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. Susan

    No surprise! Little Liz continues to parrot her father. They both think that if they keep up this "bull", they will rewrite history regarding the failed Bush/Cheney policies.

    Exactly who weakens American security? Not President Obama. These two jerks need only to point at themselves ... what they are doing should be considered treason.

    Hopefully, the citizens of this country will remember the silence of the republicans (during the Cheneys' outbursts) next November.

    January 6, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. RR in AZ

    Will the daughter of Darth Vader please SHUT UP!

    January 6, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Jim

    Who is this bimbo? Exactly what, besides being the daughter of the worst VP in the history of the US, qualifies her to make statements like these? Until she can demonstrate her qualifications, she should shut her pie-hole.

    January 6, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. Big Steve

    The nut doesn't fall far from the tree. Disgraceful, the both of them.

    January 6, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Randall in Torrance - Double Masters from Western Washington University

    No one in their right mind can ever trust anything Cheney ever says – PERIOD. He conspired with Bush, Rove and Rumsfeld to sell to the UN and the American population at large a war to topple Saddam knowing all along that WMD was a tightly held lie. Cheney was only interested in two things: making a profit in his own Haliburton company and tapping into Iraq's oil deposits. Under the Bush-Cheney watch, 9/11 happened and he keeps trying to hide from that fact. Cheney never accepted repsonsibility for that attack, but he is very quick to hang President Obama for one failed attempt by a teenage Muslim ganster Mal Qaeda wannabe who botched a fire on a plane inbound to the U.S. Cheney needs to join Limbaugh in the ICU and free us all from ever seeing and hearing his distorted views ever again.

    January 6, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. markus

    the rotten bark doesn't fall far from the rotted tree...

    the GOP use this crap for political points and to prey on the stupidity of average middle America...in their ignorance, quite a few people take the bait...

    January 6, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Jesse

    Oh and what might those "significant security steps" be Liz? Invading Yemen? You two need to just crawl back in your hole.

    January 6, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Todd

    Satan's spawn is fearful that her Dark Lord will end up in a federal penitentiary, just like he is. He is trying to create an atmosphere in which prosecuting him for his crimes against he United States will look political instead of the justice it really is.

    January 6, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. Dave

    Wow... Another idiot with the last name of "Cheney." Considering her chickenhawk father's record of arrogance and incompetence, she might just want to keep her mouth shut. Of course that won't happen. Everytime these morons open their mouths, they just prove how stupid they are. Typical neocon gasbags...

    January 6, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. stevetall

    Apparently, one Cheney is just as out of touch and crazy as another.

    January 6, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Carolyn in Memphis Tennessee

    Somebody should ask Mr Cheney why he ad George Bush ignored terrorist warnings from the FBI and Bill Clinton about potential attacks on the World Trade Center.

    January 6, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. billy123

    Really big surprise nothing to read hear!

    January 6, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Duck Fallas

    Unwavering criticism of the President during a time of war is treason.

    January 6, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Richard

    Dick, please go away! You should be the last person to criticize anybody. The worse terrorist attack happened under you and Dubya and to make matter worse you have created an unjustified war and lied to the public. You are lucky to get away with this so take your cash and go away!

    January 6, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. james Miller

    Is anyone surprised ????

    January 6, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "...calling on President Obama ...to overrule the Justice Department's decision"

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't that go beyond the scope of the office of the President? Wouldn't that be unconstitutional for the President (as in Executive Branch of gov't) to overrule a Justice Dept. decision (Judicial Branch)?

    I do realize, however, that if ANYONE can teach our Constitutional scholar of a President how to circumvent and outright violate our Constitution it would be Dick Cheney hands down.

    January 6, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Tom in Delaware

    Don't forget that the cleric that indoctrinated the Panty Bomber was the same guy that was so chummy with Major Nidal Hasan of the Fort Hood Massacre fame....coincidence?......I think not.

    Question: If these terrorists refer to THEMSELVES as Islamic Jihadists....why can't Barack Hussein Obama???

    January 6, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. Fangbird

    This is not newsworthy. She is nobody. Please stop reporting on her every utterance.

    January 6, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. florida indep

    The Bush/Cheney administration had 8 years to make us safe. Not only did they not do that they,along with the Republican controled congress, put us in greater peril by tanking the economy with an outmoded economic philosophy and policies. Dick and his politically aspiring daughter should remember the old adage about the kettle and the pot and stop incerting their feet into their mouths. I, for one, do not like either major political party in this country and like even less the conduct of the governmental and economic (lack of) leadership ruining this nation

    January 6, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. RICO

    So tell me how does Cheneys daughter have any credability on this??? She has no clue whats going on behind closed doors at the White House, and what's being discussed in meetings. Again just another Sunday quaterback talking at the mouth with nothing significant coming out.

    January 6, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Is this news that the dick's mini-me agrees?

    January 6, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. GOPer

    She make me ill. Along with her father, they are wrecking the GOP.

    January 6, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. Beyond Absurd

    Keep America Safe by getting the Cheneys to shut up. These people apparently have no idea how pathetic and transparent their actions and motives or how constant, unwarranted criticism of the President only gives America's enemies strength.

    January 6, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. whocares

    Why should I care what Liz Cheney does or say?

    January 6, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. Ellen

    I'm no fan of Cheney's, but his daughter is probably right.

    January 6, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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