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Will vs. Cheney

Conservative columnist George Will went after former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday, saying the Bush administration could have used some “dithering” before they invaded Iraq.

Will was responding to the VP’s widely-circulated comment that President Obama was “dithering” on Afghanistan and putting troops in danger. On the contrary, Will said, it was hasty decisions that put people at risk.

“A bit of dithering might have been in order before we went into Iraq in pursuit of non-existent weapons of mass destruction,” Will said on ABC’s “This Week. “For a representative of the Bush administration to accuse someone of taking too much time is missing the point. We have much more to fear in this town from hasty than from slow government action.”

It is interesting to see such a strong response to Cheney coming from a conservative like George Will. As we pointed out on the radio show last month, George Will also broke ranks by calling for us to withdraw from Afghanistan. However, Dick Cheney continues to be the rhetorical lightning rod of the right. Usually it’s customary for former presidents and vice-presidents not to speak critically of the current administration, a practice even George W. Bush has honored. But not Cheney. He has attacked Obama repeatedly and publicly during the last 10 months. This time, however, Obama supporters are pushing back with a legitimate comparison — how can the architect of our invasion of Iraq be so critical of a President trying to clean up the mess in Afghanistan?

  1. November 12, 2009 at 4:04 am

    President Obama has rejected all of the plans offered to him by his national security team for the way forward in Afghanistan. Hmmm. I wonder if there will be any resignations over the President's rejections, like there was with Rumsfeld.

  2. November 12, 2009 at 6:07 am

    One other thing: if it is wise to go slow with deliberations about Afghanistan, austensibly because Bush rushed into war in Iraq, then why is wise to hammer through healthcare reform so quickly?

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