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The General’s Smackdown

General Petraeus-you know, the guy who helped us win in Iraq-tells Cheney what he can go do with himself.

General David Petraeus countered recent suggestions by former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday that the United States is less safe under the Obama administration.

“I wouldn’t necessarily agree with that,” Petraeus said during an appearance on CNN where he was asked about Cheney’s comments.

In an interview on CNN two weeks ago, Cheney defended Bush administration interrogation policies and the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay as making the U.S. safer. He criticized Obama for announcing changes to U.S. interrogation policies, which he said had foiled terrorist attacks on the U.S.

Pressed about Cheney’s comments, Petraeus did not directly criticize U.S. interrogation policies that some have said amounted to torture. But in offering a defense for traditional U.S. “values,” he also did not defend Cheney’s remarks.

“I think that there is in fact a good debate going on about the importance of values in everything we do,” Petraeus said. “It is hugely significant to us to hold so dear to the values we’ve fought for over the years,” he said.

Petraeus was the one who reminded our troops about those values-and, along with replacing Rumsfeld with Gates, represented a break with the anything-goes attitude of Cheney’s world. I really wouldn’t mind seeing him as the next Secretary of Defense for either Obama or whomever his Republican replacement might be. As for Cheney, he can go back to yelling at those damn kids to get off his lawn.

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 03/29/09 at 05:13 PM in Politics • Permalink

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