March 23rd, 2009
11:41 AM ET
5 years ago

On '60 Minutes,' Obama rebukes Cheney criticism

In a '60 Minutes' interview, President Obama said, 'I fundamentally disagree with Dick Cheney'.
In a '60 Minutes' interview, President Obama said, 'I fundamentally disagree with Dick Cheney'.

(CNN) – President Obama said in an interview aired Sunday that the hardest decision he's made since taking office was to send more troops to Afghanistan.

Also in the interview on CBS' "60 Minutes," Obama defended his decision to shut down the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and he countered criticism from former vice president Dick Cheney.

"I fundamentally disagree with Dick Cheney - not surprisingly," Obama said. "I think that Vice President Cheney has been at the head of a movement whose notion is somehow that we can't reconcile our core values, our Constitution, our belief that we don't torture, with our national security interests. I think he's drawing the wrong lesson from history."

Obama was responding to comments Cheney made to CNN's "State of the Union" on March 15, when he said the president is making the nation less safe by closing the Guantanamo prison and ending interrogation practices that Bush administration critics consider torture for terror suspects.

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  1. ATR

    Heck of a job keeping us safe, Cheney!! If only you were around on 9/11, you could have prevented the whole terrorist attack. Oh wait, you were around and we got attacked anyway. Never mind.

    March 23, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. david Armendale, SF, CA

    the same pathetic REPubs who predict terrorist attacks and economic collapse on Obama's watch manage to forget that Cheney and Bush failed to prevent 9/11, failed to get the facts straight before getting over 4,000 Americans killed in Iraq, and failed to properly regulate the banking industry which has led to the greatest economic collapses since the Great Depression. So give it a rest already losers.

    March 23, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. C W

    Of course Dick Cheney would continue to spout this nonsense! If there was one consistency of the last Administration, it was their colossal naïveté and inability to admit they were wrong.

    If Cheney were to accept the fact that their "war on terror" has been an absolute failure, his whole world would unravel. Unfortunately for the United States and the rest of the world, our country made the mistake of having Cheney and Bush in Washington for 8 years. Fortunately, unlike the afore-mentioned idiots, the American people were able to objectively look at the situation, admit we made a mistake and chose a President who will – with intelligence

    March 23, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Jan

    jim March 23rd, 2009 11:28 am ET

    You better be right Mr President. Remember we did not have another attack in this country under Bush and Cheney.
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    Key word: another.

    If Bush and Cheney kept us so "safe" why did you have to use the word another? Keeping us safe would imply that there was never an attack under their watch.

    March 23, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. John in Austin

    Cheney belongs in Gitmo. Bush belongs in elementary school.

    March 23, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. gl, Pittsburgh

    The terroists will be your next door neighbors!!!!!! For all you crazy nuts screaming terrouist attack is coming because of the President you need to wake up and smell the coffey. YOu can nolonger keep us in fear like Bush and Chenecy did for 8 years. Why should we live in fear from other countries attacking us when we have terroists and our back yawn all ready and they are call THE REPUBLICANS! MOST OF THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN ACTING LIKE TERROIST with their hatefull statments of wanted the President to Fail. That's what I call Terriorist becasue if the President fail so do the USA. Most Terroist will die trying to bring this country to it knees just like the Republicans. The Republicans will watch this country fail becasue they don't like the President instead of helping the President out – now please tell me what is the different between a foreign terroist and a Republicans terroist they both will rather die then to help out!

    March 23, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. C W

    Ooops – the last bit got cut off ...

    Of course Dick Cheney would continue to spout this nonsense! If there was one consistency of the last Administration, it was their colossal naïveté and inability to admit they were wrong.

    If Cheney were to accept the fact that their "war on terror" has been an absolute failure, his whole world would unravel. Unfortunately for the United States and the rest of the world, our country made the mistake of having Cheney and Bush in Washington for 8 years. Fortunately, unlike the afore-mentioned idiots, the American people were able to objectively look at the situation, admit we made a mistake and chose a President who will – with intelligence and accountability – take our country in a new direction.

    March 23, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. proudliberal-independent

    next time cheney has a comment , he should make it from prison.

    March 23, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Ian

    We're closing Guantanamo and opening up another facility in Pakistan. And we are still outsourcing torture. Hardly a change in direction.

    March 23, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Erich

    Jack Bauer tortured people, but it ended up saving the president's life.

    March 23, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Linda iowa

    @ Proud American
    If your comments reflect pride in America, please spare me that kind of pride. To call fellow Americans names and wish them unhappiness because their opinion differs from yours shows not pride in our constitution but ignorance of our right to of different opinions. It is the difference of opinions that keeps this country great and does not allow one idealogy to become all powerful.

    March 23, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Wake Up Please

    Al writes, "Cheney, Rumsfeld and Bush, if they have any criticism, they should tell it from prison."

    I tend to agree.

    March 23, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Big Ed

    Wow. The Republicans are going back to the "we haven't been attacked since 9/11" rhetoric. Yes, there have been no other airplanes flown into our buildings, thank God (not Bush and Cheney). What they did do was make us significantly weaker by driving us into an economic emergency. Economically we are much weaker, and that is where we can be hit next! The borders are still seeping, tests for airline security have shown failures, what else do you need to see we are no safer? Look at Iraq and Afghanistan! Bush and Comapny blundered that one too. Do you need more death and destruction like 9/11 to show you that Mr. Bush and his administration failed to keep us safe? It must be nice living in your dream world because right now, reality is pretty frighting thanks to Bush and his "Bushies"!

    March 23, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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