Liz Cheney must have forgotten about the presidential daily briefing ignored by Condoleeza Rice and the Bush administration before 9/11, that said Osama bin Laden was determined to strike within the US.
The daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney said today on Fox that she believes military tribunals, instead of civilian trials, following the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, would have produced intelligence that could have prevented the 9/11 attacks.
"What you have is a situation where unquestionably we did go through a period in this nation's history where we dealt with terrorism as a law enforcement matter," Cheney explained to Fox News' Chris Wallace Sunday.
"As Attorney General (Michael) Mukasey has pointed out recently, when we prosecuted and successfully convicted people after the '93 World Trade Center bombing, after the East African bombing, what it got us was 9/11 and 3,000 dead Americans."
Obama's Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan said this week that 20% recidivism of released Guantanamo detainees is "not that bad." She called his remarks "a diversion."
The discussion was centered on Brennan's accusation that critics of Obama were fear-mongering for political effect.
"So the notion that, well, the Bush administration did this, I find it perplexing as a political argument to hear that from this administration," said Cheney, a former State Department official. "I think they're confusing the facts and the law with respect to many of those terrorists. But it's not surprising because there's a level of incompetence that you're seeing from people like Brennan and others that scares the American people. So I'm not surprised they're trying to divert attention to something else."
In other words, Liz Cheney says it isn't fear-mongering because the American people are scared by Brennan, not Republican histrionics. And the 9/11 attacks could have been avoided, if only the American justice system could have been further bent to the whims of a security-minded government.
She is sounding more and more like her father.
This video is from Fox's Fox News Sunday, broadcast Feb. 14, 2010.