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. Royster

    I can't believe I totally AGREE with Joe Biden!!
    Cheney IS irrelevant..
    ... but you know an expose book on Cheney (not by him) would be much more interesting to read than the junior college essay we are about to get from Sarah Palin.

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

    it is good to have a thoughtful president .... but not one that takes so long that thoughtfulness becomes indecision

    and the president's lack of a timely decision is giving the momentum to the World's enemies

    so Mr. President, you answered the 3AM phone call and it is now months later .... why didn't you just let your subordinates answer the 3AM phone call while you continue to play golf?

    October 30, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. yen

    Why is Mr Cheney saying this and that ?No body wants his advice or opinion. He had eight years to make all the mess in the world. He is supposed to go away and go for good. Please go away.

    October 30, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    This administration does not want to win as the last administration lacked the will to win. You find and kill the enemy and not all civilians in Afganistan or Iraq are so innocent as the anti-war groups would like you to think. They do their own martydom by dying to protect our enemies. I just hope the President is not this slow about putting in the launch codes if we are under a nuclear attack or our enimies will destroy us and mutual distruction will not have worked and we will not be able to defend ouselves since they dropped anti-missle systems developement and deployment.

    October 30, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  5. snowflake

    I totally agree with Joe Biden! And further, how deplorable that Cheney's daughter has now spoken out against President Obama's midnight trip to Delaware to be on hand when the "fallen soliders" arrived! This behavior by Liz Cheney, borders on just plain UNAMERICAN!!! These Cheneys are so vindictive, and just plain "ugly"!! And as we continue to see, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree", concerning Dick Cheney's daughters! I will continue to hope that one day the Government will finish up their investgation of the Valerie Plame saga, and TAKE DICK CHENEY TO THE CLEANERS!!

    October 30, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. eyeswideopen

    Everything is Bush and Cheney fault cry the blind without fail Obama supporters. And of course, those of us who are critical do so because we just don't like him. So here is a fact, as Senator Barack Obama was the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommitee where he failed to hold a single meeting on the situation in Afghanistan. An issue Hillary Clinton raised during the debates that even Pres. Obama could not deny. Please take that into consideration when you defend the President on this issue.

    October 30, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. Lisa from Tampa

    You are correct VP Biden. We love you and President Obama. Glad we are finally getting a stronger voice in telling the tea baggers and those who support them that they are a fringe!!! Cheney and is daughter are an embarrassment. How many deferrals in the Vietnam war did you received Cheney-the answer: 5!!! Afraid to serve your country but fine sending others peoples sons and daughters. You are a disgrace.
    Obama 2012

    October 30, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. Porter H Watson

    cheny should be relegated to the same box as that currently inhabited by r. limbaugh - Box labeled 'Bufoons'

    October 30, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. Norm

    The American people are resilient and they will gradually repair the damage Cheney has done.

    October 30, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. valwayne

    Could it be our soldiers are dying because they don't have the support Obama's hand picked General says they need, and Obama's dithering is encouraging the enemy to think that they can break him by driving up the casualty count? Unfortunately this isn't above Obama's pay grade and our soldiers are just going to have to suffer in harms why until he makes up his mind!

    October 30, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. IM4NY

    Dick Cheney is a disrespectful man who is the source of many of the world's lingering problems. He served as the most thoughtless and ruthless Vice President in American history. We are happy to be rid of him and suffer still the consequences of his very bad judgement. No one cares what he says but we wish that he would have the good sense to be silent. He never cared what the American people thought. How many remember when reminded during an interview that the American people were overwhelmingly opposed to the war in Iraq and to which, with a shrug of his shoulder, he replied "So?" He should hang his head in shame and keep his opinions to himself.

    October 30, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. A.B.

