Liz Cheney's 'Keep America Safe'
Dick Cheney's daughter heads a group that will echo her dad's criticism of Obama foreign policy
Liz Cheney is declaring war on President Obama, said Ben Smith in Politico. She's joining forces with Weekly Standard editor William Kristol and Debra Burlingame, sister of an American Airlines pilot killed in the Sept. 11 attacks, to launch Keep America Safe, an organization dedicated to rallying opposition to what Cheney says is Obama's "radical" foreign policy. "The new group will add institutional heft to a scathing critique of Obama articulated first and loudest by Liz Cheney’s father," former Vice President Dick Cheney. (Watch the organization's first video)
What a perfect team—Liz Cheney and Bill Kristol are both clowns, said Steve Benen in Washington Monthly. Rich neocons will no doubt throw some checks their way. But if Cheney and Kristol would stop and think for a change, they would realize that they already "got to do exactly what they wanted to do—torture, pre-emptive war, abandoning the rule of law, abandoning democratic norms, alienating allies, ignoring the concept of international cooperation—and they failed anyway."
Sneer all you want, said Jennifer Rubin in Commentary, but President Obama hasn't made us safer by "repudiating American exceptionalism, soft-peddling American values, and denigrating the necessity of American military might"—he has merely won himself a Nobel Peace Prize. But if Liz Cheney and her organization complete the mission they've just started, some day the American electorate will come to see that Obama's foreign-policy approach is "both unsettling and dangerous."