Op-Ed: Cheneys accuse U.S. president of high treason

Posted Jun 20, 2014 by Ralph Lopez
Using the words “his desire is to weaken the nation” in reference to President Obama, during time of war, former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter essentially accused the U.S. president of having become a domestic enemy of the United States
Dick Cheney
Dick Cheney
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Liz Cheney, a Republican operative in the George W. Bush admninistration, made the remarks on a Fox News segment of The Kelly File, in an interview with host Megyn Kelly.
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Cheney's language and use of the word "desire" went beyond criticism of policy decisions which may have failed to uphold US security interests, but nevertheless were made in good faith. Cheney, with her father's tacit approval, implied an active role by Obama in opening the US to attack, which meets the Constitutional standard for high treason.
“There’s no question,” Liz Cheney told Megyn Kelly, the host of the show. “He’s made it clear that his desire is to weaken the nation. There’s no question that he’s a dangerous president.”
The former vice president has broken with the long-standing tradition of former presidents and vice presidents refraining from publicly criticizing their successors, especially on foreign policy, and most especially during times of war.
In a joint op-ed in the Wall Street Journal last Tuesday Dick Cheney and his daughter accused Obama of "betraying freedom." The relentless media assault calling into question Obama's loyalty to the United States is historically unprecedented.
The former vice president raised the specter of 9/11, when he said Obama's withdrawal of American troops was “stupid.”
“That’s stupid, it’s unwise, and it will in fact just reinforce the notion that we’re weak,” Dick Cheney said.
Dick Cheney is consistently singled out by critics of the official account of the destruction of the Twin Towers for his failure to order the shoot-down of Flight 77, which the government's official report says hit the Pentagon. The revelation was made in testimony before the 9/11 Commission by former US Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta.
Mineta, who was in the command bunker on the morning of 9/11 with Cheney, said that as the air defense team watched what was assumed to be Flight 77 on radar coming at the Pentagon, Cheney was asked if it should be shot down. Mineta told the 9/11 Commission, upon questioning by chairman Lee Hamilton:
"There was a young man who had come in and said to the vice president, "The plane is 50 miles out. The plane is 30 miles out." And when it got down to, "The plane is 10 miles out," the young man also said to the vice president, "Do the orders still stand?" And the vice president turned and whipped his neck around and said, "Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?""
It can be inferred that since Flight 77 was not shot down, the orders referred to by Mineta were do-not-shoot orders. Had the orders been shoot-down orders, the aircraft would have been destroyed.
In determining if a crime has been committed, the element of intent is a crucial determinant of possible guilt. Obama 'weakening' the nation as a result of policies which are failed, but still carried out in good faith, would not meet this test. To add that the president's actual “desire” is to “weaken the nation” ratchets the rhetoric up to a whole new level.
In the same television interview with Megyn Kelly the former vice president announced the formation of an anti-Obama group. It is the first time a former administration vice president has formed an organization which draws draws loyalties from a sitting president back onto a former administration.