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. Phillip Todd

    Cheney 2012

    Forget 'Change' ChangeBack !

    October 22, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. Mark

    It becomes more clear with every Cheney speech who was really the president. George W. was little more than a puppet for Cheney.

    October 22, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Sherry

    You mean it is considered "afraid" to really understand the situation and get the best information before risking more lives, as opposed to getting us into a war in Iraq that had NOTHING to do with the terror attacks on the United States in 2001, as the Bush/Cheney Administration did? Why don't you crawl back under your rock.

    October 22, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Tracy

    Hmm..maybe its him that is afraid – either of exposure or of someone else will be successful.

    October 22, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. No Huey in this hunt

    Typical low brow play ground taunt.

    October 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. Travis In Colorado

    You are correct Mr. Cheney. Obama doesn't have a single clue as to what he's supposed to do. I guess the teleprompter is broken, that's why he's delaying and partying it up at the taxpayer expense. I hate to say this about ANY president, even Obama, but I truly believe that Obama is TRYING to flush this country down the toilet. What has he done to prove me wrong?

    October 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Chuck Anaheim, Ca.

    Why shoudl we pay attention to a war criminal? Go to the Hague now cheney and save the country the embaresment of have to watch you duck walk when the charges finaly come.

    October 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Ralph

    Time for Dick to get another H.A. (Heart Attack)

    October 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. James B

    Damaged relationships with key allies ? Dude your administrtion did the damage. Obama is trying to fix the damage of the past 8 yrs. Undermine Iraq ? Obama has praised the military leaders and hasn't touch Iraq, except to say he is still on track to pull troops out. And as for the question of damaging your security legacy ? what legacy, you yourself admited that torture was used. Hundreds of nations signed and abide by the Geneva convention. So you can blame Obama for this. It's like saying you broke the law and you want obama to do the prison time, sorry DICK, It may be best if you and your daughter just walk away

    October 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. mmmhmmm

    Perfect opportunity to clean up the federal deficit. Cheney vs Obama….$199 pay preview cage match…we could wipe out that 10 Trillion and maybe have some left for a COLA increase for the AARP members, extent the 8K tax credit for first time home buyers and extent the unemployment benefits to 104 weeks and include a COBRA break…..as usual nothing for the working middle class folks that are paying for everything in the first place

    October 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. denvah

    No Dick! You are WRONG! Our biggest allies are in Europe and Obama is winning them back hand over fist. YOU are the one who damaged our national security with your "go it alone" policies... THAT is what alienated our BEST allies from us and Obama is doing nothing more then fixing YOUR MESS!

    Thank god we have term laws so these people couldn't steal a third term in office!

    October 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. arlo bill

    why does the media even pay attention to this guy still? what has he done to deserve our respect? what should obama do differently dick? he's trying to straighten up the mess YOU made.....

    October 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. vegage

    When he will be gone forever? He is an embarrassment for this country.

    October 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. Preco

    Hear this fool...

    "The White House must stop dithering while America's armed forces are in danger," Cheney said

    Mr Cheney, please tell the world who put America's armed forces indanger in the first place?

    Your greed and the stupidity of you and bigots in the last administration damaged America, please shut-up while damage control is in progress!

    October 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. demogal

    Dick Cheney did not run for pres., supposedly because of his age and health. I believe it was because he would have lost, and if he did not lose, would have been as big a failure as Bush before him. He is much happier carping about the new direction that the American people have chosen. Ignore him and (perhaps) he will gooooooooo awaaaaaaay!

    October 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. Indiana Voter

    Cheney was one of the best Vice Presidents we have ever had. He knew how to keep America safe and fight a war. This bozo in the White House now, and many bozos on this site as well, know nothing about keeping America safe and would rather run with our tails between our legs. Liberal Democrats will be the death of America.

    October 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Linda

    President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his diplomatic efforts...........What have you done Mr. Cheney.

    October 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Brent

    Does anyone care what Cheney has to say about anything? He spent 8 years screwing up this country and now wants to point fingers at other people? Give me a break!

    October 22, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. TRA

    I'd rather be timid and make sound decisions where young soldiers lifes are concerned rather than be arrogant and cost these brave young men and women their lifes.

    October 22, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. Armin

    who in the world wants to hear what that man has to say??

    October 22, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. Norm

    Every US death in Iraq can be traced to your administration. You lied and pressed Bush to go where we shouldn’t have (Iraq), which forced us to leave where we should have been (Afghanistan).

    October 22, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. JIm C.

    Haha. Dick Cheney should never be allowed to even comment on our "relationships with our allies." Never.

    October 22, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. Mike

    Funny how Cheney can say that – What exactly did they do about Afganistan? Oh...they invaded Iraq instead – I see the connection. Cheney is an idiot!!!!!

    October 22, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. Billy Bob AZ

    Here is a man who avoided service in Vietnam when he could have served his country, calling President Obama "afraid". Yeah, right. I think we have had enough of Cheney and his "service" to the country.

    October 22, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Ron

    Dick Cheney should crawl in a hole with the rest of the snakes. Why did'nt they put more troops in there when they were in power (FOR EIGHT YEARS) HE AND HALIBURTON WERE IN IT FOR THE OIL

    October 22, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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