Olbermann: Cheney Nothing More, Nothing Less, Than A Traitor

Last night Keith Olbermann on Countdown called out former Vice President Dick Cheney for his attacks on President Obama in the wake of the Christmas attempted terrorist attack. Turning Cheney’s own words against him Olbermann pointed out;

“If Mr. Cheney believes we are at war, then he, as the most recent occupant of the vice presidency, is under the strictest of obligations to put aside his case of terminal partisanship, and rally to the support of his president in a time of war. Instead, his remarks not only give encouragement to the enemies of this country, they give them an exact measure as to how successful they have been in damaging our freedoms.”

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Olbermann also raised an interesting point. During the Bush administration, if any elected official, current or former, had made the same comments “at a time of war” he/she would have been crucified by the main stream, and right-wing media. I understand the right-wing nuts, but why is the main stream media giving Cheney airtime and a forum for his rants. Why aren’t they pounding on him for “giving aid and comfort” to our enemys?

  15 comments for “Olbermann: Cheney Nothing More, Nothing Less, Than A Traitor

  1. junior
    January 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Does anyone take Olbermann seriously?

    The man is a joke!

  2. RHackett
    January 5, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Junior,

    That doesn’t change the substance of Olbermann’s remarks.

    During the oughts (as they’re now being called), we were told by conservatives that criticism of the President emboldened our enemies and weakened troop morale.

    What changed since then that now accepts presidential criticism is now de riguer? Were they wrong then to call Bush critics unamerican, or now?

  3. Jo
    January 5, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Olbermann is a fool. Dick Cheney is stating what the majority of Americans believe, we are at war with terrorists, the current administration believes these attacks are isolated man caused disasters. The real disaster is that this administration is destroying the country from within as the terrorists are trying to destroy it from the outside. Once the U.S. becomes a progressive’s paradise delight, the terrorists from outside the U.S. will have it easier to destroy us completely. Seems to me the actions of this administration is aiding and abetting terrorists.

    • January 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm

      But Jo, Olbermann is siply saying the same thing Cheney said when he was VP. How does that make him the fool?

    • RHackett
      January 6, 2010 at 7:07 am

      Jo,

      What has occurred to make you believe the administration believes these are isolated events?

      I’ve seen nothing from this administration that depicts that belief.

      John Brennan spoke on Meet the Press last week with some terse remarks for Cheney. Who by the way hasn’t done anything to serve his country other than talk tough.

      MR. BRENNAN: I’m very disappointed in the vice president’s comments. I’m neither Republican nor Democrat. I’ve worked for the past five administrations. And either the vice president is willfully mischaracterizing this president’s position, both in terms of the language he uses and the actions he taken–he’s taken, or he’s ignorant of the facts. And in either case, it doesn’t speak well of what the vice president’s doing. The clear evidence is that this president has been very, very strong. In his inaugural address, he said, “We’re at war with this international network of terrorists.” We continue to say that we’re at war with al-Qaeda. We’re trying to give it some clarity. And we have taken the fight to them. We’ve continued, in fact, many of the, of the activities of the previous administration. I would not have come back into this government if I felt that this president was not committed to prosecuting this war against al-Qaeda. And every day I see it in the president’s face, I see it in the actions he’s taken, and so I’m confident that this country is, in fact, protected by this president’s position on al-Qaeda and against terrorist activities. We’re going to continue to do this, we’re going to do it hard, we’re going to do it constantly.

      It is incredibly disappointing to me that Americans would use such an important issue in such a partisan manner to further their own personal agendas.

      Those are the traitors amongst us.

  4. junior
    January 5, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    “Why aren’t they pounding on him for “giving aid and comfort” to our enemys?”

    Because Cheney hasn’t said anything near as monumentally stupid as Harry “the war is lost” Reid.

  5. RHackett
    January 6, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Junior, you’re correct. Cheney hasn’t said anything near as monumentally stupid. He’s exceeded their stupid remarks.

