February 14th, 2010
02:31 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama adviser suggests Cheney uninformed on national security

'I don’t know what his information is' Obama national security adviser James Jones said Sunday of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
'I don’t know what his information is' Obama national security adviser James Jones said Sunday of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Washington (CNN) – One of President Obama’s top national security advisers suggested Sunday that former Vice President Dick Cheney, a persistent critic of the Obama administration on national security issues, might not be informed enough to criticize the White House.

Asked on CNN’s State of the Union about Cheney’s criticism of the way Obama has chosen to fight terrorism and treat terrorism suspects, national security adviser James Jones replied, “Well, you know, if it’s informed, then that’s one thing.”

Jones, a retired Marine general, continued, “It’s important that people understand that we have a sitting vice president [Joe Biden] who’s very much involved in the day-to-day operations of our national security. He’s a member of the national security council. He has access to all of the information.”

Asked by CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley whether he considered Cheney to be informed, Jones responded, “I don’t know what his information is. I just would ask people to consider the fact that these are very serious issues for our country and that when you take them on, you take them on in a respectful way. We consult and share with both sides equally of the political spectrum and we’ll continue to do that. In the national security council, we can’t do it any other way.”

Vice President Joe Biden and former Vice President Cheney are set to square off Sunday in a television duel of sorts as the men make competing appearances on three of the Sunday political talk shows.

During an appearance on State of the Union in March of last year, Cheney said a number of Obama’s policies relating to terrorism were making the country less safe, a persistent drumbeat of criticism Cheney has kept up since then which has also been echoed by Cheney’s daughter and former State Department official Liz Cheney.


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  1. DA

    I think the question America and the media should be asking Cheney is who was actually running the White House Administration during his time there? I mean seriously, why in the world would the former Administration Vice President be out in public in the media so vigorously defending the policies of the last Adminstration, if he was not the one actually running the place!! Everyone knows that Bush was a puppet in office. Heck his whole family thought him being elected to the office was a joke, so people please look at Cheney words for what they are worth a man trying to defend his past action as the leader of this Country!! I mean heck he even has daughter out trying to convince the American people that he is right. The best thing for Cheney to go do is sit back and enjoy the money he is getting from all the mess he started while in office before the truth really comes out!!

    February 14, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. Florence

    I find these interviews less than useless.. Jones can tell the truth but people will believe what they want to believe. Republicans who want to hold on to their views will dismiss Jones and Democrats who want to feel vindicated will embrace Jones. What bothers me is how the pundits come in afterwards and give their perspective with the partisan twist.

    The interviewer probes but if seems she already had an answer to her question and was trying to get the guest to admit on tv that cheney is no longer getting intelligence briefings so how can anyone take cheney seriously. We should question anyone outside the administration when they make claims to point to their evidence. And that evidence should be vetted before giving credence to the assertions. That will never happen because it would not fit in the networks narrative; which is sensationalize news to increase viewership.

    February 14, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. conservative

    The only one in "la la land" is Jones! Cheney with his no nonsense style sure rubs these liberal wimps the wrong way doesn't he!

    February 14, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. lily

    We have Joe Biden siting in the room? That sure gives me a safe feeling. Biden is an idiot I wouldn't trust to do anything right. With this accusation that people should shut up who were not in the room then you can no longer criticize Cheney. He must have been right in how he handled everything as he and those in the room with him were the only ones with the information at that time. So I guess you better stop criticizing Cheney and Bush.

    February 14, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. KC

    Cheney needs to GO AWAY and keep his mouth shut. He had his chance and blew it.

    February 14, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Democrats ruin everything they touch

    Little Barry Obama has been blaming Bush for all his problems since day one. Now that Cheney has responded to these childish attacks, Barry and his shills in the media are going to try different ways to marginalize him.

    Nice try Barry, but the American people know they’ve elected an incompetent goofball and it won't work.

    Forget Cheney and focus instead on Islamic Terrorism and Iran and North Korea and the growing threat of China...

    .. and don’t kill our space program either you moron.

    February 14, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Ann

    Dick isn't just in the dark, he is THE DARK. What an evil, evil, evil man.

    February 14, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. sean

    of course he's in the dark....He's the dark lord

    February 14, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. Jim T

    I'm a republican. I'm also embarassed that I helped put Bush & Cheney in the WH. Cheney had his chance at greatness and blew it. Now he should shut up and go duck hunting.

    February 14, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. A guy

    Dick Cheney is a neoconservative war-wongering criminal who, like his boss, should be in prison. These guys ruined our economy, are directly responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they have the stones to bash the current administration while they try to clean up the unmitigated disaster they left behind? Anyone who thinks for a second that Dick Cheney has anything of substance to add to our national dialog is a knee-jerk ideologue and in complete denial of the fabric of reality.

    February 14, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. one2argue

    The Dark Lords not happy the the present administration hasn't been proactivly killing and torturing the world round......

    February 14, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Paul in Minnesota

    I think history has already proven than Cheney was misinformed when he WAS the Vice President. Why would any rational person even consider that he somehow is more informed now that he's not privy to national security intel?

