"Like a lot of Americans, we have watched with concern and dismay as the Obama administration has cut defense spending, wavered on the war in Afghanistan, and launched investigations into Americans serving on the front lines of the war on terror, while at the same time expanding legal protections for the terrorists that plot to attack this country," Cheney writes in an opening statement, which is also signed by fellow board members Debra Burlingame and William Kristol. "These policies, along with President Obama's abandonment of America's allies and attempts to appease our adversaries are weakening the nation."
The group vows to "make the case for an unapologetic approach to fighting terrorism around the world, for victory in the wars this country fights, for democracy, freedom and human rights, and for a strong American military that is needed in the dangerous world in which we live."
Keep America Safe has also produced a video (at left) articulating a critique of Mr. Obama for failing to match his rhetoric with reality – and for playing golf and traveling to Copenhagen instead of dealing with various issues.
Politico reports that the group, incorporated as a 501 (c ) 4 non-profit, launches its fundraising push today. Said Kristol, the editor of the conservative Weekly Standard: "The Left has dozens of organizations and tens of millions of dollars dedicated to undercutting the war on terror. The good guys need some help too."
The video will be promoted on the Conservative Drudge report Web site and other sympathetic outlets for fundraising purposes, according to Politico. Among those tied to the group are at least three former staffers to 2008 Republican Presidential candidate John McCain: Michael Goldfarb, Aaron Harison and Justin Germany, who produced the infamous campaign video that cast Mr. Obama as the self-anointed messianic "one" who "can do no wrong."
Cheney, a former deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, is seen as a potential future Congressional candidate out of Virginia.