would have caught the signs long before. So conspriacy theories aside, either way 9/11 never would have happend if Bush wasn’t President. Cheney is one of the worst traitors this country has ever seen. He’s delusional and insane, he’s clearly a sociopoath. For him to criticize anything this current administration does after the utter evil he made us go through for 8 years is abhorrent. Fuck Dick Cheney, and fuck the doctor who replaced his heart. He deserves to die.

  5. Brandt

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    Isn’t old crow Cheney one of the most vile and despicable excuses for a human being ever to set foot in the White House? He’s a vulture and a war-profiteer whose effigy should be lit afire in the streets every day he still walks around a free man. See some art and words defining his role in architecting a Society of Fear at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2010/04/inside-job.html

  6. Tracey

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    Yeah, Cheyney was locked and loaded on 9/11. Locked and loaded in a bunker at a nondisclosed location while Bush stared at the cameras looking like a deer in the headlights. Sheesh, what a delusional hypocrite.