Thursday, February 5, 2009


Oh, the filth:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned that there is a “high probability” that terrorists will attempt a catastrophic nuclear or biological attack in coming years, and said he fears the Obama administration’s policies will make it more likely the attempt will succeed.
So long as we're bandying unsolicited warnings, I would like to warn former Vice President Cheney that he is a loathsome asshole whose opinions are atrocious and unwelcome in civilized society.

But ever eager to dig deeper into the blackness, Cheney belches this forth:
“If you [the Obama administration] release the hard-core Al Qaeda terrorists that are held at Guantanamo, I think they go back into the business of trying to kill more Americans and mount further mass-casualty attacks,” he said. “If you turn ’em loose and they go kill more Americans, who’s responsible for that?”
And there it is, as sharp and bright as a shit-stained diamond, the flaw of what passes for Dick Cheney's thinking: if there are, as Cheney so blithely asserts, "hard-core Al Qaeda terrorists that are held at Guantanimo" just waiting for the chance to renew their terrorist careers -- if that is the fact of the matter -- it begs the question of why they were not sentenced when Cheney and his idiot friend were running Guantanimo. Why weren't "hard-core Al Qaeda terrorists" locked away for good or executed outright long ago? Why is release even a thinkable possibility for such people? I would expect a compensating chickenhawk like Dick Cheney to leap toward the opportunity to throw the switch on such people.

They were neither put away nor put to death because there was no finding of fact other than Dick Cheney's assertions -- or none that Cheney has been willing to mention. Was there one? This is yet another begged question, and not a small one. Was there a formal process by which these assertions and accusations were converted to recognizably legal fact?

No. Dick Cheney's assertions aren't just atrocious and unwelcome, they're a legal nullity, both during his Vice Presidency and after. They might as well be the chattering of starlings.


Bpaul said...

I agree, and I must say your language sings here when you're pissed off. I hope some of that rubs off, it's a good trait.

Dale said...

Bpaul, I thank you for that.