The following is an except from a news story on Politico..to read in full click on Ben Smith........
BY Ben Smith December 30, 2009
First, it’s important that the substantive context be clear: For seven years after 9/11, while our national security was overwhelmingly focused on Iraq — a country that had no Al Qaeda presence before our invasion — Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda's leadership was able to set up camp in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where they continued to plot attacks against the United States. Meanwhile, Al Qaeda also regenerated in places like Yemen and Somalia, establishing new safe havens that have grown over a period of years.
It was President Obama who finally implemented a strategy of winding down the war in Iraq and actually focusing our resources on the war against Al Qaeda — more than doubling our troops in Afghanistan and building partnerships to target Al Qaeda’s safe havens in Yemen and Somalia.
And in less than one year, we have already seen many Al Qaeda leaders taken out, our alliances strengthened and the pressure on al Qaeda increased worldwide.
To put it simply: This President is not interested in bellicose rhetoric, he is focused on action.
Seven years of bellicose rhetoric failed to reduce the threat from Al Qaeda and succeeded in dividing this country. And it seems strangely off-key now, at a time when our country is under attack, for the architect of those policies to be attacking the President.
To those who claim that Cheney "kept the American people safe for 7 years" ... SHAME on him and on you for believing his drivel.
He and Bush put thousands of our troops at risk with their false statements and their "be afraid" control. Try telling the families of our precious lost troops that THEY kept us safe.
The troops kept us safe in a theater vastly more difficult because of the anti-American hatred Cheney and Bush sowed.
Bush and Cheney kept us safe...except for the worst attack on our homeland since Pearl Harbor... They also really kept the economy rolling...except for the worst economic collapse since the great depression. 60% of the time they were right every time!
Odd that the "right" gave these criminals EIGHT years to destroy our country and they have not let up on Obama for a moment since January 20th......