March 15th, 2009
10:55 AM ET
6 years ago

Cheney: Obama decisions are putting country at risk

Photo Credit: Josh Rubin/CNN.
Photo Credit: Josh Rubin/CNN.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney told CNN's John King Sunday that he believed President Obama's decision to eliminate the use of many of the most controversial interrogation practices used under the former administration had put the country at risk.

Asked whether he thought those moves had made the United States less safe, Cheney said he did. "I think those programs were absolutely essential to the success we enjoy, of being able to collect the intelligence that let us defeat all further attempts to launch attacks against the United States since 9/11," he said on State of the Union. "I think it's a great success story. It was done legally, it was done in accordance with our constitutional practices and principles..."

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Obama campaigned against those practices, said Cheney, "and now he's making some choices that in my mind will raise the risk to the American people of another attack."


Filed under: Dick Cheney • State of the Union
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  1. Don in Albuquerque

    CNN. I have a question . If this is the "State of the Nation", why do you continue to interview old, rich, white, hasbeens, with idiotic 5th grade questions.

    March 15, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. S Callahan

    I feel so disillusioned in this great country with perception of the things the media puts out......does it really matter WHO leads? I think the citizens are the protectors...Government is the people..never forget that!

    March 15, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. gl, Pittsburgh

    i have no idea why John King keeps putting these jerks front and center. Maybe John King is jocking for a position with Fox Noise.

    i WAS THINKING THE SAME THING ABOUT John King.

    March 15, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Lisa

    Dorothy in NC- you are exactly right. There is a term in psychology for what Cheney is doing. It is called projection. He is projecting the failures of the Bush administration onto the Obama administration.

    Also, to those few out there who still believe that the Bush/Cheney administration kept our country safe and that Obama is going to destroy our country, I ask you to take the blinders off and look at what other countries are saying. I received emails from friends around the world on the election night praising Americans for our judgment in electing Obama. We lost credibility in the eyes of the world under the Bush administration. We are seen as fools. Now, I know your response is going to be, "Who cares? We are a superpower and we will do what we want in the world." The problem with that line of reasoning is that we will not be a superpower much longer if we continue to bully the world.

    I CANNOT understand how the party who supports pro-life policies could spend the last eight years disregarding human life. It takes real cognitive dissonance to support executing mentally challenged inmates, stripping other humans of their rights, and torture, while preaching that human life is sacred and must be protected from the moment of conception. How hypocritical!

    March 15, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. DonnieJ

    democrats = mushroom clouds and pestilence, etc.

    Nice try, toolbag. That may have worked over 5 years ago. We've come to our senses. Now do us all a favor and whither away.

    March 16, 2009 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
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