February 4th, 2009
12:38 PM ET
9 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. Steph

    Oh shut up Darth Vader!

    February 4, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    shut up and go back under your rock.........

    February 4, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. Matt

    Well, I suppose when you have lived a life of brainwashed adherence to incredibly stupid ideology, have a robot heart and know your time its limited, you should be forgiven for wanting to mindlessly ignore the evidence that your life was not only wasted, but damaged the lives of others. NOT.

    February 4, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. Mary Ellen

    Who cares what Cheney says

    February 4, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. maria Mtl, Can.

    Trying to escape a trial,,,,,

    February 4, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Hall for Obama

    Cheney is still trying to run the USA he had his chance and fail.

    February 4, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Prof. X

    liberal acid throwing beginning in 3,2,1....

    February 4, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. a true american

    dick cheney is sending a mesage to the terrorist to attack us. dick cheney is really a dick.

    February 4, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Dick Gregory

    As if anyone had any interest in what the irrelevant former center of the axis of evil thinks or says.

    February 4, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    Cheney is the truly evil person in this whole situation.

    February 4, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. mike

    Is he still on the payroll or something?

    February 4, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Dan

    As opposed to the policies of Cheney's administration, which I'm sure have done absolutely nothing to increase the proliferation of terrorists worldwide.

    Bush apparently got the memo urging him to fade off into obscurity. Must not have gotten through to Cheney's office.

    February 4, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. proudliberal-independent

    when does Cheney's war crimes trial start? or his involvement in 'outing' a CIA agent? if i were him ,i'd be keeping a low profile like bush is.

    February 4, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. the great fearmonger

    Looks like a chickenhawk that doesnt want to go to prison to me.

    February 4, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. gfg

    Keep preachin' Cheney...this is the truth people

    February 4, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. naqib

    Oh this thread is gonna be good...

    Bashopaluza... 2009

    February 4, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Cynthia in MI

    You belong in Guantanamo, Mr. Cheney.

    February 4, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Donald Of Orange County

    is he still trying to put fear into the public minds. i wish you would go fly a kite. but yet go shot something

    February 4, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. chelle

    A fifteen year old boy was an "evil person" there Dick? And does Cheney really think the fanatics are worried about being captured and tortured? That it is some sort of deterrent? What an idiot he is.

    February 4, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Dan, TX

    Cheney, a lot of us don't respect you and we don't care about your opinions. Obama is doing the right thing. Holding up America's values and not letting them slip away will make America the most safe in the long run. If you don't believe that, then the Constitution is meaningless. Torture is never permissible, if for no other reason than because alternatives to torture are more effective.

    February 4, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. robert bachorik

    More lies from a lier. We'll be safer as a country when cheney is six feet under ! A day that can't come soon enough.

    February 4, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. NC=Blue in 2008

    Oh, shut up! You were the most dangerous VP in American History and George Bush. You and your policies have made us most vulnerable! (Notice how I left Bush out of it - you were the real one in charge). You are both jokes!

    February 4, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. Matt

    This is either a joke, or Dick's gone out of his mind. I don't know which is worse.

    February 4, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. William

    More fear mongering. I know that's what the right wingers want, an attack on US soil, then they can blame on the democrats. They don't understand that reaching out to the muslim world, offering a hand in peace, as President Obama did, is a step in the right direction.

    I bet that if Bush were still in office, the elecftion that just took place in Iraq would have been marred by violence, instead, it was peaceful. I would say that is a step in the right direction.

    February 4, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. Give me a break!

    Let Cheney stay @ Gitmo for a few years...that's where he belongs. Can't he just go away and shut his big yapper???

    February 4, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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