Liz “BabyDick” Cheney: Obama Not Bloodthirsty Enough

BabyDick has struck again, this time in criticizing Obama’s response to the Israeli attack on a humanitarian flotilla–as well as the killing of an American citizen. Liz Cheney is basically arguing Obama must stand with Israel even when it kills American citizens or it stands with the “Turkish-Syrian-Iranian axis.”

Yesterday, President Obama said the Israeli action to stop the flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip was “tragic.” What is truly tragic is that President Obama is perpetuating Israel’s enemies’ version of events. The Israeli government has imposed a blockade around Gaza because Hamas remains committed to Israel’s destruction…

President Obama is contributing to the isolation of Israel, and sending a clear signal to the Turkish-Syrian-Iranian axis that their methods for ostracizing Israel will succeed, and will be met by no resistance from America.

There is no middle ground here. Either the United States stands with the people of Israel in the war against radical Islamic terrorism or we are providing encouragement to Israel’s enemies — and our own. Keep America Safe calls on President Obama to reverse his present course and support the state of Israel immediately and unequivocally.

The “Turkish-Syrian-Iranian axis”? That doesn’t even make sense!! We had this woman in a significant Middle Eastern policy role for years?!?!

So now PapaDick’s evil spawn demands that the President of this country ignore the illegal killing of an American in service to her small-minded McCarthyite attacks?

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  1. bell says:

    emptywheel ot – any way that you would share your birth date with me… i am an astrologer who has followed your work for a number of years and really admire what you do… it would be worthwhile for me to know this… if you would prefer not to share it publicly you can e mail me if that is preferable… thanks –

      • bobschacht says:

        EW, you make me feel like an old f*rt. I was an adult back then, and when Bobbie Kennedy was assassinated, too. Tempis fugit.

        Bob in AZ

        • bmaz says:

          I was eleven, but had just seen him in a campaign stop at ChrisTown Mall in Phoenix about a month and a half before the night of the Ambassador Hotel.

          • Leen says:

            In 1964 those leftie Sisters of Notre Dame (Catholic nuns) took some of us from our 7th grade class to see King at the Univ of Dayton. Obviously during the civil right era and these nuns encouraged Catholic younguns to walk the talk of the alleged core values of the Catholic church. Many of these nuns were indeed walking the talk. My mother and a couple of her sisters took me and a few of my 29 first cousins to civil rights marches numerous times during that era.

            My mother took me to see him again I think it was in Cinci or Springfield Ohio. (will have to ask her) The sound of MLK’s voice and his powerful message shook the ground with truth. Just gives me chills thinking about it. His work, his words of inspiration still rock the world today.

            My social and political justice awareness was ignited during that civil right era. Some brave brave people put their lives on the line. that was also the era that many of the politically active nuns and priest were dropping out of the Catholic institution by the dozens.

  2. rosalind says:

    a preview of what babydick will spewing on “This Week” this week, i hazard:

    Plus a powerhouse roundtable with George Will , Markos Moulitsas, the founder of the Daily Kos, Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Liz Cheney.


    • Leen says:


      Put money on Markos saying Israel’s actions were “justifiable” or something like that

      • Mary says:

        Just listened to Brooks and Dione on NPR – couldn’t tell which was which. Might as well dial up Hannity for such in-depth discussion into an international event of such import.

        • Leen says:

          I was in shock to hear what EJ Dione said. In shock. He basically agreed with Brooks. So disappointing.

      • bobschacht says:

        Why is it that we have free speech– except when discussing Israel?
        One may agree with the most flagrant Zionist propaganda, and no one will raise an eyebrow. But to disagree with the most flagrant Zionist propaganda, let alone with any other Israeli policy, is to invite a chorus of accusations of Antisemitism and other horrible horrors.

        Bob in AZ

        • Leen says:

          Because over the last five decades the Mass Media Manipulators (MMM) and the I lobby have made it a sin or are willing to shut down the debate by calling anyone and everyone an “anti semite” every time there is legitimate criticism of what Israel has done and continues to do.

          The off limits wall is starting to come down. “take down that wall”

    • mattcarmody says:

      And I was planning on watching to see how Amanpour would handle things. Looks like nothing is going to change so I’ll sleep in.

  3. PJEvans says:

    She was the equivalent of a Soviet political officer, I think, so she only had to know the party’s line, not the real world.

  4. phred says:

    Either the United States stands with the people of Israel in the war against radical Islamic terrorism or we are providing encouragement to Israel’s enemies — and our own.

    Every time that woman opens her mouth she is covering her ass (or Papa’s). I don’t think BabyDick gives a damn about anyone but her immediate family. Right now, siding with the Israelis keeps Papa in good extralegal company, but I don’t doubt for a second that she would sing Palestinian praises to high heaven if she thought it provided material support to her old man.

  5. Mary says:

    I guess by “Turkish-Syrian-Iranian axis” she meant the MEish countries that were actually willing, after 911, to help us out with our Al-Qaeda problem. You know, how Bin Laden’s son and give up intel, allow use of their air base, torture Canadians for her dad – those’uns.

