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. Bryan

    Isn't it funny. If I understand this correctly, Cheney and Co. are using 'think' tanks and conservative groups to combat and rebut the moves of the current administration (e.g., Keep America Safe). But when Cheney was in office, he dismissed any report from academics, think tanks, ambassadors, generals, the pentagon, NSA, etc that firmly rebutted anything that the Bush administration was doing.

    On a lighter (funnier note) note, there is a negative correlation between republican agreement and SATs (its a fact)

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

    Maybe we all should take the Cheney approach and shoot all the terrorists in the face and call it an accident that might make them feel better. Shame on you Obama for not being careless and stupid like the Cheneys.

    October 13, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Jim W.

    The Cheney family is irrelevant and should consider moving out of the USA and opening up their own Nazi country. The tenets of that country would be:
    A: No citizen has rights. The gov't has all the rights.
    B: We can torture at will.
    C: Rich people are better than poor people. Therefore the gov't needs to protect the rich and milk the poor.

    Yeah, kind of like the last 8 years here, eh?

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

    Stop the madness!!! Liz, grow up and see the damage your father caused. I know you are as embarrassed as the rest of America is for re-electing BUSH and his criminal sidekick.

    October 13, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. Kris D., Toronto

    Yeah, using Mr. Dick "18% Approval Rating" Cheney to attack the Obama administration – on the same day Russia agrees to stand with American towards Iran – is a brilliant strategy GOP. Absolutley brilliant...

    October 13, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Linda

    They only set up this bogus non-profit so that they can work to defeat Democrats running for election. This so-called "non-profit" can then also pay enormous salaries for Liz and her Dick and fund their travel costs. Disgusting. The only thing this group knows about foreign policy is how to start a war, make sure your friends and Daddy make money off it, and how to set up off-shore banking accounts so the donors to this "non-profit" can keep their wealth safe and untaxed.

    October 13, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. B from B

    Typical liberal response/blogging to this Article-ad hominem, ad hominem, ad naseum. Character assassination is the response of choice for those who facts and logic, and instead serves as a tacit acknowledgment that facts and logic do not support their argument/position.

    October 13, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. eipnif

    Brilliant. Where was this outspoken young woman when her father WAS DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY!!! Now, she speaks up???

    October 13, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Rani McBride

    Did someone tell her that her Dad and Bush are not in charge anymore.! Get over it and move on lady, it is not up to you anymore.

    October 13, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Ron In California

    Liz may not be right.....but when the inevitalbe happens you Dems are going to look like deer in a headlight.

    October 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. James From Chicago

    That's all we need is another Cheney.

    October 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. Mel

    Say good-night, Dick.

    October 13, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. wg

    Liz maybe you should have advised your husband and Bush when they were in charge

    October 13, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Chandler

    As if Liz Cheney has ANY ground to stand on. What she has been saying about the Nobel Prize seems incredibly foolish, uninformed, and delusional.

    The Right is so focused on being anti-Obama, that they have left reason far, far behind.

    October 13, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. James Michael Roberson

    Well the country is already safer because of Obama's policies, The proof is obvious. By this time in the previous administration our country had already been attacked by terrorists, There has not been a single attack on the homeland during the entire Obama administration.

    October 13, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. JAMEY

    Liz Cheney is worthless...just like her dad.

    October 13, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Bman

    I don't care what this dizzy chick has to say. Let me know when we've begun to torture her, then I'll see what she has to say.

    October 13, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. Glen Beck is Rush Limbaugh's Evil Spawn

    If the benchmark for "keeping America safe" is that we weren't attacked AGAIN after 9/11/01 . . . . well, then I guess President Obama has kept us just as safe as Bush/Cheney did!

    October 13, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. John

    Lizzy, Just enlist in the armed services.

    October 13, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Obama should have gotten the Nobel Appeasement Prize.

    October 13, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. mary mtl can

    Go away with your father, no need of your comments which by the way have no sense at all

    October 13, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. The Bum

    I strongly believe that this country would be much stronger if Obama would stop campaigning for the presidency and start being the president. He won the election, it's over, now get to work.

    Bum

    October 13, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. Otto

    Hey Liz, we know daddy made a bundle from Haliburton and he is guiding you on the "How to make a killing" off ignorant people.

    You seem to be another Sara Palin who wants a quick fix making millions while using a sling shot of trash talk.

    Welcome to club Rush!

    October 13, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. Anand

    Cheney, the verson somehow is expression of contempt, seethes with over indulged arrogance acquired through profits govenrment contracts. Daughter is coming into activism 8 years late, that tells how lazy and lethargic her brain is.

    October 13, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Len Smith

    Who is this Liz Cheney person? She can see that President Obama has done more to improve foreign relationships in a short period of time and he will continue to improve them. Our country is just as safe today as it was a year ago, or 2 years ago. What makes her some kind of expert? "The Name" ?

    October 13, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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