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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney said the administration was not to blame for poor economic conditions in the country, telling CNN's John King congressional Democrats had prevented it from heading off the financial threat posed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and that September 11 had forced the United States into "wartime mode" and spending.
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Asked by King about key measures of economic health that had declined during the Bush administration, Cheney replied that there were "all kinds of arguments to be made on that point, but there's something that's more important than the specific numbers you're talking about, and that had to be priority for our administration: eight months after we arrived, we had 9/11. We had 3,000 Americans killed one morning by Al Qaeda terrorists here in America.
"We immediately went into wartime mode, we ended up with two wars, in Afghanistan and Iraq, some of that still very active. We had major problems with respect to things like Katrina, for example. All of these things required us to spend money that we had not originally planned to spend, or weren't originally part of the budget," he said.
"Stuff happens. And the administration has to be able to respond to that, and we did."
Right again Mr. Vice President.
...So, by the same token, does the economic crisis call for an exception to spending limits? Hmmm...
Hopefully the man will be in jail after his impeachment.
This fool is crazy. I really think he has some type of mental problem! Obama is trying to straighten out a mess that he and bush created.
Bush and Cheney have never never done anything wrong, have made no mistakes. Why they were perfect. What sorry, sorry men!
Stuff happens – the excuse of the truly evil.
The only regret he has is that Halliburton and its spinoff KBR haven't taken complete control of the oil field. Blackwater would have provided security and Goldfinger would have become incredibly wealthy – and powerful had he sent Dubya on patrol in Sadr City.
You and your bud, "W" were the Vice President and President at this time, so you know what that means?? You are the ones that are ultimately responsible for everything that happens in this country (and yes, Obama and Biden will be the ones ultimately responsible for everything that happens while they are President and Vice President), so stop trying to shift the blame to someone else. If you were a real, honest to goodness decent man then you and W would stand up and take the blame for yourself instead of trying to shift it. Does the saying "the buck stops here" mean anything to you??
If the only "additional spending" that the Bush/Cheney administration had spent was money to go after Bin Laden and others with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan – then we might not be having this problem.
But, alas – that was not the case. They spent like drunken sailors on everything.. they took us into a war with a country that was NOT responsible in any way for the 09/11 attacks, and they allowed more pork to go into every bill they signed then ever before.
Yeah and we killed more civilian in Iraq than 9/11. Good one, Cheney.
of course not, it was all obama's fault. what's that? he wasn't in office?no matter, still his fault.
3,000 Americans killed on 9/11 we invade Iraq, OBL still puts out more videos from a cave and now AQ controls Pakistan. Why should we listen to this guy again?
NO, it should not have been excuse to spend more money. Idiot repukes, scumbags already had a HUGE armed forces and enough stockpile PRIOR to the biggest earmark in the history of the world (aka the INVASION of Iraq and Afghanistan!) courtesy of the repuklicant scum!
If the administration had to spend all that money, why hide it? Where was the transparency in this administration that the Obama administration is now heralding? Cheney has no credibility anymore as far as I'm concerned.
It costs $438,000 for each J-Dam bomb we have dropped on Iraq. The US has dropped more than 87,000 of those. Add it up. Who put the country at financial risk, Mr. Cheney? It was you and the Bush administration.
Talk about "Brainwashed" ! Dick Cheney believes the stuff he spews. The GOP is in freefall, and we are listening to one of the GOP Leaders who pulled the Republican Party into the toilet. Please Dick, just flush!
wrong again mr. war criminal
I just love Cheney- every time he opens his mouth to make a statement, he shows just how utterly arrogant, selfish and wrong the Bush/Cheney administration was! Gotta give him credit though because he has stayed true to defending their idiocracy thus allowing voters and the world more insight into their unlawful thinking and actions.
To Cheney, the GOP, and their true believers, Failure is the new success.
I can't believe they're still using the same scare tactics. They will never let it go. It's sad to see men self-destruct in front of the entire nation.
Spending limits...I have a used pace maker for Cheney, since he spoke about economic health. Like he knew what was talking about.
Dick Cheney is still lying. He has been lying for eight years and hasn't changed. He and Bush should be charged with treason and war crimes.
you went into a war based on LIES, you have almost destroyed America, iraq is much worse off than they were, America has lost her respect all over the world thanks to bush and cheney administration, you tortured people when you knew it went aganist what America stands for, you are a total disgrace to America and to the entire world.
The sad part is that right wingers would vote for them again. The republican party is sickening.
Are you seriously STILL beating that drum Mr. Cheney? It is a disgrace to the memories of the victims of 9-11 that you and the previous administration have used it as an excuse for your failures, for misleading the American people and for dismissing the Constitution. That you continue to use it to justify a horribly failed administration is unconscionable.