    • jdmckay0 says:

      WSJ’s OpEd yesterday and today, going after Turkish leadership w/both barrels, suggesting all kinds of made up stuff… reminiscent of SH’s propagandized “threats to US.”

      WSJ writers are to the truth as Netanyahu/Likudniks are to human rights.

  6. Hmmm says:

    “The “Turkish-Syrian-Iranian axis”? That doesn’t even make sense!!”

    Oceania, East Asia…

    • BoxTurtle says:

      True, but it would be a GREAT name for an eatery!

      Boxturtle (My respects to Dave Barry and it would make a great rock band name too)

  7. Mary says:

    It’s really pretty kewl that, without even doing that pesky in-house investigation thingy, Israel is already on the brink of handing out medals

    Six of the nine passengers killed in an Israeli raid on an aid convoy bound for Gaza were shot by a single Israeli commando, who is being considered for a medal of valour

    Maybe Congress can come up with one to hand out to him too and Obama could send him a flag pin to wear to commemorate his American kill.

  8. Becca says:

    Liz Cheney is vile proof that monsters don’t fall far from the tree in which they were hatched.

    She’s a mendacious war-mongering hypocrite…and also apparently tree-stump ignorant that as a NATO member, Turkey is in fact a formal U.S. ally.

  9. rosalind says:

    ot: hmm, i don’t think abu gonzales has been invited to join the bush-cheney alumni association. one year down teaching at texas tech, he’s looking to re-up while continuing work on his book that still has no publisher, and fill his legal defense coffer that’s still bare.

    with 15 students in his “Contemporary Issues in the Executive Branch” class, he certainly offers a nice teacher:pupil ratio. the book writing, however, he is finding hard work:

    In compiling his book…Gonzales said he looked back at “a few, but not many” notes he kept during his time in the Justice Department and at the White House.

    “A lot of the things that I worked on were classified and of that nature, so I’ve had to be careful about that. But I’ve been looking at articles, trying to reconstruct my schedule, things of that nature,” Gonzales said.

    “And of course there were many things, significant events, that I remember, that I just know about, that I can just write about,” added Gonzales. (snip)

    “Writing is a difficult thing … and sometimes I get tired of it,” he continued. “But I enjoy it because it reminds me again of the challenges we had to face, and it just reconfirms in my mind all the good things we did for our country.”

    oh, NOW he has notes. and a memory.

    (via a link at tpm)

    • emptywheel says:

      Yup, I had the same thought: for some reason, he doesn’t have the same Sembler-driven Legal Defense machine that Libby and Bybee enjoyed. I can’t help but notice, too, that the USA scandal was one of the only Bush scandals that Cheney wasn’t in the crosshairs of.

      • rosalind says:

        the way he comes off wistfully staring at the phone waiting for him to call, replaying their last conversation in his head over and over. his enduring bush love is creepy.

        and if i print out the torture timelines and send it to abu to aid his book research, think he still has enough juice to stick me on the terrorist watch list?

  10. mzchief says:


    Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon and Argentine Judge Daniel Rafecas analyze the reasons for the high incidence of state terror among the Jewish population of the country,” {video in Spanish; also on Casa Sefarad Israel’s YouTube channel } May 13, 2010

    From “Baltasar Garzón granted permission to work in The Hague,”  May 18, 2010 —

    The General Council for Judicial Power, CGPJ, has authorised the suspended National Court Judge, Baltasar Garzón, to work as an external consultant to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.


    The appointment in The Hague is for an initial seven months. Speaking in Paris where he was being given an award on Monday, Baltasar Garzón said that it was not true that he had acted against the political stability of Spain as he was investigating the crimes of a dictatorship.

    More links regarding mention of Baltazar Garzon in online media

  11. Hmmm says:

    I know, let’s move our missiles from Turkey to Gaza, and give the Gazans Florida. Solved!

  12. jdmckay0 says:

    So now PapaDick’s evil spawn demands that the President of this country ignore the illegal killing of an American in service to her small-minded McCarthyite attacks?

    What’s more depressing than her actual chest pounding (reminds of Sharon’s moment on Temple Mount)… how is it, or who was it, that determined she is so newsworthy? How does she get on SMT? Based on what credentials?

  13. fatster says:

    RT @freegazaorg: No struggle or injuries, but the Rachel Corrie has been captured. Communications jammed. Report from Irish radio. #Flotilla


    Sorry, put this on the previous thread by mistake.

  14. fatster says:

    Here you go, Bob, from a representative of the land of the free, the home of the brave and the state of Caleeforneeya.

    Rep. Sherman: prosecute U.S. citizens involved with Gaza flotilla

    “The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 makes it absolutely illegal for any American to give food, money, school supplies, paper clips, concrete or weapons to Hamas or any of its officials,” Sherman said on the Israel Project call, conflating Hamas and Gaza’s civilian population. “And so I will be asking the Attorney General to prosecute any American involved in what was clearly an effort to give items of value to a terrorist organization.”


