September 17th, 2007
03:57 PM ET
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Cheney blasts anti-Petraeus ad at GOP fund-raiser

Watch Vice President Cheney's reaction to's Petraeus 'betray us' ad.

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNN) - Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday waded into the week-old controversy over a newspaper advertisement that criticized the top U.S. commander in Iraq, using a speech at a Republican fund-raiser to call the ad "an outrage."

Republicans have blasted the full-page New York Times ad by the anti-war activist group, which questioned whether Gen. David Petraeus was "cooking the books" in his report to Congress last week. GOP lawmakers have demanded that Democrats disavow the Sept. 11 ad, which was titled "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" (Related video: Strategy Session: Was MoveOn out of line?)

"Like most Americans I admire the integrity and the candor that General Petraeus showed in his hearings before Congress," Cheney said during a fund-raiser for Missouri Republican congressman Sam Graves. "The attacks on him by in ad space provided at subsidized rates in the New York Times last week were an outrage."

The Times said last week that paid $65,000 for the page - the normal rate for an advocacy ad from a non-profit group, according to newspaper spokeswoman Catherine Mathis. The newspaper had no additional comment Monday.

Cheney was one of the leading advocates of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and remains one of the now-unpopular war's most outspoken supporters. Fellow Republicans have used the ad to attack Democrats who now support withdrawing American troops from the conflict.

"It's bad enough when politicians turn their backs on a war they voted for and supported when it was popular," Cheney said Monday. "But no one in politics, regardless of party, should hesitate to object when an American soldier at war is mocked and insulted."

Democrats have repeatedly attacked the vice president's credibility on Iraq. He told CNN in 2005 that the now 4-year-old insurgency was in its "last throes," and said in 2001 that it was "pretty well confirmed" that Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker in the al Qaeda attacks on New York in Washington, had met with an Iraqi intelligence official in the Czech Republic.

The independent commission that investigated the attacks later found that Atta was in the United States when the meeting was supposed to have taken place.

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  1. Ron S. Girardau


    September 17, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Coach Haughton

    Well i'm sorry for the fools that still trust Cheney. There's two more lies exposed. Somebody please argue with that without incinuating some ridiculous conspiracy. The general didn't cook the books, the White House took the data and spun it. He had to serve as a mouthpiece because the President is his commander.

    September 17, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Pete, T.S. FL

    "The attacks on him by in ad space provided at subsidized rates in the New York Times last week were an outrage."

    The outrage is the fact that we went to Iraq! You and your puppet "W" are responsible for the biggest mistake in American foreign policy. When you were the SecDef you fired General Dugan for speaking the truth, same would have happend to Petraeus.................

    September 17, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Mike Rooney, Wichita, KS

    Its a joke that this draft dodger and a war monger is even opening his mouth to the controlled audience. Its a known fact that the Petraeus's reduction of 30,000 troops is a spin by the 'W'. As the military at current level can't sustain that many troops without bringing them home. Its a hogwash on American people and distraction to put the blame on and to the democrats. Everyone knows how much this joker cares for his country! He and 'W' want to extend the war as much as possible and blame democrats when they come on power.

    September 17, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Cheney advised against going into Iraq in 1994, knowing the dangers that we would face, even though we had a 500,000 man Army, only hours from the boarders of Iraq, after defeating the Iraqi Army. But in 2003, the dangers were still the same but with less than 200,000 soldiers Cheney was gung-ho, to send American Soldiers into battle, this from the 5 deferment man.

    September 17, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    The only outrage is that Congress and the American public have not demanded impeachment for Cheney and Bush for lying our country into a war that has made their friends even wealthier while trashing America fiscally and globally, for willfully breaking FISA laws, and for fighting tooth and nail to block the 9-11 Commission from even forming, then hog tying it to avoid the whole truth coming out. We MUST impeach them both before we wake up to a headline that, as we slept, they launched yet ANOTHER pre-emptive war against an oil rich Muslim nation, this time Iran. How both men look in the mirror or sleep soundly at night utterly escapes me.

    September 17, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Al McMullin, Lawrenceville, GA

    Let's send Cheney to Iraq.

    September 17, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. SPM, Orlando, FL

    Cheney is a traitor to this country. Anytime he opens his mouth it only helps the people who oppose him.

    September 17, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. George W. Scherf

    Our soldiers are dying because of Bush Cheney WMD lies, and this nutcase is bothered by a couple words.

    This guy needs to be wiped out of office.

    September 17, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Mike Rooney, Wichita, KS

    I agree with you Mike 100%. The problem is if democrats try to impeach these crooks, they will loose in general election in 2008.

    September 17, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. John,Oak Park, IL

    Given the fact that VP Cheney has been wrong about virtually everything he has predicted about the war in Iraq, and Move 0n has been for the most part right on the money, I`m gonna have to say.... if the shoe fits....

