A coward who backed out on a promise to be waterboarded and scammed the troops (Sean Hannity) teamed up with a vice president who committed war crimes (Dick Cheney) to label Obama the weakest president in a lifetime.
Hannity accused Obama of apologizing for America during the president’s commencement speech at West Point, blamed the VA scandal entirely on Obama, and claimed that America is in decline.
He then brought in former Vice President Dick Cheney who said, “I think the perception around the world is increasingly negative, Sean, but I think the main focus is on our president. He’s a very, very weak president, certainly in my lifetime, and I know from my own experience, in a recent trip through the Middle East spending several days talking with folks I’ve dealt with all the way back to Desert Storm. They all are absolutely convinced that the American capacity to lead and to influence events in that part of the world has been dramatically reduced by this president. We’ve got a problem with weakness. It’s centered right in the White House.”
Dick Cheney is no foreign policy expert. He is a right-wing ideologue, who while serving as vice president committed several acts that fit the legal definition of a war crime. Cheney made it clear in the interview that by the capacity to lead and influence events, he meant war. The American capacity has been diminished by two wars that the Bush administration started. That isn’t a sign of Obama weakness. It is a the lingering legacy of failure that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney left their country with.
Sean Hannity is a coward who backed out of being waterboarded and his “Freedom Concerts” were outed by a conservative blogger as a scam that didn’t benefit injured troops, or the children of fallen troops. Hannity wigged out last year when he was called out on backing out of the waterboarding challenge.
A war criminal and someone who scammed the troops are who Fox News holds up as pillars of American strength. It would be funny if Cheney’s policies had not killed tens of thousands of troops and wounded a million more. In the deranged anti-Obama media, ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is weakness. Trying to close GITMO is weakness. Getting Osama Bin Laden is weakness.
In their view strength only comes from sending people into war with no plan for the future. Republican strength involves waving the flag while the troops are fighting, but denying them benefits and resources when they come home. President Obama has done a good job of cleaning up the mess that Bush and Cheney left behind. He also has the country back on course with a diplomacy based foreign policy that is more in line with American tradition than the shoot first and question nothing Bush years.
Dick Cheney and Sean Hannity are the epitomai of conservative weakness. They both hate President Obama because he is restoring to the nation the strength that they lack.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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