The Associated Press is reporting that in an MSNBC interview, Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said she "doesn't believe her father did anything wrong in connection with a secret CIA operation that officials have said was designed to capture and kill al-Qaida figures."
Ms. Cheney, how exactly do you know that? I know you were a former principal deputy secretary of state for Mideast affairs during George W. Bush's presidency, and are helping your dad write his memoirs. But, do you REALLY know all his secrets?
Also, AP reports:
"Cheney said she didn't think Democrats were 'up to handling national security' and that she thought they were trying to cover themselves on classified they agreed to support 'when it was politically expedient.'
'I think it does a disservice' to former CIA directors and to the intelligence community 'to politicize this issue,' said Cheney."
I've got news for you, Ms. Cheney. In our system of government, the people are sovereign. To insist that -- at a minimum -- the chairs of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, and the House and Senate leadership, be told about CIA missions is not to "politicize" debate. It is, rather, to require accountability.
Also, don't we remember in 2004, and after, when Republicans said the Democrats couldn't be critical about national security issues precisely because the Congress had been informed about, and consented to, the Bush Administration's strategy? Well, turns out that wasn't true.
Some of us aren't surprised. Republicans named "Dick" usually turn out to be "Tricky."
So in the future, Ms. Cheney, let your dad defend himself. He hasn't been shy about talking these days. Let him come to Capitol Hill and explain for himself.
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