December 30th, 2009
06:25 PM ET
8 months ago

White House forcefully responds to Cheney

The White House is responding forcefully to former Vice President Dick Cheney's comments Wednesday that are sharply critical of President Obama's response to the botched terror attack on Christmas Day.
The White House is responding forcefully to former Vice President Dick Cheney's comments Wednesday that are sharply critical of President Obama's response to the botched terror attack on Christmas Day.

(CNN) - The White House is responding forcefully to former Vice President Dick Cheney's comments Wednesday that are sharply critical of President Obama's response to the botched terror attack on Christmas Day.

"It is telling that Vice President Cheney and others seem to be more focused on criticizing the Administration than condemning the attackers," White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer wrote on the White House's official blog. "Unfortunately too many are engaged in the typical Washington game of pointing fingers and making political hay, instead of working together to find solutions to make our country safer."

The response comes hours after Cheney delivered a blistering statement saying the administration's response is proof that the president "is trying to pretend we are not at war."

"He seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won't be at war," Cheney said in the statement. "He seems to think if we bring the mastermind of 9/11 to New York, give him a lawyer and trial in civilian court, we won't be at war. He seems to think if he closes Guantanamo and releases the hard-core al Qaeda-trained terrorists still there, we won't be at war."

Cheney also said Obama outwardly "pretends we aren't [at war]," and the former vice president repeated his months-long criticism that the new president has made America "less safe."

In his blog posting Wednesday, Pfeiffer writes the Bush-Cheney strategy of focusing on Iraq led to a strengthened al-Qaeda on the boarder region between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and maintained it is President Obama's new policy of focusing resources on the war in Afghanistan that has made the country more safe.

"To put it simply: this President is not interested in bellicose rhetoric, he is focused on action," Pffiefer writes. "Seven years of bellicose rhetoric failed to reduce the threat from al Qaeda and succeeded in dividing this country. And it seems strangely off-key now, at a time when our country is under attack, for the architect of those policies to be attacking the President."

Pfeifer also takes issue with the former vice president's contention that Obama "pretends we aren't at [war]," saying the president and members of his administration have referred to being at war with al Qaeda several times.

"There are numerous…public statements that explicitly state we are at war," writes Pfeifer. "The difference is this: President Obama doesn't need to beat his chest to prove it, and – unlike the last Administration – we are not at war with a tactic ("terrorism"), we at war with something that is tangible: al Qaeda and its violent extremist allies. And we will prosecute that war as long as the American people are endangered."


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  1. DK

    "Seven years of bellicose rhetoric failed to reduce the threat from al Qaeda" That's all that needs to be said.
    ps
    It's really hard to imagine that Cheney is pleased that this particular mad-idiot-tyr failed.

    December 30, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. mtrocks

    Cheney is a traitor and crook. One has to wonder if he is the anti-christ himself.

    December 30, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Nathan,

    The White House shouldn't be responding to the likes of Cheney. Only the most harden conservatives and nuts believe anything he says. they should be out there responding to all these Republicans with short memories about how the Bush White House handled the shoe bomber 7 years ago. They should be telling the American people about Bush was proud that the federal judicial system did a great job prosecuting that terrorist.

    Anybody who listens to Cheney is a lost cost anyway. Dabating anything he says is a waste of time since they won't be able to hear. Put efforts into setting the record that these Republicans are trying to make political hay out of.

    December 30, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Peggy - TX

    5 time draft dodger Cheney is just making up stuff in order to voice criticism of the new administration. Cheney is not patriotic; rather he is a coward and a criminal. He wants to be perceived as the voice of the conservative opposition. This guy made public the name of a CIA operative, then he let his underling take the fall. He unlawfully pressured federal attorneys to do his political mischief and when they refused unlawfully he fired them. He also unlawfully directed individual without to write memos supporting torture.

    December 30, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Ben in Texas

    I'm glad to hear the White House responding to Cheney's mouthing off.

    Dick Cheney deserves the right to a lawyer and a trial for his war crimes. When he goes to jail, the warden can decide whether he gets to speak to the media. That's all the rights I'm willing to extend to Dick Cheney the terrorist, and it's more than he is willing to give. By Cheney's own rules, he should be held indefinitely without charges in some third world country.

    December 30, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. zazzle.com/TheProgram

    I am SO TIRED of Dick Cheney and his evil ways.

    Stop with the poison pen and help our nation rebuild after the disaster that was the last 8 years.

    9/11 and the shoe bomber and plenty of other things happened when YOU WERE VICE PRESIDENT.

    December 30, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Albert

    POLL:

    More Americans prefer to vote for a Tea Party Candidate, Independent or Democrat than a Republican.

    When is the party of major lies and hate distribution going to get it that Americans don't like or trust them.

    They iied about Iraq and understaffed and grossly mis-planned the effort in Afghanistan.

    Go home Dick ( I didn't serve in VIetam because I had better things to do) Cheney. W did not let you talk for 8 years, why should we listen to you now. Bitter Old Man...

    December 30, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Patti

    All this rhetoric from the very person whose policies created and escalated this situation in the first place. You have ZERO credibility Cheney. Go somewhere and count all those $millions you made off the blood of American soldiers and leave the rest of us alone.

