Liz Cheney Slams Obama for Terror Attack Quote in Bob Woodward Book

Liz Cheney.
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Keep America Safe Chair Liz Cheney is out with a statement criticizing President Obama for telling Bob Woodward that America "can absorb a terrorist attack."

"We can absorb a terrorist attack," he reportedly told the author and journalist. "We'll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever ...we absorbed it and we are stronger."

Cheney, daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, said the remark "suggests an alarming fatalism on the part of President Obama and his administration."

Here's the full statement:

"Americans expect our President to do everything possible to defend the nation from attack. We expect him to use every tool at his disposal to find, defeat, capture and kill terrorists. We expect him to deter attacks by making clear to our adversaries that an attack on the United States will carry devastating consequences. Instead, President Obama is reported to have said, 'We can absorb a terrorist attack.' This comment suggests an alarming fatalism on the part of President Obama and his administration. Once again the President seems either unwilling or unable to do what it takes to keep this nation safe. The President owes the American people an explanation."

Cheney has been a regular critic of the president over national security issues and his administration's efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay prison facility. In April, she said the president "is putting us on the path to decline."


Brian Montopoli is a political reporter for CBSNews.com. You can read more of his posts here. Follow Hotsheet on Facebook and Twitter.

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