Skip to comments.RAW DATA: Text of Dick Cheney's National Security Speech at AEI (MUST save)
Posted on 05/21/2009 9:13:46 AM PDT by STARWISE
Thank you all very much, and Arthur, thank you for that introduction. It's good to be back at AEI, where we have many friends. Lynne is one of your longtime scholars, and I'm looking forward to spending more time here myself as a returning trustee. What happened was, they were looking for a new member of the board of trustees, and they asked me to head up the search committee.
I first came to AEI after serving at the Pentagon, and departed only after a very interesting job offer came along. I had no expectation of returning to public life, but my career worked out a little differently. Those eight years as vice president were quite a journey, and during a time of big events and great decisions, I don't think I missed much.
Being the first vice president who had also served as secretary of defense, naturally my duties tended toward national security. I focused on those challenges day to day, mostly free from the usual political distractions. I had the advantage of being a vice president content with the responsibilities I had, and going about my work with no higher ambition.
Today, I'm an even freer man. Your kind invitation brings me here as a private citizen - a career in politics behind me, no elections to win or lose, and no favor to seek.
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The little dictator's been taken to the woodshed .. BIG time.
God Bless him; I wish he was the President the last 8 years instead Bush!
Just read it on FX. Fabulous! I hope it makes a difference to the far-left and the One, but I am skeptical that anything good will ever come while he is in office. For Cheney it is a defining moment and I wish her could run for POTUS.
The released memos were carefully redacted to leave out references to what our government learned through the methods in question. Other memos, laying out specific terrorist plots that were averted, apparently were not even considered for release.
For reasons the administration has yet to explain, they believe the public has a right to know the method of the questions, but not the content of the answers.
Over on the left wing of the president's party, there appears to be little curiosity in finding out what was learned from the terrorists. The kind of answers they're after would be heard before a so-called "Truth Commission."
Some are even demanding that those who recommended and approved the interrogations be prosecuted, in effect treating political disagreements as a punishable offense, and political opponents as criminals. It's hard to imagine a worse precedent, filled with more possibilities for trouble and abuse, than to have an incoming administration criminalize the policy decisions of its predecessors.
Apart from doing a serious injustice to intelligence operators and lawyers who deserve far better for their devoted service, the danger here is a loss of focus on national security, and what it requires.
I would advise the administration to think very carefully about the course ahead. All the zeal that has been directed at interrogations is utterly misplaced. And staying on that path will only lead our government further away from its duty to protect the American people.
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Absolutely fantastic to see him on TV this morning defending the USA. With his health problems and a long life of public service behind him, he could be fishing in the Big Sky Country for his remaining years. Instead, he is still fighting for our country. What a patriot! Too bad he was not our president. We would not have been loved, but we would have been respected.
I love this man. God bless Dick Cheney.
Dick Cheney’s finest hour, without a doubt. God bless and protect his health.
The little dictator’s been taken to the woodshed .. BIG time.
AMEN!!!! I encourage everyone to comment on as many different stories as they can. The left (and there nastiness) are out in full force.
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Outstanding speech by Cheney. I hope it gives the people who voted for Obama something to think about.
Right on, Mr. Cheney!
Bump and Mark.
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You’re gonna want to read this...
It sure is nice to hear an adult give a speech
I have no hope that those who voted for Obama did any THINKING - just feeling....oh yes, love that feeling.....
Yeah, I just recently posted my take on their thought process, in another thread. Things will probably change only when the “feeling” that they have is no longer a good one.
and the difference is that Cheney can sound like this without the teleprompter. Whereas Obama can't sound this coherent and focused even with TOTUS.
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That was inincredible speech. Thanks to all who are in clandestine service to our nation. Most will never be known or recognized.
“Cheney can sound like this without the teleprompter.”
He probably even remembers that the defense secretary’s name is Robert (not William) Gates!
Oh man...this is a no-win situation for the boy Pharaoh. Dick Cheney has spent the last eight years on this; no one is more qualified to speak to it, and the Boy Blunder is in way, way over his head.
Amen. He’s a remarkable man.
Vice President Cheney, the spoken and written word are woefully inadequate to express the depth of our gratitude for your perserverance in shining the light on the truth.
Methinks that has already begun.
Great speech. Took Bozo to task several times and the left more than once!
Printing now, thank you!
LOL. Cheney has a great sense of humor. That's probably why democrats hate him so much.
THAT is the backdrop obama used as a photo op when he was at the CIA.
(with all the pictures and cameras take pictures of the employees)
Keith Olbermann’s head is going to explode tonight!
(And I don’t have cable anymore...)
Cheney in ‘12. “See Dick run!”
Thanks for the ping - great read - my oh my how we/I miss them
Absolutely they demonize him because they cannot understand him how he can be strong and tough yet human, warm and funny. It is called a well balanced human being something they do not understand and certainly are not.