Al Gore to Dick Cheney: 'I waited two years'
Al Gore said Friday that fellow former Vice President Dick Cheney has jumped back into the political fray too soon into the new administration’s term.
“I waited two years after I left office to make statements that were critical,” Gore said during an interview on CNN, pointing out that his critiques were focused on “policy.”
“Talk about somebody that shouldn't be talking about making the country less safe, invading a country that did not attack us and posed no serious threat to us at all,” Gore said of Cheney.
Uh, not even close to the truth, Mr Gore:
Flashback: Gore Calls Bush Policies "Un-American" In 2002 Speech
"Far more damaging is the administration's attack on fundamental constitutional rights that we ought to have and do have as American citizens. The very idea that an American citizen can be imprisoned without recourse to judicial process or remedies, and that this can be done on the sole say-so of the president of the United States or those acting in his name, is beyond the pale and un-American and it ought to be stopped."
"Un-American? This, from the party becomes apoplectic when their patriotism even seems to be questioned. Gore raved like a lunatic for eight straight years. For him to now play the part of genteel statesman and member of the loyal oppositions is, in his own words, "beyond the pale".
Additionally, Cheney's criticisms have been based solely on policy differences; Cheney believes that Obama's policies "make us less safe". It would also appear that even Obama is starting to agree, since he seems to be keeping more Bush-era policies than he's discarding.