A message to former Vice President Dick Cheney: Would you please, please shut up now?
Cheney is on the offensive (in both senses of the word) again, slamming the Obama administration for not doing enough to protect the nation from terrorism. The former vice president was on the Sunday talk shows, doing his best gravelly fear-mongering, saying the nation remains in danger of another 9/11-style terrorism attack, but this time with nuclear or biological weapons.
The White House sent its own veep, Jovial Joe Biden, around the networks to call “bullspit” on that, and he dutifully pointed out that the administration is doing its best and, um, so far, so good.
Look, let’s not be fooled here. Dick Cheney is running his mouth because the Republicans think they can portray Democrats as soft on terrorism, which some fools will believe, and which might help the GOP pick up a few mid-term election seats. Preying on Americans’ fear of terrorism attack is cynical and heartless, but that’s never stopped Cheney before.
As for nuclear terrorism: If the unthinkable occurs, the only creatures that will survive the radioactive holocaust are cockroaches and Dick Cheney.
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A journalist since 1975, Steve Brewer is the author of 16 books, most recently the thriller “Cutthroat.” He moved to Redding from New Mexico in 2003.