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Jon Stewart listens to former vice president Dick Cheney's interview with Politico.

"It's nice to see that even in retirement, Dick Cheney is still making time to scare the [bleep] out of people. So many people retire and stop doing the thing they love. Not him," Stewart says.

Stewart then plays a clip from the interview, in which Cheney says of the possible release of detainees from Guantamo: "If you turn 'em loose and they kill more Americans, who's responsible for that?"

Stewart responds: "Ooh, I have a question. Um, what if we're hit again by a guy who's really sad 'cause his whole family was killed in Iraq? Who's responsible for that? Or, what if someone got pissed off at us 'cause his brother was potato-sacked and bound and kept in a cage without a lawyer for seven years on an island in the Caribbean? Who's responsible for that? Or, if al Qaeda, on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border, had time to reconstitute and devise another attack because we pulled all our resources into invading a country that had nothing to do with 9/11? Who's responsible for that?"

By Dan Froomkin  |  February 6, 2009; 9:12 AM ET
 
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All I know is that there will be a "reckoning", old school style, with the lawyers and organizations who helped free the Guantanamo detainees if something truly horrible happens aside from the small scale murder and terror they are wreaking now.

The long knives are being sharpened as we speak and unlike most lefty pansies, we know how to cut deep with them.

Posted by: SharpshootingPugilist | February 6, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

"The long knives are being sharpened as we speak and unlike most lefty pansies, we know how to cut deep with them. "

Scary stuff indeed. If there could be only one unmistakable sign of toughness, it would be making anonymous generalized threats on an blog comment board.

What you chickenhawks have failed to absorb through your skulls is that there are still lots of innocent people locked up. I'm sure your FOX masters have conveniently neglected to report on the number of people released from Gitmo due to a finding of innocence YEARS after they were first rounded up.

I'm sure you consider that collateral damage necessary to keep the country safe. And that is why America voted against that bankrupt philosophy twice in a row.

Posted by: BigTunaTim | February 6, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

As always, the court jester is the only one who gets away with telling the truth.

Posted by: veeve | February 6, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

So the Republicans are still clinging to their straw men, eh? Isn't it about time we used these absurd arguments to burn them at the stake?
Who said these people are being set free? Where there is evidence to hold and prosecute these people, then we will and should do so. Where there is no evidence, we should not continue to torture, interrogate and confine them indefinitely.

Posted by: ashotinthedark | February 6, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

The long knives are being sharpened as we speak and unlike most lefty pansies, we know how to cut deep with them.


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Go get 'em, tough guy!!!

Put your flightsuit on, stuff some extra socks in the front so that you look like a real military stud, strut around on an aircraft carrier, proclaim "Mission Accomplished", then send someone else's kid off to die in a war that you started with the WRONG country.

Long knives... cut deep...you sound like Zell Miller and he was totally insane.

Jon Stewart was right, but I feel so much safer knowing that people like you, with your long knives out, are here to protect us.

Moron.

Posted by: dennissuper | February 6, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

All Hat No Cattle/Angler brand:

Stolen election."Bin Laden determined to strike in U.S.", 6 August 2001 PDB. "My Pet Goat". Invading wrong country. Killing wrong people. Extraordinary rendition. Abu. Gitmo. Torture. Recession. Depression. Osama still free. Legacy.

Posted by: Patriot3 | February 6, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

16 years in uniform and three wars gives me a little more credibility than John F-ing Stewart.

Posted by: SharpshootingPugilist | February 6, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

All I know is that there will be a "reckoning", old school style, with the lawyers and organizations who helped free the Guantanamo detainees if something truly horrible happens aside from the small scale murder and terror they are wreaking now.

The long knives are being sharpened as we speak and unlike most lefty pansies, we know how to cut deep with them.


Posted by: SharpshootingPugilist | February 6, 2009 9:42 AM
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I'm sure they're all living in abject terror of you, Sharp.
Considering it was the Bush Administration who freed those detainees who are now out and ready to cause mayhem, don't you think your vaguely menacing rhetoric is misplaced?
As for Cheney, Jon Stewart is on target. The ills caused by any released Gitmo detainees is on the Bush Administration; Obama is brand new in office and trying to fix the VAST number of mistakes caused by Bush, Cheney and that misbegotten gang.
So please... do everyone a favor and direct your wingnut hostility where it belongs.

