Conservative columnist George Will turned on Dick Cheney today when he responded to Cheney’s comment that Obama is “dithering” on making a decision in Afghanistan, thereby putting troops in danger. Will responded:
“A bit of dithering might have been in order before we went into Iraq in pursuit of non-existent weapons of mass destruction. For a representative of the Bush administration to accuse someone of taking too much time is missing the point. We have much more to fear in this town from hasty than from slow government action.”
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) also responded on CNN’s “State of the Union” to Cheney’s comments:
“To listen to Dick Cheney, who was the mastermind of the most failed decade of foreign policy that this country’s had at least in my political lifetime, perhaps my whole lifetime, perhaps my parents’ lifetime too, to listen to him when they talk about dithering… when their mistake was to attack Iraq and lose sight of Afghanistan… eight years of failure of [Hamid] Karzai, implicitly is eight years of failure and dithering by that administration.”
As for the White House’s official response? Press secretary Robert Gibbs ripped into Cheney with:
“What Vice President Cheney calls ‘dithering,’ President Obama calls his solemn responsibility to the men and women in uniform and to the American public. I think we’ve all seen what happens when somebody doesn’t take that responsibility seriously.”
Shame on you, Dick
And is it me, or is there not a single existing photograph of this man where he doesn’t look anything but sinister?