September 17th, 2007
03:57 PM ET
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Cheney blasts anti-Petraeus ad at GOP fund-raiser

Watch Vice President Cheney's reaction to MoveOn.org's Petraeus 'betray us' ad.

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNN) - Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday waded into the week-old controversy over a newspaper advertisement that criticized the top U.S. commander in Iraq, using a speech at a Republican fund-raiser to call the ad "an outrage."

Republicans have blasted the full-page New York Times ad by the anti-war activist group MoveOn.org, which questioned whether Gen. David Petraeus was "cooking the books" in his report to Congress last week. GOP lawmakers have demanded that Democrats disavow the Sept. 11 ad, which was titled "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" (Related video: Strategy Session: Was MoveOn out of line?)

"Like most Americans I admire the integrity and the candor that General Petraeus showed in his hearings before Congress," Cheney said during a fund-raiser for Missouri Republican congressman Sam Graves. "The attacks on him by MoveOn.org in ad space provided at subsidized rates in the New York Times last week were an outrage."

The Times said last week that MoveOn.org paid $65,000 for the page - the normal rate for an advocacy ad from a non-profit group, according to newspaper spokeswoman Catherine Mathis. The newspaper had no additional comment Monday.

Cheney was one of the leading advocates of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and remains one of the now-unpopular war's most outspoken supporters. Fellow Republicans have used the MoveOn.org ad to attack Democrats who now support withdrawing American troops from the conflict.

"It's bad enough when politicians turn their backs on a war they voted for and supported when it was popular," Cheney said Monday. "But no one in politics, regardless of party, should hesitate to object when an American soldier at war is mocked and insulted."

Democrats have repeatedly attacked the vice president's credibility on Iraq. He told CNN in 2005 that the now 4-year-old insurgency was in its "last throes," and said in 2001 that it was "pretty well confirmed" that Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker in the al Qaeda attacks on New York in Washington, had met with an Iraqi intelligence official in the Czech Republic.

The independent commission that investigated the attacks later found that Atta was in the United States when the meeting was supposed to have taken place.


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  1. Brian, Boulder, CO

    I think Dick Cheney provides the best chance we have of getting out of this mess in Iraq. We simply have to figure out how to get the insurgents to go quail hunting with him.

    September 17, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Jeannie in Sacramento, CA

    Bush didn't disavow the Swift Boat attacks against Senator Kerry during the '04 elections, so why do the Republicans expect Senator Clinton to disavow MoveOn? Frankly, the Bush administration has lied so much about this war that I'm not surprised the public no longer believes anyone representing them. Let's not be hypocrites, puh-leeeze!

    September 17, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Mary, Blauvelt NY

    The MoveOn.org ad was right on and moved me to contribute. We need truth now more than ever and corporate media has proven it can't be trusted. Regarding Cheney, he's a disgusting & totally amoral individual.

    September 17, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Steve

    Let's see: Cheney is a traitor, having outed a CIA agent; a corporate criminal, with the most amazingly corrupt relationship between Halliburton, Cheney's company that still pays him, and the White House. Cheney set up a secret energy policy with the advice of *energy companies*, and was too much of a coward to allow those meeting notes to go public. Cheney forced George Tenet and the CIA to lie about nukes and other WMD in Iraq.

    Yeah, I put a lot of stock in what a criminal traitor and liar has to say.

    September 17, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. Steven, Columbus, Ohio

    I cannot belive how low we have fallen in this country. The level of political hate has reached such a point that we will attack anyone and everyone if we think that it might further our agenda. By all accounts Gen. Petraeus is an honorable man serving his nation in a true and honorable fashion. Yet we are willing to attack and destroy him if it gives us a shot and hurting the current administration, this is a sad day for America. This is not just directed at the Left but at all sides of the political spectrum, if we directed as much of our energy at solving our nations problems as we direct at hating and destroying each other we might accually fix some of the issues we face.

    September 17, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Justin T, Philadelphia PA

    I dont want to jump the gun but I'm kinda relieve the US made it the 8 years w/ GW and Cheney at the helm. Honestly, we were very vulnerable for those 8 years. Granted in 50 yrs we'll see the real impact of their joint arrogance/stupidity, but for now there is hope that not the next president but we the people can turn this thing around!

    September 17, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Susan, Houston

    I could care less what Dick Cheney says or does. He is a disgrace. Just because moveon.org took out an ad in the NYT doesn't mean the Democratic party had anything to do with it. The General has received criticism from Republicans on the Hill whether he deserves it or not so it's hypocritical to ask Democrats to denounce the ad. Get over yourself Dickey boy and go back to your usual "undisclosed location" and stay there.

    September 17, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Henry Tucker, Ga

    I see that a picture of Cheney (or Karl Rove) will bring out the loony left to make comments!

    I do get a laugh out of seeing the anger – calling for impeachment, calling Bush/Cheney liars, traitors, etc.

    Does it drive you crazy Bush won twice, and those of you that voted in this last election for democrats because they "promised a change" in Iraq... that your leaders have publicly said Impeachment is off the table, and have done effectively NOTHING but make noises about Iraq?

    I'm not sure what is worse – belonging to a party where the President is called liar, traitor, bumbling, etc ... or being angry and impudent about it as are liberals?

    September 17, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Providence, RI

    Too bad that Cheney and other "republicons" are indignant about the wrong things – they shgould be indignant about TORTURE, BIGOTRY against gay and lesbian people and the abridgement of CIVIL LIBERTIES.

