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. m smith

    Biden is right. Who cares what Chenny has to say.

    October 30, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Nate from Atlanta

    Biden and Grayson are the only dems with a backbone. Get with it Obama!

    October 30, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. JonDie

    Cheney should be indicted, tried, convicted and imprisoned for life for being the co-author of the Bush policy to dump our soldiers in Afghanistan without sufficient material support, without adequate leadership and without a strategy to win.

    October 30, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. Michael

    I agree with you Mr Vice President, cheney is a loser
    and a disgrase to the american government. We haven't heard from
    him in 8 years and suddenly we are being subjected to alot of incomprehensible babble.

    Why doesn't cheney retire, act his age and not his shoe size?

    October 30, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. 4 Palin

    Beverly in NC–why do you insist that the Republicans are doing nothing for this country??? Get a clue–or maybe you haven't heard that the Democrats have the majority vote???? They are just not sure what to do and they sure don't want to take the blame when they vote on the wrong thing. So if your President, Speaker of the House and Harry Reid are not getting laws passed, don't blame the Republicans, blame the Democrats. Apparently they don't have enough courage to vote the way this administration wants them too..

    October 30, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  6. annie s

    No one in their right mind cares what Cheney thinks.

    October 30, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. ED FL

    It must be the cooking of the Cheney women, that whole household are a bunch of nuts. Cheney was hen pecked and took it out by ordering American youth to be killed in a sensless war. if you ever saw me and Mrs cheney together you could immediately see that he was always letting the real Cheney boss take over the scene.Cheney was a draft dodging coward who attemted to show off how tough he was by using his position to bully the atmosphere until he got the look from the real Cheney BOSS [mrs cheney then he put his tail between his legs and drifted out of sight. Cowards do not change He was Is and will always be a Mommy's boy and taking orders from the real Cheney in charge , the one with the dress on.

    October 30, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. Flip Belgium

    Let the man have his say. Add Palin's comments to it and W who has become a "motivational speaker" (book him for 100,000$ for 20 minutes!).

    Give them as much opportunity as possible to keep people remembering what they stand and stood for. Perhaps they will think twice then before giving them again a majority next year, of put them (if necessary with supreme court en disenfranchising black votes) back in office in 2012.

    Please let them show every reasonable voter that they still think the Bush brand was good politics and still defend the disasters they created. Voters really need to understand that, unbelievable but true, they would do it again if they were given the opportunity.

    The way W. played the compassionate bipartisan honest godloving common guy who would bring dignity and honour to Washington was much, much more dangerous.

    October 30, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. Patricia T.

    Actually, I think people DO care what VP Biden thinks and says. He is, after all, our sitting VP. Not someone who is out of office and now can't say enough publicly! Cheney has not had a positive thing to say for so long that it's almost funny that anyone pays him any attention. Biden at least is the VP - and not the puppetmaster that I'll always believe Cheney was. I think that's why he can't let legacy-related things go - it is, after all, HIS legacy he's looking out for, not W's.

    October 30, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. Flip Belgium

    BTW, Why wouldn't Cheyney speak today and spread these horrible sounds and ideas. It's Halloween remember/

    October 30, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  11. O.G.

    Nobody cares what Biden thinks either... or Obama, for that matter.

    October 30, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Dick Cheney is an evil, disgusting man. Whatever he says, the opposite is almost assuredly the right thing.

    October 30, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  13. Jesus Francisco

    and most people don't care what vp biden thinks either is right.

    October 30, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. bob in LA

    Cheney was irrelevant long before the election to most of us. Unfortunatley he was our president- oh sorry vice-president (it was hard to tell) and his decisions caused us many of our headaches today.
    Now that he's out of offcie I wish he would do one more thing for us- shut up!

    October 30, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  15. Lisa Epstein

    You go, Biden. Hurray for common sense.

    October 30, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  16. jonny

    Joe, based upon what Obama has you doing, you look pretty irrelevent too!
    Seems like the Obama administration who keep shooting themselves in the foot, think you are even worse.

    October 30, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. Wynter

    The only "dithering" that is taking place is from the Republicans as they waste time politically spinning things. The Obama Administration are doing their jobs in developing a strategy. While the GOP and Fox News are simply exposing their idiocy by repeating the term "dithering" across their political operatives like it matters.

    Take it from me, Fox News... No one is listening... No one cares what you think... 80% of Americans don't trust you... and we don't need you. We have a President and a Congress that are no longer controlled by your hyper-conservative agenda. So simply shut up, sit down and watch how the job is done. It's a new day in America and your not part of it anymore.

    October 30, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. Adam

    Yes Biden sit down with your adviser's and come up with a plan. Not play 22 rounds of golf!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  19. Squigman

    No one with a brain cares what Dick Cheney thinks, says, or does.

    October 30, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  20. Chris

    It seems that every time Joe speaks, it's something foolish.

    October 30, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  21. Mike

    I like Johns from Canada idea. Send his butt to the Hague for War Crimes and his attorney will shut his mouth for him. WAR CRIMINAL

    October 30, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  22. Jayson

    It is easy for Biden and Cheney to play the blame game since 99.9% of the American public is not privy to the details of the policy recommendations made by the Bush Administration prior to the election. Unless Biden plans on pushing for the declassification of these recommendations he doesn't have any more of a leg to stand on in making claims that the Bush administration didn't have anything in the works even though the Obama administration specifically requested that the Bush administration hold off on implementing proposed changes.

    Mr. Biden however has forgotten one of the fundamental parts of being politician and that is outward appearences. By not meeting with General McCrystal in a timely manner the image portrayed was one of indecisiveness or a lack of emphasis on Afghanistan. You can say you care about the troops all you want but actions speak louder then words and President Obama just doesn't seem to get that.

    October 30, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. misanthropicus

    Hey, Joe – you sure can be a funny guy!

    October 30, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  24. The Big NB

    The Republican party are a real lynch mob. They're a bunch of racist haters! Stop giving them air time, and let their party die.

    October 30, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  25. reflection

    Obama announced his strategy for Afghanistan seven months ago, in his attempt to "change" the course of events. It has changed. It's changed for the worse. How is that Bush's fault? At what point, if ever, will Obama supporters dare to think that maybe his actions are not working?

    October 30, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
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