    No one should care what Dick Cheney Thinks. He and George W. Bush left a military and economic mess that Obama and Biden now own and have to clean up. They left America's internatonal reputation in shambles and it's up to Obama and Biden to restore America's standing and integrity around the world. I wish the media would just ignore Dick Cheney, Sara Palin and other right-wing wingnuts and focus on what Obama is doing to restore the country's economy and integrity and standing around the world. Obama and the Democratic Congress are in the process of reforming the U.S. healthcare system. This is important and deserves the media's attention.

    October 30, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. Truth in advertising

    These progressive posts make no mention of the lack of an attack on US soil for the eight years the liberals bemoan, they seem to want to forget the buildup in Afghanistan and Pakistan under their first anointed one, slick Willie, whose appeasement allowed the terrorist slime the ability to kill many thousands of Americans civilians right here in our own country.
    It is easier to attack and demean then solve a problem and the libs are great at attacking anyone (regardless of the truth)with a different perspective. Maybe you enlightened ones should listen to a real patriot and remember appeasement will make our enemies stronger, and indecisiveness is the hallmark of a weakling and a coward.

    October 30, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. coach

    Cheney helped lead the country in a senseless way and the president is on target in moving carefully. However, we cannot win a war in Afghanistan. A strategy to protect the nation and our allies needs to be followed, not an attempt to build a nation .

    October 30, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  15. IM4NY

    How many of you remember when Cheney was reminded during a televised interview that the American people were overwhelmingly opposed to the war in Iraq? To that he replied, with a shrug of his shoulders, "So?." Why would anyone care now what he thinks when he never considered the will of the American people? He is a disgrace and will go down in history as such.

    October 30, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. IM4NY

    Chaney will be remembered for all time a disgrace to our great nation.

    October 30, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  17. Pragmatic

    Of course, Cheney would never admit he was wrong about being welcomed as "liberators" – it was all about IUDs than rose petals. Cheney still says that Sadam was involved in 9-11: He wasn't. All about his friends in Big Oil and the multi-million dollar no-bid contracts for Haliburton ... the 5 time draft dodger never was credible ...

    October 30, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  18. Vernon

    U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney may have allowed to happen, the mega-terrorism in New York and Washington on Sept. 11, 2001, to set into motion an era of neo-imperial wars. For Why is this guy in jail?

    October 30, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  19. SNAPPA

    You got it right Joe, the republicans and especially Cheney/Bush should hang their heads in shame. I'm amazed at how these people view themselves considering what a failure they were. How they can offer an opinion on something they obviously made a mess of and think that they actually know better is beyond reprehensible. I simply wish America could forget the years of Bush/Cheney but sadly we will be dealing with their legacy for many years to come.

    October 30, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  20. Mike

    Cheney & Bush both are nothing but draft dodgers. I believe Bush should be brought up on war crimes for invading Iraq and Afganistan illegally.

    October 30, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. National Republican Committee

    Thank you Joe for your continuing efforts to see our party successful in 2010!

    Sincerely, The NRC

    October 30, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  22. Mark L.

    Maybe Ol' 'Tricky Dickie" Cheney needs to suit up, along with former President Bush and GO FIGHT the war in Afghanistan themselves & help our heroic soldiers, all of whom are putting their lives on the line each and every day @ 'Tricky Dickie" Cheney & GWB's expense... And while 'Tricky Dickie" Cheney is at it, why doesn't he take the USELESS GOP along with him, to include: Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, Liz Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, Jeb Bush, Michael Steele, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Tim Pawlenty, etc. Oh, and let's not forget Rudy Giuliani...I'm quite certain Ol' Mr. Mayor can clean up the situation in Afghanistan just like he cleaned up the streets of NYC...LOL...{:o)

    October 30, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  23. Jim

    Out of all those who are less relevant than Cheney, Biden is easily far less relevant (that is why they lock him in a closet for months on end). Biden is so irrelevant that he is trotted out to say the most foolish things imaginable...

    Jim

    October 30, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. CRS

    How could VP Biden say he likes Dick Cheney? What's there to like compared with so much to despise about him?

    October 30, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  25. John

    Dick Cheney is one of the meanest Old Fart that ever Lived!

    October 30, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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