January 6th, 2010
03:36 PM ET
4 years ago

Liz Cheney echoes father

Liz Cheney is echoing her father's recent criticism of President Obama's response to the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day.
Liz Cheney is echoing her father's recent criticism of President Obama's response to the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day.

(CNN) - Liz Cheney is echoing her father's recent criticism of President Obama's response to the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day, saying Wednesday the president has not taken sufficient national security steps in the wake of the botched plane bombing.

Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and the founder of the nonprofit group Keep America Safe, released a statement calling on President Obama to reverse his decision to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, and to overrule the Justice Department's decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed before a civilian court in New York City.

Cheney also called on President Obama to classify the attempted Christmas Day bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, as an enemy combatant to be tried before a military tribunal.

"President Obama has weakened American security by treating terror as a law enforcement matter, refusing to use every tool at his disposal to prevent attacks, and taking his eye off the ball. America's homeland security and counterterrorism systems will continue to erode in the absence of strong, consistent, unwavering presidential stewardship," said Cheney. "It's time for the President to make defending this nation his top priority."


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  1. matilda from san francisco

    close gitmo, release the insurgents. we will all be safer when the world sees how we care about them. our safest days are just around the corner. any fool can see this is the way to go.

    January 6, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Se

    The Cheney's are not in a political or moral position to say anything about President Obama.

    January 6, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. prairieguy

    They both need to go suck on lemon...they are two bitter peas in a pod!!!

    January 6, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Joe Blow

    The Cheney's need to crawl back under their rock.

    January 6, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Liz

    The rotten apple doesn't fall far from the rotten tree. These two are both traitors to thier country and are giving aid and comfort to the enemy with their constant downing of the president. They need to look to their so-called Christian values and stop bearing false witness against him.

    January 6, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. bcords

    irrelevant hanger on

    January 6, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Randy M.

    I think that all of the Cheney's just need to shut up. Their comments are not helping matters and to be honest nobody is listening to them. If they don't like it then either just shut up or leave the country. No one is stopping them and to be honest we can do without them anyway.

    January 6, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Todd

    dick cheney needs to get out there and stump hard for conservative candidates, especially in senate races. It is his patriotic duty.

    liz is dick with a pant suit and a stylish coiffe.

    January 6, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Obama 2012

    She and her father can go and stuff it. Leave this man alone and let him run this country the way he wants to. He has more education than the two of them put together.

    January 6, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Jeff

    Well, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, does it?

    Poor thing.

    January 6, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Rob

    Insanity runs in that family.

    January 6, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. carlos

    Hey People some of you are attacking Cheney’s daughter with hateful comments because she is criticizing Obama. Don’t you remember when the democrats were demolishing Bush. Come on It is a free country, you can’t make her to shut her mouth. This is not Castro’s Cuba. Are you crazy?

    January 6, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. amt. CA

    I am really, really sick of this pair. Cheney is not running anything (just his mouth) He's not in charge any more & I guess he can't stand that. He has nothing new or helpful to say, & who's listening anyway? Cheney needs to just disappear.

    January 6, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Chris

    All i can say is Dumb and Dumber!!!

    January 6, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. QACoach

    Ah...the "insipid" Cheney checks in vs. the "curmudgeon" Cheney

    January 6, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Faye Minneapolis

    Stupid is as stupid does. The apple didn't fall far from the tree with this father daughter combo.

    January 6, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. paul

    Who cares what Cheney says?

    January 6, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Joe

    I'll give Obama some credit, he at least admits when he and his administriation made a mistake. I am still waiting for Bush/Cheney/et al. to admit that the publicly stated reasons for the Iraq War was all a pack of lies

    January 6, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Luke Brown

    I think President Obama is doing a great job ... but if Liz Cheney says he isn't, then I'm changing my mind.

    Not.

    January 6, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. GOP 4 life

    who cares what Lez Cheney thinks about terrorism?

    January 6, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Marcus

    Who cares what Liz Cheney says or thinks? I don't and I am tired of so-called news organizations dragging her opinions into the national spotlight as though they are relevant. Why is this person getting so much press? What has she done that warrants this kind of attention? Did she "shoot someone she knows" in the face? Now that would be NEWS.

    January 6, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Cindy

    What has Liz Cheney ever done to be awarded anyone's time listening in on her opinion on anything?????????????????????

    This stupid girl doesnt even realize the purists in her own party would want the likes of her around. Let's be serious there. Where does she think she fits in at with that part of her party????

    January 6, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. fester

    luke turned out ok, maybe she can be turned away from the dark side.

    January 6, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Keepin It Real

    Here we go again. A Sara Palin wannabe. Ignorance must be inherited in this family. Yea, Liz run for office. We need more laughter in our lives.

    January 6, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Marty

    Wow, Liz Cheney sure scares the pants off liberals, doesn't she? I am amazed (probably shouldn't be, it is after all, CNN) at the complete lack of original thought or seriousness of the comments attacking her.

    January 6, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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