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. vic nashville , Tn

    Cheney and Karl Rove gave advise to G.W.Bush what happened we don’t like George.W.Bush

    So we won't listen to Cheney or Karl Rove

    October 22, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Dr. S Bennis

    Cheney not worth talking about after him and Bush failed in just about everything they did. " Mission Accomplished"
    Bush flew to the ship to post the sign but why did he go AWOL when we needed him in the war.

    October 22, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Illinois 2

    Dick had his chance to run for president and chose not to so he should just set back and shut his mouth.

    I do believe that our military leaders should have more say in the war issues.

    October 22, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Tom J

    So the five time deffered chicken hawk is still whining about national security? Go back to what you do best Dick; hiding under your desk. Pathetic coward.

    October 22, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Jennifer

    Obama-Either send more troops or pull out. Be "in it to win it" or not. Do not let Afgan be another Vietnam. I am sure the folks over there are hoping their sacrifice is not in vain.

    October 22, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. JLS

    CNN is digging deep for news. What point is Dick Cheney trying to make? His foreign policy agenda failed miserably and cost our country trillions of dollars. We have two unfinished wars because of this idiot.

    October 22, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Tristan

    Still bitter about not being made Emperor, eh Dick?

    October 22, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. tim nyc

    dick cheney is completely nuts... nice job dick on global affairs!!..you certainly made the world safer as you took money from halliburton... and we love your five deferments from the war in vietnam– you're a chicken hawk, dick– send others to die for your neocon scattered brained ideas. when " you had better things to do "...so just crawl into a hole and dissapear, please!– you have bungled enough in this wonderful country.

    October 22, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Doc

    The fact that this man is not behind bars is PROOF POSITIVE that there is no justice in America.

    October 22, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. barry g

    Cheney, just fade into the sunset.
    You caused enough problems while in office!!

    October 22, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. scared

    OMG!!!! All of you scare me. Dick is right on!! It's about time someone has the nerve to say the truth. What Obama is doing to this country, in every aspect, is downright scary. I've never, in my 50 years, been so scared for our country.

    October 22, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Chris - MN

    The real question here is motivation. Cheney doesn't do this kind of thing for America, for our President, or with any intention of improving the situation. We know he has no personal courage, but is the standard chicken hawk that doesn't fight but wants to make others fight. My guess is that his primary concern right now is the safety of his defense contractor investments.

    October 22, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. ETM

    Ah, the war criminal is mouthing off again. Apparent, Dickie boy has nothing to do now that he can no longer implement and oversee torture.

    October 22, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. Kevin from PA

    President Obama looks very weak right now. He needs to decide what he is going to do & then do it!

    October 22, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. mario mtl ca

    Who care of Cheney, except fox probably as usual

    October 22, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    If it were up to this loser, we'd be carpet bombing the country. Even if Obama adds troops, it will take weeks/months for them to actually arrive so this "do it now for immediate results" garbage he and the other righties are spewing is misinformation at least.

    October 22, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. Susan Nolen

    Why doesn't Dick Cheney realize that most everyone is sick and tired of him? Doesn't he realize most everyone has no interest in anything he has to day about anything?!

    October 22, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Concerned

    Folks, Chaney is absolutely correct, I know that's not what some of you want to hear but Obama is really not a strong leader. He is putting our country in jeopardy. I'm very nervous...

    October 22, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Rick W.

    It's surprising, isn't it Dick? How it only took you two clowns (you and Dubbya) a couple of years to get us into this mess and Obama hasn't been able to get us out in 10 months. I think you should work on your hunting skills in your reitrement and leave the heavy thinking to those who DO have an adequate blood supply flowing to their brain.

    October 22, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Doug, Seattle, WA

    Why hasn't this delusional man been charged, convicted, and incarcerated for violating countless international laws and agreements?

    October 22, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. xmleft

    Dr. Death has not been right on anything! Remember, "we'll be greeted as liberator's!". Go back to some undisclosed location and stay there!

    October 22, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Hank

    Let's be honest. There is never anything Obama or his administration is going to do that will please Cheyney and the Republicans. If Obama would be more aggressive, it would be "reckless inexperience." The only good news here is that Cheyney is no longer a real participant. Only a predictably mean-spirited snipe from the sidelines.

    October 22, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Dick Cheney is a very sick and dangerous person. He should be facing charges of treason, crimes against humanity and obstruction of justice instead of braying on about President Obama. Sadly, this is what the Republican Party has become!

    October 22, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. tesaworg

    Read this and then make a decision on who is afraid:
    "Weapons of Mass Destruction Progress Report – 21 Oct 2009"

    October 22, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. New Yorker

    Cheney is 100% correct and the wimpy liberals just can't handle truth so they spew their nasty comments and continue to support the community organizer as he twiddles his thumbs and tries to figure out what to do with his "war of necessity".

    October 22, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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