October 30th, 2009
07:46 PM ET
4 years ago

'I don't care what Dick Cheney thinks,' Biden says

Biden says he's not too interested in what Dick Cheney has to say.
Biden says he's not too interested in what Dick Cheney has to say.

Washington (CNN) – Vice President Biden on Friday fired back at criticism from his predecessor, former Vice President Cheney, that President Obama is "dithering" over his decision about whether to send up to 40,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

"I like Dick Cheney personally but I really don't care what Dick Cheney thinks and I'm not sure a lot of Americans do," Biden said in an exclusive interview with CNN. "Look at the policy they left us, look at the policy of neglect they left us in Afghanistan, look at the policy we inherited in terms of their foreign policy...I think the President is doing exactly what any president should do."

October has turned out to be the deadliest month of the war so far, and Biden said the president needs the appropriate time to get the strategy right. He said the situation on the ground has changed because the Taliban is "taking advantage of a chaotic election process that took place in Afghanistan."

Biden added, "Any thoughtful president should be sitting down saying, 'Okay what is the strategy we have to employ with these changed circumstances?' And then look at the tactic that will best accomplish that. The President has great faith in the military."


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  1. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    A vigorous and healthy democracy needs dissent. Despite the source.

    October 30, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  2. Abdur Azad, New York

    Who cares PRESIDENT OF THE VICES Dick Cheney? I am sure none in the USA. It is due to Cheney-Bush war strategy that America has lost hundreds of our bright boys and girls and billions of tax payers' money in Iraq and Afganistan, and still we are looking for a goal.
    Cheney-Bush sent troops there abruptly without proper preparation and neccessary logistics just to satisfy their ego, and to pay billions to their pet contractors without competition who did not hesitate to charge 16,000% more than regular price of items they supplied. Even Cheney's pet contractors made duplicate bills for same supply and Cheny did not take action.
    We American people do not want to hear from such a big liar. We want to hear him only in the court if he is taken to custody and charged for mismanagement of the war and the war fund.

    October 30, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  3. Flipper

    Biden is an idiotic boob. Quayle was portrayed as an idiot, but he merely said a fraction of the idiotic things Biden has said (so far) as VP. The problem is, Biden has put his foot in his mouth more times in 9 months than Quayle did in 5 years.

    But of course Quayle is stupid & Biden is quirky. Typical.

    October 30, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  4. joe

    I really don't care what Joe or Osama thinks. As a matter of fact, I wish one of the two would take a leadership role that would benefit this country. My issue is that Reid and Pelosi are running this country and Osama is nothing more than a puppet. I see both parties as complete failures, but I see Osama as a coward.

    October 30, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. Grahame

    Dick Chaney is a sick and bitter old man who will continue to use any method he can think of to try to destroy Presidant Obama. I find it strange that there are people in the US who think that Chaney has any relevance at all. I remember full well the picture of both him and Bush at the inauguration of Presidant Obama. They both looked like the sick defeated sour losers they are. Dick Chaney is the embodiment of evil and will only live on in the minds of the klu klux klan

    October 30, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  6. Stanley

    Tooooo much venom in the house folks. May God help us!!

    October 30, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  7. George Washington

    seems to me like you should spend less time acting like political two year olds, and spend more time on taking care of the pirate problem on the open seas.

    October 30, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  8. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    Yeah right Dan, it's all Obama's fault for the last 10 months. There are no consequences beyond Jan. 21st for the previous 8 years. this will make a great Republican platform in the years to come, Obama ruined all the wonderful situations we left him.

    October 30, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. scott

    Joe Biden is a tool.

    He was supposed to bring his vast experience in foriegn policy to the maobama administration and all he can do is try and blame Bush/Cheney for whats happening in Afghanistan..

    Where has he been the last 10 months? What has been decided in the last two months on the request for additional troops?

    Joe is not relevant...

    October 30, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. K

    I really don't care what Biden thinks!!!! He is about the most useless vice president that we have had in a hundred years. He likes to stick his foot into his mouth.

    October 30, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  11. Stephanie

    Cheney was not a Vice President, he was a President of Vice

    October 30, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  12. Veteran

    What a coincidence, because most Americans especially those who serve don't care what Biden says. He has no discipline with his mouth in the first place, and on top of that, he is not offerering the President any suggestions for a strategy or to listen to the General's in theater. But I guess it's easy to continue dragging your feet and not make a decision because it is not your butt that's deployed in some foxhole outnumbered and requesting additional troops. Because it's more important to raise funds and votes for the Governer's races in Virginia and New Jersey. Although this nation is at war, I guess the war can just wait.

    It's your right not to listen to Cheney, but at least do something instead of bumping your gums and just sitting around not making decisions regarding national security.