  15. Leen says:

    AIPAC: We’ll take over Cal’s student government… That’s how we operate in our nation’s capitol
    “How are we going to beat back the anti-Israel divestment resolution at Berkeley? We’re going to make certain that pro-Israel students take over the student government and reverse the vote. That is how AIPAC operates in our nation’s capitol. This is how AIPAC must operate on our nation’s campuses.”

    Goldstone removed from Hebrew University board

      • PJEvans says:

        I suspect they’re going to learn that it’s not as easy as they think. And that a lot of people at Cal, and elsewhere, don’t agree with them.

        (Personally, I’d like to see AIPAC forced to be listed as an agent of a foreign government. More truthful.)

  16. Leen says:
    The nine bodies of aid workers that the Israeli authorities returned to Turkey have now been subjected to an autopsy, and it turns out that the nine were shot 30 times altogether by nine millimeter bullets. Most of the gunshots were from very close range, and some wounded the activists in the back of the head or in the back, suggesting that they were shot as they tried to run away. Only one body had just one entry wound, apparently that of a photographer who was sitting down when shot between the eyes. Targeting photographers suggests suppression of evidence of a crime, not self-defense. Multiple shots from close range also sounds more like venting than like self-defense. If you were menaced by an advancing crowd, would you stand around shooting the same person 4 times? Would you bother to shoot anyone in the back? (Remember, the shots came from close range, so it wasn’t that people were killed accidentally at a distance when the commandos missed their close-up target).

    The aid workers maintain that 6 people are still missing, suggesting that the death toll may be 15, not 9 (Israeli Army radio reported 16 dead early on Monday, and surely they knew). You wonder if they had an impromptu burial at sea to get rid of the evidence (forensic analysis of the bodies would be eloquent about Israeli tactics).

  17. Prairie Sunshine says:

    Cheney family spools out the Pacino film Devil’s Advocate every time one of ’em opens their mouth. As Andrew Sullivan noted about Bush last night on Bill Maher’s show, so also the entire Cheney family are monsters. War criminals.

  18. Teddy Partridge says:

    Liz Cheney should be spending her time visiting her father in prison and assisting his attorneys in the appeal of his war crimes conviction. Since this is entirely within the control of the United States Department of Justice, I hold Eric Holder responsible for Liz “Not the Les” Cheney having so much free time to criticize his boss, on whatever specious ground Daddy cooked up for her today.

    Charge the old man with war crimes. That won’t shut up his sycophants, but it’ll put a lid on the family, you betcha.

    • nahant says:

      Can’t happen soon enough Teddy. I would love to see the clip of Darth being dragged from his bed in the wee hours and whisked to an Undisclosed Prison in Kandahar, ya know where that salt
      pit is..

    • Leen says:

      False pre war intelligence, hundreds of thousands dead, injured, displaced, outing Plame, etc etc.

      “no one is above the law” tee hee

  19. banderson2 says:

    The problem is if the POTUS doesn’t start calling these people out they will continue to talk out of both sides of their mouth. This administration really needs to grow a pair and start hitting these people where it hurts. I am sure that this administration knows some things that will shut ms. i think i know it all up. I mean seriously, how long is the President going to let these people get away with this stuff.

  20. fatster says:

    The fish rots from the head.

    KBR Employee Says She Was Raped and Beaten By Fellow KBR Employee in Iraq

    [Others are complaining, too.]


  21. szielinski says:

    The “Turkish-Syrian-Iranian axis”? That doesn’t even make sense!!

    It sure does make sense. The “Turkish-Syrian-Iranian axis” is a subset of that larger category, Swarthy Human Targets.

    • bobschacht says:

      Do you mean the “Turkish-Syrian-Iranian-Italian-Greek-Spanish axis”?

      Somehow when people refer to the scary brown people, they seldom think of Italians & Greeks. Or maybe they do.

      Turks & Iranians, BTW, are Indo-European, whereas the Syrians are Semites.

      Bob in AZ

  22. Leen says:

    Gaza flotilla activists were shot in head at close range

    Exclusive: Nine Turkish men on board Mavi Marmara were shot a total of 30 times, autopsy results reveal
    “He calculated that during the bloodiest part of the assault, Israeli commandos shot one person every minute. One man was fatally shot in the back of the head just two feet in front him and another was shot once between the eyes. He added that as well as the fatally wounded, 48 others were suffering from gunshot wounds and six activists remained missing, suggesting the death toll may increase.

    The new information about the manner and intensity of the killings undermines Israel’s insistence that its soldiers opened fire only in self defence and in response to attacks by the activists.”

    Wondering when Israel will release the tapes of these executions so that Chris Matthews and the rest can show those clips 9 times in seven minutes.

  23. tanbark says:

    Not bloodthirsty enough?

    Coulda fooled me! He’s sustaining BOTH of the clusterfucks, and saber-rattling like he was John McCain.

    Let’s not be ridiculous about setting the “bloodthirsty” bar TOO high.

  24. tanbark says:

    One thing about Obama; he’s returned us to watching and exposing the collusion between these corporate empire-building shits…just as if we’d elected John McCain.

    Oh, wait…

  25. textynn says:

    I agree with BabyDick. I think her daddy and BabyBush should be in front of a firing squad for treason.

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