WILKERSON’S STILL UNIMPRESSED…. Larry Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s right-hand man at the State Department in Bush’s first term, hasn’t been too shy about criticizing his Bush administration colleagues over the years. He’s complained publicly, for example, about a “Cheney-Rumsfeld cabal” that hijacked U.S. foreign policy.

And now that Dick Cheney is once again playing the role of attack dog, accusing President Obama of undermining U.S. national security, Wilkerson is once again weighing in on the judgment of the former vice president. (via Ali Frick)

Cheney went on to say in his McLean interview that “Protecting the country’s security is a tough, mean, dirty, nasty business. These are evil people and we are not going to win this fight by turning the other cheek.” I have to agree but the other way around. Cheney and his like are the evil people and we certainly are not going to prevail in the struggle with radical religion if we listen to people as he. […]

But al-Qa’ida will be back. Iraq, GITMO, Abu Ghraib, heavily-biased U.S. support for Israel, and a host of other strategic errors have insured al-Qa’ida’s resilience, staying power and motivation. How we deal with the future attacks of this organization and its cohorts could well seal our fate, for good or bad. Osama bin Laden and his brain trust, Aman al-Zawahiri, are counting on us to produce the bad. With people such as Cheney assisting them, they are far more likely to succeed.

First, Wilkerson is right. Second, shouldn’t Wilkerson be encouraged to start a blog? Seems like he has some worthwhile things to say.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.