Cheney Says Obama Is Pretending The U.S. Is Not At War

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney released a statement Wednesday in which he accused President Barack Obama of "trying to pretend we are not at war."

Cheney also criticized Obama for having a "low key" response to the attempted terrorist attack on an airliner on Christmas day.

In reference to the Administration putting terrorist suspects from Guantanamo Bay on trial in the U.S., Cheney said Obama "seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won't be at war."

Sticking with the Guantanamo subject, Cheney said that Obama "seems to think if he closes Guantanamo and releases the hard-core al Qaeda trained terrorists still there, we won't be at war."

Cheney further accused Obama of believing that getting rid of the term 'war on terror' will allow Obama to believe "we won't be at war."

"But we are at war," Cheney continued. "And when President Obama pretends we aren't, it makes us less safe."

On Christmas, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarded an airline bound for Detroit with explosives stuff in his underwear. He attempted to detonate his explosives, but the explosives did not go off. He was restrained by crew and passengers and is currently in U.S. custody.

Abdulmutallab was able to board the plane despite the fact that his name was included in a list of suspected terrorists. He was also not on a 'no-fly' list despite the fact that he was a suspected terrorist.

This has drawn sharp criticism towards the Obama administration concerning the safety of air travel, including from Cheney.

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