It is Feb ’09 and already we have a plethora of nominees for the most anal statement made…..gonna be a great year…well at least so far.
Former VP Dick Cheney recently gave a phone interview to the Politico and the news guys zero in on his playing of the “fear card” on terrorism even yet. Personally I listened to the interview and there was one part that I have not heard too many mention when talking on this interview.
Cheney when asked about the economy and the situation that the country is in, he said:
“We did worry about it to some extent.”
That pretty much sums up what they had done to stop the bleeding….their plan was to try and ignore it and let the next president handle it. Whoever that might have been. It would had been a great punctuation to his comment if he had chuckled under his breath.
Keep those anal-ocities coming…the more the better for the “Assies”.
This from an interview Cheney gave to the Politico.
Just when you thought it was safe to listen to the news…….BAM!
Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned that there is a “high probability” that terrorists will attempt a catastrophic nuclear or biological attack in coming years, and said he fears the Obama administration’s policies will make it more likely the attempt will succeed.
In an interview Tuesday with Politico, Cheney unyieldingly defended the Bush administration’s support for the Guantanamo Bay prison and coercive interrogation of terrorism suspects.
And he asserted that President Obama will either backtrack on his stated intentions to end those policies or put the country at risk in ways more severe than most Americans — and, he charged, many members of Obama’s own team — understand.
“When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then I worry,” Cheney said.
Protecting the country’s security is “a tough, mean, dirty, nasty business,” he said. “These are evil people. And we’re not going to win this fight by turning the other cheek.”
In the interview, Cheney revealed no doubts about his own course — and many about the new administration’s.
“If it hadn’t been for what we did — with respect to the terrorist surveillance program, or enhanced interrogation techniques for high-value detainees, the Patriot Act, and so forth — then we would have been attacked again,” he said. “Those policies we put in place, in my opinion, were absolutely crucial to getting us through the last seven-plus years without a major-casualty attack on the U.S.”
Cheney said “the ultimate threat to the country” is “a 9/11-type event where the terrorists are armed with something much more dangerous than an airline ticket and a box cutter – a nuclear weapon or a biological agent of some kind” that is deployed in the middle of an American city.
“That’s the one that would involve the deaths of perhaps hundreds of thousands of people, and the one you have to spend a hell of a lot of time guarding against,” he said.
“I think there’s a high probability of such an attempt. Whether or not they can pull it off depends whether or not we keep in place policies that have allowed us to defeat all further attempts, since 9/11, to launch mass-casualty attacks against the United States.”
What a damn tap dance! And that is hard to do from a wheelchair. But Dick is an accomplished political tap dancer.
More on the interview of Palin for a conservative documentary.
In a wide-ranging interview posted on the Internet yesterday, John McCain‘s running mate was sharply critical of a series of interviews she had conducted with CBS‘ Couric, saying they had been edited to make her appear misinformed, and at one point sharply noted of the “Evening News” anchor, “Katie, you’re not the center of everyone’s universe.”
She also criticized her own campaign for insisting that she conduct other interviews with Couric, even after it became obvious the first encounter had gone poorly. “It didn’t go well, the first day, and then my question to the McCain campaign [was] why are we going to go back for more? … They said, yeah, we’re going back for more. That was not a wise decision.”
Those interviews, conducted shortly after her nomination, were widely viewed as a fiasco when she stumbled over answers, or seemed uncertain of basic facts. Palin added that “to me, the question was more along the lines of, ‘What do you guys do up there?’” and that she then offered a flip answer. “Of course I read newspapers,” she said in the Web interview.
Palin was also asked about Caroline Kennedy‘s campaign to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as junior senator from New York. “I’ve been interested to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled. As we watch that, we’ll be able to prove that there’s a class issue here” in the media’s treatment of both Palin and Kennedy’s candidacies.
She talked about the media spreading lies and misinformation….think about that. She said that there was gonna be a class bias in the media with Kennedy…think about that. Sorry all you Palin cheerleaders…she illustrates why the GOP is in such dire straights…they have NO message…NO direction…and a serious lack of grasp on the truth. PLease tell me that she is not the best hope of the GOP.
The news media didn’t treat her fairly, John McCain’s presidential aides didn’t make smart decisions (particularly when they pushed her to do additional interviews with CBS News’ Katie Couric) and both sexism and a “class issue” may have been behind the scrutiny she got, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says in an interview she’s done for an upcoming documentary.
She would still run again if given the chance, though, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee says.
John Ziegler, the force behind HowBarackObamaGotElected.com is putting the film together.
I watched some of the stuff and she seems to blame everyone for her treatment in the press. She has never admitted that she screwed up and that makes her the perfect conservative.
You remember Joe the Plumber, aka: Joe Wurzelbacher, the unlicensed plumber who John McCain used as a prop in the waning days of his campaign.
