It couldn’t have been in response to Maureen Dowd’s column linked to below that provoked President Obama into making a major anti-terrorism policy speech tomorrow, Thursday, May 21, could it? Politico’s Allen and Vanderhei announced minutes ago:
President Barack Obama will attempt to regain control of a boiling debate over anti-terrorism policy with a major speech on Thursday — an address that comes on the same day that former Vice President Dick Cheney will be weighing in with his own speech on the same theme.
The dueling speeches amount to the most direct engagement so far between Obama and his conservative critics in the volatile argument over what tactics are justified in detaining and interrogating suspected enemy combatants.
Still taking no responsibility for their not insignificant role in electing Barack Obama president, liberal pundits in the MSM and pajama clad Obama-ites in the blogosphere continue shaking off the last shreds of denial while stepping forward to publicly ask themselves, “What hast thou wrought?”
Maureen Dowd has had it with the “Boy Wonder” as she presents a scenario featuring Rummy and Cheney in today’s column titled Cheney Grabs a Third Term.
“Dick and Rummy are at Cafe Milano in Georgetown, holding court. The maître d’ fawns. Waiters hover. Tourists snap pics on their digital cameras. Cable chatterers stop by to ingratiate themselves.”
Modo’s cannily crafted drama unfolds:
“I can’t believe how easy it was to bring Obama into line,” Rummy says, gnawing on Gorgonzola. “We wouldn’t have needed waterboarding if everybody cracked like a peanut. It was even easier than getting the bit into Junior’s mouth. Way simpler than if we’d had to contend with McCain. In the end, the right guy won.”
Dick is surprised, too, but who can tell?
“You’re running national security now and everyone knows it,” Rummy says. “You got Obama to do an about-face on the torture photos. He’s using our old line about how it would endanger the troops. He’s keeping our military tribunals. His Justice Department invoked our state secrets privilege to try to get that lawsuit on torture and rendition dismissed. He’s trying to stop any sort of truth commission, thank goodness. He’s got his own surge going in Afghanistan. He’s withdrawing from Iraq more slowly. He’s extended our secret incursions over the Afghan border into Pakistan.”
Dick smiles on one side of his face.
“Transparency bites,” he snarls.
“By golly, yes,” Rummy says. “We controlled Junior by playing on his fear of looking like a wimp just as his dad did. And now we’re controlling Boy Wonder by playing on his eagerness to show that the Democrats are tough on national security. He’s a sucker for four-star generals, can’t resist anyone in uniform. Petraeus and Odierno speak and he jumps. If we want to roll him, we just send in the military brass flashing their medals.”
Rummy knocks back some more brunello, and shoos away some Japanese tourists after confiscating their cameras.
Modo’s one-act tragic-comedy would be good theatre if it were not such a realistic portrayal of how the Obama Administration continues to blindly follow the destructive path of its predecessor.
Sad to say, the nation and the world will now have to pay the price for the unholy alliance in 2008 between Democratic party leaders and their media allies, including Maureen Dowd, that delivered the nomination to Barack Obama and saw to it that he won the general election.