Skip to comments.Gen. Petraeus: U.S. no less safe under Obama
Posted on 03/29/2009 8:14:13 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Gen. Petraeus: U.S. no less safe under Obama By Michael O'Brien Posted: 03/29/09 10:12 AM [ET] General David Petraeus countered recent suggestions by former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday that the United States is less safe under the Obama administration.
I wouldnt necessarily agree with that, Petraeus said during an appearance on CNN where he was asked about Cheney's comments.
In an interview on CNN two weeks ago, Cheney defended Bush administration interrogation policies and the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay as making the U.S. safer. He criticized Obama for announcing changes to U.S. interrogation policies, which he said had foiled terrorist attacks on the U.S.
Pressed about Cheney's comments, Petraeus did not directly criticize U.S. interrogation policies that some have said amounted to torture. But in offering a defense for traditional U.S. "values," he also did not defend Cheney's remarks.
I think that there is in fact a good debate going on about the importance of values in everything we do, Petraeus said. It is hugely significant to us to hold so dear to the values weve fought for over the years, he said.
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He didn’t counter it, and he didn’t say we are no less safe.
That’s all the headline writer and article writer putting words in his mouth.
He speaks the truth
Even less safe now.
the media is trying to get the general into a political hotspot. Whatever the answer, yes or nay, they’re going to either use it as a weapon against the general or against Republicans
He is trying to say what he can without a Chain of Command violation (and that is not much). By Petraeus saying that we are not less or more safe under Obama is an admission that we are, indeed, LESS safe.
Maybe that was Rove's plan all along? N'yessss, ha ha ha ha!
He is careful with words, unlike his CIC.
POTUS = Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces of the United State of America.
End of discussion.
He has to be carefull for obvious reasons. On the other hand we have no clue of his political leanings.
Pray for America and Our Troops
“It is hugely significant to us to hold so dear to the values weve fought for over the years, he said.”
And isn’t one of those abiding values TRUTH? Why not state the TRUTH, that America is naturally LESS SAFE under a radical leftist president?
lets see if we are safer under this idiot.
Russia right now is building their nuclear weapons
Russia is building their conventional military a lot
Russia is now sending navel patrols around the top of Norway and the arctic to AK
Russia is deploying military to south and central America
North Korea is full steam ahead on their weapons programme and is laughing right now in front of phony
China is building up their military and taking over assets in this country.
Islamic nutjobs are going to be released and even talk of them being released int to the streets of America because they might be harmed back in their country.
charges have bene postponed against one and others can soon get the pathetic liberal group of the ACLU on their side with tax payers money
Islamic nutjobs like Hamas and Hezbollah are coming across our southern border
which brings me onto the southern border
The phony and his ilk are ignoring the problem and saying ,”well it has not come over here the violence and it is not a huge problem”
They say something and then do something else as Napolitano has always done.
Our military is being cut with spending and future weapons and equipment is bring cancelled or postponed.
Are we safer
NO CHANCE and it is not like the General can say otherwise as CNN knew this but hey they got their headline and twisted the story to back their messiah and they wonder why they lose rating.
Exactly, is he supposed to telegraph the enemy that now is the time to attack because zer0 is an idiot?
Only enemies of America (dems) would do such a thing. Our guys do not sacrifice the security of this Nation for political reasons
As an Active Duty Officer, Petraeus is very limited in what he can say about Chain of Command publicly.
Expect the biased left leaning media to twist anything said to favor Obama.
Don’t forget, when Petraeus spoke under the Bush administration, it was Hillary who said his words “required a willing suspension of disbelief.”
Now, they will twist and embrace what they can twist to bolster their own shortcomings into positives.
I'm guessing they were smart enough to know that when it comes to Defense, the Zero team is in way over their paygrades.
no bias there right.
CNN is losing ratings and they wonder why when they have this pathetic biased twisted article.
