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. mh

    Biden is irrelevant! What a rube! When did they let him out again. Everytime he opens his mouth more stupidity comes out. He and Obama need to be impeached!! (But then we would be stuck with Pelosi and the world would come to an end).

    October 30, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  2. eric

    I am not sure it really matters what policy the past administration left us with and whether pointing the finger at them in an effort to state "....look what they did..." does anything remotely good for the country or the men and women who are fighting in the Mideast for that matter. Fact is we have folks we trust to run the war, our Generals, and they have stated without doubt we need more troops and our President and Vice President would rather spend time pointing fingers, trying to win Olympic Location contests and playing politics with Health Care, no wait I think this week it is Health Insurance reform.....what the H#$& are you idiots waiting for. We need more troops in Afghanistan, so say the Generals, where has Obama been lately? Is he in hiding? What has he done?? I voted for change, got stuck with the same old politics....clearly Obama and Biden feel the American Public is stupid, be what we are is fed up with indecision mired in political strategizing over who the incumbent party can blame for our countries issues. We don't care who is to blame, we want action DO SOMETHING!!!!!

    October 30, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  3. Bob in VA

    Looks like the 9 percent of Americans who have a positive view of Dick Cheney are well represented on this board. Just look for the frothing, nonsensical posts from sniveling dittoheads.

    October 30, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  4. Cindy

    If Cheney is so insignificant then why bother bringing him up. He must be making statements that someone is worried about.

    To TLD – There are those of us who don't care to listen to either party. Please don't act as though this administration is some how cleaner than the last. They just hide or spin it better. But sides make most of us very sick.

    October 30, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  5. JM

    Thank you Joe for saying what needed to be said!

    October 30, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  6. Thom

    For eight years cheney was relevant. He did more to circumvent the U.S. Constitution than any terrorist. Now he's just trying to salvage his reputation. He should face charges of treason, but for the country's sake it's better to just forget that blow hard and move on.

    October 30, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  7. Shlomo

    Ask not for whom the bell tolls.....

    October 30, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  8. louise

    You would think Cheney would be happy considering all the money he racked up for Halliburton and his cronies. Thats what he wanted. Maybe his conscience is bothering him, because for years he was in hiding and now he protest too much........ I hope they investigate the whole group for lying. They need to do time for war crimes.

    October 30, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  9. Moe, NY

    My opinion is get in, get it done, and get out. We have gotten in, have not gotten it done, and looks like we are not getting out any time soon. I respect our Vice President (By the way Mr. Vice President,I was born and lived for a while (13 years) in Scranton PA also, and still have many relatives, especially Dunmore way!), but come on...let's get the job done...whatever it takes...beginning to believe diplomacy is not going to work...just lower the mountains and end the caves...I think in the end you will even save more lives by doing it this way! I, as I am sure many Americans do not want to be in Iraq or Afhan forever. Our money can go to do so very much more in our country i.e. our infrastructure is in dire need of repair, our American citizens for the most part are without health insurance, and our elderly really need help. Once again, lets get the job done in these two countries and focus on America.

    October 30, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  10. L for Legend

    Cheeny is a dope!!!

    October 30, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  11. B

    A Smith. You are spot-on. Cheney should be, in all reality, in jail. Yet the people that still follow him and his ilk are of such low-minded intelligence they cannot recognize it.

    October 30, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  12. Chris

    Exactly. Dick Cheney has not yet realized that he is completely irrelevant. A smarter Cheney whould be hiding from tribunals.

    October 30, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  13. George LeVeau

    I have a problem with Joe's "I like Dick Cheney personally". What is there to like?

    October 30, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  14. Mike

    Cheney and Bush neglected Afghanistan for 8 years and now they want to criticize President Obama who is trying to find a reasonable and well-thought out strategy to help that country and the world. Cheney and Bush are gone from office should be quiet.

    October 30, 2009 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  15. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Cheney is a war criminal....he should be in prison.

    October 30, 2009 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  16. normajean

    GOOD FOR YOU VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN...................MOST THINKING PEOPLE DON"T CARE WHAT cheney HAS TO SAY EITHER!He has his daughter speaking for him now and many things she is saying are being shot down with previous televised interviews where she is saying just the opposite.LIKE FATHER< LIKE DAUGHTER......

    October 30, 2009 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  17. Carol Bonilla

    Who cares what that piece of garbage thinks anyway? Not I or any other thinking American.

    A real "Wise Latina Woman"

    October 30, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  18. Sherron Teal

    I love it Bush and Cheney did NOTHING while in office but start a war and now suddenly Cheney knows everything, he should keep his trap shut! Biden is way more intelligent and he doesn't look like a sneaky RAT!

    October 30, 2009 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  19. Gary

    Close minded Joe, very close minded. You don't need to like Dick Cheney but alot of what he says are true and most of what he says we need to discuss as a nation. You can shoot the messenger or refuse to listen, but that only makes you look weak and pathetic.

    October 30, 2009 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  20. James

    to John from canada:

    We have this thing call free speech and freedom of the press

    October 30, 2009 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  21. mormit

    Give 'em heck Joe!

    Cheny is a bad shot and a traitor.

    October 30, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  22. jay in denver

    "My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators."

    "Iraqi oil will pay totally for the war."

    "Saddam Hussein has been shown to have weapons of mass destruction."

    "We believe he [Saddam] has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons."

    "Saddam attempted to acquire yellow cake uranium from Nigeria."

    "I think they're in the last throes."

    Challenge to anyone who might think Cheney knows what he's talking about: Find ONE thing Cheney has EVER said where he was correct. Take your time, we'll wait.

    October 30, 2009 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  23. Noelle

    Good job, Joe! Someone had to step up and say something of value and in support of Presidnet Obama..the incessant bickering is very tiring!

    October 30, 2009 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  24. Biased

    I don't really care what Biden thinks either. If both he and his President spent less time on complaining and passing the buck for everything since they took office and did something rather than constantly appear all over the airwaves always trying to put forth a new entity for everyone to hate – then maybe what Biden says might hold some importance. If he passes out the dirt then gets it thrown back, then it appears both he and Obama are very thin skinned or fit into the "can dish it out but can't take it" category. I am surprised that he took time out of his campaigning and fundraising.

    October 30, 2009 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  25. K. Parks

    Part of the problem is that within any governmental department, if the director/commander want the same or higher funding levels they have to boost allocation to their project. Commanders will always always want more resources for their troops just as a sales manager will want more sales people. The question the commander in chief has to ask is it really required to achieve the goals set out. But then you have to have achievable, measurable goals. In a non-capitalist society loyalty can't be bought, it has be earned. Loyalty can't be forced through torture, it has be be earned.

    Dick Cheney "can't recall" important national security issues such as CIA agents but can stand in criticize others when he in not the one calling the shots. Typical politician!! (either party)

    October 30, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
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