January 5th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Paul takes aim at Cheney

Paul is taking aim at Cheney.
Paul is taking aim at Cheney.

(CNN) – Dick Cheney is taking criticism from at least one member of his own party over the former vice president's recent and persistent criticisms of the Obama administration's handling of national security issues.

Ron Paul, the Texas congressman and upstart 2008 presidential candidate, told CNN's Larry King Monday night Cheney is in no place to criticize Obama's handling of the war on terrorism.

"I think he had his eight years, and he's caused a lot of trouble for our country and perpetuated a war in Iraq unnecessary and wrong-headed," said Paul. "I would say it would be best he not be so critical right now."

Paul was a constant critic of the Iraq war during his unsuccessful presidential run. While he is currently not seeking a higher office, his son, Rand, is seeking the Republican nomination for Senate in Kentucky.

Paul's comments come several days after Cheney released a tough-worded statement criticizing the president's response to the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day.

"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."'

White House Communications Director Dan Pffeifer later responded the president "is not interested in bellicose rhetoric, he is focused on action."


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  1. Bill C

    Gotta love CNN. After a tease headline, attempting to make VP Cheney look bad, you find out the Republican in question is none other than WTC denier and space alien believer Ron Paul. Hilarious.

    January 5, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Lady Pilot

    I just love Dick Cheney. He says it like it is, and he's right about Obama. Maybe Obama will change his mind on how to treat terrorists when their actions personally hit him. What a mess he has our country, not just concerning terrorists, but the economy, deficit......Whatever, you name it. ARE YOU MISSING PRESIDENT BUSH YET? I AM. Obama needs to get some balls and do something.

    January 5, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. Dale

    Ron Paul is a little looney himself, but he has this one right on. Cheney's credibility is now zero.

    January 5, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. Karen L. Reimer

    Dick Cheney should be tried for war crimes not given a public forum to criticize the President of the United States of America. Why is he not being arrested? Ron Paul is too kind to the man in his comments.

    January 5, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. pinkette

    Good for Paul. I'm glad one republican remembers that Cheney did a lousy job when he had a chance to fight the war on terrorism. Now we need someone else to remind these critical Republicans that they had many yaers to put the 911 suspects on trial in military tribunals. They did nothing but hold them in custody for over seven years without a military trial. Now these Republicans are saying that Obama is wrong for putting them on trial in civilian courts instead of military tribunals. Bush had an opportunity to have military trials if he wanted to. Thry did nothing, so now they should just keep quiet and let the President bring these suspects to justice.

    January 5, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. marty

    "Bellicose rhetoric", is too polite a term to use when referring to
    Dick who?

    January 5, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Lee Oates

    Cheney is a war criminal and any decent country would place him on trial, preferably the world court..

    January 5, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. JenC

    Clearly, the man has bumped his head very hard. Dangerous head injuries are bound to create delusional and fantastic prounouncements. Keep all sharp objects out of reach, Dick.

    January 5, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Dan

    Ron Paul from all people. He should shut his mouth up, he is a sore looser and his comment mean nothing.
    Mr. Paul, why don't you retire ???

    January 5, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Mr. American

    Right on Congressman Paul...We are hearing more from Cheney than we did in eight years he was in office...I guess he has finally come out of his bunker!!

    January 5, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. RTB

    Very good.

    It is about time someone on that end of the spectrum made an intelligent comment regarding Cheney.

    January 5, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. cw

    Finally, someone in the Republican party that doesn't think with their party ID card first – brain second.

    For 6 years Cheney ignored the rules that made the US a role-model, and got away without being given hard time – which is a tragedy. He's done enough damage – if you won't put him in jail at least tell him to shut up.

    c

    January 5, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. phyllis

    I think Mr. Paul is right on the money, Cheney should shut up, and go home, and keep out of the tax payers business. Every thing that, Mr. Paul said is true. Cheney had eight years to do what was right, and he did not do what was right, at least the nutty George Bush is keeping his mouth shut, and that is what Cheney should do!!!!!!!

    January 5, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Jarrod

    I swear, the last GOP administration looks more like the new Democrat administration, and they keep behaving the exact same stupid way. Pro-war, big government, more afraid of offending the politically correct than doing what's right. We should have elected Ron Paul, our economy wouldn't be in tatters, and we'd be out of "foriegn entanglements" that we're in currently.

    January 5, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Ron Paul for President, again

    the man is the soundest after Obama

    either would be a good choice, we are lucky to get Obama

    we should consider Paul

    January 5, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Jim K

    At least one Republican has a pair and is willing to take on the Bible thumpers and war mongers who have ruined the once-great GOP. You go, Ron Paul!

    January 5, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Dave

    For once, I agree with Ron Paul. Cheney is the last person who has any right to complain about this situation. Then again, the inept chickenhawks always seem to have the biggest mouths.

    January 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. strong

    Ron Paul .... the unsung hero of American Politics.

    It's too bad he will never get the American people en masse to support him. We're stuck with the same old cookie-cutter politicians like Cheney, Romney, etc. Therefore, nothing changes.

    January 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Pablo

    Thank you Ron Paul (one of the few logical republicans).... Cheney has some nerve criticizing this young administration. If after 8 years in office they leave as big or a bigger mess then yours did Cheney then you have every right to complain so for now SHUT IT.

    January 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Mike

    Hey Dick! The operative words you've used are " he seems to think ".
    Something America wished you and Dubya would've done once in awhile during your administration.

    January 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    Happy New Year to Dr. Ron Paul!

    January 5, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Navy Vet

    Ron Paul you should get all the respect in the world for standing up and speaking the truth. Dick Cheney is a sad excuse for a ex- Vice Pres. This nation deserves better from it's former leaders. I'm disappointed to have served my country under his leadership.

    January 5, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. Carol

    I like Ron Paul's conservatism on the economy – he is really bad on security issues – this is why I would never vote for him for any office. Without security, it won't matter on the economy...I wish Cheney and Bush were still in office. What a clown we now have as president!

    January 5, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. Eddie B

    Ron Paul hit it right on the head! Cheney had 8 years to run this country and look where he left it. For him to have the audacity to comment on anything is unfathomable to me but the depths of his arrogance is beyond comprehension. I love to hear Cheney speak because it is a constant reminder of where we were before Obama and who was handling this country. 9/11 happened on his watch. That is the fact and this war in Iraq was a war for oil and the biggest lie ever.

    January 5, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Jaimon

    Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich were the only two peace candidates in last year's election. While Bush surged Iraq, Obama is surging Afghanistan. While Bush primarily fought domestic Iraqi insurgents (Mahdi Army + local Iraqi Sunnis), Obama is primarily fighting domestic Afghan insurgents (Taliban).
    Al Qaeda is an underground movement, not a standing army. US military invasion, occupation, and security seemingly fulfills Bin Laden's Anti-West propaganda.

    January 5, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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