Center for Security Policy gives Cheney an award and a platform

By Laurie Bennett

October 23, 2009 at 12:01pm

When Dick Cheney took the podium Wednesday to criticize the Obama administration and its Afghanistan strategy, he knew his audience.

Cheney was speaking to the Center for Security Policy, which had just given him its “Keeper of the Flame Award” for his stance on security and a strong military.

Although the group describes itself as nonpartisan, the only Democratic office holder to be designated a flame keeper is Joe Lieberman - after he left the party. Other recipients have included Donald Rumsfeld, Newt Gingrich and Ronald Reagan.

Dick Cheney
Dick Cheney

The center’s chairman is E. Miles Prentice III, a partner at Eaton & Van Winkle who specializes in international law.

Others who serve as directors or advisory council members include Republican Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and James Imhofe of Oklahoma, Rep. John Shadegg of Arizona, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former California Gov. Pete Wilson.

Former SEC Commissioner Christopher Cox sits on the advisory council, as does Bill Bennett, a conservative who served as education secretary under Ronald Reagan.

On Wednesday, Cheney accused Obama of “dithering” in deciding whether to send more troops to Afghanistan. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs responded that while vice president, Cheney had stalled for eight months on a request for troop escalation.

According to The New York Times, Vice President Joe Biden was even more blunt in his response. “Why cares?” he asked.

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