    Broadcasting that the current administration isn’t taking terrorism seriously (despite all evidence to the contrary) only emboldens those who seek to execute terrorist acts.

    You must believe that is a good thing.

    Hoping another 9/11 never occurs. But I have become convinced that conservatives won’t be claiming we should rally around our President (like they did with Bush), they’ll be saying, “see we told you so.”

    All the while claiming that Bush kept us safe despite having the deadliest terrorist attack on US soil occur during his administration.

  6. Wade
    January 6, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Dick “Other Priorities” Cheney is merely doing what he does best, which is to serve himself first. His entire career has been about making messes for others to fix. This is expertly illucidated in Joan Didion’s essay “Dick Cheney: The Fatal Touch.” A lot of think OP should be rotting in jail.

  7. Jo
    January 7, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Cheney is not a traitor as Olbermann asserts. Olbermann has a twisted mentality and is a loud mouth Shakespeare wantabe bore. Olbermann’s wordsmithing ispart of his problem. Janet Napolitano states we are not in a war with terrorists but these incidents are manmade disasters. Obama referred to both Ft Hood and the underwear bomber as isolated incidents. Make no mistake, the terrorists are engaged in a coordinated efort to destroy America as Congress is engaged in a concerted effort to dismantle our system and disregard the constitution. I suggest everyone read the constitution as our freedom is at stake. It seems counterintuitive to me that liberals would not defend freedom. I expect progressives to disregard the constitution as it is the antithesis of their agenda.

  8. Eileen
    January 7, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Olbermann checks his facts, and usually has video to back up his claims. The real people that are a JoKE…are those on Fox Noise, like Glenn fake tears BLeck, and Bill O’Righty. Keith Olbermann Rocks!

  9. Eileen
    January 7, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Cheney is salavating in hopes something else will happen while Obama is in office. IMO, he’s a traitor to our country…plain and simple. He’s encouraging the terrorists to strike when he says that the U.S. is weak. He’s encouraging the terrorists, with his ignorant and blatant attempt to discredit a president that has more class and brains than both he and Bush combined. He complained about Obama’s reaction to the underwear bomber. Has he forgotten that Bush was on vacation when Richard Reid tried to blow up a plane with his shoe bomb? It took Bush 6 days to respond to that, when a reporter questioned him about it. Would he have EVER said anything if he hadn’t been questioned about it? Nobody said a word about that…not even the Democrats. We see more of Cheney now than when he was VP, with is WAY too much imo. He’s old news. Who cares what he says or thinks? He needs to go back into his dungeon, and stay there…crawl back under the rock he was under.

  10. Gary Kephart
    January 7, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Jo,

    Just exactly what part of the Constitution is Obama disregarding? Which section? Which Amendment? Please be specific.

    • Jo
      January 8, 2010 at 6:25 am

      An example would be that he gave away our soverignty by providing INTERPOL immunity within the United states, he has violated Article II, Section 2 by bypassing the senate. Another example is the hate crimes legislation gives victim preference, that violates equal protection under the law, another would be the pending health care bill which may give Nebraska free Federal Medicaid funding at the expense of all the other states, this is a violation of Artilce I, Section 8, “all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States”

  11. Gary Kephart
    January 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Well, right off the bat we can throw away the health care bill, since that’s still in the Legislature and hasn’t arrived at Obama’s desk.
    As for INTERPOL, EO 12425 states that “Property and assets of international organizations, wherever located and by whomsoever held, shall be immune from search”. American law does not consider people as “assets.” See more here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=284×593

    • Jo
      January 11, 2010 at 6:08 pm

      Citizens need to be on guard regarding any violation or potential violations of the constitution, that is why transparency in legislation is important. It is wonderful we have numerous state AGs who are willing to take the issue to task should it be included in legislation. As far as INTERPOL, let me assure you that you could be investigated using whatever tactics they implement and they will be immune. What our government does with the information is another argument. This is the very reason our constitution was written to begin with, do you not remember the stamp act that resulted in abusive search and seizure?

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