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. ran

    They both should be in jail and CNN you need to stop giving these hate/fear/obstructionist jerks any more time.

    Give the time to our troops. They are the ones protecting us.

    January 6, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. T.Mack

    But Liz, Clinton kept us safe after the WTC bombing in '94 and it was YOUR dad and his puppet that screwed up on 9/11 (and shortly after with Richard Reid the shoe bomber). There is no such as a thing as a "war on terror" because terrorism is a technique. You CAN have a way on Al Queada, and looking at your dad's record (where IS Bin Laden?), you have very little to brag about. You DO however, work very well at creating fear to justify anything you want to do.

    January 6, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    But it was OK to try the shoe bomber in a civilian court? And the Bush/Cheney administration had seven years after that to take "sufficient national security steps in the wake of the botched plane bombing." Obviously that didn't happen, since the system hasn't changed in the last year. Cheney is the most blatant hypocrite in the Republican Party, and that's no mean feat. Not to let Obama off the hook for not implementing those changes immediately, especially given all the free time he's had. I mean, it's not like he inherited any other problems from the previous administration.

    January 6, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Bob

    Great! Why would you even print what Liz Cheney has to say? Giving space to someone who has absolutely no background in national security is akin to printing my comments on nuclear physics. By printing this you give her instant credibility when she has none on her own.

    January 6, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Salvador Molina

    Cheney doesn't seem to realize that he is no longer Vice-president in charge. We know Bush was a puppet and Cheney was actually running things. Cheney is trying to tell Obama how to run things after he and Bush made a big mess of things. They mismanaged two wars and the economy. I didn't hear any critizism from Cheney when Bush handled the shoe bomber the same way Obama is handling the Christmas bomber. The republican hypocracy is galling. Cheney, stop acting like Higho Chavez, you are not vice president for life, now shut up and go hide in shame for what you and Bush did to this country.

    January 6, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. RON

    How come all of the dopes are in one family. The whole Family needs to go back to Wyoming and crawl bach into their hole.

    January 6, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. obama the liar

    if obama can't lead the U.S., how is he going to be president of the world? he has proven that his leadership stops at community organizer.

    January 6, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Ron in California

    Go gettem Liz...Obama is getting a dose of criticism from the left as well. Well deserved I might add.

    January 6, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. A disillusionedRepublican

    Liz is just a chip off the Cheney block. She hates America as much as her father. Why does CNN pay any attention to these traitors?

    January 6, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. MnMary

    Liz Cheney is just as irrelevant as her father. They both need to go crawl back under their rock.

    January 6, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    For those of you who keep talking about term limits, don't you think Dick has been destroying the country long enough?

    January 6, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Tammy

    and her opinion is important because?

    January 6, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. lmj

    When you have an idiot father, you tend to have idiot daughters.

    January 6, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. W l Jones

    Most vice president run for the office. My question what happen ? He would be making these decision today on our country security.

    January 6, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Jane in WI

    No one cares about the opinion of an old cronie who lied for blood.

    January 6, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. La Chatte

    It must be a genetic defect.

    January 6, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Steve - Connecticut

    Is this the same Cheney who tried the "Shoe Bomber" in a civilian court? What hipocrits. The attacks were against civilians, they should be tried in a civilian court.

    January 6, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Eagle

    Dumb and dumber – Like father like daughter

    January 6, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    When will they go away? They just keep on talking up the fear. They are done they screwed up the country enough already. I wish the news would stop talking to these idiots.

    January 6, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. IKHAN

    Fabulous!
    Those who got us into the mess we are in are speaking out.
    Iraq disaster, deception &lies leading up to this grossest of the follies this country's leaders ever committed is a sorry stain on our glorious history.

    These people should be apologizing to Americans.

    January 6, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. j

    The parrot speaks or is that a dummy with her father's hands up her you know what.

    January 6, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. sifto77

    Let the libs rant and rave because she is a Cheney–she is 100% right.....

    January 6, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Mar

    Like father, like daughter....didn't like him, don't like her!!

    January 6, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Linda

    Who cares what she says? Her father is a war criminal who committed treason by outing a CIA agent for his own political gain. He is a war profiteer who should be in jail .
    Nobody cares what you say, Liz, nobody.

    January 6, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. Gary

    Is she joking? Sorry Liz your Father already ruined any hope for your political career. No run along.

    January 6, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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