    Cheney doesn't KNOW anything. He makes his decisions based on political positioning, not logic or truth.

    February 14, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. Jane

    If Mr. Cheney feels so strongly about our countries safety, where was he when he had the opportunity to serve his country like a real man. He's nothing more than a scare monger who has no idea what fighting in a war is all about. It's easy to talk big when you're safely behind a desk.

    Mr. Cheney go away (and take your entire family).Start acting like a former VP with respect for the current administration. All your talk will never rewrite history in your favor. I suggest you take a good look in the mirror as frightening as they thought may be.

    February 14, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. Equality for all

    Dick Cheney was 100 percent wrong in all of his predictions when he was informed! Could he be any less relevant now that he has crawled out of his secure bunker with zero information relayed to him? He should behave like his side kick, W, and be respectfully silent!

    February 14, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. TCM

    And Obama's the cutting edge of competency here? The guy with the questionable islamic background? The guy who refuses to produce any documents about his college performance? Birth Certificate (excluding the phony green copy -printed on paper that was produced after 1986)...and believes the world loves him? CNN – another pathetic story...condemning the country toward liberalism The only Dicks here are the ones supporting Obama, and condemning Cheney. AFter 4 yrs of briefings, and Cheney not having them, Cheney will still be better than the country than the fraud int he WH.

    February 14, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. Rumsfeld

    Regardless of how people feel about Cheney, his continued outbursts do nothing to help this country unify in the face of terrorism. The U.S. is profoundly divided on so many lines and the camps are entrenched, unfortunately.

    February 14, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Ray E.

    Well,
    I am not sure about Cheney's statements but it is no secret that there are still enemies out there that want to attack us. The "Christmas Bomber" is only one example. The everyday attacks in Iraq and Afganastan are no secret. Make no mistake about it, we are at War and will be for some time. And there is only way to end it. Kill the enemy until they get the message that peace is the only answer.

    Bush was correct like it or not. It is time for some of you to grow up.

    February 14, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. katiec

    Cheney, Bush, Mccain are war mongers, wanting to solve everything with guns, and of course, profits for chosen big business.
    How anyone can give this man and the republican party any creditibility is beyond me.
    It is a proven fact that civilian courts have a much better trial conviction rate with terrorists than military courts. Civilian courts tried 828 terrorists with a 88% conviction rate. Military, 20 with a 15% success. And, with the 3 convicted, 2 were released. Yet the republicans continue to obstruct and, as usual, totally disregard facts and success.
    When, or will they ever try to regain some entegrity and honor and start truly representing us and our country? Their politics as usual, win at any cost, destroy our president goals they are well on their way to becoming our countries most dangerous domestic terrorists.

    February 14, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Death Panel Sarah

    To ....TangledThorns......
    It has failed?????

    Most Americans didn't know THAT!!!!!!

    Were you hit by terrorists?????

    (Maybe you were hit in the brain!!!!)

    I think we are safer, since we are not antagonizing them as much, now!!!

    February 14, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. Occent

    It's been over a year since this administration took office. I think it's time to stop fighting ghosts from the past and instead focus on solving problems affecting us today. It's almost like this administration is afraid of failing so it wants to keep reminding everyone how bad the other guy was.

    February 14, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. phoenix86

    By that the WH means that Cheney treats terrorism as a national security threat instead of the Obama approach which is to treat it as a felony and somehow try and understand that it was the victims fault for driving the terrorist to terrorism (that old 60's mentality).

    Obama is horribly ignorant on national security (as well as economic matters). But he does read a great teleprompter!

    February 14, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. Death Panel Sarah

    If you are going to lie, TangledThorns, lie about something believeable, since we obviously haven't been hit by terrorists since 9/11!!!!(Cheney's administration)

    February 14, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Ken

    The difference between Cheney and Obama is that Cheney is not a career politician most interested in his own legacy. He was actually interested in making rational decisions based on what was best for the United States. The current adminstration, as anyone can see from the biased opinions on this blog, is a far left leaning group of partisians most interested in "remaking" the single system in human history that has allowed individuals the opportunity to prosper.

    February 14, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. guest

    DA February 14th, 2010 10:52 am ET

    I think the question America and the media should be asking Cheney is who was actually running the White House Administration during his time there?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    A fair question which also asks: Just who is running the White House admin today? Off teleprompter, 0'bammy stumbles and falls' on teleprompter, "he's a clean articulate speeker".....Joe bidens words, during the campaign.

    February 14, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Gazzzmannn

    Obama will go down,when we get attacked in the United States again,for changing the way we handle terrorist.He's already made a fool of himself by not keeping one campaign promise.CHANGE what change, Bribes,Union deals,dont read the bill just vote yes,8 times while campaigning he said that health care discussions would be on TV. He is what he is A radicle tax and spend liberal from chicago who has put us more in debt in one year than Bush did in eight.Look up "national debt" on line it should scare you we owe China 2 trillion dollars you know what's a trillion dollars ??? you could give away one million dollars a day but it would take 2700 years to give it all AND WE OWE 14 TRILLION $$$$$ YOU THINK MAYBE HE HAS SPENT ENOUGH

    February 14, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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