Sunday, June 7, 2009 | 2:03 a.m.
Is former Vice President Dick Cheney starting to squirm?
His recent statement that Richard Clarke, the former chief counterterrorism adviser on the U.S. National Security Council, “obviously missed it” in reference to the 9/11 attacks is loathsome and a desperate attempt to shift blame away from himself. There is more than ample documentation that Clarke, an adviser to four presidents, and George Tenet, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, were vigorously warning that an attack by al-Qaida was imminent. Their warnings were ignored by President George W. Bush, Cheney and then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.
Cheney’s approval rating has recently risen from dismal to poor based on his efforts to reassign his appalling mistakes to others. He now wants us to believe that he didn’t pressure the CIA to shape intelligence to his needs, that he doesn’t remember that the administration was being warned for months about an imminent attack by al-Qaida, that he didn’t beat a drum for a link between 9/11 and Iraq, and that he didn’t expose a CIA agent for political purposes.
The one thing that Cheney is consistent on is that he obviously thinks we’re idiots.