Dick Cheney was a powerful partner in the governing of the United States when he served two terms as Vice President under President George W. Bush. In fact, Mr. Cheney was recruited as running mate because of his strength of character and conviction and his knowledge regarding the defense of our country and his commitment to doing so. As Vice President, Mr. Cheney was thoroughly involved in studying the information presented by every agency in the government to interpret, analyze and discuss it with the President.
In short, Mr. Cheney is abundantly qualified to assess whether or not President Obama is doing his job responsibly to protect the United States when he attends only half of the scheduled intelligence briefings.
The excuse presented by his staffers is that Obama—unlike President Bush—can read a report and reach the same conclusions as he would if he sat down with his advisors to discuss and debate, argue and extract, the opinions of other qualified, knowledgeable individuals. Talk about ego! Your safety, my safety and that of my family is at stake and Obama believes he is qualified to solve all the issues alone without input from others!
The day the embassy in Libya was attacked and destroyed and four Americans were murdered, Obama thought it was more important to attend a fundraiser in Las Vegas. His Press Secretary stated that Obama had done all that was necessary and there was no reason for him not to go—how about simple respect for the dead public servants?