Monday, January 4, 2010

Dick Cheney Strikes Terror into the Hearts of Former Bush Administration Officials

There was an interesting story that popped up in the news today that really emphasizes just how partisan Washington has become.

Peter Baker of the New York Times wrote a magazine piece entitled "Inside Obama's War on Terrorism" which contains the following tidbit (emphasis mine):

A half-dozen former senior Bush officials involved in counterterrorism told me before the Christmas Day incident that for the most part, they were comfortable with Obama’s policies, although they were reluctant to say so on the record. Some worried they would draw the ire of Cheney’s circle if they did, while others calculated that calling attention to the similarities to Bush would only make it harder for Obama to stay the course. And they generally resent Obama’s anti-Bush rhetoric and are unwilling to give him political cover by defending him.

You read that right. Former Senior Bush Administration officials told Baker that they were reluctant to express public support for President Obama's policies partly because they were scared of former Vice President Cheney's reaction.

While the other half of that quote is also disturbing, anyone who has been paying attention has already noticed the similarity in some of Obama's policy decisions to those that were made by President Bush.

What is really striking is not only that these Bush Administration officials admitted this point, but the explicit partisan nature of this behavior. We all know that Washington is bad, but this is something that I would expect to hear more on a middle school playground than from officials who ran this country.

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