Monday, May 2, 2011

Bin Laden dead but 'war goes on,' Cheney warns

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney
© AFP/Getty Images/File Mark Wilson

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former US vice president Dick Cheney congratulated President Barack Obama Monday on the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden by US forces in Pakistan but warned that the "war goes on."

Cheney paid tribute to American forces and intelligence services for their "tireless work" in tracking down Bin Laden since the September 11, 2001 attacks but also offered rare praise to political opponent Obama.

"The death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of American forces is a victory for the United States and a tremendous achievement for the military and intelligence professionals who carried out this important mission," he said.

"Their tireless work since 9/11 has made this achievement possible, and enabled us to capture or kill thousands of Al-Qaeda terrorists and many of their leaders," he said in a statement carried by the journal of the American Enterprise Institute.

"I also want to congratulate President Obama and the members of his national security team," Cheney said.

"Al-Qaeda remains a dangerous enemy. Though bin Laden is dead, the war goes on. We must remain vigilant, especially now, and we must continue to support our men and women in uniform who are fighting on the front lines of this war every day," he added.

"Today, the message our forces have sent is clear -- if you attack the United States, we will find you and bring you to justice."

Cheney, vice president at the time of the September 11 attacks, was one of the biggest hawks in former President George W. Bush's administration as the United States launched its invasion of Afghanistan and the hunt for Bin Laden.

Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, meanwhile, told NBC television Monday that US success in cornering and killing Bin Laden was a US triumph, because the military ultimately succeeded in getting access to vital information about the Al-Qaeda leader's whereabouts.

"This was an intelligence problem from the beginning, of course. We have always had the ability to kill or capture -- we needed the intelligence," said Rumsfeld on the "Today Show" television program.

"We had been fortunate that the intelligence was forthcoming. It may well have been partly a result of some of the interviews that took place in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba," said Rumsfeld, who led the Pentagon during much of President George W. Bush's tenure.

He added that Bin Laden seemed to think that America would "do nothing" so many years after the September 2001 atrocity that cost some 3,000 lives in the United States.

"This is a man who called the United States a paper tiger and assumed that the United States would do nothing, that we would continue to not really react," the former defense chief said.

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Anonymous said...

Who cares what this stinking pile of festering shit says about anything?

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

I wonder when Dick's ticker is going to give out. Several of my friends have a party to arrange.

Howard T. Lewis III said...

Didn't we bury Cheney and Rumsfeld already? Next time, bury their heads seperate from their bodies so they can't crawl out.

Anonymous said...

April fool!!!!!!!!!!!!

OMG my bovine excrement meter just blew through three walls in my home.

Anonymous said...

ALL the "neo-CONS", ROVE, Krautheimer, Kristol, Beck, LIEberman, Hagee, Limbaugh, ALL those big mouths with NO DD-214's should be rounded up and sent to the war they claim they LOVE. Let them get a good taste of WAR .....
Bush, Rove, AND Cheney are now all free to PROVE they really believe in the wars they started, and just how "PATRIOTIC" they really ARE. They surrounded themselves with flags and LOUDLY proclaimed their "love" of America..... Now they are free to pick up rifles and LEAD the Troops that they ordered into combat.
I am sure those "HEROS" will be on the next plane to Afghanistan ..................
Bush with his National Guard training (NG was just DRAFT DODGING in those days)
and Cheney .......
1) FIVE DEFERMENTS to DODGE SERVING the Nation during Viet Nam, too busy advancing HIS career.
2) HIDES in a secret Bunker during and long into the night on 9/11.

Howard T. Lewis III said...

Unearned smirks deserve removal.

ha said...

Is the traitor cheney still alive? I thought surely the devil would have pulled his shriveled up corps by now...

Anonymous said...

Would somebody yank this guy next to a high-powered microwave oven and do the universe a favor?

Anonymous said...

Haha.... America! Land of the brave

Anonymous said...

GEEZ..... I though his ticker would have failed by now. This snake needs to be planted somewhere deep (& not Arlington, Va.).

Anonymous said...

What an ID..T

Anonymous said...

Dick Cheney, criminal leader of the 911 demolition and subsequent murder of million of Iraqi's, is an appropriate commenter for the criminal enterprise now operating under Obama,
sock puppet for the criminal secret police agencies and banking elite. That this subhuman
criminal continues commenting in public bogles my mind.

Anonymous said...

He emerged from his undisclosed bunker?!!...(while the rest of us just have to guess about the true radiation fallout levels from a nuke disaster that exceeds Chernobyl?!)

This statement is an admission that Cheney is heavily involved in the dirty big bank/military industrial complex web going on now and Obama has been co-opted...on the same path!! That's scary.

Anonymous said...

All they care about is that we can't disprove their claims. The war will continue until the US and the rest of civilization collapses as a result of this auto-immune disease called the "war on terror."

Anonymous said...

I see all the old war hawks popping their heads out of the bunker, they still have those same stupid, arrogant smirks on those twisted faces since September 11th, 2001.

Oh, well. Whenever I see them wearing that evil grimace, I smile twice as wide. Hell will be their final reward. Let's see them smile that wrap-around flame off.

Bill G.

Anonymous said...

This statement is also proof that Bush and his minions are happy with Obama as president. As long as the war continues it is better for them to be out of the spotlight. Why the hell do they need to have control of the white house, as long as the no-bid contracts keep getting handed out.

Bush and Co are happier with a Democrat servile enough to run their war for them.

Anonymous said...

Этот старый козел давно должен сдохнуть!

Anonymous said...

what is this zombies job title?
Is he still running opps?
heartless bastard
another great american said:
“We are an Empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you are studying that reality – judiciously as you will – we will act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We are history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” Carl Rove


Anonymous said...

Hiding in a bunker? These Frankensteins are not
important to America - they are only
important to themselves. Place all the
cowards on the frontlines and see how fast
the invasions end. Do not know why they have
not been rounded up and placed in some dark,
damp prison for war crimes and treason.

Anonymous said...

bin Laden has been dead for 9.5 years.
And besides bin Laden did not do 9/11;
it has always been an inside job for
perpetual murder and invasions of sovereign
countries. I guess the psychopaths do not
want to break-in another president so all
the credit goes to Odumbo. bin Laden resurrection.

Anonymous said...

I hope to live long enough to see Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld,Rice,Powell,Libby and wolfowitz,Pearland Kristol tried for treason and the death of all the people who died in the illegal Iraq War on both sides.

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