GOP Sen. Dick Lugar rebukes Cheney criticism of Obama as ‘unfair.’

Republicans have sought to exploit the recent attempted terrorism attack on Christmas for political gain, using the incident to smear unions, call for ethnic profiling, rally voters around their political campaigns, and to deride President Obama as an “appeaser.” However, Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) has struck a different tone in analyzing the administration’s response to the attempted attack. In an interview set to air on Bloomberg this weekend, Lugar responded to attacks from the likes of former Vice President Cheney, who has crowed that Obama “is trying to pretend we are not at war” with a “low-key response.” Lugar forcefully said such such criticism is “unfair“:

It’s unfair,” Lugar said in an interview for Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend. “I think the president is focused.” […] To the contrary, Obama has demonstrated “firmness” and “decisiveness,” Lugar, who represents Indiana, said. “That’s been the antidote to the criticism.”

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While right-wing partisans have demanded executions of detainees and an increase in the use of the word “terrorism,” Lugar, a top senator on the Foreign Relations Committee, talked about a sustainable response to the threat of terrorism. As airline security improves, al Qaeda and other terrorists targeting the U.S. will seek other ways to attack, Lugar noted in the interview. “We have to see the comprehensive nature of this, how many countries have potentially failing governments or very weak governments in which al-Qaeda could.” “We ought to indicate that, as a matter of fact, that we support liberty,” Lugar said. “We support the building of institutions.”