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Dick Cheney helps his cousin

With new friends like John Bolton, who recently praised President Obama’s targeted killing policy as “consistent with and really derived from the Bush administration approach to the War on Terror,” Obama needs some old-fashioned enemies. Just in time, Dick Cheney breaks his months of silence with a slashing, over the top speech denouncing Obama’s national security nominees as “second-rate” and charging, again, that he’s making the country less safe.

"The performance now of Barack Obama as he staffs up the national security team for the second term is dismal," Cheney said in comments to about 300 members of the Wyoming Republican Party reported by the Associated Press on Sunday.

"Frankly, what he has appointed are second-rate people," he said, for the positions of Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and CIA director -- John Kerry, Chuck Hagel and John Brennan, to be precise.

Predictably the top neocon had the toughest words for Defense nominee Hagel, even though they’re both Republicans. Cheney joined the realm of conspiracy theorists by suggesting that Obama picked Hagel so he has “a Republican that he can use to take the heat for what he plans to do to the Department of Defense." That’s a new one.

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