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WASHINGTON--After former Vice President Cheney said President Obama "is trying to pretend we are not at war," following the thwarted Christmas Day attempt to destroy a Detroit-bound airplance White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer wrote on the White House blog, " it is telling that Vice President Cheney and others seem to be more focused on criticizing the Administration than condemning the attackers."

below, from the White House...

he Same Old Washington Blame Game
Posted by Dan Pfeiffer on December 30, 2009 at 03:34 PM EST
There has been a lot of discussion online and in the mainstream media about our response to various critics of the President, specifically former Vice President Cheney, who have been coming out of the woodwork since the incident on Christmas Day. I think we all agree that there should be honest debate about these issues, but it is telling that Vice President Cheney and others seem to be more focused on criticizing the Administration than condemning the attackers. Unfortunately too many are engaged in the typical Washington game of pointing fingers and making political hay, instead of working together to find solutions to make our country safer.

First, it's important that the substantive context be clear: for seven years after 9/11, while our national security was overwhelmingly focused on Iraq - a country that had no al Qaeda presence before our invasion - Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda's leadership was able to set up camp in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where they continued to plot attacks against the United States. Meanwhile, al Qaeda also regenerated in places like Yemen and Somalia, establishing new safe-havens that have grown over a period of years. It was President Obama who finally implemented a strategy of winding down the war in Iraq, and actually focusing our resources on the war against al Qaeda - more than doubling our troops in Afghanistan, and building partnerships to target al Qaeda's safe-havens in Yemen and Somalia. And in less than one year, we have already seen many al Qaeda leaders taken out, our alliances strengthened, and the pressure on al Qaeda increased worldwide.

To put it simply: this President is not interested in bellicose rhetoric, he is focused on action. Seven years of bellicose rhetoric failed to reduce the threat from al Qaeda and succeeded in dividing this country. And it seems strangely off-key now, at a time when our country is under attack, for the architect of those policies to be attacking the President.

Second, the former Vice President makes the clearly untrue claim that the President - who is this nation's Commander-in-Chief - needs to realize we are at War. I don't think anyone realizes this very hard reality more than President Obama. In his inaugural, the President said "our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred." In a recent speech, Assistant to the President for Terrorism and Homeland Security John Brennan said "Instead, as the president has made clear, we are at war with al-Qaida, which attacked us on 9/11 and killed 3,000 people. We are at war with its violent extremist allies who seek to carry on al-Qaida's murderous agenda. These are the terrorists we will destroy; these are the extremists we will defeat." At West Point, the President told the nation why it was "in our vital national interest" to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to fight the war in Afghanistan, adding that as Commander in Chief, "I see firsthand the terrible wages of war." And at Oslo, in accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, the President said, "We are at war, and I am responsible for the deployment of thousands of young Americans to battle in a distant land."

There are numerous other such public statements that explicitly state we are at war. The difference is this: President Obama doesn't need to beat his chest to prove it, and - unlike the last Administration - we are not at war with a tactic ("terrorism"), we at war with something that is tangible: al Qaeda and its violent extremist allies. And we will prosecute that war as long as the American people are endangered.

Dan Pfeiffer is White House Communications Director

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Bush-Cheney act as though 9-11 didn't occur while they did nothing about written warnings!

When we will stop paying attention to a man who is a coward (five Vietnam draft deferments because "he had better things to do"), who loves war (as long as other people's children are fighting), and should be tried as a war criminal based on his own admissions about torture and outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame. The media loves this crap and this man is clearly in the early stages of Alzheimers or just plain evil (ask his friends who have known him for a long time). Let him rest in peace.

Pfeiffer believes that terrorists need to be prosecuted as if they have the same Bill of Rights as us U.S. Citizens. Non U.S. Citizen Terrorists need to be killed. U.S. Citizens accused of terrorism like all of us tea party attendees should receive trials to prevent leftist facists like Emmanuel, Pfeiffer, Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Murtha, Feinstein, Napolitano and former A.G. Janet Reno from burning us alive as she ordered her FBI Troops to do so at Waco, TX. We have not forgotten... and we will not let it happen again. Kapeesh? So in the future do not bully Cheney. By the way, why are we in Afganistan where Alexander the Great and the Soviet Union failed? Put some troops on the US/Mexican border, and forget about beating your chests in Afganistan where ours sons and daughter bleed from their chests. The real terrorists are in Saudi Arabia. The Wahabi sheiks take the oil money and fund the terrorists elsewhere. So stop bowing to these animals and start thinning the herd in the right places.

The same old blame game is still coming out of Pfeiffer's mouth. I don't agree with Cheney's political games, nor do I agree with the Democrat's. Yo-yo politics. Back and forth between dumb and dumber. Term limitation. Rid D.C. of all of the snakes.

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