March 19th, 2009
02:29 PM ET
13 years ago

Cheney belongs in jail, says Dreyfus

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Dreyfus was in Washington to promote preservation of Civil War battlefields."](CNN) - He played Dick Cheney in the recent Oliver Stone film 'W,' but Richard Dreyfuss made clear he's no fan of the former vice president.

In Washington Wednesday to promote preservation of the country's civil war battlefields, Dreyfuss quipped to Politico he's not missing former President Bush's No. 2.

"I miss having him in jail, that's where he belongs," the actor said.

Watch: Cheney: I worry very much

Dreyfuss is known for his outspokenness across the political spectrum, calling his former director Oliver Stone a "fascist on the left" last fall.

Cheney himself isn't holding back punches of his own. In an interview on CNN's State of the Union with John King last Sunday, he derided the Obama administration's national security policies and said they have made the country less safe.

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soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. Rick

    In the interest of the fairness doctrine I'd like to see the media publish a review by Dick Cheney of Dick Dreyfus' last movie.

    March 19, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Jack

    Why should the America people CARE about what he says? And CNN, Shame on you for reporting this. Shame Shame Shame. Get to the REAL news.

    March 19, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Thomas

    I think Richard Dreyfus and all his other corny actor friends would benefit from some rehab time instead of someone who is warning americans of the truth and things to come. These actors think they are American spokes people and that we, as americans, actually listen to them. They are the last people on earth I would attempt to listen to or give a hoot about their so called liberal views and responses. Go play act in a movie somewhere and leave politics to the intelligent.

    March 19, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Jeffer65

    Everyone is allowed to their opinions, but why is this on the ticker? Actors, singers, etc. – their opinions are no more important than anyone else's.

    March 19, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Wayne

    Yawn... who cares... really, just another person with an opinion. They're a dime a dozen these days.

    March 19, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Van - Bloomington, Ill.

    The majority of comments on a story like this make any liberal claims to being more intelligent than conservatives a crock of you-know-what. I guess you folks aren't aware a person needs to actually break a law before being incarcerated.

    March 19, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Not right or left - Forward!

    The people who dismiss Dreyfus as just a loudmouthed actor are probably the same ones who thing Ronald Reagan was the founder of conservative politics. The difference is that Dreyfus has original thoughts and creativity whereas Reagan was a mouthpiece for private corporations and was fed a script – the final act of which has led us into the Depression we are now facing.

    Cheney is ulitmately responsible for a lot of the criminal actions of the Bush-Cheney regime: The castration of the Constitution, the outing of Plame, and the blind giveaways to Haliburtn and KBR in the Iraqi fiasco, the torture and violations of the Geneva Convention, and the maipulation of oil and gas prices that crippled our economy and led up to the economic collapse last year.

    He deserves ANY misfortune that befalls him in this life, the next, or the judgement of history – as the most corrupt and hateful vice president to ever hold that office – and that is saying a lot about him!

    March 19, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. LIP

    Dreyfus needs a box to stand on so he can be heard, along with a reasonably good script. Obviously playing second fiddle didn't do it for him and he is bitter.
    Did Dreyfus ever make a good movie or were they all B rated?

    March 19, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. TSmith

    I agree, Cheney is a Criminal and belongs in Jail, as well as George Bush

    March 19, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Hannah Stevens

    I agree he and all of the bush people should be in jail. The committed treason and multiple crimes against the American people, against the Iraqi people and have been responsible for bringing this country to its knees. It is pathetic that they are still free to spend all of the money from their Halliburton stocks.

    March 19, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. Edward Blake

    Dick Cheney is a war profiteer who belongs in jail for the rest of his life.

    March 19, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Sean

    The entire Bush administration lied us into an honorless war. They deserve to be in jail.

    I doubt we'll see criminal trials, how about civil?

    I mean, nobody I know was killed or maimed in Iraq for a lie...but it's still wrong to waste our resources and our soldiers like that.

    March 19, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Everyone has a right to their own opinions, just as everyone has the right to not buy into another's opinions. I applaud Dreyfuss for his opinions, it is his freedom of speech.

    I personally agree with Dreyfuss, but would never demand others to feel the same unless that was there choose.

    Go Dreyfuss.... go freedom of speech !!!

    March 19, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. greg greenman

    Since when did being an actor mean you can't have an opinion or that you don't know anything about politics? Here's a news flash, the most famous and beloved of all Republican presidents was ready for actor you dopes. Only when someone goes against what you believe do you all start screaming how stupid they are. So what he is an actor, thats his job, noone says, ohhh what do you know you are nothing but a car salesman. Or you are nothing but a mailman. People are such hypocrites.

    March 19, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Jon

    Dreyfus has no more legitimacy talking about this than he does about brain surgery, rocket science, or Chinese history. That said, I agree with him. Cheney is a criminal.

    March 19, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. jack

    somebody please explain why Mr. Cheney is NOT in jail? or at least holed up somewhere hiding from other countries who want to drag him away from his family and interrogate him

    March 19, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. LeeUsa

    Cheney shot a man in the face and told the police to come back later ...when he was sober. He broke our laws and laughed knowing he was untouchable. Cheney committed treason and got away with it. Pointing that out again and again and again is more honest and honorable than the lame attempt to divert attention from the crimes Cheney committed.

    March 19, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. casey

    i totally agree with Dreyfuss. And Bush should be in the next cell. in fact, the entire former administration should have a wing in some Club Fed.

    March 19, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. Louise

    Yep, if Milosivich can be on trial for war crimes, so should bush and cheney.

    March 19, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Michelle

    What, because he's a celebrity that invalidates his opinion? Don't be jealous that your opinions aren't headlining the ticker – no one really knows who you are so it wouldn't make sense. And I think some of you would be surprised how many of your fellow citizens agree with him on this point. I'm not deluded enough to actually think that he might one day go to jail for crimes committed during the Bush Administration, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't be happy to see it happen.

    March 19, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Laura

    Why do the pseudo-famous think anyone cares about their opinions? Just STFU already.

    March 19, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. Bea

    @Kevin in Ohio.....REALLY? Obama is headed to jail..for what? trying to fix the mess G.W and his cronies caused? All these people hoping Obama makes a mistake...please note President Obama is not going to leave a legacy of irresponsible government. He is going to do all he can to make sure he sets a high standard for generations like him hoping to become President one day

    March 19, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Larry Schlueter

    He must be a democrat . . . talking about things he has a lack of knowledge . . . I guess that is why he is an actor . . . he doesn't know about the real world.

    March 19, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. C W

    It's so funny how all these GOP apologists jump on Dreyfuss for stating the truth, but it didn't bother them at all when Charlton Heston, another Hollywood-elite, lead the NRA or when any other Conservative in Hollywood expresses an opinion they agree with.

    The GOP needs to learn how to constructively engage the opposition without resorting to juvenile name-calling.

    They also need to read the Constitution and do some serious soul-searching. Their party has done so much harm to our country.

    March 19, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. Bill

    Right on Evan. Starting an unnecessary war based on false pretenses is a war crime, and a crime against humanity, not to mention a tragedy and a waste of money. Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rove, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz should all be in jail.

    March 19, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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