October 22nd, 2009
12:40 PM ET
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Cheney hammers 'afraid' Obama on national security

Cheney received the Center for Security Policy's Keeper of the Flame award Wednesday night .

Cheney received the Center for Security Policy's Keeper of the Flame award Wednesday night .

(CNN) - After a summer in which Dick Cheney dialed back his attacks on President Obama's national security polices, the former vice president told a conservative gathering Wednesday that the Obama administration had damaged America's relationship with key allies, dangerously wavered in Afghanistan, undermined progress in Iraq, and intentionally sabotaged the Bush administration's national security legacy.

In the hard-hitting and wide-ranging speech at Center for Security policy, Cheney targeted the new administration's decision-making process on how to proceed in Afghanistan, saying Obama has failed to give troops on the ground a clear mission or defined goals, and appeared "afraid to make a decision."

"The White House must stop dithering while America's armed forces are in danger," Cheney said. "Make no mistake, signals of indecision out of Washington hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries."

Cheney also targeted White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who suggested to CNN's John King on "State of the Union" on Sunday that the previous administration had failed to adequately assess conditions in Afghanistan before committing troops there.

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  1. Taylor

    Dear Mr. Cheney... Get a life!!!!!!!

    October 22, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. ANGIE IN PA

    Cheney YOU AND BUSH Made a complete MESS Of Afghanistan and Iraq thanks to you 2 we are in this mess doesnt he look like a mental case? He is EVIL!!!!

    October 22, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Jim

    Why isn't this guy in jail?

    October 22, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Jeff

    Right, Dick. The most unsafe I've ever felt was under your watch.

    October 22, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. G2

    Let me get this straight, Obama takes the Bush/Cheney plan, tells Bush not to release it, then they claim Bush didn't have a plan and then he uses Bush's own plan as the new plan. Obama insults Bush and Cheney and blame them for the Afghanistan problems even though he's been in office now 10 months? Now he is surprised that Cheney tattled on him and he's surprised that both the far right and the far left are mad at him.....President Obama just doesn't get it.

    Did president Obama have someone do his homework for him at Harvard too?

    October 22, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. William

    Cheney's comments aren't worth the air necessary to spew them forth.

    October 22, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Jeff

    Funny how DICK is accusing Obama of thinking before acting; thinking may have saved us from ending up in the two wars in the first place!

    October 22, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. Meh

    Shut up and go away, Darth Vader.

    October 22, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. kevin

    All this war talk from a man who recieved at least 3 deferments from Viet Nam duty

    October 22, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. frank

    Cheney is absolutely right!
    this is a man with a brain...not a smile and a teleprompter

    October 22, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. Tom

    More sour grapes from Chaney who only understands the use of fear.

    October 22, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. magella

    No, Dick, YOU have hurt our relationships with allies and emboldened the enemy. You can't just spend 8 years making a mess of international relations and then pass all the blame to the next guy.

    And just how rich have these wars made you and your cronies?

    October 22, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. Big Ed

    Mr. Cheney was "afraid" to serve his country in Vietnam. He let others serve and die in the brave service of their country for him. Five deferments. 'Nuff said!

    October 22, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. Andrew Rice

    If Cheney had good judgment, he would question whether he has good judgment. His policies on Iraq certainly have shown poor judgment on a historical scale.

    October 22, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. Timothy

    Why do you keep reporting on this guy. He just needs to go away. If no one pays attention to him he will. I am sick of having to read and hear about him. He is a bitter old man.

    October 22, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  16. Jim

    Does Cheney mean 'afraid' as in 'get five deferments to avoid the Vietnam draft' afraid? This man is shameless!

    October 22, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. Mark

    I agree what can I say.

    October 22, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Alan

    He is right and Mr. Obama is walking a very dangerous path that will place our troops in greater danger and shut down our intelligence community.
    It's a sad day for the American people.

    October 22, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Gentwelve

    This guy is a bigger enemy to America than any terrorist. Dick Cheney is now a sworn enemy of the people of the United States. He shall be put on the 10 most wanted list. After his conviction his incarceration should include cruel and unusual puishment.

    Dick Cheney is the enemy.

    October 22, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. Enough

    Cheney is right! Too bad the White house is too busy trying to silence FOX news when they should be dealing with Afghanistan, unemployment, the economy. Obama is clueless.

    October 22, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Dick Cheney is "the crazy cat lady" who lives in America's political attic! Please don't give his opinions any credence, relevance or air-time ... the man is a dangerous lunatic!

    October 22, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. Dee

    Darth Vader needs to crawl back in his hole and shut up. No one is interested in what you have to say. You were one of the main reasons why this country is in the dumps the way it is right now. You have no room to pass judgment on anyone in the current government. Where was all the big talk a few years ago when you had your hand up the puppet (Bush's) back.

    Obama is cleaning up YOUR mess. The least you could do is show him a little respect. Lets not forget, 911 happened on your watch, the Lie in Iraq, your watch. You're done. (Where's my fork!)

    October 22, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. Web Thomas

    I think the American people have already heard all they need to hear from Mr. Cheney.

    October 22, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. Ralph Kramden

    How dare he challenge Barack! Dick is not half the man Barack is and he sould not be allowed to talk badly about him. Bush got us in this mess and we should not be pushing Barack to fix any of this as it is all Bush's fault not Barack's. Barack was elected president after Bush spend 8 years screwing things up. Barack is the wend underneth our feet and all of America loves him and his family!

    October 22, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. Saad

    Cheney looks evil, talks evil, smells evil, he IS indeed one of the most evil people (if i may call him a 'person') to have served our nation.... next to Rums FLED etc.... :):):):):)

    I wish he would just go play hide somewhere.... we would be better off.

    October 22, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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