    October 30, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  13. CHANGE.COM

    No one cares what Cheney says. Fact is he and Bush took their eyes off Afghanistan and decided to attack Iraq for planting to kill Bush Sr. But the ultimate motive was to make money! Don't believe me? Look at Halliburton's net worth withtheir no-bid Iraq contracts. Look at the military establishment and how much money they have made with the concocted war. Cheney should be tried and imprisoned in Gitmo.

    October 30, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  14. rb

    We should not worry. We should take our time...whats the rush right? Been 8 months but no hurry is needed. We first needed the stimulus, the car bail outs, the torture policy and the health care debate before we responded to helping our troops. We understand right? We understand that spending trillions more than we have is better now, we should not worry about 10 yrs from now.
    Things are better since he arrived. Teh banks are doing better, even tough this was a bush bail out, not the stimulus, which helped stabilize the bank. Who cares.
    Look, we are better now, broke yes, but better. Lets just spend some more and increase tax to 60-70 percent per person making over 90K. What is the big deal anyway. Go DEMS

    October 30, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  15. Kate

    Steve (the real one)

    You are a Republican after you are a Christian and an American???

    After "Christian" and "American" you should probably be son, father, brother, or caregiver to something. It's really sad that your political affiliation is third in your list of priorities.

    I guess that's kind of the problem. People have continued to think globally and discontinued acting locally. So many think, "I AM A REPUBLICAN!!!!" and they don't go that one step more to say, "and because I am a Republican, I will care about small businesses, and I will avoid Wal Mart, and I will support those who support themselves."

    You can align yourself all you want, and you can call yourself a conservative, and you can blast our vice president. That's fine. I just hope you're putting your money where your mouth is. When you say being a Republican is third in the list of importance in your life, I would have to say you are not.

    October 30, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  16. Ed

    FINALLY SOMEBODY SAID IT!!! Thank You Mr. Biden

    October 30, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  17. mike d

    it is too bad for our country that cheney wasn't irrelevant from 2001-2009. we would be so much better off.

    October 30, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  18. Ex-NC-Pub

    Biden joins all but the radical right in not giving a crap what this grumpy old war monger thinks and says (including his puppet Liz)

    October 30, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  19. Jim

    Whatever.......this administration has done nothing but screw things up from the start. No one can make a decision on anything. In March the current administration said this was the "Just War" and that they were introducing a NEW stradegy. Then Obama has the odacity to come out and make a speech about not sending troops into harms way and that if he did he would not leave them with ou the tools they need to acomplish there mission. Well there are troops there now and they are not recieving the support that they need. What the hell takes 3 months ?? This is there stradegy, there war and they have done nothing but him hall around.....Its sickening. All Obama has done is to keep the American public running from one crisis to another !!

    October 30, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  20. Runofthemill

    cheney has been nothing but wrong for more than 40 years. If you want a good indicator that you are doing the right thing – criticism from cheney would be a superb bellweather.

    cheney made a mess in his tenure as VP. He made a mess at halliburton. He made a mess as sect. of defense. He even thought Ford and nixon got the wrong message from Watergate and that nixon did nothing wrong.

    The only thing cheney has done well since becoming an adult was dodging the draft in the war he so ferverently supported in Vietnam. He was all for it just so long as his inferiors did the dying.

    October 30, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  21. allisonchaynes

    I think it's worth it to care what Dick Cheney thinks: I've never seen comments that are so terribly, comically wrong. If I remember right, the original purpose for blasting the Taliban out of power in Afghanistan was because they were harboring Osama bin Laden – you know, the guy behind 9/11? Man, those were the good ol' days because I agreed with that move. Also if I remember right, Cheney and the neocons suddenly shifted over to Iraq. Thus began the "dithering" in Afghanistan. I guess the tragic irony for me is that a supposedly brilliant man like Cheney – who btw showed absolutely no understanding of human nature during his tenure as VP (see: Abu Gahraib) – now criticizes Obama for not being expedient enough to do what the Cheney administration should have done to begin with. WHAT?

    October 30, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  22. Liberty Queen

    You tell 'em Joe! Cheney is a war criminal and traitor.

    October 30, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  23. Rita, NJ

    He's right, no one cares what Death Vader says. President Obama is doing the right thing. I wish Dick and W had done some thinking. We would not be in this mess.

    October 30, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  24. Obama the Destroyer

    I know who Dick Cheney is...he's the guy who helped keep us safe from additional terrorist acts. But who is Joe Biden?

    October 30, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  25. B

    Glad to see people finally placing the blame on the GOP. Christine, you claim Biden is ruining your kid's financial future and call him a murderer!!?? Do you have a savings account you can go back to and look to see what the GOP did to it? The rest of the nation lost 40% of their savings while Bush/Cheney ruined the country? You didn't?? And you call Biden a murderer??? Because he sent troops to Iraq based on known lies? Because he egotistically threw American lives around to serve his own vendettas? No, that was Bush. I appreciate your frustration, but if you take the time to educate yourself you will find the GOP abused your trust and continues to laugh at your ignorance. Please, educate yourself.

    October 30, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
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