Dems complain about tactic they themselves use

Suddenly they have gotten all up in a lather because Dick Cheney claimed:

“It’s absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice, because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we’ll get hit again and we’ll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States,” Cheney told about 350 supporters at a town-hall meeting in this Iowa city.

If Kerry were elected, Cheney said the nation risks falling back into a “pre-9/11 mind-set” that terrorist attacks are criminal acts that require a reactive approach. Instead, he said Bush’s offensive approach works to root out terrorists where they plan and train, and pressure countries that harbor terrorists.

The NYTimes article on this, which by the way did not include Cheney’s actual quote, contained the following “outraged” reactions from various Democratic politicians:

“It is completely inappropriate, and dangerous, for the vice president to in effect threaten the American people, to be part of instilling fear into our country,” said Ms. Pelosi in just one of the angry statements that took out after the vice president.

Another quote from the same piece:

“Vice President Cheney’s statement is a stunning example of this administration exploiting the war on terror for political gain,” said Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, senior Democrat on the Intelligence Committee. “There isn’t a shred of evidence to indicate that a terrorist attack is more likely under a Bush or Kerry administration.”

Sen. Kerry’s VP running mate Sen. John Edwards response:

Edwards, the Democrats’ vice presidential candidate, accused Cheney of using “scare tactics that crossed the line,” adding: “He and George Bush will do anything and say anything to save their jobs.”

Now this is nothing more than faux indignancy meant to whip up supporters, including the mainstream media, into a feeding frenzy. These same Democrats have no problems doing things like accusing the President of making the world “more dangerous”:

“I think the world has been made more dangerous, not less dangerous, over the course of the last few years,” Kerry told an audience of students, scholars and others at the University of South Florida. “I think anger levels are higher. The intensity of anger and focus and hatred towards the United States because of the way this administration has proceeded is greater than it’s been.”

… let’s not forget that, per Kerry, Bush has made America “less safe” (emphasis added):

“That is precisely what this administration has ignored. They looked to force before exhausting diplomacy. They bullied when they should have persuaded. They’ve gone it alone when they should have assembled a whole team. They have hoped for the best when they should have prepared for the worst. They’ve made America less safe than it should be in a dangerous world.”

Failed Democratic candidate for president Howard Dean asserted back in April:

“The president has put us in more danger than we were before.”

Another failed candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, Wesley Clark, went so far as to say in January of this year that 9-11 could have been “prevented”:

Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark said “the two greatest lies” of the last three years were that the Sept. 11 attacks could not have been prevented and that a future attack is inevitable.

“If I’m president of the United States, I’m going to take care of the American people,” Clark told the Concord Monitor for a story published Friday. “We are not going to have one of these incidents.”

A description of an ad John Kerry ran in Iowa – per the John Kerry blog site (emphasis added):

Today, John Kerry hit the airwaves in Iowa with a new ad taking on the Republican National Committe. Kerry spokesperson Stephanie Cutter said, “John Kerry believes that George Bush’s failed and flawed go-it-alone policies have made our country less safe and more vulnerable to terrorism. As President, John will restore America’s leadership, rebuild our broken alliances, and get back to the war that counts-the war on terrorism. If George Bush wants to make this election about national security, John Kerry is ready to take him on.”

I could go on and on but you get the point. The clear implication behind EVERYTHING that Democrats across the board from John Kerry, to Hillary Clinton and all the rest, is that the President has put us in more danger here at home because of his “reckless “approach to foreign policy and by starting the Iraq war, thereby increasing the risk of a terrorist attack here at home.

And these guys want to complain about what DICK CHENEY said when they’ve been relentlessly attacking the President’s war on terror credentials relentlessly?? Hypocrites.