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?
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