Former Vice President Dick Cheney is speaking truth to power, doing that which most other Republicans lack the testicular fortitude to say themselves:
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Saturday night that President Obama has jeopardized U.S. national security by nominating substandard candidates for key Cabinet posts and by degrading the U.S. military.
“The performance now of Barack Obama as he staffs up the national security team for the second term is dismal,” Mr. Cheney said in comments to about 300 members of the Wyoming Republican Party.
Mr. Cheney, a Wyoming native, said it was vital to the nation’s national security that “good folks” hold the positions of secretary of state, CIA director and secretary of defense.
“Frankly, what he has appointed are second-rate people,” he said.
John F. Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, has been confirmed as secretary of state. CIA-designate John Brennan and Defense Secretary-nominee Chuck Hagel are still awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation.
Wyoming’s two U.S. senators, Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, voted for Mr. Kerry’s confirmation. Both Mr. Enzi and Mr. Barrasso gave introductory speeches for Mr. Cheney on Saturday night.
Mr. Cheney said Mr. Hagel, a former Nebraska U.S. senator, was chosen because Mr. Obama “wants to have a Republican that he can use to take the heat for what he plans to do to the Department of Defense.”
He said Mr. Obama’s plans are to allow severe cuts in U.S. defense spending, which would limit the capability of the U.S. military to respond to future foreign crises well after Mr. Obama has left office.
“He is today … establishing what limitations will be on future presidents,” Mr. Cheney said.
It's hard to disagree with the Vice President here but I'm open-minded enough to entertain and hear out cogent thoughts that make the case against what he's saying.
Leave them in the comments.