    December 30, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. susanj

    Cheney is a disgrace as a Vice President, ex-Vice President, American and human being. He is truly evil. I just am shaking my head at the audacity of this creature. I don't know what else to call him.

    December 30, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. Jim

    Our country is war... with people like Dick Cheney who would destroy our country instead of contributing so that they can have power back, with people like Dick Cheney who think rule of law is a thing of the past, with people like DIck Cheney who don't believe in democracy.

    The systems that were in place on Christmas were the systems put in place by the Bush administration. When Mr. Dick attacks Obama it is always for the very things Mr. Dick did when he was in office.

    December 30, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. inthewest

    Ignorant Liberal-What is amateur is your spelling.

    Who is Dick Cheney, anyway? Last I knew he is not a leader anymore of the United States. He needs to go away.

    December 30, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. Peter s

    Arguing with Dick Cheney is like arguing with a big toddler!!. No one should let him cover his mistakes!!. They removed their eyes from the ball once they started cashing on terrorism. The war against terror is win-able if we take it to them! turn their own good people against those terrorists and cut out or funds which goes to the states which sponsors terror!, cut all nacotics routes which may be funds those groups! and Bomb all those countries which sells illegal arms anc chemicals to those terrorist! if this doesnt work! close all embassies on all countries which harbors terrorist and reinforce the mexican border! there problem solved!!!!

    December 30, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. James

    Sadly, Cheney is right on this one. Obama seems to think that if he closes his eyes long enough, the terrorists will just magically disappear.

    December 30, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. Bpin

    I really wish BHO and his administration would just get over the prior administration. Who cares what Cheney says? His term is over. Who cares bout Bush? He is no longer in office. Move on. If I was BHO or his administration I would be embarrased to even be mentioned or compared with them. Start running your own Presidency and quit blaming and reacting to the last one.

    December 30, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. LacrosseMom

    I agree with Mr. Cheney 100%. Pretending it is so does not make it so. Let us hope our current commander in chief wises up.

    December 30, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. Helen

    Cheney probably have inside friends in the intelligence community that are working against this current administration to prove him right. Chieney gives the impression that he is happy about flight 253. God bless him!

    December 30, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. Caryn

    I am so incredibly tired of Dick Cheney.

    December 30, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Cile McNeese

    His arteries are definitely clogged. Talk about diahrea of the mouth and constipation of thought. Why can't he just go away? At least dumb dumb Bush, Condi, Ronnie, Brownie, Karlie and the rest have finally shut up to some extent.

    December 30, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Ron: 9/11 HAPPENED ON GW BUSH'S WATCH! Bush ignored explicit warnings about the danger of Osama bin Laden.

    And what do you call the tennis shoe bomber?

    You and your ilk always like to say that Bush kept us safe ... NO, HE DID NOT!

    December 30, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. Annie

    Well said zazu!

    Mr Cheney and a scary number of this country's citizens really need to learn what the Constitution actually is, and to whom it applies!

    I too have been struck by the sad and predictable response to this latest terrorist attempt. When 911 happened – I was SO proud to watch this nation rally behind its government and stand united.

    A great many people need to start focusing on what makes this country great – and stop trying to pick it apart!

    December 30, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. WAHEID

    Cheney and his supporters would do well to recall that the most devastating terror attack on this country happened when he was V.P. In addition, George the Stupid, his boss, suggested after 9/11 that Americans continue with their normal routine. Does this sound like a nation at war? Besides, what does Cheney know about war aside from how to file college deferments so that he could avoid military service and let someone else do his fighting for him.

    December 30, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Cheneygoaway

    Cheney believes he and his goons are royalty and should have permanent power in the executive office. He is jealous because our constitution does not give him the right to be in power forever. He thinks his monarchist ways are the way it should be because he thinks he is right about everything. Thank goodness we have a democracy. Cheney now needs to shut his mouth. We are sick of hearing from him. He and his goons had their chance. They blew it. They now need to leave the American people alone.

    December 30, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. Jane/Seattle

    John Kerry tried reason or ignoring the Shock Troops for Insanity and look where it got him! He actually served in Vietnam as Cheney/Bush used connections to avoid possible death in American
    WARS of Occupation for Economic Plunder and Empire.

    Some folks have an amazing ability to ignore facts in order to believe Lies! It is about time someone fights them at their filthy little GAME of Semantic Twister! I'd love to get a semantic shot at Cheney/ Bush with no cheapened lawyers around! They be in Jail and we'd be free of these twisted LIES! Hit them between the eyes, White House, and then call the Police to arrest them all for TREASON! If you don't, YOU are Also in Violation of your OWN OATH!

    December 30, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. Carole

    Dick Cheney has alot of nerve! Why didn't his administration nab Osam Bin Laden when they had him cornered in Tora Tora?! Let's talk about that! Or how about him avoiding war 6 TIMES during Vietman! him and his selective memory!

    December 30, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. james magrady

    i dont no who is advising obama but you need to put cheney in his place he is an idiot its obama cia now and they need to put every thing that happened in bush and cheney years out there.there has to be many put them out he is a war mongrel and needs to be locked away in an undisclosed loaction until he dies

    December 30, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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