Posted by: dbitt | February 6, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

@Sharp:

just for your information, there *was* a reckoning. It was called the election.

Your side (and Cheney's) lost, badly.

Posted by: rpixley220 | February 6, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

"16 years in uniform and three wars gives me a little more credibility than John F-ing Stewart."

No, actually, they don't. If you were a lawyer it would.

Hopefully you're no longer active duty because it takes a true coward to use his military service to trump the opinions of others.

Posted by: BigTunaTim | February 6, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I am very much still active duty. Just got from a 9 month deployment in the Philippines.

When John Stewart puts a uniform my reaction to hearing him talk about national security issues might be something other then gut wrenching laughter.

Posted by: SharpshootingPugilist | February 6, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Uhh thats the point dullknife,he's a freakin' comedian!
And by the way nobody believes you, so put down the cheetos, and change your pajamas, there starting to smell.

Posted by: pablo1 | February 6, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Some people... most who read froomie's crap, really need to be more respectful of the members of the military.

Posted by: alutz08 | February 6, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

"16 years in uniform and three wars gives me a little more credibility than John F-ing Stewart."

SharpshootingPugilist we all appreciate your service to our country. However, your service does not give you credibility on national security policy issues anymore than bank tellers have credibility on international monetary policy.

All I know is that there will be a "reckoning", old school style, with the lawyers and organizations who helped free the Guantanamo detainees if something truly horrible happens aside from the small scale murder and terror they are wreaking now.

Just wondering where your long knives were when Abu Grahib, warrantless wiretapping, extrodinary rendition, torture at Gitmo, credit default swap fraud, and the economy exploding happened?

Posted by: srw3 | February 6, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Sharpie's bluster, his monicker and his attitude remind me of some guys I knew back in the 70's. They hated coming home from 'Nam cause they really missed killing people.

Posted by: KennyBoy | February 6, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Cheney & his dittoheads, who rail against "lefty pansies" & inconvenient Contitutional guarantees like Habeus Corpus, subscribe to the totalitarian philosophy that the merest rumor is sufficient to require & justify one's imprisonment. Just try & imagine the nightmare society that can pluck anyone off the street, throw him in jail without charges, and throw away the key. This is essentially what Law & Order types pine for, never realizing that tomorrow's Enemy of the State might well be THEM.

Posted by: mountainMuscle1 | February 6, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I saw this clip last night and I laughed loud enough to wake my wife. Isn't truth often found in humor? What we seem to forget is that citizens in America have a much greater chance of being killed in a fiery car wreck than being killed in a terror attack caused by a foreign agent. Certainly we are losing US soldiers to attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan but those aren't domestic terror attacks; they are the consequences of war. If our (volunteer) soldiers didn't think they might have to fight in a war, they were fooling themselves. So, I don't spend my nights sharpening my knives or worrying about a dirty bomb in my backyard. I will remain vigilant as every American should and I will make sure that our leadership is addressing disaster prevention and preparedness. I won't be using Nazi imagery (e.g. night of the "long knives") to make my point. Give 'em hell, John.

Posted by: mraymond10 | February 6, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

SharpshootingPugilist wrote, 'When John Stewart puts a uniform my reaction to hearing him talk about national security issues might be something other then gut wrenching laughter."

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So how did it make you feel taking orders from old 5 deferment Dick Cheney?

You've obviously never been an intelligence officer or interrogator. Nor do you have a clue about who the enemy is. Were you familiar with Abu Sayyaf and understand why US actions against innocent Muslims help them recruit?

Posted by: boscobobb | February 6, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

that was good shooting back at Cheney by Jon Stewart

Posted by: newageblues | February 7, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

I hear ya sharpshooting pugilist-and who ya gonna turn your long knives on if the cause of the next catastrophe is revenge for the people Bush (or Israel) killed? Blame it on the lefties anyway? The more people hate a country, the more danger the country is in.

Posted by: newageblues | February 7, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

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