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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  1. maude

    George Bush and dick cheney (notice the small dick) both deserve to be in prison for the crimes they committed against our beloved nation. Our soldiers who gave their lives, as well as the innocent Iraqis who died as a result of this unnecessary war, cry out for justice!

    March 19, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Herbert

    Dear Indiana Voter – You say Bush and Cheney did nothing illegal. Hmmm, I wonder why they are BOTH WANTED MEN in Europe for war crimes. Do you know that if they step foot in ANY European country they will be arrested on sight and tried for war crimes? These two criminals are not the only ones wanted for war crimes....Rummsfeld almost got caught in Switzerland a few years back – he was swiftly removed from a formal dinner and whisked out of the country b/c his handlers got word then police were coming for him.

    Once again, Republicans simply don't know what is going on the world other than what is spoon fed to them by the GOP. Your ignorance is astounding.

    March 19, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. Steve in Louisville

    Indiana Voter, what DIDN'T Bush and Cheney do that was illegal?

    This is good to hear more and more people call for putting this bunch of Nazis in prison where they belong.

    March 19, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Republiker

    Dreyfus is another Hollywood liberal nut-case that needs to put his head back into his rectal cavity. What a complete TOOL!

    March 19, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. Susie

    I haven't seen or bought any of his films lately and at this point would not contribute one dime to making any of these Hollywood actors rich.

    Chris Dodd admits to approving the bonuses for AIG and the Congress under that the NOW President Obama voted for...approved the bailout for BofA and Merrill Lynch. The BONUSES PAID OUT BY MERRILL LYNCH IS 3.6 BILLION DOLLARS and we are outrages about Cheney The AIG issue is drop in the bucket compared to the 3.6 billion. Where is the outrage from Dreyfuss on this? He is an idiot.

    March 19, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Aviate

    "That's one of the problems with America today, people actually think what entertainers say is relevent or important."

    I agree. See: Limbaugh, Rush; Norris, Chuck; and (until recently) Heston, Charlton.

    "Did he do something illegal? I would think if that was the case, he would already be brought up charges. Dick Cheney did nothing illegal. You may have read somewhere that he did, or maybe saw it on t.v., but the facts are, according to the laws of this country, he is not guilty of anything."

    Right, and OJ didn't murder Nicole.

    Did Cheney do something illegal? Where to start? Maybe with violating the War Crimes Act? Wholesale violations of our civil rights (last I checked, the Constitution was still the law around here)? The Valerie Plame affair (there's a reason he wants Scooter pardoned)? We won't even get into all those corrupt, no-bid deals that enriched his buddies at Haliburton. And really, you think that just because he hasn't been arrested, he didn't break the law? What planet have you been on the last 8 years? When the Bushies didn't like the law, they just rewrote it (the Yoo memos, signing statements, etc) or fired those who tried to enforce it fairly & justly (the US Attorney scandal).

    Cheney belongs in The Hague, with Bush & Rummy right beside him–He promoted, endorsed and facilitated the use of torture in violation of US & International laws. We executed German & Japanese leaders after WWII for doing the exact same things he pushed for & enabled. Sorry, but this time, INOKIYAR.

    March 19, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Angelo

    Mr. Dreyfus is an matter who he plays, he's an actor.
    How is it that anyone gives him more credibility than any other person. He is entitled to his opinion, as we all are, but he is not news simply because he is an actor saying these things.
    Has anyone questioned what he has done for this country. Did he ever serve in the military? Did he ever volunteer his services?
    He has accepted the best this country has had to offer, then makes a statement about a past Vice President, and expects everyone to jump.
    I'm sure Vice President Cheney won't tell him how to act in his next scene, so in my opinion he should keep his nose out of politics. Whatever else people believe Vice President Cheney may have done, he also protected the American people from those who would do us harm. Can Mr. Dreyfus say the same? I doubt it.

    March 19, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Pete

    Dreyfuss is a girly many anyway! Who cares what a second rate actor thinks anyway!

    March 19, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Sniffit

    And for those of you silly GOPers who latch onto the "Hollywood" blather, I have 2 words: Ronald Reagan.

    And if you happen to think it's legitimate to disagree, 4 words: trickle down economics FAILED.

    March 19, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Stephanie

    I second the motion! Ron Paul is who needs to be President. RonPaul(dot)com

    March 19, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Super D

    This is so stupid. Liberals don't seem to understand that just because you don't agree with policy does not make it criminal.

