October 13th, 2009
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Liz Cheney gets serious with Obama foreign policy attacks

Liz Cheney and her father have been among the most forceful conservative critics of President Obama's foreign policy.

Liz Cheney and her father have been among the most forceful conservative critics of President Obama's foreign policy.

(CNN) - Months after her father's prolonged campaign against President Obama's national security policies, Liz Cheney is spearheading a new organization aimed at organizing conservative opposition to the new administration's foreign policy approach.

The new group, Keep America Safe, says its aim is to provide a cogent and organized rebuttal to a series of recent moves that expressly divert from the more muscular policies of the Bush administration. The group plans to tackle hot-button issues like the way forward in Iraq and Afghanistan, defense spending, CIA interrogation techniques and the planned closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

"We have watched with concern and dismay as the Obama administration has cut defense spending, wavered on the war in Afghanistan, and launched investigations into Americans serving on the front lines of the war on terror, while at the same time expanding legal protections for the terrorists that plot to attack this country," Cheney, along with the group's two other founders, wrote on its Web site. "These policies, along with President Obama's abandonment of America's allies and attempts to appease our adversaries are weakening the nation."

Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol and Debra Burlingame, the sister of the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77 - the flight that crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11 - are also heading up the new effort.

The new group says its goal is to focus media attention on continuing and emerging national security threats, and marshal grassroots opposition to the president's policies.

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  1. say what

    Liz Cheney has about as much credibility as Barack Oblunder. Only in America could we vote for a person who has no executive experience and who's state (Ilinois) and city (Chicago) he represents is a crime ridden, corrupt hell hole. Good job Americans, we just voted our first step to oblivion.

    October 13, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Beyond Absurd

    Who is Liz Cheney? What are her credentials with regard to foreign policy (or any type of policy) other than to be a mouth piece for her father's particular brand of paranoia and fear mongering. What type of father would use his daughter like this rather than standing up and taking responsibility for his own opinions? I guess the answer is a coward like Dick Cheney. Once a chicken hawk, always a chicken hawk.

    October 13, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. fitz

    This should not be taken seriously. Will she be highlighting the failures of the previous administration and some of the horrible foreign policy advice her father gave former President Bush, I don't think so.

    October 13, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. vicky from Milwaukee

    LIke father, like daughter. Enough said.

    October 13, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Adalbert

    Liz is just as fanatic as her father. She knows absolutely nothing about nothing.

    October 13, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. K

    I never thought the day would come when another woman could challenge Sarah Palin on the Dispicable chart.....

    I mean Sarah Palin has reached stratusphere's of Extremely Dispicable, but Liz Cheney is close behind her.....

    Can you imagine the world if Sarah Palin and Liz Cheney had their way....?

    October 13, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Bed time for Raygun

    Her father and her should be President of Louisana,home of some of the most rightwing extremists in the terror world.hahaha

    October 13, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. James Brooklny N.Y.

    Lets bring back the fake terror alerts. Arrest a few planted terrorist. Oh don't forget to bring back the famous internet chatter from Al Qaeda hinting of an attack that will never come.

    How can she question what Obama does with his vacation time when the Busk policy was 24/7. 24 hours a month 7 months a year.

    October 13, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Otto

    Bring em on Liz, you'll be a disgarce as your father. Two blind mice seeking a way out of the darkness.

    Can anyone say the bigest mistake of the Bush presidency was having Mr. Iron-heart as VP? What a blunder, oh wait; Iron-heart was what caused Bush to be elected in the first place.

    October 13, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Ren from Baltimore

    How wholly inappropriate, off-target, treasonous and simple-minded!

    GOP: Stop her before she destroys any shred of credibility left!

    October 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Vince in NC

    Why does anyone take anything the Cheney's have to say?

    Have they ever been right about anything?

    October 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. IndyVoter

    How convenient.... Liz, I want you to stand face to face and tell that crap to the grieving mothers of all of the sons and daughters that died in a fake war that was concocted to settle personal scores and enrich Mr. Cheney's & Rumsfeld's business buddies...tell that psycho-babble to Vets who lost limbs and who are no longer able to serve their country in Afghanistan or anywhere else because of your Dad's fake and failed defense policies. Please be quiet! You no nothing of which you speak. Do not misktake meekness for weakness. Or humility for stupidity. Pres. Obama is taking this country down a prudent and sustainable path unlike Mr. Bush. If given a chance you and your cohorts would have taken the United States down the same path as every other Imperialistic country who thought they could rule or run the world indefinately by sheer brute force! It doesn't last...see exhibit A. Roman Empire, B) Ottoman Empire C) Various European Empires D) Russian/Soviet Empire ...Thank God for Pres. Obama!

