Liz Cheney appeared on Fox News this morning to discuss President Obama's cuts to the military:
"I think, in fact, what President Obama is doing is something that America's enemies--the Taliban, al Qaeda--have been unable to do, which is to decimate the fighting capability of this nation," Cheney said. "And when you look at his rhetoric, he talks about the need now that hostilities are over to cut our spending, as though we're no longer at war. He's acting as though this is a time for a peace dividend when we're not, you know, truly at peace. And I think it's irresponsible, and I think it will be very, very difficult for him to convince the American people they ought to reelect a president who in fact is so decimating our military capacity."
Cheney said that the real debt problem has to do with entitlement spending--"If you look at what's driving our massive debt, it's entitlements"-- but that Obama would rather cut the military than deal with Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid. "And this is a president who, rather than deal with the very tough entitlement problem . . . he's cutting defense spending."
Politico's Josh Gerstein wrote earlier today that a federal judge's decision to throw out testimony against al Qaeda terrorist Ahmed Ghailani "could be setback for civilian terror trials." Here's a statement from Liz Cheney hitting the Obama administration for "
John Schwartz of the New York Times has published a piece on the reaction of some conservatives to an ad by Keep America Safe asking for the DOJ to identify government lawyers who previously represented or advocated on behalf of terrorists.
Keep America Safe chair Liz Cheney was greeted at CPAC with an enthusiastic ovation before delivering a speech on national security today. She argued that Obama, wed to a campaign promise to close Gitmo, has been forced to move terrorists to American soil. She related an anecdote involving her nine year old daughter Grace: “Mom, is President Obama really trying to bring terrorists into the United States?” Yes, Cheney had to tell her daughter. (Cheney's children are apparently very perceptive. In 2004, her daughter was able to determine that Howard Dean is a “creep,” Cheney said, eliciting the laughter of the audience.)