Last week, in what the media billed as a smackdown of sorts, former Vice President Dick Cheney explained to the American people why it is a bad idea to undo the Bush administration’s anti-terror policies after President Obama reiterated his intention to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
In horse racing parlance, Dick Cheney looked like Secretariat winning the Belmont Stakes by 23 lengths..
That’s not subjective thinking on my part.
Harry Reid’s United States Senate voted 90-6 to withhold funding to shut down the prison camp because even liberal Democrats can count when it comes to getting voted out of office.
Frankly, it’s what happens when a 47-year-old President whose sole previous experience is not even a whole term in the Senate takes on a person who has been White House Chief of Staff, Secretary of Defense in the first Gulf War, Congressman from Wyoming, the CEO of one of our largest companies AND served two war-time terms as Vice President. Especially on the subject of keeping us safe which Cheney has done and Obama has talked about.
Put as simply as we know how to put this, most Americans—certainly those of us who live in what is known by the folks who inhabit New York, LA and Washington as “flyover” country—really don’t care what we do to extract information from non-uniformed battlefield detainees or how long we wish to deprive them of “rights” which those same Americans mostly don’t believe they have.
Miranda warnings are really for United States citizens.
If you come from the middle east, are willing to strap on a bomb or help someone else do it for the sole purpose of killing Americans, than you are really going to have a tough time convincing a majority of Americans that you should be able to waltz into the Atlanta Federal Courthouse with the ACLU attorney of your choice by your side and depose the CIA to mount your defense.
And make no mistake, that’s what we’re talking about when we talk about the “detainees” at Guantanamo.
Further, the average American doesn’t think that pouring water on someone’s face repeatedly with a doctor standing by is torture by any definition. After all, when college fraternities do it, they usually skip the physician’s presence.
Maybe it’s time to ask why the hard left thinks that these interrogation techniques are wrong and why they want to close Guantanamo.
Perhaps it is because they really want to see us lose.
Perhaps they so dislike the United States we all love that they would like to see—just like much of radical Islam—our way of life destroyed.
I have maintained for years that the average voter is one hell of a lot smarter than the average politician of any party.
That when things get too far out of hand, the voters step in and set things right.
One of the problems with both parties is that when they get into the position of controlling everything, they can’t restrain themselves.
In the case of the Democrats, there is a group of folks who have been out of power for so long that they want much more than the average American ever dreamed of giving them.
They want to blame the United States for everything which has gone wrong in the world and some things which have yet to be proven and may never be proven as facts (global warming which they now call “climate change”).
Then, they’d like to raise taxes to confiscatory levels to fund programs which governments have proven historically they cannot run, however nice they may sound.
The voters aren’t going to buy that crap. Not for very long, anyway.
If you believe they will, sit in the airports and eat in the coffee shops that I do and talk with as many people in a month as I do and your faith in America will be restored.
Barack Obama doesn’t have any bigger “mandate” than did Richard Nixon.