March 15th, 2009
10:55 AM ET
14 years ago

Cheney: Obama decisions are putting country at risk

[cnn-photo-caption image=
caption="Photo Credit: Josh Rubin/CNN."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney told CNN's John King Sunday that he believed President Obama's decision to eliminate the use of many of the most controversial interrogation practices used under the former administration had put the country at risk.

Asked whether he thought those moves had made the United States less safe, Cheney said he did. "I think those programs were absolutely essential to the success we enjoy, of being able to collect the intelligence that let us defeat all further attempts to launch attacks against the United States since 9/11," he said on State of the Union. "I think it's a great success story. It was done legally, it was done in accordance with our constitutional practices and principles..."

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Obama campaigned against those practices, said Cheney, "and now he's making some choices that in my mind will raise the risk to the American people of another attack."

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  1. Jack

    Mr Cheney

    With all due respect please stay away from the politics we don't need your advise anymore. Your Administration has crippled the entire nation (or should I say the WORLD) with those ideas & thoughts. I personally believe every human being is GREEDY but this Administration has crossed the limit to the WORST that man-kind can think of. Think about all those people cursing you, your family & your entire family tree. I'm 100% sure this Administration will be counted in WORST PEOPLE's list for the rest of the lifetime. Think of everything that has happened during your 8 years in Administration, I don't think anything went well when you all were here in power, and you still think you Cabinet did a good job, boy...

    Honestly speaking Obama is trying something good to the best he can, if you cannot support (which as such you guys are not good at)him atleast be off his path. No wonder Joe Biden did not seek for your advise before he took the VP position, that was indeed a smart move by Joe (so they say "Stay Away From Junk")

    March 15, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Darush Mabadi

    FORMER Vice President Cheney continues to amaze. For the last eight years he has been mostly out of the spot light with few exceptions. Now he is attempting 'set the record" straight at every turn. It would be better if he were to return to his various undislcosed locations and remain there in silence while this adminstration does the work that the people have asked for. If he thinks that last 8 years was a success then he might want to answer these questions

    March 15, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Zach K

    I come from Nebraska, a leaning GOP State, and Cheney was born in this state.

    Even though he was born in this state, he is NOT a Nebraskan. He is a DISGRACE.

    March 15, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Drake

    Criticism from Dick Cheney should be a badge of honor for any American.

    March 15, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Wondering

    Did Cheney put the country at risk when he ignored the intelligence that an attack was pending in 2001? Did the former Vice President risk our country's future when he sent us into a war we couldn't afford with faulty intelligence? What I really want to know is why the media is still so petrified of Mr. Cheney that they won't, at long last, ask him real questions? Why is Cheney still permitted to present brazen propaganda as factual analysis? What's wrong with you people, do you care about your own children?

    March 15, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Robert

    Agreed. Well spoken, Mr. Cheney! If an enemy combantant needs a dunk in the water to provide information that begets our safety, I am all for it! And our Marxist leader Obama should be as well.

    March 15, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Tempered

    I would be very worried if Mr. Cheney DID approve of what Obama is doing to fix the messes Cheney helped create!

    Cheney and his cronies need to be prosecuted for all their crimes against this country: the big ones (criminal negligance with Katrina; giving contracts to inept Halliburton in Iraq so the profits went right back into their friends' pockets; torture - which is NOT constitutional, by the way) and the small (taking animals off the Endangered Species list; putting land in our national parks up for sale to oil companies; relaxing water, food, and air standards; firing federal employees for politically motivated reasons; etc). Not to mention that the Bush economic practices of 8 years finally caught up with the country and put us in this terrible recession/depression, while Bush, Cheney, and all their oil-grubbing, Blackwater friends ended up with our $$ in their pockets. This man does not deserve a national platform, unless it's in his own defense at a nationally-televised trial.

    March 15, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. obama08

    "...done in accordance with our constitutional practices and principles…" Who's interpretation of the Constitution are you using, and would that be the AMERICAN Constitution or some other "model"?

    March 15, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Vivian Beals

    Obama so far made one mistake. The mistake is not putting Cheney in prison. I am sick and tired of this fear mongering coward. He needs to stay off air or we will push Obama to lock him forever.

    March 15, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Kat

    dave b, – despite your sour grapes – you will, because you live in a democracy called America, benefit from the change.

