MSDNC’s Chris Hayes took some shots at former vice president Dick Cheney last night for comments he made on the Sunday shows regarding President Obama’s reaction to the crisis in Ukraine. Hayes went as far as to say Cheney’s ideas “make as much sense as you’d expect from the architect of the Iraq war and torture regime.”
But the Cheney plan isn’t that controversial. He suggested reinstating ballistic-missile defense in Poland, joint military exercises with our NATO allies, equipment and training for the Ukrainian military, and a renewed focus — again with our NATO allies — to show Russia that America keeps its commitments.
Obama’s already sent a warship into the Black Sea and fighters and airmen to Poland and Lithuania. That’s what you call the start of the Cheney plan.
Hayes might find fault that Cheney called the president’s policy with Russia “feckless,” but the editors of the Washington Post were just as harsh: “President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy.”
As far as the gratuitous swipe at Cheney as the architect of America’s “torture regime,” let’s count the bodies: Americans ordered assassinated without a trail by Dick Cheney? Zero. Americans ordered assassinated without a trial by President Obama? Four.
But, hey, if Hayes wants to continue to cheerlead for the “architect of America’s assassination of Americans program,” so be it.