    October 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. an american first

    Liz Chaney should be ashamed of herself. This article is very hard to read. It makes me mad that there are people out there like Liz Chaney who goes out and directly imply that the President of the United Statesand the 65 million US Citizens who voted for this president does not care about national security.

    Most troubling part of the article is when she said, "Obama administration has.... wavered on the war in Afghanistan....". Really? Really? And her name is Liz Chaney. Does she know that her dad's administration started this war in Afghanistan in 2001 and "wavered" for more than 7 years? I am surprised that she could keep the straight face while saying this.

    She is wrong plain and simple....

    October 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. T'SAH from Virginia

    Weren't BOTH wars on BUSH/CHENEY's WATCH and they both FAILED to finish the FIRST one – Afghanistan – before picking a fight and starting the SECOND war with IRAQ???

    This country is no less safe than it was under BUSH. Actually, it may be MORE SAFE now because changes are seen WORLDWIDE and we are once again recognized as a country with VALUES!!! VALUES do not make us LESS SAFE! – we STILL have the SAME security in PLACE that was in place under BUSH/CHENEY – Come on now, YOU KNOW THAT!! Jeez!

    Fear-mongering is the base of the REPUBLI-CAN'Ts and they thrive on it so much – they don't know how to LET GO!!!!! Poor Things!!!!

    October 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Fernando F

    where does she gets her information? is she torturing somebody? (trying to be like daddy)

    October 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Diana

    Cheney Jr, Kristol, etc. are being left behind as our country moves forward and they are making a last desperate attempt to scare everyone to jump on their sinking ship.

    October 13, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Brains Over BS

    So the Evil murderer, who should be in prison still thinks he needs to be running the show. Shouldn't he be having another Heart attack any day now?

    October 13, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Dan

    Cheney Family are Roaches of the Sewer and Pigs of America.

    October 13, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    I think I might be in an alternative universe....Did September 11 not happen under the Bush admin in his first yr..by my account We are in Oct...so if we are comparing first yr...Obama trumps Bush..the first attack since Pearl harbor happened under Bush- that is not up for debate BUSH LET US DOWN

    October 13, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. GP

    Since when does a private group get to influence foreign policy? Is this really what free speech is about?

    It is obvious that Liz Cheney is simply a proxy for her father, who did not hold an elected position in the first place.

    Honestly, the republicans need to start working with this administration and offer solutions rather than continually try to sabotage this administration. I clearly remember how dissenters were handled by the previous administration. Perhaps it is time Obama start using some of the Bush/Cheney tactics on his opponents.

    October 13, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. dave

    i wonder who is pulling her strings.?!!!

    October 13, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. Diana Powe

    Those Cheneys just can't get enough of their fear. Plainly, Francis Scott Key didn't have them in mind when he wrote that line in the "Star-Spangled Banner" about the "home of the brave." No, Americans must be "patriotic" and be afraid of all the boogey-men that the fear-mongers are terrified of.

    In addition, I find Alexander Mooney's sentence here rather telling, "The new group, Keep America Safe, says its aim is to provide a cogent and organized rebuttal to a series of recent moves that expressly divert from the MORE MUSCULAR POLICIES of the Bush administration." (emphasis added) Plainly, he has at least subconsciously bought into the whole Beltway group-think that characterizes nations and their leaders as "strong" (read masculine) and "weak" (read feminine). Well, for Mr. Mooney's benefit, let me offer another common use for the root word "muscle" in American parlance-"muscle head"-as in powerful, but stupid. That would be the "more muscular policies of the Bush administration" for you.

    October 13, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. James B

    Anti american, use that like you used it on those who opposed Bush/Cheney, Look into a mirror before you speak

    October 13, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    The only reason anyone pays attention to Liz is because of her last name. Her father is a disgrace and a moron.

    – How else do you explain him ignoring all the intelligence about al Qaeda the Clinton transition team tried to give him?

    – How else do you explain him ignoring the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing entitled, "Al Qaeda Determined to Attack the U.S. Using Airplanes"?

    – How else do you explain him trampling the Constitution by using torture when everyone knows it doesn't give reliable intelligence.

    – How else do you explain this Chickenhawk's attitude about war?

    The Cheneys are a bunch of losers!

    October 13, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. Deb (long island)

    Liz I guess this self righteousness runs in the family and unfortunately for you is an inherited trait. Who cares what your feelings are? It is becoming quite clear the Cheneys are self indulgent people who feel they have the power to do anything they want and get away with it. Your father will never, ever win a prize as prestigious as our President did. Your father was seen throughout the world, as the evil, pompous ass that he is! Go away Liz Cheney. Go take care of daddy. Go get him ready for trial when Eric Holder looks to punish the atrocities committed these past 8 years. We are doing just fine without the likes of any Cheney in the White House and aim to keep it that way!

    October 13, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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