August 1st, 2007
03:05 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton fires back at Cheney

Clinton took issue with comments by Vice President Cheney.

(CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton Wednesday struck back at Vice President Dick Cheney, after he said that he supported Defense Department officials who chided the New York Democrat for requesting a withdrawal plan from Iraq.

In May, Clinton sent a letter to the Pentagon asking Defense Secretary Robert Gates to brief Congress on contingency plans for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. Defense Undersecretary Eric Edelman responded in a letter to Clinton that public discussion of troop withdrawals "reinforces enemy propoganda." Defense Secretary Robert Gates sent a follow up letter to Clinton expressing resentment regret that "this important discussion went astray." Gates reaffirmed his belief in congressional oversight of government.

In an interview with CNN's Larry King Tuesday, Cheney said "I agreed with the letter Eric Edelman wrote. I thought it was a good letter."

Clinton fired back with a letter to Cheney, saying "Your comments agreeing with Under Secretary Edelman, not Secretary Gates, have left me wondering about the true position of the Administration," the Democratic presidential candidate said. "Therefore I am writing to President Bush asking that he set the record straight about the Administration's position regarding the role of Congress in oversight of the war."

Also on Wednesday, Clinton urged supporters to sign a letter from her calling for clarification on Bush administration Iraq policy. "Its time to find out exactly where the Bush administration stands on this issue," Clinton said. "I'm going to send a letter to President Bush, and I want your name to be on it," she said in an e-mail to supporters.

"I couldn't care less what Dick Cheney says about me," she said in her e-mail to supporters. "But when he plays politics with the lives of our troops, you had better be sure I'm going to respond."

Megan McGinn, Vice President Cheney's spokeswoman, said Cheney had nothing to add beyond his comments with King Tuesday night.

–CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

Filed under: Dick Cheney • Hillary Clinton • Iraq • President Bush
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Robert M. Reidy, Tillson, N.Y.

    Is it not it playing playing politics
    with the lives of our troops when you
    position yourself to the so called center by voting yes to the WAR Hillary? You and good ole Billy are knee deep with Bush-one, building the "new world order",
    sending our jobs overseas and illegally invading third world countries. The Clintons and the Bushes are very thick
    and our military is stuck in their MUD!

    August 2, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Independent Voter, TN

    Tony in Alabama:

    If you grew up in the Vietnam era, you will recall that it was JFK who put "advisers" into Vietnam and it was LBJ who escalated it into a full scale war.

    I believe it was the Nixon administration that oversaw our withdrawal, so you may want to get your parties straight. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt since the Vietnam era is "hazy" to many who grew up at that time.

    It's not wise to have a narrow mind or selective memory when dealing with political parties...they both have plenty of baggage.

    August 2, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. T., Live Oak, FL

    More "Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah". Let's face it, when they voted on funding the war, everyone voted as they did based on information they had at the time. Now we have additional information. Let it go. My question to all of the candidates is this: Would you want your son, daughter, niece or nephew to be the last soldier taken out of there after telling the world when that date would be? I think not! Of course you have many more advantages to protect your child should he/she be serving in the military on active duty in the war than the ordinary citizen. I really doubt any of the candidates demanding this withdrawal date have a remote idea of what we face knowing the enemy would be waiting for the troop numbers to drop enough for them to use the remainders for target practice. Let's put one of their children out there and see how fast they change their minds about letting the enemy know the family member is sitting there for them.

    August 2, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Nice one, indy voter.

    How soon they forget!

    August 2, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Carl, Dallas, Texas

    Great post independent voter. I fully agree with what you say! I'm sick of hearing people being so anti one side....

    As a texan that is pro execution and pro choice, i am on two very different sides of the fence down here....

    Just believe what you feel is right and vote based on that... NOT SO HARD!

    August 2, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    For Heaven's Sake...I've seen more mature debates in Kindergarten than this Blog has produced!

    If you think Hillary is going to give the enemy the date our troops are leaving you shouldn't be old enough to vote period.!

    To Greg in Phoenix: I have a big pity pot outside the Blog Door for all to drop their tears in.

    Anyone who has heard the testimonies of the other Candidates in this race
    and has any measure of wisdom should have realized by now that Hillary Clinton is the only Candidate Running that has the Wisdom, Political Savy and International Diplomacy to Run your country.

    GO HILLARY and don't stop till you enter the White House. And may the votes for this Presidency not be counted in Florida lest you too get Bushwacked and cheated out of your deserved Place in History!

    August 2, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. Jon, Sacramento ~ CA

    Tricia from Canada writes,

    "If you think Hillary is going to give the enemy the date our troops are leaving you shouldn’t be old enough to vote period.! "

    Hillary is grand-standing on this whole issue, Tricia. She voted FOR the war and FOR funding. Now that she is taking heat for her votes – she is attacking (pubically) the Depart of Defense. Are YOU so naive?

    "GO HILLARY and don’t stop till you enter the White House. And may the votes for this Presidency not be counted in Florida lest you too get Bushwacked and cheated out of your deserved Place in History!"

    THANKFULLY – Canadians don't get to vote in US elections. Glad to know things are so well-managed in Canada you need to fix our political system!

    August 2, 2007 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  8. Myron, Honolulu, HI

    Boy, this War in Iraq is really confusing.
    How do we support our troops by sending them into Harm’s Way for no good reason? First, Bush lies to America and to the world about why we need to go to War in Iraq and then blames us for being fooled by his lies!
    We need the General Accounting Service to run the balance sheet and see who harmed the US more Osama’s 9-11 or Bush’s Iraqi freedom.
    When did the Iraqi people we are trying to liberate become our enemy? We got rid of Saddam Hussein, liberated the Iraqi people, help establish a democratic government, implanted Al Qaeda, civil war and daily attacks of terrorism; now we want to oust the current politicians and the Iraqi people are our new enemy. Other than Bush who was confused from the beginning, who wouldn’t be confused—we have no goals and no plans to accomplish these nonexistent goals? The only benchmark offered by the Republicans is that if we ever leave Iraq we loose. How could we ever win, if when we win and go home, when we go home our “enemies” win and hence we loose? According to Bush and Chaney, when we are not able to stabilize Iraq we are winning, and when we win, aka “Mission Accomplished”, and go home, then we loose. Boy, this War in Iraq is really confusing. No wonder we can’t find a way out!

    August 3, 2007 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  9. Donna,s.c

    Bravo Hillary !!!! Your awesome..Its time we as a Nation listen to you and support your efforts..You seem to be the only one who really gives a damn...keep up the GREAT work!!!You have my support 100%

    August 3, 2007 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  10. Joseph Pal, NYC, NY

    Sick and tired of Bushes, Clintons, Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and in general ALL these long term politicians. America needs political leaders who will do what's best for the Country not for themselves and their Party. 6 Years after 9/11 no port and border security! High taxes!
    High healthcare costs! Illegals running all around the Country. Social Security bankrupt, Medicare and Medicaid bankrupt, billions and billions sent overseas while America has deficits. Career politicians solve nothing. Everything they do is to win the next election. Put term limits on all politicians!

    August 3, 2007 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  11. alfredo

    What's the news tooorrmw? You would only ask this of someone that you knew was making up the news. You cannot know what tommorrows news is unless you are fabricating it.

    February 17, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Abdelmenim

    is so real, do poeple reilize that by creating all of this confusion and dissention we are only gearing ourselves up for 4 more years of Bush. How sick is that, can we as a poeple, as a nation. Can we really afford that!

    February 18, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
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