Wednesday, June 17, 2009


After the CIA director apparently told The New Yorker that he thinks the former vice president is crossing his fingers for another attack on America, Cheney said Monday he hopes his "old friend" didn't really say those words.


According to The New Yorker, Panetta said Cheney "smells some blood in the water" on the security issue.

"It's almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it's almost as if he's wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point. I think that's dangerous politics," he said, according to the piece.


Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called on Panetta to "retract immediately" his statement, arguing that the director crossed the line.


"By the way, I hear morale is not at an all-time high over at the CIA under Mr. Panetta's leadership," he said.


Oh, shut up, John.

"The Director does not believe the former Vice President wants an attack," CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said in a statement to CNN. "He did not say that. He was simply expressing his profound disagreement with the assertion that President Obama's security policies have made our country less safe. Nor did he question anyone's motives."


Well, he certainly did. But I get it. A person can’t say anything disparaging about the growly dogs of the GOP without having to issue an apology, a retraction or an "explanation". And, in particular, if Dick Cheney says he hopes his “old friend” was misquoted, any old friend would understand that to be a directive which may be followed by an invitation to go duck hunting.

It scared Joe Biden so much he quickly tossed out a statement that he didn’t question the Big Dick’s motives.


....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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