BY RAY MCGOVERN
Posted by Bulatlat
If we hear in the coming days that former Vice President Dick Cheney has fired one of his speechwriters — or perhaps grounded Lynne or Liz — it will be clear why.
Oozing out of the sleazy speech he gave Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute was an inadvertent truth regarding the Israeli albatross hanging around the neck of U.S. policy in the Middle East.
I watched the speech, but had missed the gaffe until I went carefully through the written text before a radio interview Thursday evening. It amounts to a major faux pas, though I’ll give you odds that the usual-suspect pundits of the Fawning Corporate Media (FCM) will not touch it, because it raises troubling questions about the close U.S. relationship with Israel.
I wanted my 10-year-old grandson to learn a nice word to describe the arguments in the former Vice President’s speech, so he has now learned “disingenuous.” Today we’ll study “superficial,” for that is the right adjective to assign to both Cheney and President Barack Obama as they addressed the threat of “terrorism,” the threat always guaranteed to resonate among Americans — much like the threat of communism did, not too many decades back.
To burnish his anti-terrorist credentials, Obama pledged to do whatever is necessary to protect the United States and warned that al-Qaeda is “actively plotting to attack us again.”
What continues to be missing in the rhetoric of both Obama and Cheney is any discussion of al-Qaeda’s actual capability to perpetrate, in Cheney’s words, “a 9/11 with nuclear weapons” or some other scary thought designed to make Americans hand over their liberties for some dubious promise of safety. Equally important — and equally missing — there is never any sensible examination of the motives that might be driving what Cheney called this “same assortment of killers and would-be mass murderers [who] are still there.”
There are a number of reasons why al-Qaeda and other terrorist movements wish to attack us, but this question never gets a complete – or honest – answer, certainly not from the FCM or from the mouths of politicians like Cheney and Obama.
Why They Hate Us
Cheney’s explanation of a motive mostly reprised George W. Bush’s old “the terrorists hate our freedoms” canard. Cheney said the terrorists hate “all the things that make us a force for good in the world — for liberty, for human rights, for the rational, peaceful resolution of differences,” an odd set of qualities for Cheney to cite given his roles in violating constitutional rights, torturing captives and spreading falsehoods to justify invading Iraq.
But that’s also where Cheney slipped up. You didn’t notice? Well, Cheney couldn’t resist expanding on the complaints of the terrorists:
“They have never lacked for grievances against the United States. Our belief in freedom of speech and religion…our belief in equal rights for women…our support for Israel… — these are the true sources of resentment…”
“Our support for Israel.” Cheney got that part right.
My radio interview Thursday was with an FCM station, and I thought I would make an extra effort to be “fair and balanced.” So I noted that, to his credit, Cheney — advertently or inadvertently — did articulate one of the (usually unspoken) key reasons “why they hate us.”
I was immediately jumped on, figuratively, not only by the interviewee representing “the other side,” but also by the not-so-fair-and-balanced moderator. My interlocutors did not seem all that hospitable to facts, but I thought I owed them a try at adducing some anyway.
9/11, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed…and 9/11…
In his speech, Cheney mentioned 9/11 some 30 Times — for reasons that by this stage are obvious to all. Referring specifically to waterboarding, Cheney said that waterboardee Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, “the mastermind of 9/11 … also boasted about beheading Daniel Pearl.” (Here, I thought, is a really good example of “disingenuous” — a nice concrete example for my grandson. For the only thing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed did NOT take responsibility for, after being waterboarded 183 Times, was climate change.)
But since the name Khalid Sheikh Mohammed came up, I asked my two interlocutors if they knew how “KSM” explained why he masterminded 9/11. Apparently, neither had made it as far as page 147 of the 9/11 Commission Report, so I told them what the 9/11 Commission found on that key point:
I think this ariticle has more to do with what you want to say more than anyone else. Don't you find it strange that the Arab's with all the oil, land and money they have choose to fund terrorist (Billions) instead of cutting out land and building homes for the Palestinians to live? If they really cared they would not let them suffer the way they do. Check your history and see if you can find the name Palestinians anywhere until after Israel regained control of Palistine in 48. When the land was bare and dry and would not grow grass, no one wanted it because they saw it as worthless. When Israel returned to the land as God said they would, God blessed the land once again and the desert became a paridise and began once again to yield it's fruits. The Arab's don't want peace with Israel they want to see it's destruction and they have help now in our new president. We help Israel, God blesses us. We don't were crused/lose. End of story. God said (I will bless them that bless you "Isreal" and cruse them that cruse you. And God warned "woe unto them that part my land or devide it". This is a bad move on our part and we will live to regret it. Now you might not be a Christian but you have enjoyed the good life along with everyone else in this country which God gave to this country because it has helped Isreal in pass year as God keeps His Word. Sorry to say this about to come to an end if things continue the way they are going. We have only one friend in the world and that is Israel believe it or not. No one can defeat Isreal without Gods help, not even the go old USA. My suggestion to all of you is, start praying that some common sense emerge from our leaders before it's to late. God help us.
VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY, OF THE BUSH ADMINSTRATION, HAS LOST HIS MIND. PERSONALLY, I FEEL THAT CHENEY IS TRYING TO SHOW WHAT THE BUSH ADMINSTRATION DID THE RIGHT THING. HE SAID WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA IS DOING, THREATENS OUR COUNTRY. WHY DOESN'T CHENEY WAKE UP TO REALITY. HE IS FRIGHTTING PEOPLE IN AMERICA, FOR NO REASON AT ALL.