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. JAC

    As frightening as it is to concede, the truth is that people like Liz Cheney and her father are able to wield undue influence over the hearts and minds of the american people through their fear mongering tactics. However what frightens me even more is the fact that sane logical people who see through the lies of people like the Cheney's are remaining silent. It is this silence that is letting the fear mongers win. II thought when this nation elected Obama it signaled a decision to no longer let national policy be dictated by fear and greed, i hope that is still true.

    October 13, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Gary

    How fitting that Cheney hides behind his daughter's skirts to attack Obama. He wasn't man enough to serve his country, but arrogant enough to send other people's children into a vain glorious war.

    October 13, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. The Film Professor

    Yeah, right Liz, and that's why Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last week.

    You don't "keep American safe" by having everyone in the world hate you–same as a corporation cannot grow and prosper if all of its' employees hate the company and the way it treats them.

    October 13, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. chubby

    I see liberals are again trying to defend the indefensible namely obummer. Come on 2010 and 2012 I cannot stand anymore of this discredit being put upon the White House. Time for most of the demorats to go home.

    October 13, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Stephee

    And this is coming from a man who was part and lead the Bush Administration to making a huge mess we're trying to get out of???

    Cheney, do us all a favor and sit your lying butt down!

    October 13, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. Farrell in Houston

    Liz Cheney is no more than a proxy for her father. If Dick Cheney wasn't guilty of war crimes then there is no reason to defend him. Liz Cheney is as bad for the country as her father and she cannot change his legacy.

    October 13, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Tommy Boy

    Be careful Liz, or you will get a jail cell right next to Daddy. It might take a while to pull it off, but Cheney is going ot jail. "W" should join him, but he's too stupid to know it.

    October 13, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Just an Average Joe

    Why would anyone take this person seriously? Come ON, her farther is DARTH CHENEY 🙂

    October 13, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    The Republican Party is lost ... their leaders are bereft of ideas ... they rely on fear-mongering, division and hate to further their agenda ... they have proven they care only about acquiring wealth and power ... they have done their utmost to decimate the Middle Class and aggressively shift money to the wealthy through their irresponsible tax cuts ...

    They are arrogant. They are self-righteous. They care only about themselves. They trample the Constitution. They proclaim "values" while holding up as admirable people willing to debase public discourse, lie, quit and cheat.

    The Republican Party is pathetic!

    October 13, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Robert

    The Bush/Cheney foreign policy was a complete fiasco - costing thousands of American lives in unnecessary wars (and tens of thousands of Iraqis), alientating our friends, motivating and empowering our enemies, costing billions that could have been saved or spent in this country....the list goes on, and on. Liz Cheney is as wacky as her old man.

    October 13, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Brian

    Why does anyone care what Liz Cheney has to say, or do?

    October 13, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Bush_Low_I.Q.

    SOCIALISM….. Bush visits 2008 Beijing Olympics, is not a waste of Tax Money.

    SOCIALISM….. Obama flies to Copenhagen to Canvas for Chicago, GOP calls it a waste of Tax Dollars.

    GOP is a Defunct Party.

    GOP is a Dud Party.

    October 13, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Gary

    If memory serves me right, Bush & Cheney were the ones who started both wars, didn't find any weapons of mass distruction, and failed to finish just about anything they started. Why don't they all give up and go away until the next election; just keep quiet, stop the fear mongering, and go away.

    October 13, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Dan @ CA

    I think anyone with the last name of Cheney should strongly consider staying out of the foreign policy arena for the next several decades. The last thing we need is war mongers having a voice in this country's foreign policy. She has voiced support for her father's service against this country, so I don't think she needs to be involved in public policy in any way shape or form.

    October 13, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Chuck

    And she is an expert why? Being a member of the golden sperm club only assures you were born with your head up your butt, it does give you significant insight into foreign policy matters.

    October 13, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Ron

    Why are both sides so afraid of opposing views. Doesn't everyone understand that we are weaker without differing views? Needing everyone to agree with you (or your party's) point of view only exposes your fear and weakness, not that of the opposing party.

    Grow up everyone!

    October 13, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. FactCheck

    Cheney did a great job of keeping American safe... well, except for that ONE time.

    October 13, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Jane/Seattle

    We really are in bad shape with this lady speaking at every turn. hey, you folks had your chance to mangle government as your mantra dictates, (ya know, government bad, capitalists good)! Now how about letting some of us on Main Street speak on your elite TV's? We never get heard, but then again that is the motive, Right? We only get to be heard when we get so far down, it could take an act of WE The Peoples to fix this mess WAll Street has made. Hmmm? When we screw up our finances, Bush made it very dificult for us to file bankruptcy, all in collusion with majorities of Congress! Wall Street employs complete FRAUD to enrich some few and WE the Poor and Middle Class get to Bail them out! What a Crock! Now to answer the question. Ms. Cheney, you and your hitmen are becoming irrelevant to us! The gig is up and we all are coming to see the joke that you have turned America into for your personal aggrandizement! See your way to retirement, please!

    October 13, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. debbie

    Ahh the good old Republican rallying cry: "Be afraid! Be VERY afraid!".

    October 13, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    And if anyone had said and done these things about Bush when he was president, Cheney would have called them anti-American, unpatriotic and on the side of the terrorists.

    It's just too obvious that Cheney does not care about our country. Liz, Dick and all the rest only care about their party and the power and wealth they can accumulate.

    So transparently hypocritical!

    October 13, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Grant

    Must be genetic.....following her father's tired approach of wanting to keep Americans cowering in fear in hopes they will vote for the GOP to somehow "keep them safe". Does she not have anything new or refreshing to bring to the table? Aside from this crazy "fear factor", it seems the GOP has no other policy platform, other than saying NO to any new idea or policy approach. I would like to think that most Americans are smarter than what the GOP would assume. We don't live in fear, except perhaps of another GOP administration.

    October 13, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Carol in PA

    So, Liz Cheney believes in torture and wants war without giving it any thought. It took us a few years to prepare for World War II to do it right, so why can't President Obama take a little time to decide what to do about Aghanistan? She isn't very smart.

    October 13, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Sarah

    Why does the media even run these stories? Surely no thinking American takes her seriously.

    October 13, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Jim

    it seems to me that this country IS safer under our president's policies. in fact, the general aura on the entire planet is one of less hostility.

    you can build a fort with guns bristling everywhere and if people are angry with you, they'll find a way in. they did exactly that on 9/11.

    on the other hand, if people are NOT angry at you, they'll have no interest in any fight of any kind.

    October 13, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. nomoredics

    What exactly has Liz Cheney done in her life that makes her an expert?

    October 13, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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