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. Anthony

    Just go away!

    February 4, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. ads

    When will he go away and let us try to get this country back on track.

    February 4, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Rick in WA

    Obama backtracking has already begun. He will retain the practice of rendition. Gitmo closure will drag on forever as reality dawns on him.

    February 4, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. maria

    yOU ARE THE WORST VP.

    February 4, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Ben

    Just shows how Cheney was a terrible Vice President. Sacrificing our beliefs and becoming like our enemies to defeat them is unacceptable.

    February 4, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Honestlady

    This man needs to shut up. Cheney and people who think like him just don't get it....or either they just don't care. Obama is absolutely on the right track.

    Just a life lesson...when you terribly mistreat people, this makes them dislike you and/or possibly want to do harm to you...this is human nature! Now, you can just continue to treat people like crap your entire life and defend yourself against these people you have mistreated from now until eternity(even though your defense may not always be successful) or you can be smart and at least attempt to change the way you treat people therefore giving people no reason to dislike you or want to bring harm to you.

    February 4, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. digital.frenzy

    Ahem, if it wasn't for you and your puppet, we would be a hell of a lot safer. And for the love of allah, please stop using infantile words and concepts like "evil", you sound like a scared little 6 year old girl. Evil doesn't exist, its a concept. Please stop chiming in, you had your time, you made your money, now please go die quietly.

    February 4, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Wayne, Greenville TX

    No one cares what you think, Cheney. Crawl back under your rock.

    February 4, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Susan NJ

    This comment from a man who commited the worst atrocities against the American people by trashing the constituition and allowing torture to be a common tactic. This blemish on our nation will not be forgotten nor forgiven for years. I wish Cheney would go away and never come back

    February 4, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. brian holcomb

    Cheny better be glad Obama is closing gitmo, since he may yet end up there.

    February 4, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. rob

    shut the piehole Dick and go away... take Palin with you.

    February 4, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Obamacrat

    Dick Cheney who?

    February 4, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Kim

    How many years before the Bush Administration were we safe from terrorists? If anyone made the world hate Americans more, it was the Cheney Administration.

    February 4, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. Carol

    Actually, Dick, YOU and BUSH are evil people. We are doing our best to turn the other cheek by not prosecuting you for all of your criminal acts while in office. Quit while you're ahead.

    February 4, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Jeremy

    Thousands upon thousands have lost their lives and millions have fought to keep alive what this country stands for - democracy, freedom, and liberty. More people are likely to lose their lives. What we must do is be an example to the rest of the world. When we lose our moral high ground by allowing torture and violations of our basic rights to continue, we will lose our ability to lead the rest of the world. The United States is more than a collection of people. We have certain ideals that I would argue must be maintained, even when our country is threatened. When we start giving up freedoms in the name of security, the terrrorists win.

    February 4, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Obama/Biden Time

    You had your turn and we know where that got us. Please keep your advice to yourself. ...not needed now.

    February 4, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Barbara

    Why is this man allowed to speak and why isn't he in jail?

    February 4, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. jim morse

    Poor America! I love the U.S. and am proud to have fought on her behalf. Having said this I had hoped Cheney, after inflicting himself on the world for 8 years would have the decency to just go away.
    America deserved better.
    Jim

    February 4, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. Ian

    If you have evidence that proves they are terrorists then why not give them a trial? No one is condoning releasing terrorists, but you either have evidence or you don't.

    February 4, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. mark simonitsch

    Who is Cheney?

    February 4, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Mike in Columbus

    I scrapped 'cheney' off of the bottom of my shoe just the other day.

    February 4, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. bd

    Cheney = Credibility Gap.

    February 4, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Claudette

    Dick Cheney does not want the truth about his torture at Guantanamo and other miscarriages of justice out in the full light. I wonder if he is capable of being the terrorist he needs to full his prophecy. Well at least we still have the Secret Service watching him.

    February 4, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. John

    Dear Dick,

    STFU.

    Sincerely,
    America

    February 4, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. Ticked off Republican

    Cheney should be in Jail. What he says does not matter to most Americans. People like him are the reason for the economic problems in the world today, and the everyday employee loosing their retirements, while the executives steal the company resources etc.... Go away Dick Cheney into a quick sleep. I think Bush failed as a president because of Rumsfield and You advising him.

    Ticked off Republican

    February 4, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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