October 13th, 2009
05:17 PM ET
5 years ago

Liz Cheney gets serious with Obama foreign policy attacks

Liz Cheney and her father have been among the most forceful conservative critics of President Obama's foreign policy.
Liz Cheney and her father have been among the most forceful conservative critics of President Obama's foreign policy.

(CNN) - Months after her father's prolonged campaign against President Obama's national security policies, Liz Cheney is spearheading a new organization aimed at organizing conservative opposition to the new administration's foreign policy approach.

The new group, Keep America Safe, says its aim is to provide a cogent and organized rebuttal to a series of recent moves that expressly divert from the more muscular policies of the Bush administration. The group plans to tackle hot-button issues like the way forward in Iraq and Afghanistan, defense spending, CIA interrogation techniques and the planned closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

"We have watched with concern and dismay as the Obama administration has cut defense spending, wavered on the war in Afghanistan, and launched investigations into Americans serving on the front lines of the war on terror, while at the same time expanding legal protections for the terrorists that plot to attack this country," Cheney, along with the group's two other founders, wrote on its Web site. "These policies, along with President Obama's abandonment of America's allies and attempts to appease our adversaries are weakening the nation."

Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol and Debra Burlingame, the sister of the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77 - the flight that crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11 - are also heading up the new effort.

The new group says its goal is to focus media attention on continuing and emerging national security threats, and marshal grassroots opposition to the president's policies.

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  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Its great that she's teamed up with William Kristol, a man who repeatedly has gotten his political picks wrong. If this is an example of who she's working with to provide alternatives, the only thing she will really be giving the public are punchlines.

    October 13, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. Cruzan Obama Mama

    This woman is a disgrace. She would rather see this country crash & burn, instead of being honest about the deeds of her father. She will find a way to justify anything, just as long as she keeps Daddy Dearest out of jail. Guess this is her way to keep her name in the will.

    Her Dad, her blind justifications, & GWB are the reasons we had to get Pres. Obama in office to clean up the mess they left the US in and restore our reputation worldwide.

    Is there anyone in the GOP that recognizes the difference between right & wrong? This is just SAD.

    October 13, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. Mike

    Thankfully I didn't vote for Bush / Cheney (and certainly not Liz) Bush/Cheney policy was an obvious global disaster as it pertains to our standing and leadership position in the world. It's time to move on from these failed policies. Liz, your father wasn't a qualified world leader. Neither are you. Step aside.

    October 13, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Terri

    What exactly does this woman do for a living?

    October 13, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. JACK

    Blah, blah and more blah.

    October 13, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Bob

    When you make your fortune on the death of others, sure you would want war to continue...

    October 13, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. lovable liberal

    Obama's policies have a better record of success than the Bushists' policies.

    October 13, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. HeadlessHessian

    If the idiots of the planet could fly, you would never see the sun! These two and their supporters are clouding up the sky.

    October 13, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Evan

    Liz Cheney is accusing Obama of abandoning our allies.....LOL that's funny. The US under Daddy Dearest (the worst VP or all time) did not coordinate anything with our allies – we acted unilaterally on everything. Oh wait – we did get Poland to join us...
    Liz Cheney is the worst kind of politician, a political opportunist. Daddy must be real proud. Sickening.

    October 13, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Censorship in Practice form at CNN--S Callahan NYS

    I can't help but think the cup of coffee was cold when they (Cheney's) discussed this stuff at the kitchen table.

    October 13, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Jillie

    Republicans trying to connect to the younger crowd....Liz isn't it.

    October 13, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Laverne

    Apparently Liz has not gotten the memo that the Bush Administration is NO longer in office. What you and your daddy say and think does not matter any more!

    October 13, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. larry

    CNN....before you keep putting up crap about Liz.....show us her qualifications on foreign policy. She got a job because of her dad but why don't any of your reporter ever call her out for her lies? Is this the best you can do and call it journalism?

    October 13, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Michael Buchanan

    Who elected her. Whom does she represent. Her actions are near treasonous.

    October 13, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. san

    How many years has Liz Cheney served in the military (rhetorical question)? None of course. She would never put her life on the line. But, she has no problem pushing for other young people to put their lives on the line to protect her life and her right to spew hatred. I dare say that this is the classic definition of a rich and cowardly blow-hard.

    October 13, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Allen

    If Liz Cheney could just go away. Is it me,or deos it look to anyone else that all Ms. Cheney is trying to do is rewrite history and smoothen out the bad taste of what Bush – Cheney did to this great country. Now that we have a President who's trying to clean up their mess, she's going around fighting for a dead legacy. Liz, give it up, your Dad ruined George Bush's administration, Oh!, I take that back, George Bush was just too stupid and moronic to allow your father to fill him up with his and the Neo – Con's agenda. It is obvious that these people have no shame, if I screwed things up as bad as theses IDIOTS did, I will find me a ROCK and crawl under it, never to be heard from again. But Oh No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, they still enjoy torturing us like they tortured the war captives.

    October 13, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Sgt. USMC

    this should have been done during the bush administration by someone more qualified. i know her father would be in prison by now. liz needs to get out of politics. her name brings shame to America.

    October 13, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. tara

    You Talk about Dangerous for America. To actually even consider a group like here. That in itself is almost well maybe it is treason of some sort isn't it. especially considering who her father is. I think that whole thing needs to be investigated. something smells fishy. I also think they are afraid Obama is trying to get rid of contractors and we know that the Cheney's love Haliburton also I think Obama's Administration behind the scenes is getting closer and closer to finding more out about Daddy Cheney's dirty

    October 13, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. mary dale

    Liz Cheney can come back after she has done a tour or 2 in Afghanistan. See if she still wants to be a war mongerer. Otherwise I think she has about 5 kids that she needs to raise so they can become soldiers in her army when they almost grow up. Havent we had enough of these hateful people and havent they done enough to try to destroy our world and country.

    October 13, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Paul in Miami

    Little lady, your father is EVIL and he's brought you to the Dark Side of the Force.

    October 13, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Mikey Boy Dayton OH

    This girl is as nutty as her father.

    October 13, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. Enitan

    What exactly qualifies this bubble head idiot, other than her father was a former Vice President to deserving any microphone to the national media??

    I have yet to hear any accomplishment on her own, beside been daddy"s girl at her age

    Get a life, take some valuable lessons from the Bushes girls, Clintons daughter and Gore's kids.

    October 13, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. KC

    WOW when will these Cheney people get a life and remember NO one cares what they have to say. They had 8 years and screwed up. Give our new President time to fix all the mess of the last 8 years.

    October 13, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. Robert J. Havecker

    It would not surprise me if one of the "secret" financial contributors was Osama Bin Laden since Cheney and Bush allowed him and his family to escape. It would not be uncommon for a criminal to pay back a crooked politician by contributing money through his family.

    October 13, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. faithplusnothing

    You go Liz! Obama has painted a bullseye on the US.

    October 13, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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