    For goodness sakes, Obama is trying to turn us into the Socialist States of America and nobody from the left is screaming.

    Now that's a crime!

    March 19, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Truth

    @ Rick "Just another actor who seems to think his opinion has importance in this world"

    This coming from one of those who worships at the feet of a pompous, arrogant, drug addicted, radio jock?!!!

    And, yes, I absolutely agree that Cheney, Bush, Rumsfelt, Wolfowitz, Rove, Rice, et. al. need to be brought up on charges – war crimes AND crimes against humanity. If the U.S. doesn't have the moral backbone to do it, then I sincerely hope that the Hague will step in on behalf of the American people.

    March 19, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Rick

    For real impact Dreyfus should appear as Cheney as he did in the Movie "w". They he could say "I should go to jail". later he could appear made up as Walter Cronkite and provide commentary on 'Cheney's' stunning announcement....

    March 19, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. J.S.

    Pelois should be the one going to jail stating it is unAmerican to enforce our immigration laws, then Geinther for not paying his taxes and allowing AIG and Fannie Mae to give bonuses

    March 19, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Axl in Iowa

    @ Chrisin VA

    I second that motion.

    March 19, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. Martin

    Indiana Voter March 19th, 2009 11:34 am ET

    It is too bad for you liberal democrats that Bush and Cheney didn't do anything illegal. Just because you disagree with them on policy, doesn't mean they broke the law. If that were the case, every politician, including Obama, would be in jail already. Fortunately, most of you looney liberals that post on here are not in a position of authority and can't enforce your radical ideas or agenda. Even Obama is more "right-wing" than some of the liberals on this ticker.


    Are you serious? Have you been frozen for 8 years?

    March 19, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Amazing!!!

    It is amazing that an un-worthy ticker like this is kept open for useless comments
    While anything even slightly "negative" be it Dodd's role in the AIG bonus issue or Obama's on-going campaign (you cant really blame him, all his political experience consists of only campaigning)

    Wake up CNN I thought you were a news organization when did you start becoming competition for the Enquirer ???

    March 19, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. JJ12345

    Sam March 19th, 2009 11:12 am ET

    4200 US troops have died; 10,000 US troops disabled in Iraq war; Economy is in Shambles; Roads, bridges and levees are in dilapidated condition; Jobs are gone; Heath care is bleak; Budget deficit is the greatest ever and American image in the world is downgraded.
    Yet! This Idiot does not stop speaking. He never did anything in 8 years. Now he has no face, basis or standing to speak. He should just shut up. He is a shameless Jerk.
    Then I guess you would agree that Carter should be in jail as well since the economy was in worse shape during his administration.

    March 19, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Truth Bomb Thrower

    WHO GIVES A (censored) WHAT THE HOLLWOOD LEFTIES, WHO HAVE NEVER DONE ANYTHING REAL IN THEIR MAKE-BELEIVE LIVES, HAVE TO SAY?!! Ninety percent of them have nothing but hatred and disdain for this country and what it USED to stand for.

    Cheney was probably one of the most effective and influential vice presidents this country this country has ever seen, and for that–the America-haters despise him. Richard Dreyfuss needs to be quiet and enjoy his "probably-involutary" semi-retirement. So-called celebrtities like him have never done anything but memorize dialog written by others and hang-out by pools of exclusive resorts and hotels. They need to shut up.

    March 19, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Patrick

    he should stick to acting

    March 19, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Sam

    These folks who live in a world of make believe are not worth listening to in the first place. An actor will act when not acting...........

    March 19, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. dr.mimi de la cruz


    March 19, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Marcus Shelby

    Putting people in jail without any charges is something the Communists and Nazis practiced wantonly.

    Dreyfus is a MORON!

    March 19, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Scott H

    Richard Dreyfus says something and its newsworthy on CNN. Not at all surprised. Why not poll Johnny Depp and Sean Penn next? The news network that Hanoi Jane's hubby build ... nuff said.

    March 19, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. D. Sangiovanni

    We really need a full investigation on the Bush administration. What was the main purpose of the Iraq adventure, who was getting the money with all that mess. Who is rebuilding Iraq and what about the oil business , who was behind all this. Who is profiting?

    What Dreyfuss did to perform in W , was to investigate and read about who he will play in the movie. So something didn't go quite well in that investigation.

    March 19, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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