FROM APOLLOSPEAK'S TOWNHALL ARCHIVES
2009-05-23 07:15 -- CHENEY THROWS DOWN GAUNTLET TO OBAMA
In his AEI speech yesterday Cheney threw down the gauntlet to Obama and dared him to prosecute either himself, George Bush or anyone from his administration for torture, war crimes and egregious human rights violations. In so many words Cheney challenged Obama to take a stand, show some spine and act on his charges saying:
'Mr. President, if crimes were committed by our administration violating US and international law then stop the phony moralizing and lofty sounding speeches and act. If laws were broken and people's rights criminally wronged, if we went above and beyond the law going too far in fighting Al Qaida and preventing new attacks on our soil, then you have a constitutional duty to make things right and clear the air; you have a duty to this country, the world and posterity to see that justice is done, that we evil ones are punished and jailed. If you have evidence of criminal wrong doing, proof that we committed crimes disgracing our country, flag and forefathers doing nothing would make you look like a weakling and coward complicit in our crimes. Say what you like to make yourself look morally good, pure and holy; wrap yourself in the flag, Constitution and rule of law; inaction is equal to sanctioning our evil actions and sharing in our guilt and sins covering our backsides making you no better than us-making you look a laughing-stock and hypocritical fool.
So stop this game of blame and righteousness anger, Mr. President; stop playing American Idol to the crowd basking in their blind adulation and need for messianic heroes. The world wants justice and cries out for our blood: Iraq, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, torture we defamed America and all you do is scold and lecture us. If our crimes go unpunished and we get off scot free nothing will be achieved: America's standing and image in the world will remain in ruins; Al Qaida's ranks will continue to swell; our security will suffer and people will die, and history will revile you as a criminal yourself. This is your great defining moment, Mr. President; to prove your superior worth and exalted morality in word and deed; to cleanly break from the terrible dark past; to separate yourself from the atrocities of our regime-from our unAmerican inhumanity to man. Action speaks louder than words, Mr. President:
PROSECUTE AND PUNISH US!
OR SHUT THE HELL UP!< p style="text-align: center;">