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Mar 11th, 2010

Here’s an item I clipped and saved at the beginning of the year but never used on this blog. In view of the current imbroglio involving Rep. Eric Massa, who resigned from Congress on Monday, I’m finally running the piece.

“Bring it on” Dick Cheney and Jim DeMint

By Congressman Eric Massa
Daily Kos diary
December 31, 2009

Last night, I was invited to appear on MSNBC’s “Ed Show” to discuss, amongst other things, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s dishonest, unpatriotic, hypocritical and highly personal continuing attacks on President Obama. I also discussed South Carolina Republican Senator Jim DeMint’s record of putting his personal hatred of Labor Unions and his devotion to ideology above making sure we have all of the tools possible to protect the security of our Nation.

I for one am sick and tired of these Bush-era chicken hawk politicians that never served in uniform attacking Democrats on National Security when in fact, they are largely to blame for our Nation’s current national security problems. Apparently former Vice President Cheney and the likes of Senator Jim DeMint actually believe that they can score political points by forcing America to remember the incredible failures of the previous Administration and to that I say — “Bring it on.”

I have no problem running against their record of global economic failure, avarice, corporate greed run amok, no-bid insider contracts, and disastrous foreign policy decisions that left us isolated on the international stage at the very moment when we needed to count our allies. …

I am a military veteran who gladly wore the uniform of the United States Navy for the majority of my adult life. I, and thousands of others graduated from Annapolis and I witnessed, firsthand, the results of failed political decisions that were thrust upon the military while serving in the Beirut theater of operations in 1983.

I survived a diagnosis of terminal cancer which is largely believed by many to have been caused by the depleted heavy metal uranium shells we were firing during the first Gulf War. I had the honor to serve as the Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, General Wesley Clark, when he, along with thousands of uniformed personnel and a core team of professional civilian personnel, planned and executed a successful strategy to defeat the genocidal regime of Slobodan Milosevic.

I, and millions of other veterans, can’t even count the number of Christmases, New Year’s Eves, Birthdays, 4th of July’s and Thanksgivings that we spent overseas and at home protecting our Nation.

We were Americans, not Republican or Democrats. For the likes of the former Vice President to politicize National Security in an attempt to score cheap political points is beyond unacceptable and his behavior will no longer be met with polite silence. It’s time to hit back, harder, with better aim and with purpose of forethought.

Now, as I complete my first year in the United States Congress, my days continue to be focused on protecting our Nation. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee, I have sat through hundreds of hours of testimony and worked around the clock to try to fix the mess George Bush and Dick Cheney left us. Make no bones about it, we are fixing what they broke. We are working everyday to support the troops, both in the field and when they come home.

We should declare 2010 the year that we stop listening to the empty rhetoric of arm chair chicken hawk quarterbacks like Dick Cheney and Jim DeMint when they try to shift blame for their failure and their incompetence on Democrats. We need to fight back.

Personally, I am glad that President Obama took three days to study the details of the attempted attack on Flight 253. President Bush took six days before weighing in on the case of shoe bomber Richard Reid, and I was glad when he took his time to get the facts straight before addressing the Nation.

Where was Dick Cheney when the two alleged masterminds of the Christmas attack were freed from Guantanamo Bay on November 9th, 2007? I hope Senator Jim DeMint had a lovely Christmas while the permanent office of the TSA Administrator remained vacant because of his deep, personal vendetta against organized labor (heaven forbid we should allow those that work on the front lines to protect us from terrorists from earning a decent living and fair benefits).

Vice President Cheney, Senator DeMint, it’s time for both of you to be held accountable for your failures and your poor decisions. …

Let’s make a New Year’s Resolution to call out hypocrisy in 2010. Stand against it and any time that former Vice President Dick Cheney opens his hypocritical mouth to continue uttering blather, he needs to be challenged in a straightforward factual manner that will demonstrate the emptiness of his rhetoric.

Congressman Eric Massa
New York’s 29th Congressional District


FROM THE ARCHIVES: One Year Ago — March 11, 2009

Iraqi medics treat wounded state-owned Al-Iraqiya TV reporter Ibrahim al-Kateb at Baghdad’s Al-Yarmuk hospital on March 10, 2009. Kateb was wounded in a suicide blast that killed at least 33 people including tribal leaders and army officers outside the town hall in Abu Ghraib, on Baghdad’s western edge. (Photo credit: Khalil al-Murshidi / AFP — Getty Images)

Fears of Escalating Insurgency

One-year retrospective: One year ago today, I reported that a suicide bomber struck tribal leaders touring a market in a Sunni area west of Baghdad, killing as many as 33 people in the second major attack in the capital area in two days and raising fears that Sunni insurgents may be escalating operations even as the U.S. phases out its combat role in Iraq.

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