That’s the theme of my Washington Examiner column this week:
Dick Cheney’s “Shut Up and Listen” tour continued last week on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” There, the former veep reiterated his favorite theme: Obama is putting America at risk by “taking down a lot of those policies we put in place that kept the nation safe.”What in the world is Cheney talking about? Granted, Obama’s anti‐terror policies are clouded by rhetorical “Hope” and euphemism, and the new administration is less given to chest‐thumping than its predecessor. Otherwise, Obama’s approach to terrorism is virtually identical to Bush/Cheney’s.
Harvard Law prof and former Bush OLC head Jack Goldsmith makes a similar point in a New Republic piece out today, though Professor Goldsmith is happier about the continuity than I am. For more, see Glenn Greenwald.