Colin Powell, David Petraeus vs Liz & Dick Cheney: US Less Safe?
The head of U.S. Central Command General David Petraeus and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Colin Powell, defended President Obama and the Obama administration's handling of the fight against terrorism.
This past weekend, February 18 through 20, 2010, former Vice President Richard 'Dick' Cheney and his daughter, Liz Cheney, were speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in Washington, D.C.
Liz Cheney, who introduced her father to an enthusiastic, cheering audience (his appearance appearing to be a surprise) voiced her regret that " .... we no longer have the option of using any of the enhanced interrogation techniques."
Enhanced interrogation techniques have also been identified as torture.
General Petraeus offered his opinions on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday morning, February 20, 2010. General Powell's remarks were made during his appearance on Face the Nation on CBS, also on Sunday morning, February 21, 2010. The generals dismissed both Cheneys' assertions that the U.S. was less safe by following the Obama administration's policies.
The bottom line answer is the nation is still at risk. Terrorists are out there," Powell said on "Face the Nation." "But to suggest that somehow we have become much less safe because of the actions of the administration, I don't think that's borne out by the facts.