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Liz Cheney attacks Obama for saying flotilla deaths were "tragic"

It's not surprising that Liz Cheney is now faulting Obama's handling of the Israeli raid on the flotilla. What is noteworthy is how she's doing it: She's faulting the President for describing the loss of life as "tragic."

Not kidding. From Liz's new statement...

Yesterday, President Obama said the Israeli action to stop the flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip was "tragic." What is truly tragic is that President Obama is perpetuating Israel's enemies' version of events. The Israeli government has imposed a blockade around Gaza because Hamas remains committed to Israel's destruction...

President Obama is contributing to the isolation of Israel, and sending a clear signal to the Turkish-Syrian-Iranian axis that their methods for ostracizing Israel will succeed, and will be met by no resistance from America.

There is no middle ground here. Either the United States stands with the people of Israel in the war against radical Islamic terrorism or we are providing encouragement to Israel's enemies -- and our own. Keep America Safe calls on President Obama to reverse his present course and support the state of Israel immediately and unequivocally.

This is noteworthy because it shows how little oxygen Obama's response to the raid has lent to right-wing criticism. Obama has declined to criticize Israeli conduct, has repeatedly alluded to Israel's right to defend itself, and has not taken a clear stand on whether the administration wants meaningful international involvement in the probe of the whole affair. Not much here to criticize.

Also: When Obama used the term "tragic," on Larry King last night, he was clearly referring to the loss of life resulting from the attack. It's particularly interesting that Liz sees fit to criticize Obama's description of these casualties as "tragic," given that one of the dead was an American citizen.

By Greg Sargent  |  June 4, 2010; 3:22 PM ET
Categories:  Foreign policy and national security  
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Greg,

Turkey is a member of NATO, and didn't President George W. Bush urge the EU to make Turkey a member state?

See if Liz can explain why the Bush/Cheney administration was trying to get the EU to admit a country that she considers an "enemy of Israel".

Does she want Turkey ousted from NATO?

Posted by: Liam-still | June 4, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure she'd rather talk about anything other than how her Daddy destroyed the Gulf of Mexico. What a vile family.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 4, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

" given that one of the dead was an American citizen"

An American citizen, maybe, but certainly not a Real American. Expendable. And another thing: where are The Children in the Gulf of Mexico? For years every time the GOP tried to foist some greedy, stupid trick on the American people it would always be for The Children. Can't have a clean economy because it would bankrupt the economy and wouldn't be fair to The Children. Throw people in prison for hundreds of years to protect The Children.

BUT. Destroy the Gulf of Mexico and The Children are nowhere to be found.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 4, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

It's nice to know that Liz Cheney believes in undermining our NATO partners like Turkey (The majority Muslim country that Israel has the best (not saying much) relations with) by associating them with states like Syria and Iran.

"There is no middle ground here. Either the United States stands with the people of Israel in the war against radical Islamic terrorism or we are providing encouragement to Israel's enemies -- and our own."

Sound familar? What other "great foreign policy expert" said "You're either with us or against us..." That went over well with the rest of the world and really helped getting support for the Iraq invasion...

" Keep America Safe calls on President Obama to reverse his present course and support the state of Israel immediately and unequivocally."

If you take the current Israeli administration as representative of the state of Israel, a substantial minority of Israelis don't "support the state of Israel immediately and unequivocally". Should Obama be more loyal to this particular Israeli administration and its misguided, pernicious policies (expanding settlements, expelling Arabs from Jerusalem) than its own citizens are?

I am curious if Liz Cheney has the same support for the US that she expects Obama to have for Israel?

Is there no atrocity Israel can commit that will draw denunciation from the right (and most dems, BTW)?

Posted by: srw3 | June 4, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Those Right Wingers sure love to tag countries with the "axis" label.

Now Liz has tossed Turkey into their "Axis Of Evil" simplistic meme.

Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld: The Axis Of Imbeciles!

Posted by: Liam-still | June 4, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"There is no middle ground here. Either the United States stands with the people of Israel in the war against radical Islamic terrorism or we are providing encouragement to Israel's enemies"

This is the problem, the right is allowed to get away with this hypocrisy. Just like they can be patriotic, country loving American's yet disagree with the president and government, there is no reason a person can't be pro-Israel yet against some of its government actions.

This attitude that you have to be for or against Israel needs to stop. Especially from the crown that is so pro-America yet against its leader and everything he does.

Posted by: soapm | June 4, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Both Israel and Palestine have been cursed with worthless leaders, for quite some time.

There is not a states person, or a profile in courage, to be found among the lot of them, on either side.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 4, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Keep Liz Cheney Employed once again voids a complex issue of "middle ground."

Did the Cheneys ever meet a topic they didn't polarize?

Does always providing an either/or choice on everything suggest intelligence? Authoritarianism at its finest.