Well, he’s got a book out (who doesn’t?). And in the fine tradition of Scott McClellan, he’s biting the hand that fed him. Or perhaps snarking down the whole arm. We don’t know. The book’s not quite out yet. He’s just promoting it.
So he went on Glenn Beck’s radio program yesterday to discuss “Fighting for the American Dream”. What can we expect? The vaunted “inside look” at the campaign. Why? Because, according to Joe, he’s smarter than most.
“I like to think I’m a little more educated than some out there in politics just because it is interesting to me,” he said.
How’d he like the campaign?
“I honestly felt more dirty after I was on the campaign trail and saw some things that took place,” Wurzelbacher said.
He really doesn’t say. He was doing the “promote-a-book” thing where you tease someone with enticing parts of an expose’ to get you to buy the book (which is out later this month).
Finally, he came up with the bailout. Yeah, that’s the ticket. The bailout.
“When I was on the bus with him, I asked him a lot of questions about the bailout because most Americans didn’t want it to happen – yet he voted for it,” he said. “At the same time he’s talking about making someone famous if they even think about putting pork in the bill. We all know how much pork was in the $700 billion bailout package. Why did he vote for it?”
“I asked him pretty direct questions, and some of the answers you guys are going to receive … they appalled me,” he said apparently alluding to the promise that his book will be a tell-all. “I was angry. I wanted to get off the bus after I talked to him.”
Why didn’t he?
“Because the thought of Barack Obama scared me even more,” he said.
Hmmmm…. OK, Joe. We’ll see if your strategy of throwing Senator McCain under the bus works out – even if he didn’t discard you when he could have.
Thanks to Christian Science Monitor for above.
Joe is a piece of …….(pause)…..work….his book will be out and it will become the new fruitcake at Xmas time. You know past around from person to person as a gift and no one really reads it. But I hear it has mazes and pop ups for those who do try to read it.
I was gonna be the mature one and not even try to analyze the host or the guest. Well that did not work out so good. So I shall, against my better judgement analyze the Palin interview with Charlie Gibson.
Think back to when Charlie was the host of one of the past debates. He was hit and hit hard by critics because they said he was way too soft on the candidates and then along came Palin and his critics were at it again. This time he was too hard on the VP candidate. asking her such questions as, are you ready to be president if necessary? There were others but that is the one that comes top mind most readily.
Now to Palin, she was well rehearsed and programmed and gave the most pat answers. She was almost an robot. Her answer, with the exception of the war thing with Russia, were good but lacked substance, but that was to be expected. To me, she reacted like she had the basic questions in advance. My advice to the McCain people is keep Palin away from one on one interviews, the chances of a major gaff is there. Just continue along the Mac and Sarah Show, it seems to be more effective.
Now that brings us to ABC, what price did the have to pay for the privilege of the first one on one interview with Palin? Knowing nothing in politics happens at the flip of a coin or the luck of the draw, I would like to hear the price of this ratings boost. We will probably never know the answer to that question, but I would bet that it was a substantial one.
In her interview today with ABC News’ Charles Gibson, Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin stated in no uncertain terms “we cannot repeat the Cold War”. However, in a follow-up question about a possible hot war with Russia, the Alaska Governor’s answer was an unsettlingly non-committal “perhaps”.
The interview revealed today further aspects of Sarah Palin’s position on foreign policy, first explored in her RNC speech last week. She said she had already spoken to Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and had given him assurances of her commitment to Georgia, and believed “we’ve got to keep an eye on Russia”. She said she was in favor of NATO membership for both Georgia and the Ukraine, and when asked if this would require the US to go to war if war broke out between Russia and Georgian again, the governor said “Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally”.
On other matters, Palin declared her somwhat muted support for “anticipatory self-defense,” her commitment to preventing a nuclear Iran, and insisted she would not “second guess” Israel if it decided to attack Iran. In a question regarding the use of US ground troops in Pakistan without the permission of the Pakistani government she said “I believe that America has to exercise all options in order to stop the terrorists”.
Sounds more like a GW clone.
Yesterday I was interviewed on Sirius Radio, channel 110, “The Blog Bunker”. I do not have Sirius but now I will get it….the questions were very good on the days news….the show is lively and well done..it was an enjoyable experience and would do it again…..I was a bit apprehensive since it had been a long time since I had been interviewed, but it was well done and an excellent show. I recommend it to all, especially if you have strong opinions.
It was pointed out that my title “Weblog” was a bit archaic, but I told them I was an old fart and guess I was having brain farts when I picked a title. But after thinking it over he was right and I have since changed the title. From this day on “Lobotero’s weblog” will be known as “Lobotero’s Info Ink”.
I would like to thank the staff of “Blog Bunker” after an enjoyable experience.