February 14th, 2010
02:31 PM ET
5 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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soundoff (237 Responses)
  1. PaulC

    I won't beat around the bush and I will say flat out and without fear of contradiction that Cheney is wrong on everything. When you see his mouth move you can say "he is wrong". Bush and Cheney were the worse thing that could happen to this country in the last 100 years and it will take 100 years to recover from their reign.

    February 14, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. marty

    Cheney is just having a bad time adjusting to....Dick who????

    February 14, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. remoir

    I wish we could all ignore Cheney but if we do we run the risk of having some uninformed folks in this country believing the nonsense he and others like him put out.

    February 14, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Monster Zero

    Obama has no stomach for it, look at how he has handled Iran so far, the world sees him weak on force and military action. We all paid the price for Bill Clinton's failed policy on terrorists and I find it alarming how many on here remain to put responsibility for the 9/11 attack on Bush. Where do you think that little surplus in the budget came from under Clinton, failure to spend on National security and military maybe?

    February 14, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Marry

    I would not say that Chaney is uninformed and he is an intelligent man. However, he is morally inapt and corrupt and using his brain only for profit and power. He does not shy away from causing death and destruction on his path.

    February 14, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. bobster

    Coming from the biggest terrorist ( dick cheney ) in a american history, what do the americans want! ...to spell-it out! time to wake-up, This oil minipulating crook thinks he's playing the game " RISK " ! only with all of our lives. he and his cronisum ilk brought down the trade towers to controll markets in the world..., Oil, Unions, and the political agenda. here is a shoe up-side your head dick!

    February 14, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Ancient Texan

    In a match of wits and facts between Dick Cheney and Joe "Gaffe Machine" Biden, I'll go with Cheney everytime. Biden can't get a one sentence statement correct. Jones is just a loyal puppet of the Obama inept National Security Policies.

    February 14, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Sambow

    Has VP Biden ever got a fact straight? Don't think so as far as Iraq goes. Biden cannot hold a candle to Cheney on intellect. Cheney was, is, and will be right on Iraq. Biden on the other hand is the front man for Obama who tries to manufacture a success in Iraq. Remember Biden is the Iraq "Three-Sector" thinker, the "betraeus" stooge, and "we'll be out in one year" prognosticator. Biden, get a little dignity and recognize the talents and contributions of your predecessor before claiming credit. And, if you had any sense at all you would not be arguing national security on Sunday Morning liberal spin segments. If I'm lying, I'm dying!

    February 14, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Melissa

    Cheney is at least as dumb as Palin, and thats a real accomplishment considering she's one of the stupidest people on the planet.

    February 14, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. RTB

    The fear that Cheney exhibits says more about him and the disastrous policies he implemented than anything else.

    Someone who is that paranoid who lashes out in such a psychotic fashion says all.

    February 14, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. Johnny

    Mr Chaney and all who subscribe to the fear mongering that is rampant in todays political environment do this country a great disservice .He could not stand up for this president on inauguration day 2009 and he still fails to grasp that from the outside of our country his attacks on our president makes us less safe rather than secure. As long as The republicans allow people like him and the ex-governor of Alaska to be the voice in the wilderness it is in my opinion the the sound will fall on deaf ears the American people are smarter than that.

    February 14, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. katiec

    Good post Donkey Party,
    The republicans are well on their way to becoming our country's most dangerous domestic terrorists.

    February 14, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Jonathan

    My gosh, the Republicans are so deeply, bitterly resentful that the vast majority of Americans are well aware of their corruption, deception and perpetual lies, and they just can't stand being out of power, it is fouling up their evil little plans, and Dick is beside himself over it.
    It's hilarious.
    Devastating really, that this nation is suffering the EVIL that the Chaney and Bush team put forth and the rest of the Republicans signed onto. . .

    February 14, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Dingo

    Cheney is irrelevent just like Palin. Why do we keep listening to the guy and why is Biden even engaging him...you lost Cheney, goodbye and good riddance. Cheney ripped off and profited off the Iraq War and he has to keep trying to legitimize himself. He is a disgrace to government and to the office of VP/Presidential wannabe....Go away and take that talking head Palin with you!!!

    February 14, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. kcl

    Cheney needs to fade away with some dignity. This isn't the way to do it.
    Perhaps he and Palin should travel together and spew their lack of knowledge and chuckle on the bus about how dumb everyone else is. Oh my!

    February 14, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. hobart

    The usual Republican hypocrisy. If a Democrat criticized the Republican administration during the "war on terror," Cheney referred to it as treason. But yet he feels perfectly comfortable and justified to do just that, and if his hypocrisy on criticizing sitting presidents policies during "times of war" wasn't enough, he criticizes this president for doing the exact same things the Bush administration did (trying terrorists in civilian courts). Cheney is a regular prince of darkness.

    Why do Republicans hate America?

    February 14, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Tom

    Joe "Jobs is a three letter word" Biden is a clueless, hair-plugged, leftist buffoon, serial plagiarist and Soviet useful idiot who was on the wrong side of EVERY critical national security issue during the last 40 years.

    February 14, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. jc

    Letting draft dodgers run national security and "play" at being a soldier and commanding troops is just plain dumb. Ask anyone. Who would you appoint to command an army in battle? A draft dodger? Or someone who has served in the military? Hands down you would get the latter.

    People who listen to Dick "traitor, coward"Cheney are people who are blind to facts and thinking for themselves. They are sheep who are led be misinformation and wrong headed political dogma.

    Dick Cheney needs to crawl under a rock and remain hidden. This administration is curing the problems created by the last one. And the world is once again returning America to a place of respect. I know. I have been in countries on three continents and seen this first hand. It's a fact. A fact that sticks in the craw of the draft dodger.

    February 14, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. cjl

    And the winner goes to "Chip Pudims" for the best, most accurate and articulate comment on this article. Thanks Chip for bringing some sanity and reality to this absurd liberal crybaby message thread.

    February 14, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    DICK Cheney isn't misinformed, he is engaged in a disinformation campaign of magnificent proportion.
    Having demonstrated for DECADES that he has no interest in, use for or acquaintance with honesty, truth or reason, DICK has shown his value – NONE!

    February 14, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Yea. So only those people who work in the Pentagon and sit in on CIA briefings should be allowed to criticize our incompetent adminstration. Nice try, you Washington Suck-up.

    Cheney probably knows more about national security than our current buffoon of a vice president ever will.

    February 14, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. Tony in Maine

    Fact Check

    Your childish nickname for President Obama is offensive in the extreme.

    February 14, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. jane

    We don't even have to "suggest." Cheney is dangerous, period. Just look at where that administration got us. And he's still spouting off his opinion as though he has some credibility left.

    February 14, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Amazed

    Cheney has a good heart, but a bad pacemaker.

    February 14, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Ann

    Don't care about Cheney, but this doesn't make Obama more relevant.

    February 14, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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