    And by the way...all of this nonsense about security, terror, etc. Didn't the attack come on your watch Mr. Cheney? Huh...

    March 15, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Leo

    At the very beggining of this mess I knew that torture was wrong, that was one of the very first things the US Army taught me. Why didn't we declare war? Why didn't we take these people as war prissoners? Why didn't we treat them as prisoners?
    Instead we decided to make up the rules and torture. Why, because this old fool wanted to appear tough. Bush should have known better. And shame on any military commander who didn't stand up as this was going on or debated in house!

    March 15, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. obama08

    Maybe Mexico should hire Cheney to "take care" of their little drug war by torturing the cartel leaders?

    March 15, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. spencer

    Cheney is absolutely right. Obama's policies are bad for America. Look forward to a Romney win in 2012.

    March 15, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. MommaSchell

    Dear Mr. Cheney: Please leave the Obama administration alone. You and your cronies were single-handedly the greatest threat to the security of our nation in the history of this free country. No one cares about you now. It's sad that CNN had to prop you up in a chair for an interview that probably only the NeoCons were watching. At least Dubya has had the decency to crawl back into a hole in Texas and stay there. Now it's your turn....please go home to Texas, Wyoming or to Virginia, but please, GO AWAY.

    March 15, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. gl, Pittsburgh

    Dick Chency is wishing we get attached on Obama watch becasue Chency is a very evil person working for the DEVIL!

    March 15, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. amb

    You Cheney bashers are much too naive to think clearly. The Bush Administration did not cause 9/11, but did whatever they had to do to get intelligence about who and where the enemy was and to apprehend them. I would not call the interrogation techniques torture -gasing the prisoners like the Germans did in WWII and cutting off the heads of American journalists like the Muslilms did is torture. Bush/Cheney kept our country safe for 7 years and now we're on Obama's watch. I hope our great country will continue to be safe under Obama without the intelligence techniques used by Bush/Cheney. God Bless America!!

    March 15, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. LiLa

    FORMER Vice President Cheney, I respectfully ask that you SHUT UP! You and President Bush had your run, now it's time for you to retreat to private life as the former President has done and stop trying to get in the way of the Obama administration's effort to clean up your mess.

    March 15, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. luvinman29

    President Obama is the only thing standing between Dick and a "War" crimes indictment. I say, if he keeps trying to undermind the President, Obama should lower the hammer on him.

    March 15, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. JonDie

    "Agreed. Well spoken, Mr. Cheney! If an enemy combantant needs a dunk in the water to provide information that begets our safety, I am all for it! And our Marxist leader Obama should be as well."

    Yes, I agree with Robert and Mr Cheney, we need to create a Stalinist regime in which no one has any rights and were extrajudicial torture and executions carried out by the handful of dictators who rule us and where a tiny corporate board of dictators control all the wealth for the benefits of themselves...just like in Soviet Union or Mao's China. And it will called the Republican Revolution.

    March 15, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. gl, Pittsburgh

    Jubcha Back March 15th, 2009 10:05 am ET

    Dear Obama,

    Arrest and prosecute this war criminal.


    All of America! AMEN TO THAT!

    March 15, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. Libertarian

    PATHETIC. Please...he and BUSH put this country at risk for terrorism. They bred the hate that encourages terrorists to target us.

    ONLY Cheney would call torture a "program" and use the word "enjoy" in the same sentence.

    Bush/Cheney exploited America and American's. They invaded a country we had no business in. Thousands of American soldiers DEAD.. Thousands more wonded and left incapicitated. Thousands more with broken families. Thousands more left with the mental trauma of war. But wait...Haliburton stock is doing ok so we're fine.

    March 15, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. Georgia Gal

    dave b ...

    I hate to be the one to break it to you, but the economy "died" (or "tanked" as I prefer to call it since it will eventually come back) on your man Cheney's (and W's) watch ... not Obama. You can't blame Obama for this one.

    March 15, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. Paul

    And here it is again, that old right-wing favorite, "the Democrats will let your children die!!!" When the Bush/Cheney administration saw the greatest ever loss of American lives to terrorism, and the greatest loss of American lives in war since Vietnam. The country sees through this old fossil.

    March 15, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. rick

    this is from the guy who said DEFICITS ARE OUR DUE! anything cheney says is a lie.

    March 15, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. Jim

    It might be more the fault of the Americans that voted for Bush – Cheney, Twice?

    March 15, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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