    September 17, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. RJ, AZ

    Cheney has argued that he isn't part of the Executive branch anyway so who cares what he thinks? Also, I had no idea that "most Americans" admired the "integrity and the candor that General Petraeus showed in his hearings before Congress." I'm willing to bet that most of us didn't watch the majority of those hearings because "most Americans" actually work during the day instead of sitting around and watching CNN or Fox News.

    September 17, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Cheney "rears his ugly head" only when it's not about "him" but when it is about him he has "no comment". The majority of Americans believe Gen. Petraeus is an honorable man.

    September 17, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Lee, Irvine, CA

    Leave it to Cheney and the Neocons who got us into this unnecesssary war, to change the focus of attention away from themselves and onto anyone but them. It can't come soon enough that these BUMS are out of power and back on the Board of Haliburton making profit from dead soldiers.

    September 17, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |

    Disaster George Bush, D. Cheney and Company cooked Gen. Petraeus report the same was they cooked the reasons for going to war in Iraq. Someone should be accountable for the death of over 3760 GIs, the finest of AMERICAN BOYS, over $600 billion of money siphoned from our tax money, thousands of disabled and thousands of broken families. How could G. Bush, D. Cheney and Company sleep at night, when America"s hemorrhage is going worse? Who knows, may be republicans think that they are better citizens than the rest of the U.S. citizens, WE, THE PEOPLE.

    September 17, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Corbett Seattle WA

    Oh my God! How will raise money, now that they have been sanctioned by Cheney! This is terrible, the end of era! All they can do now is hope for Carl Rove to come to the rescue.

    September 17, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Jon S.

    I have an idea. How about we send Cheney to Iraq without any body armor and see how long he lasts. I'm sure the Iraqis would give him the appropriate reception.

    September 17, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. J Houston, TX

    How on earth do people trust "" more than General Petraeus. I do not understand the huge distrust people have for the military; maybe if more people participated in it they'd understand the HONOR of such an institution.

    When we entered World War II it was hugely unpopular and many were against participation. We imprisoned every Japanese and German national we could find without due process, and it was one of the most essential actions to shaping the world today and defeating Nazism. Now we have a similar fight, and everyone is worried about the rights of the terrorists and too scared to commit to the war. Bush and Cheney should've drafted 4 years ago and done this right, instead of pandering to the liberals.

    Saddam was a NUTCASE. If ANYONE has one good reason for leaving him alive instead of allowing him to be convicted in a trial by HIS OWN PEOPLE please bring it forward. Only in America can you topple a dictator and be viewed as a war-monger for it.

    By the way, we haven't taken a DROP of Iraqi oil.

    September 17, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. roseanna b'ham al

    Tell Cheney it is called Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press. We don't like him telling us we are winning the war in Iraq either. Does Betray Us want another star

    September 17, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Paul, Arlington TX

    Anything Cheney says, reverse it and you'll get the truth. He's wrong on the war, he was wrong on Atta, he was wrong on whether the Republicans would hold on to the House and Senate, and he's wrong about MoveOn.

    September 17, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. VanReuter NY NY

    The vice president is about as popular here as he is everywhere else. Is it possible to have an approval rating BELOW ZERO?

    September 17, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. Eugene from Utah

    Cheney is firing up his lie machine again. He is/has positioned America to go to war with Iran very soon. His behind the scenes activity is already yielding open conflict within the boundaries of Iran with U.S. Special Forces and he is pressing hard for support to begin overt bombing within Iran by U.S. forces. NOTHING makes him happier than to see a strong diversionary story like occupy the mainstream media and keep the focus off the real story. Note that very soon he (with the help of Rice and Gates) will expand his rhetoric beyond the Iranian nuclear issue to something saying 'the war in Irag can never be won without expanding it to include a strong military incursion into Iran'. And watch to see how he pulls in Kurd special forces and British special forces. Some form of smoke and mirrors attack or skirmish to get the fear campaign going in the U.S.

    ANYTHING Cheney says should be considered a cornerstone for 'the rule of the hidden agenda.'

    September 17, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. sonny c. v.p.,la.

    Cheney also said Ahmaad Chalabis was "our guy". And then there was the 5 times he told his local Draft Board that he was too busy to fight Communism w/a gun.

    September 17, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Peter Colorado Springs, CO

    The right wing, and their chief hit man Cheney continue to attack the Move-On ad, and Move-On itself as a distraction from their bankrupt policies in Iraq. They do not attack the facts of the ad, they cannot. They instead, in typical right wing fashion, attack the ad itself. Where were they when the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" lied about John Kerry? Where were they when the Georgia Republican Party equated Mx Cleland with Osama Bin Laden? AWOL, that's where, just like when their time came to fight in Vietnam.

    September 17, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Pam, New York, NY


    September 17, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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