Posted by: BGinCHI | June 4, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

That this dumb ***** just lumped our ALLY Turkey with Iran and Syria should be enough to banish her from every where but Faux Nooz. I hope Markos mops the floor with her Sunday

Posted by: sgwhiteinfla | June 4, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Liz Cheney has no control over world opinion. Israel pursues their aggression at the risk of becoming despised around the world, and the U.S. cannot protect Israel from that reality.

Our relationship to Israel is becoming similar to China with North Korea.

Posted by: Beeliever | June 4, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Let me guess, neocons: obviously, this article is written by someone who hates Israel. Sigh.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 4, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Liz Cheney is obliged to criticize anything Obama says or does in order to forestall any discussion of sending her father to jail for crimes against humanity.

If the mud flinging ceases or flags someone may open a discussion about Bush/Cheney being charged with felonious actions and being tried in a court of law that may find them as guilty as the whole world feels they are.

Posted by: palnicki | June 4, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

It speaks volumes that nothing short of the full-throated cheerleading of bloodshed is sufficiently "pro-Israel" for sociopathic ghouls like Cheney, and that the death of **a United States Citizen** is no longer a tragedy due exclusively to the fact that the four bullets in his head came from an IDF weapon.

Posted by: Verchiel77 | June 4, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

How long will it be, before Liz starts lumping in The Republic Of Ireland, in her Axis Of Evil?

Irish media is reporting:

"Irish ship Rachel Corrie was sabotaged by Israeli intelligence says report
By
CATHY HAYES

Published Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 12:37 PM
Updated Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 2:18 PM

The Irish ship, MV Rachel Corrie, was tampered with by the Israeli Defense Forces according to Colonel Itzik Turgeman.

The Rachel Corrie was planned to be the first ship to arrive into Gazan waters last weekend but was delayed due to mechanical problems now suspected to be a form of sabotage.

An Israel newspaper reported “A senior officer in the Israel Defence Forces hinted that the IDF sabotaged the engines of five ships, saying “they took care of them.” The Colonel also told the newspaper that the army decided not to sabotage the Turkish ferry, Mavi Mamara which was attacked on Monday.

Currently the Rachel Corrie is in a holding position in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. According to, Free Gaza Movement’s, Greta Berlin the Rachel Corrie is waiting for the Challenger II ship, which was damaged during the attacks.

The Rachel Corrie will pick up more passengers, including human rights activists and journalists, before continuing their journey toward Gaza."

Posted by: Liam-still | June 4, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

In all fairness, who is more knowledgeable about the Middle East and promoting democracy Liz Cheney or President Obama? Her experience far exceeds our current Commander in Chief...

She was appointed the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs and Coordinator of Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiatives. She coordinated U.S. miltilateral efforts to promote and support democracy, expanded education and economic opportunities in the Middle East and Northern Africa. She was made the 2nd ranking U.S. diplomat for the Middle East. Liz also headed the Iran Syria Policy and Operations Group in 2006.

President Obama’s knowledge is limited with foreign affairs and policies. He was State Senator from 1997-2004 and U.S. Senator from 2005-2008. He flew to Europe and Asia a few times. He also met with Mahmoud Abbes a he became President of Palestinian Authority.

Posted by: Rhonda5 | June 4, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

All, Happy Hour Roundup posted:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/06/happy_hour_roundup_22.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 4, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

OT:

Mary Landrieu's op-ed in US News & World Report is a real piece of work. Frankly it makes me a little sick to my stomach. I'd suggest people read it, but it's probably not even worth your time.

Essentially, we should support "safe" drilling for some mystical reason.

As if we haven't been told repeatedly over the years that, because of "advances in drilling technology", it already WAS safe.

But now we should support it because (WINK WINK) it really WILL be safe this time.

Just ridiculous.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 4, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

"In all fairness, who is more knowledgeable about the Middle East and promoting democracy Liz Cheney or President Obama? Her experience far exceeds our current Commander in Chief..."

It's interesting that you would automatically equate "experience" with competence. Michael Brown's got three years experience running FEMA, but I wouldn't really want him back on the job.

Posted by: schrodingerscat | June 4, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Liz:

What exactly is this "Turkish-Syrian-Iranian axis" you speak of?

Isn't Turkey an ally of ours?

Are you willing to write them off -- to tar them with this guilt-by-axial-association -- so quickly?

With all due respect to Sarah Palin, THIS is the most dangerous woman in America.

Posted by: timkens | June 4, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

What is your defintion of competence? Do you believe President Obama has helped to resolve our nation's economic demise or downturn with the unemployment rate which is still at an average of 9.7%? Do you believe the Stimulus Package which he helped pass has been sufficient or adequate in helping to create new jobs? If so, how, when, and where? How about our nation's defunct housing market? How about the Health Care Reform bill with all of the back door deals? Is this what you consider appropriate or even ethical? How about the more recent catastropic incident in the Gulf? Do you believe President Obama and his administraton responded quick enough and has even handled this ordeal in a fastidious manner? I obviously have a different opinion who is more proficient and qualified than you...

