October 22nd, 2009
12:40 PM ET
10 years ago

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. Lesley

    Is Dick serious?? Is he really calling the President scared on national TV?? This CLEARLY shows how we got into this mess in the first place. Go sit down somewhere, you're an American embarrassment. Haven't you embarrassed us enough?? Take a cue from Bush and go hide under a rock.

    October 22, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. coach

    America is very fortunate that Cheney is no longer part of the administration.

    October 22, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. bravado in boston

    It's time to sedate this guy, or bring him up on charges of sedition.

    He is a seditionist who has to be stopped!

    just sayin.......

    October 22, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. Shelly CO

    What is he talking about?????? Look hat his BRASH, ARROGANT, "either you are with us or with them( terrorists) " ultimatum did for our country. The deceptive and false Iraq war has claimed thousand and thousands of innocent lives! The Bush/Cheney started fighting a wrong war, instead of focusing on the war in Afghanistan( remember 9/11).
    President Obama is calmly and intelligently scrutinizing ALL sides of the discussion. instead of just running with it! He knows the lives of our amazing military folks is at risk and he will not rush to judgement!

    October 22, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. Erin, Kentucky

    hey Cheney...we ELECTED him to undo the Bush administrations National Security legacy! You are a war criminal! Nobody likes you!

    October 22, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Jim

    Where waa Cheney on Afganistan from 2003 until now? Nowhere, just focusing on Iraq. Perhaps if the Bush/Cheney administration did not take their eye off the ball in Afgan..the necessary war, we would not be in the mess we are in over there.

    October 22, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. Calidan

    Every story about Dick Cheney must garner the same reaction: Why is this man not in jail?

    October 22, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. reality really hurts

    well, well, well, it looks like the grand pooh-bar of the former White House crazies has an opinion. Ok, now that some of us have read what you;ve had to say, how bout' going back to your cave and work on shreding more documents, as you count your ill-gotten Haliburton gains. Boy , what a smuck!

    October 22, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. victim of republican greed

    How can anyone take Cheney seriously? He is clueless like Baghdad Bob.

    October 22, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. JDD

    This guy has some serious issues. Can't he just accpet that he was part of the worst administration in the history of this country and go away quietly. At least I will give his boss W some credit for having some class and keeping his mouth shut while the new administration cleans up this huge mess left behind. What a bitter pill this hack is.. be gone!

    October 22, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. JR

    Darth Cheney comes down from the Death Star once again...

    October 22, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. Lisa

    DICK – Just SHUT UP! You are SO NOT being listened to. Time to retire your EGO! Idiot.

    October 22, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. rick

    Why is this monster still in the news?

    October 22, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. George in Az.

    Now you know why only 20% of voters I.D. themselves as a Republican. Cheney's policies have destroyed the worlds view of the U.S.

    October 22, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. DICKSTOPBEINGADICK

    Guess his Hailburton kick backs are drying up. That fake heart is still beating and trying to cause havoc. EVIL PURE EVIL

    October 22, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. Dave From Philly

    I think even former President Clinton stop his attacks on the Bush Administration after their first week in office. Cheney should leave grow folks business to grown ups.

    October 22, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Beverly

    Apparently Dick has a head bigger than New Hampshire (or New York, or Texas). This guy should be tucked away somewhere. HE is the one that's doing the damage (and pretty much always has).

    October 22, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. Speaking for Liberals

    Dick Cheney and the rest of the Bush administration should be brought to justice for their various crimes against our nation and humantiy. No other administration in the history of our great country has brought us down more than them

    October 22, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. Steve From NH

    think back and remember how things were going the day that Cheney left office, and raise your hand if you think his way was working well.

    October 22, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. jd

    Go back to Wy and herd your sheep

    October 22, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. Beyond Absurd

    Dick, why don't you share some of your hard earned war experience with the new President. Oh, right, you evaded the draft. That does not mean that you can't be a top notch arm chair general and hair shirt for the American people.

    October 22, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. Sanity

    We may have been attacked under their watch but it did not happen again. I hate it when people are so short sited. At least we knew where Bush stood. Can you say the same for Obama? Is he leaving up to his promises? It has been 10 months now. Stop blaming the predecessor and get the job done.

    October 22, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. Dennis Smith

    Obama is afraid????? How many deferments did Cheney have, 6 – 7. Give him a gun and send him over there to fight. What's he got to lose?

    October 22, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. mike

    its dick the dick and the old fart can't retire stop defending your actions of the past are you afraid they are going to find out the truth and you will sitting in jail with BO BO your new butt buddyj

    October 22, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. kirk

    My God, won't this guy just jump off a cliff, a VERY high cliff!!!!!

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