    September 17, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Bill Fisher, Richmond, VA

    I think the fact that Cheney admires Petraeus' integrity and candor negates any hint of integrity and candor that Petraeus may have had at any nanosecond of his life. He's a liar. Period. Cheney has betrayed us. Bush has betrayed us. Rice has betrayed us. This whole ugly administration has betrayed us. Petraeus has most certainly betrayed us.

    September 17, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Bill

    I don't agree with the war in Iraq. We should be finding OBL in Afghanistan/Pakistan. But I also don't agree with this ad and its play on Petraeus. The buck stops with Bush and that's where all heat should be directed.

    September 17, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. David, Bangor, Maine

    Well, it's not like what Dick Cheney thinks still carries any weight with approximately 70-75% of the American public anyway.

    He can be outraged all he wants. I know most Americans can think of a lot of other things Cheney-related that they can be outraged about instead. The PATRIOT Act, for starters.

    September 17, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Louis Levario California

    Poor Dick, has such a short memory.
    2000 Cheney and Bush bad mouthing
    Sen. McCain a so call war hero, Remember Colin Powell and Remember
    John Kerry, you have the nerve to bad mouth MOVEON.ORG.

    September 17, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Ray, Venice, CA

    Like anyone still cares what Dick has to say. This whole admin. needs to just go away already, away for a long time somewhere with bars on the windows. The public is not fooled by their BS anymore and when they talk is sounds like the "Blah Blah" noise I use to hear in the Peanuts cartoons whenever adults would talk. I am a former Marine and I support moveon.org's ad. Good job & keep up the great work in exposing these criminals and their BS.

    September 17, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Mike, Miami, Florida

    Now let me see... the Swift Boat Ads back in the 2004 campaign were not "an outrage"??? Hmmm, seems Cheney's idea of free speech is only that speech which supports his failed administration and the fact that him and the president will be noted in history books as the worst administration ever........

    September 17, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    The lack of respect being shown here for Dick Cheney is absolutely appalling.

    Think about what the poor guy has been through.

    How many of YOU have ever shot a Republican? And kept the story quite for five hours so you could leave the scene of the crime/accident. And gotten the shootee to back up your version of events from his hospital bed? No Democrat could ever do something like this.

    How many of you could stand being cooped up in an "undisclosed location" for lengthy periods of time? Only to be brought out when your medication kicks in or your pacemaker needs a new battery. All the while hearing your boss say, "Bring it On!" or "Mission Accomplished." I bet his Secret Service detail is tired of keeping him from getting out, joining the military and kicking ass in Iraq.

    I mean every time poor Punxatawney Dick pops his head out, you people take pot shots at it.

    No wonder we don't see the poor guy that much.

    BTW-Someone please tell Cheney that he is only supposed to make an appearance on Feb. 2. Looks like six more months of war.

    September 17, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. john, Pittbsurgh PA

    the current admin has no credibility what-so-ever. So to speak out against freedom of speech, Mr. Cheney needs to see what a mess he has caused. Too bad he isn't in Iraq....he's used to shooting people!

    September 17, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. fedupwithourgov't

    Cheney, Go slither back under your rock and count your blood money!

    September 17, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. jeff p., Ft. Myers, Fl

    This coming from a crook. Please spare the American people from this and resign. Cheney is a disgrace to the office.

    September 17, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Christian, Tampa FL

    As if the Vice President has any credibility anymore.

    September 17, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. Jon S, Chicago IL

    So sick of hearing what a crook and bad guy Cheney is and how corrupt Halliburton is. Anyone with any knowledge of how halliburton and KBR really operate would know that there is an entire floor of independent cost consultants that have to approve all spending on these "Cost Plus" contracts. Also, like many other CEO's in our country, Dick Cheney chose to take a deferred compensation plan for tax reasons, just as any fiscally responsible person would do. There is nothing the slightest bit crooked or illegal about it.

    Has everyone forgotten that Saddam was given ample opportunity to PROVE to the international community that he no longer posessed WMD? He CHOSE not comply with a UN resolution! The US was and Britain were pretty much the only ones to realize that letting him get away with non-compliance made the UN obsolete. Why do the members of the UN agree to pass a binding resolution if they are not prepared to enforce it. So...we were, and still are justified in being in Iraq. If we leave, the insurgency will just follow our toops home.

    Finally, we wouldn't be in the mess that we are now with the "privatization" of our military had our military industrial complex not been cut to a shell of it's former self under the Clinton administration. Without the Halliburton's, KBR's and Blackwater's; we would have absolutely no chance of defending ouselves abroad. That is not the fault of "W".

    September 17, 2007 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    I heard Cheney rode in a swiftboat to get to KC on time to give that speech.

    September 17, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. Ryan, New York, NY

    Bill, Streamwood, IL : September 17, 2007 4:50 pm,

    Thanks for the laugh this afternoon, but how could you compare Punxsutawney Phil with Cheney? What did that fat, little critter ever do to deserve such a critique.

    September 17, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. M. McClain Beacon, NY

    I don't recall Bush, Cheney, or many Republicans disavowing the Swift Boat ads of 2003, just before the election. Any one of those ads are much worse than the one Betray Us ad.

    September 17, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. Benjamin Jones, Baton Rouge, LA

    The GOP wants the Dems to disavow the ads? These is the same GOP that stood silently by while the Swift boat attack ads on Kerry ran during the 2004 campaign?
    Sadly, I am no longer surprised by the blatant hypocrisy of politicians of all stripes.
    I'll listen to Cheney/Bush talk about "sacrifice" when either one of them has a son/daughter/grandchild in uniform and in harm's way.

    September 17, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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