February 4th, 2009
12:38 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama making U.S. less safe, Cheney says

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(CNN) - The Obama administration's new policies on Guantanamo Bay prison and the treatment of detainees makes it more likely a terrorist attack against the United States will succeed, former Vice President Dick Cheney said Tuesday.

In an interview with Politico, the former vice president issued a stringent defense of the Bush administration's record on the war on terror, and said he worries the President Obama has already made the country more vulnerable.

Earlier: Cheney: Bush should have pardoned Libby

“When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then I worry,” Cheney said in the interview published Wednesday.

Cheney also predicted the Obama administration is likely to backtrack on its pledge to end coercive interrogation techniques, since the protection of the United States from terrorists is a "tough, mean, dirty, nasty business.”

"These are evil people. And we’re not going to win this fight by turning the other cheek," he said.

The blunt comments come two weeks after President Obama issued executive orders that will close Guantanamo Bay within a year, and shut down secret CIA prisons abroad. Obama also signed an executive order calling on U.S. personnel to follow the Army Field Manual's guidelines when it comes to interrogation.

Related: What's next for Guantanamo Bay detainees?

In the interview, Cheney suggested Obama was irresponsibly adhering to “campaign rhetoric,” and called Guantanamo Bay a “first-class program.”

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soundoff (712 Responses)
  1. RW

    To Tim in Pa.
    Blaming Clinton for everythin is a buch of rubbish.
    We are in more danger now because this country is dead
    Security because of the cartels in Mexico about to take over
    the government, because of Bush.
    We lock up innocent border guards Ramos and Campean,
    and free the crooks involvwed in the S&L scandal.
    Under Clinton we had prosperity, finantially we were in the black,
    a big surplus.
    This comment doesn't surprise me comming from Pennsylvania.

    February 4, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Shawn

    Can someone please slap this moron upside down for even opening his mouth. He should just relax in his wheel chair.

    February 4, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. James

    Way to go Cheney. Tell it like it is. Obama is going to get us in deep trouble before Congress puts the brakes on all his Executive orders. He dishes them out like he is ordering bacon and eggs in a restaurant. He knows nothing about anything least of all on how to run a country but he can sure talk a good game. Says what every one of the Lemmings want to hear. Onward to the Ocean with Obama and his no-nothing staff.

    February 4, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. tim

    Seems from some of the pro terrorists comments posted on this site that we have either a bunch of naive people or maybe this is a sounding board for these radical groups and their ideas. Those of us that are willing to stick up for America should keep pushing and stop America haters!

    February 4, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Matt

    @ J.P.

    And you GOPers claim we're the ones drinking "koolaid." Ha. Not one shred of evidence supports your position, nor does anything any respected expert in the field has said (hint: you're not one of the experts). EVERY fact and piece of evidence regarding the bahavior and choices of Bush and Cheney supports the conclusion that they actually made us less safe and did so while abandoning our core ideologies as a nation. Do you not understand that this is an "ideological war" and that he who abandons his ideology first is the one who loses? I haven't seen the terrorists waiver in their beliefs, but we certainly threw out our beliefs in quality, inalienable human rights and innocence until proves guilty under those two wannabe despots.

    February 4, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Deborah

    In the words of an Early American.....

    Keep your Cellar Stocked and your Powder Dry!

    With the former Hippies now at the helm we had better be ready to save ourselves because our government is now run by "Flower Power"!

    We are no longer a secure nation!

    February 4, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Last Conservative on CNN

    Wow, Can anyone remember how they felt the day after 911?
    The People I talked to were commenting about "Waking the sleeping giant" (How soon We forget)
    All I see on this blog is how could we "Treat Humans like that"
    nothing about the thousands.(on 911) that had their life changed forever.

    February 4, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Alex Downs

    One cannot take these dead-enders seriously. These are the guys who ignored the August warnings that Al Queda was going to fly jetliners into New York Skyscrapers. These are the guys who dropped the ball on protecting our food supply, water supply, air supply, natural resources, human rights and constitution. One merely read articles from Hamptons and listen to work being done by other investigative journalists to see that moles left over from the Bush-Cheney years are busy right now trying to sabotage the Obama Admin. This is not hyperbole or conspiracy theory. This is fact. Right now Petraeus, Odierno and Gates are planning a PR campaign to show that withdrawal of troops from iraq for instance, will be a failure marked by increased violence. Of course there will be increased violence in that distrubed violent country when we leave. There was before, there will be after. As for future Terrorist attacks, the Bush years were marked by us becoming the monster we wanted to stop. We ditched who we are as a country. No more. Cheney should go back to his private bunker and continue perfecting his Vader impression and study Doctor Strangelove.

    February 4, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Cheney, you are a sore on the butt of ...

    taking shots at Obama now that you are from office, at least you are finally out of office

    what a disgrace you are for what you did to this country

    I hope you feel shame, but a person like you is beyond that, so I just with you to go away

    February 4, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. CB

    What an idiot. We were attacked on the Bush/Cheney watch. How can he defend our policies on terrorism, then? Enough said. Idiot.

    February 4, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Mo Chaudhury

    In the previous message, I should have said.."without D Cheney in the US Govt."

    February 4, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Craven Moorehead

    Shut up Dick! Go shoot another friend in the face!!!!!!

    You, Bush and your cronies are the reason we are in the mess we are in today! Your failed policies have left us in the mess we are in today! That is the reason the Bush crime family has such a low approval rationg!

    February 4, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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