There, fixed it for ya.
not only does this General have to pay attention to what happens on the war front, he has to pay attention what each and every media hitpiece and understand what his answer will mean back home
Today, every quote is spun, over-analyzed, distorted or exagerrated by the whoremedia.
I don't remember in past wars where Generals and Admirals were questioned by the media everytime they turned around. Eisenhower? Leahy?
Pershing (for gawd's sake)?
Why don't these military leaders have a "no comment" or no "interviews" policy and quit being "caught" (hah!) in front of cameras and microphones.
No one is forcing Petraeus to open his yap.
The US may be no less safe under Obama but he certainly isn’t making the US any safer - I believe one of his ‘sell-by’ promises.
Gen Petreus deserves respect, thanks and admiration from all of us. But beware if he gets into politics. His wife has already been used by Governor (hopefully soon known as former) Sebeleus to promote lib causes in Kansas.
gates is worthless... a real weasley clark.
Gates is only temporary. Westley Clark is going to take over as SECDEF in May of 2010 when he becomes eligible.
Interesting Patraeus Touch.
I hope he runs for the presidency against Obama.
He sure is acting the part, for the military is deeply disaffected with Zero.The good general obscures it well in a very fine CYA.
Which is why Zero has moved to create Civilian Expeditionary para military support Workers.The DoD has already published the executive order.
I wonder what the good General’s take is on this order. I wish someone would ask him.
If he were even slightly conservative, he could be a front-runner for 2012. I would love to see a real man kick Obama in the behind.
I think we just got one. :( And we don't need another tongue-swallowing politician who "leans" to the mushy middle. I hope he decides to keep being a good general instead of a mediocre politico.
Unfortunately for Obama, he put Clinton's former COS in charge of the CIA. That will be Obama’s downfall.
Does anyone know who is heading the NSA?
A lot of people were willing to draft Colin Powell to the white house a few years ago. I don’t know anything about where Patreaus stands politically but I always point to David Hackworth as an example about why we need to be careful.
David Hackworth had one of the most spectacular military careers in modern times but he was also quite liberal.
Candidate for the beltway ‘Headline Writers Hall of Shame’ award.
As unworthy of that title as he may be, we just have to suck it up. UH!
I think you have it right.
” I hope he runs for the presidency against Obama.”
John Gibson has been pushing Petraeus’s name as the Republican’s best shot in 2012.
Don’t know whether this is wishful thinking on Gib’s part or if he has an inside track to the General’s intentions.
Gravitas ,experience and maturity should be a major focus by the Republican candidate in 2012 .
And Petraeus has that in spades compared to Zero.
Sounds like he tactfully avoided discussing politics in a public forum, which is what a soldier is supposed to do.
Tell me “it’s no less safe” after the next attack.
CNN spin. He didn’t say we were not less safe.
'Yeo, the CIC is a moron and we'll all be dead in three years from terrorist attacks.'
Whomever asked that question should be water boarded then sent to GITMO for shear stupidity.
He's trying to walk a line. He KNOWS if we get hit--he and the Democat party are done until Americans are lulled into passivity again. He won't get a second term.
At the same time, he's trying to pacify the left wing moonbat base by pretending he's doing things he isn't really doing or conversely not doing things he really is doing using Orwellian language.
CNN attempting the ol’ journie trick of getting arguments started where none exists.
Real Honest Headline: “General refuses to step into political debate over interrogation policies”
Right. Obama’s Move-on supporters called him ... BETRAY-US.
And now they are going to listen to him?
he is just a talking point for them that they will toss aside if he’s not useful.
Petraeus measured his words, trying to sidestep political landmines, and the Hill twisted them.
General George S. Patton, might disagree. So would General MacCarthur.
Both the Huffington Post and Democratic Underground are providing direct links to the Petraeus interview so that leftists can hear what Petraeus said in his own words.
Later, when Gen. MacArthur fell out with Truman, it was a different story. Even then, the General pretty much kept his mouth shut.