January 5th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
4 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. Tom C

    Even though I do not agree with all of Ron Pauls policies, I do give him credit for being a stand up guy.

    January 5, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Spuddy In New Orleans, LA

    Mr. Cheney seems to think that if he keeps berating the Obama administration, everyone will forget who got us in the unnecessary war with Iraq. Mr. Cheney seems to think that by bad mouthing the current President, we will forget about the many miscalculations he and President Bush made to get us in the hole we are in economy wise. Mr. Cheney seems to think that if he continues to challenge President Obama patriotism and backbone, we will forget that he (Mr. Cheney) avoided the Draft with all those deferments during a time of war.(Vietnam) Mr. Cheney seems to think that coming out and speaking now, we will forget that he spent the whole 8 years as Vice President in an "undisclosed location."

    January 5, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. jeff

    Even the GOP thinks Cheney is a traitor

    January 5, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Mike

    Finally, a republican that sees Cheney for what he really is.... an angry ex-vice prez who didnt get the job done while he had the chance.

    Thank you Ron Paul for speaking up! I think you said it perfectly.

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

    Wow! Go, Ron, go! Hope for your sake Rush (I love socialized medicine in Hawaii) Lamebrain doesn't get wind of your criticism. He will tell Michael Steele to kick you out of the party!

    January 5, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Brian

    Sorry Ron, Dick is right!

    January 5, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Beyond Absurd

    Why not be completely honest and say not just that Cheney should not be so critical right now, but that he is embarrassing himself by his pathetic bitter old man act and he is hurting this country every time he opens his mouth.

    January 5, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. independent for reform

    glad to see at least one republican show some backbone. i'm tired of the constant criticism from cheney. he always had something better to do than to join the military. why can't he find something better to do now.

    January 5, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Ed Tallahassee

    I don't agree with Ron Paul too often, but on this one he is correct.

    January 5, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. mjm

    Paul is good with fiscal policy and terrible with national defense.

    That's why he belongs in the House and not the White House.

    January 5, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. Four and The Door

    "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.
    ______________________________________________________
    Perpetuated? At a time when it is clear that our military has for all intents and purposes met their objectives in Iraq and left it a country now working for the good of their population instead of a tyrant it is a poor choice of words for this criticism.

    And our military was able to acheive these goals not because of cries from aspiring Democratic politicians that the war was,"...unwinnable..", but because of the leadership from President Bush and his administration. Now, ironically enough, the jobs of those same Democratic politicians are a little easier because of the positive situation existing in Iraq.

    January 5, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. no name calling

    SAY GOODNIGHT, DICK.

    You had your chance and you blew it.

    January 5, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. David

    Ron Paul = principled.....Good job Ron. The rest of the world is coming around to see that you have been right for a long time. Just like mathmatics or science, truths or any sort prove themselves over a period of time.

    January 5, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. Just Saying...

    At last, a Republican with common sense...

    January 5, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Kurt Ness

    Mr. Paul has it right again. If the Republicans want to reinvent themselves it should be around the ideas coming from Ron Paul not the same or even more extreme version of the neocon philosophy.

    January 5, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Zoomie63

    Finally a republican with rational thought processes, but can Ron Paul wake-up the Republican Party. You can see how stupid many republicans are by the support for Palin.

    January 5, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Rudy E.

    Bravo Senator Paul for stating what has needed to be stated for the past year. The fact that Bush/Cheney failed to resolve the terrorism issue during their eight years and, in fact, exacerbated the problem through their misguided torture and other policies, removes them from the list of those qualified to criticize anything being done by the Obama White House. Mr. Cheney ought to take a hint from his former boss and fade into the woodwork, for the good of the country.

    January 5, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    "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," I would say it would be best he not be so critical right now."

    Could we make this a bipartisan petition? Then could we send the petition to Congress to be turned into a criminal law??

    THEN, could we charge Cheney and the rest of that administration charged with the crimes that even non-lawyers can flaerly see that they committed???

    I'm just askin' (begging. actually – we, the country need the resolution)... Besides, if, as they were so fond of saying, if you have nothing to hide...

    January 5, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. SaintGenesius

    In his new book, GOP Chairman Michael Steele admits when Republicans are elected they pretty much never get it right. So why would anyone listen to Dick Cheney about anything...ever?

    SG

    January 5, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. JA/TN

    Congressman Paul said it best, America reached its lowest depths under Bush Cheney watch, outright lies, wmds, invasion, false terror alerts, and the list goes on

    January 5, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. The Focus Guy

    I totally agree with the Gentleman from Texas...... and also ADD.... Mr. Cheney (You are no longer relevant). The sooner you understand that the sooner you will zip your mouth.

    January 5, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Liz

    Cheney's comments border on treason, as did his actions as vice-president when he and King George the Lesser shredded our constitution in persuit of their pet war. He needs to be UNDER Club Fed for the rest of his life.

    January 5, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. Karl

    I somewhat agree with Mr. Paul, and Vice President Cheney on this one. Bush/Cheney did instigate a war based on intelligence of the Iraqi's obtaining nuclear weapons, which turned out to not be true. But Mr. Paul fails to realize that 9/11 happened before the war in Iraq, and Mr. Cheney is criticizing the next administrations stance on Terror; you know the word they don't use anymore. If anything, our American government should be more deterrent, and should put more emphasis on the safety of the American people in preventing further terrorists attacks. I agree with Cheney that this administration has not been focused on this single aspect since in office, and it took this fortunate wake up call to make them fully alert. Alert to the fact that before Iraq war, these monsters planned an attack years before Bush took office. No matter on your stance on the Wars; the indisputable fact is that the terrorists were going to try and kill more westerners whether we went into the middle east or not.

    January 5, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Marco V

    Dick is trying to rewrite history and cover his failures. Dick is just a being a dick!

    January 5, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. Gary

    Come on Dicky old boy, even this Nut can see thru you.

    January 5, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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