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. File under "Sarcasm"

    What you see is what you get with a group of Chicago politicians whose basic play book is:
    Judge all proposed actions by how they will play in the press.
    If it's an idea that plays well in the press, it's our smart idea.
    If it's an idea that doesn't play well in the press, it's someone else's dumb idea.
    If there is no clear reaction to the idea, stall until there is or until it is obscured by other issues.
    If there are no other issues, make some.

    October 22, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Otto

    G2, you are not on subject but show you are just as arrogant as Cheney. Which president and VP invaded Iraq while pulling out the troops from Afghan? Was it Bush/Cheney or Obama?

    Ignorances is certainly bliss; reading your ingorance makes me think you are half brain dead.

    October 22, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. j

    Consider the source and move on. He's never had a good idea and is one of the reasons this country is in the mess that it's in.

    October 22, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Kathryn

    Yes, Mr. Chaney. The 8 year reign of you and your puppy dog Bush was so successful! NOT!!! Anyone who thinks you have any relevant advice to give is just as irrelevant as you.

    October 22, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Adalbert

    Why would anyone want to listen to Cheney, He is a war criminal.

    October 22, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Richard

    This guy and his partner decimated our relationships with the world and now he is trying to sling mud on President Obama. He really has no clue what the majority of the country think of him. I know he doesn't care and we don't care what he has to say. He and his daughter can sell all the books he wants to his ilk. There is nothing he can do to paint a good portrait of himself. History has and will portray him as he really is, a bully who has a God Complex.

    October 22, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. LBird

    I'm sorry but who is Dick Cheney? Isn't he the guy who shot somebody and got way with it.

    October 22, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. KatrinaNYC

    Really, Dick? You mean pre-emptive attacks without provocation are the mark of a secure, confident, and thoroughly unafraid leadership? Riiiight.

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

    Dear Mr. Cheney: What did you accomplish in Afghanistan over the 7 1/2 years of your tenure? Absolutely NOTHING. How do you dare to criticize the new administration for developing a sensible strategy to cope with the mess you and your boss created.

    October 22, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. John Q

    Obama and H. Clinton for that matter declared Afghanistan to be the more "important" war, 10 months of indecision sums up the fact Obama is in over his head. Liberal's happy yet?

    October 22, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Greg

    Afraid? This coming from the consumate coward. Remember that conflict called the Vietnam War, Dick? Sure you do. That was the one where all the poor kids got drafted and thrown into a meatgrinder....you know.....the one you got FIVE deferments from?

    God help our country if we every put such a man in a position of authority again.

    Just another spineless, FOX News viewing, Rushbo listening chickenhawk!

    October 22, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Jerry

    And Cheney has 5 draft (dodging) deferements which speak to his courage and 2 DUI's which speak to his judgement. He lacks credibility to speak about anything. Cheney is a world class loser like Bush II.

    October 22, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Neil

    Emperor Palpatine makes his return. He no longer has Darth Vader's strings to pull and now he continues to rile up the far right with more Fear-Mongering. This politcal scene is growing stale. Old men throwing tantrums and voting NO on everything proposed is ridiculous. Congress needs new blood and new life like the Redskins!

    October 22, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Steve

    Dick Cheney's rants sound like he has lost touch with reality. President Obama is smart to be patient and not rush to committ 40,000 more American soldiers to Afghanistan, let the Pakistanis fight the Taliban it is their country that is in danger of collapse.

    October 22, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. victim of republican greed

    Too bad conservatives had to pay him to speak, as his observations have no merit.

    October 22, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. We Won Get Over It

    I wonder if the poster who agreed with cheney about the PLAN has a brain to think things over....the Iraqi War STARTED by bush and cheney and the Afgan war STARTED by bush and cheney was never ENDED by bush and cheney...NOW they are experts on how to end it...gee what a crock..someone needs to put a sock of you know what in cheneys trap. He spews enough of it.

    October 22, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. Butch

    From the tone of Cheney's words, I wonder: is he "Friend" or "Foe?"

    October 22, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. m jeff

    Torture, torture, torture, listening to Cheney is pure torture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 22, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  19. Ryan

    He won the Nobel Peace Prize Dick-head Cheney. No one has done more damage to the US than the Bush administration in all aspects of life so I really wish this bonehead would shut his foolish trap. He's just grouchy cuz he didnt get his oil empire like he wanted...boo hoo.

    October 22, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. Ed from the western slope of Colorado

    CNN still listens to this moron???? CNN still thinks this gas bag anything relevant to say????? Why are you giving this idiot a forum?????? Please make him go away. Oh, wait, Halloween is coming up soon. Maybe that's it.

    October 22, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. rand

    This old fart just keeps stirring up hatred and continues his bullying ways. With the possible charges facing him, one would think he would shut the hell up and fade away.

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

    Looks like CNN is also slanting the News! Only liberal comments allowed? You keep your bias Sanchez, Wolfie, and King. I'll continue to get all sides from the fair and balanced Fox News!!

    October 22, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. Proud American

    This Moron and his family should be charged with crimes against American and sent to p prison or better yet forced to live in Iraq/

    October 22, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. Jane O'Marquette

    This bitter old criminal needs to put his life on a productive track.

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

    10 months. Amazing how people expect the commander in chief to clean up 4 years worth of damage in ten months. And if a WAR that's been raging for 8 years is not cleaned up in ten months some how the President is a failure. Amazing.

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