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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Contra Cheney:

In a refreshing break from tradition, the former Vice President has decided to trash talk the new President after only two weeks of his assuming office. (Up until now, former Presidents and Vice Presidents have steered clear of critiquing the White House.)

Unfortunately, Cheney did make a mistake when he said:
... the "ultimate threat" facing the country since the September 11 attacks of 2001 was if extremists can unleash "a nuclear weapon or a biological agent of some kind" in the center of a US city.

"That's the one that would involve the deaths of perhaps hundreds of thousands of people, and the one you have to spend a hell of a lot of time guarding against," Cheney said.
That's wrong. The "ultimate threat" would be if extremist can change the trajectory of an asteroid so that it hurtles towards the earth (northern hemisphere, between latitudes 60W and 120W), wiping out half of humanity and many other species.

Cheney is suffering from a failure of imagination.



8 comments

Hey! Don't give him any ideas!

By Anonymous Colin Escherich, at 2/06/2009 1:26 AM  

Maybe Dick Cheney will keep his shotgun handy to protect us from these terrorists. Of course, we run the risk that he may shoot one of us instead.

By Blogger Shag from Brookline, at 2/06/2009 3:53 AM  

(Up until now, former Presidents and Vice Presidents have steered clear of critiquing the White House.)

Are you sure? I mean this may be the first time that an outgoing administration has started bashing the current one and if that's what you meant then I agree. But I'm pretty sure Jimmy Carter has crossed this line before with the Bush administration.

By Anonymous e. nonee moose, at 2/06/2009 8:59 AM  

please, can you break down how republicans are lying about the cbo report? not the last one, the current one. they are getting away with too many lies.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/07/2009 1:43 AM  

... the "ultimate threat" facing the country since the September 11 attacks of 2001 was if extremists can unleash "a nuclear weapon or a biological agent of some kind" in the center of a US city.

it's practically an invitation. cheney saying bring it on.

hans blix said he worries more about global warming than terrorism. even the pentagon has contingency plans for global warming.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/07/2009 2:25 AM  

The difference being that Pakistan has not just released anyone with asteroid-redirecting capabilities.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/07/2009 8:36 AM  

Cheney is the quintessential always-wrong-but-never-in-doubt (AWBNID) (?) :-) conservative oaf. Where the fuck does he get off lecturing anyone about what it takes to stop a major terrorist attack. Despite ample high quality warnings, that ass allowed 9/11 to happen.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/07/2009 10:54 AM  

e. nonee moose: You are correct. I should have stated that former Presidents and Vice Presidents steer clear of critiquing the White House in the first years of a new administration.

By Blogger Quiddity, at 2/13/2009 10:12 AM  

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