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Cheney: Obama ‘Facilitates the Muslim Brotherhood’


If you’re being generous you can read this as a critique of policy, but I’m not so generous and I believe it was a coded wink and a nod that the president himself may be a terrorist sympathizer.

Dick “Dick” Cheney spoke to House Republicans today and, according to a report from The Daily Beast, he made these accusations.

According to Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana, Cheney said Obama “has actually done things that have supported the Muslim Brotherhood.” The former vice president then went on to name the Muslim Brotherhood as “the beginning of all the Islamist groups that we’re dealing with now like Hamas and ISIS.”

In Fleming’s account, Cheney said that by “facilitating the Muslim Brotherhood…our policies have been exactly opposite to where they should be.”

This is an inflammatory thing for Cheney to say, but it’s also ironic.

The objective of Cheney’s speech was to convince House Republicans that they should support military action against ISIS, something the president has already ordered and carried out. That is to say he made the case for supporting the president’s actions by attacking the president’s actions. Furthermore, one could easily and justifiably make the argument that Cheney’s policies created the toxic environment we face today.

Cheney reportedly received a standing ovation from House Republicans for his comments.

  • D_C_Wilson

    Cheney reportedly received a standing ovation from House Republicans for his comments.

    Of course he did. Hatred of Obama will always trump dealing will any crisis, whether it’s ISIS or refugee kids on our border. The GOP has now totally defined itself as being opposed to everything and for nothing.

  • Badgerite

    What President Obama supported was a transition to a democratic process in Egypt. It didn’t take and one of the reasons was the Muslim Brotherhood did not keep any of their promises. Not surprising. So why is it alright to ‘support’ such a transition in the state of Iraq and at the point of a gun as opposed to supporting an indigenous movement that cried out for a democratic process in Tahrir Square? It seems to me both ‘experiments’ failed. That, of course, is why Iraq has fallen into the unsustainable and not easily defended mess that it has under Maliki’s leadership. Maliki being Bush/Cheney’s hand picked leader of Iraq.
    Maliki is finally out. We will just have to wait and see where it goes from here. But Iraq cannot help but do better under other leadership. Maliki, early on, was reportedly set on driving the Sunni’s out of government and establishing Shiite supremacy and he did. This has to be reversed and will take time and sustained support from the US. We owe the people who allied with us there that. Especially the Kurds and other minorities. If you actually look at what went on in Iraq by the time US troops left, it was not a great success story. It is true that the elections were actual contests, but it was a government run by the Shiite majority, of the Shiite majority and for the Shiite majority. Iran was dead set against a continued US presence in the country. And Maliki did their bidding. Iran saw Iraq as their client state and with good reason. That is what the Bush/Cheney occupation policies had established.

  • FlipYrWhig

    Obama really shouldn’t have climbed into that Hot Tub Time Machine and gone back to the 1980s to support Hamas.

  • waspuppet

    Well, the fact that Dick Cheney openly despises America has never been in doubt. And the fact that Republicans invite him to speak and applaud him should lead to their being monitored by the NSA and Homeland Security, but we all know that that will never happen. After all, Republicans are white, so they can actively work to destroy the country and everyone knows it’s because they love it so much.

    • BanditBasheert

      If he didn’t live in the US, he would not have that heart he has. I wonder who died in his place. The Organ Donor Society should look at him carefully because antics like this affect people who won’t donate organs if it isn’t done fairly.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Could he just dry up and die already?

    • BanditBasheert

      If he wasn’t able to PURCHASE a human heart ahead of others on the waiting list, there would be no discussion. He would have dried up and died.

      • Christopher Foxx

        Far past time his body followed his soul.

  • Victor_the_Crab

    Drop fucking dead, Dick Cheney! Seriously! There’ll be cheering and partying in the streets when you finally die, like when Obama got bin Laden, the guy you and your fellow weasels in the administration couldn’t be bothered to go after!