Posted by: Rhonda5 | June 4, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

"In all fairness, who is more knowledgeable about the Middle East and promoting democracy Liz Cheney or President Obama? Her experience far exceeds our current Commander in Chief..."

It's interesting that you would automatically equate "experience" with competence. Michael Brown's got three years experience running FEMA, but I wouldn't really want him back on the job.

Posted by: schrodingerscat | June 4, 2010 5:56 PM
___________________________________________
schrodingerscat,

What is your defintion of competence? Do you believe President Obama has helped to resolve our nation's economic demise or downturn with the unemployment rate which is still at an average of 9.7%? Do you believe the Stimulus Package which he helped pass has been sufficient or adequate in helping to create new jobs? If so, how, when, and where? How about our nation's defunct housing market? How about the Health Care Reform bill with all of the back door deals? Is this what you consider appropriate or even ethical? How about the more recent catastropic incident in the Gulf? Do you believe President Obama and his administraton responded quick enough and has even handled this ordeal in a fastidious manner? I obviously have a different opinion who is more proficient and qualified than you...

Posted by: Rhonda5 | June 4, 2010 6:53 PM |
___________________________________________

Posted by: Rhonda5 | June 4, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

"I obviously have a different opinion who is more proficient and qualified than you..."

If you are in any way defending the record of the past administration - an administration that was responsible for Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Katrina debacle (just to name a few) - then not only do we have a different opinion on "who is more proficient and qualified" - we have a different opinion of what those words even mean.

Posted by: schrodingerscat | June 4, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

the cheney's are perverted torture fanatics, murder is nothing to them.

Posted by: calif-joe | June 4, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Schrodingerscat,

Are you talking about the same country Afghanistan President Obama sent 40,000 troops to?

Posted by: Rhonda5 | June 4, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

"Are you talking about the same country Afghanistan President Obama sent 40,000 troops to?"

Yes - trying (once again) to clean up one of W's messes.

Posted by: schrodingerscat | June 4, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

It seems like twisted pervs such as wbgonne and calif-joe infest this thread like dung beetles pushing the usual left-wing line.

Posted by: djman1141 | June 5, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and schrodingerscat, you're dead in that box as far as thoughts are concerted. We're in Afghanistan because GWB had to clean up after eight years of Clinton's live-and-let-live attitude toward terrorism after the '93 WTC attack resulted in the 9/11 attack in 2001. I know that's a little too logical for hysterical leftists to comprehend, but Billy Jeff perjured his way through eight years of ladling out happy horse***t that was eagerly munched and swallowed by dead cats like yourself.

Posted by: djman1141 | June 5, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

"We're in Afghanistan because GWB had to clean up after eight years of Clinton's live-and-let-live attitude toward terrorism"

Oh, please. If W had finished the job in Afghanistan instead of running off to start an unnecessary war in Iraq that we were completely unprepared for, then Obama wouldn't have had to send more troops in.

And do you really want to talk about history and Afghanistan? Ok - let's see...who supported,armed, and trained most of the fighters in Afghanistan that we're battling against now? Hmm...let's see was it Clinton? No, that's not right....Carter? No, no that's not right either...Oh, now I remember....it was Ronaldus Magnus. So spare me the wingnut propoganda that everything that W f*d up during his administration was somehow Clinton's fault.

Posted by: schrodingerscat | June 5, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Liz, do you really think that the American public believes that you are genuinely concerned about the State of Israel??? How transparent you are. Your father is a proven liar. It is painfully clear that you are following in his footsteps. Anyone that believes that Ms. Cheney has your best interests at heart better wise up and fast.

Posted by: GIJoe3 | June 7, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Why does anyone give credence to this women. She got her job because her daddy was Vice President. She has no real experience. She lacks commonsense. And, spouts rightwing rhetoric at the drop of a hat. Turkey is a US ally, member of NATO, and supported US Gulf War operations. Up until Israel's latest murders, Turkey was about the only friend that Israel had in the mideast. Now, Lizzie says that Turkey is now somehow part of an axis of evil, similar to the Bush propaganda that started this whole mess in Iraq.

Posted by: Continuum | June 8, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I guess Liz isn't aware of how well the Turks fought under the UN in Korea in the early 50s. They were well respected and even after the war, many Turks remained within the 8th Army compound in Seoul.Additionally, I had the opportunity of traveling to Sinop, Turkey to inspect our satellite unit in the late 60s and was well received and respected by the local people.
Pres Obama was right to express the loss of life over the flotilla. It is now a known fact based on interviews whereby journalist and all others who had video or recording devices were taken away from the people after they were placed in detention. One Al-Jeezera reporter had his arm broken when they took his camera and while in detention many who were aboard a vessel were beaten severly. Let's at least be fair.

Posted by: Africaed | June 9, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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