March 29th, 2009
03:13 PM ET
14 years ago

Diplomat blows off Cheney dig at Obama

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A senior diplomat in the Obama administration Sunday challenged former Vice President Dick Cheney’s assessment of the new administration’s ability to keep the country safe.

Cheney was asked two weeks ago on CNN’s State of the Union whether he thought President Obama had made the country less safe since taking office. “I do,” Cheney told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. “He is making some choices that, in my mind, will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another attack,” the former vice president added.

But U.S. special envoy Richard Holbrooke, a senior diplomat in Obama’s State Department, said Sunday that he didn’t understand where Cheney was coming from with his criticism.

“I don’t have a clue what he’s talking about,” Holbrooke said,

“We are treating Afghanistan and Pakistan as a single theater. We are going to address it in an integrated way. We are going to give it more resources. And that is where the people planning the next attack on the United States or on our European allies are certainly doing it. So I just do not understand what his comments were referenced to.”

Gen. David Petraeus, echoed Holbrooke. “You served in the Bush administration under Vice President Cheney and President Bush,” King said to Petraeus. “You're now serving in the Obama administration. Are the American people less safe because of this new president?” King asked

“I wouldn’t necessarily agree with that,” the U.S. CENTCOM commander said Sunday.

soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. Dan

    Emperor Cheney hopes the U.S. gets attacked again, so he can feel vindicated for all of the Fascist policies he instituted (that Obama is now undoing).

    March 29, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Happy with new President

    Not only Richard, but most Americans are on Presidents side. Who is even listening to Cheney, except some republicans. And, John King maded huge mistake having this criminal talking about our President!

    March 29, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. JN

    One of the few who cares about what Cheney says is unfortunately John King.

    March 29, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. A concerned American

    If I lose my job, can I eat freedom or feed my family with a bowl of freedom or maybe I just did not weigh the option that my 1 year old can drink freedom instead of baby formula.
    Justify all you want, one thing I know that being broke after getting layed off and not finding another job is imprisonment in itself.
    Its not wrong to have a balance of things. So what if obama doesnt only talk about Iraq like Mr. Bush did. Atleast I know now that my tax dollars didnt go to waste or shed more blood.

    March 29, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Streamwood Bill

    I am confused, why should I care what Dick Cheney says?

    I liked it better when he was Vice-President and we only heard from him around Groundhog Day.

    March 29, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. catmom

    Good for Mr. Holbrooke. I am glad to see Democrats stand up for this administration. Mr. Cheney has no credibility. He should have followed President Bush's example and not said anything. Perhaps if Bush and Cheney knew what they were doing in the first place, President Obama wouldn't have had Afghanistan or Iraq to deal with.

    March 29, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Mariaelena

    Cheney should go wherever other horrifically evil men go to rest until his death. He's just p.o'd because he no longer is President. He should be indicted and held for international war crimes at the Hague.


    March 29, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. tyree

    I think i'll take General Petraeus word over Dick Cheney's anyday of the week. Let's listen to the people who are actually on the frontlines as opposed to these fake tough guys like Cheney and Bolton.

    March 29, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Jerry in NC

    Who cares what Cheney thinks! He needs to be somewhere sitting down with his lawyers, working on the almost sure criminal charges he's about to face. He was one of the many in the Bush administration who knew in advance of the 911 attack plans, and did nothing. So, what gives him the right to criticize President Obama and his foreign policies? Give the whole world a break CNN and stop publishing meaningless articles like this one. Thank you.

    March 29, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. McCain-in-4

    I guess, in that Dick Cheney's mind, there CAN BE more than one President of the United States. It would have been far more proper to defend his policies while in office.
    Forgive me, I still am rather bitter that Dick Cheney "decided" at the 12th hour to "support" John McCain. To me, this "decision" had the patina of robbing McCain of any victory. So the same calculated concern has to be treated with a whole lump of criticism.

    March 29, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Perspicacious Chicagoan

    Thanks for protecting us on September 11th, 2001, Dick Cheney.

    March 29, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    This was simply former VP Cheney having a dream of his desires to regain the White House.

    He needs to get himself a lawyer to defend him against this torture investigation and get his nose out of places it doesn't belong.

    March 29, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. John Galt in Colorado

    Sorry, but you cannot make the country safer by making huge cuts in the defense budget.

    March 29, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Doubtful

    Well – he got part of it right. He doesn't have a clue. It would be nice if plots could only be hatched in designated areas.

    March 29, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Bill

    mr.cheney should wake up to the fact that he is no longer vice president or revelent and the press should realize the same thing!

    March 29, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. Pam

    Dick Chaney evidently doesn't take into consideration how his administration has weakened our country economically and has put us in such dire straits; so much so, I'm more concerned about China taking over our country rather than Al Queda attacking our country.

    March 29, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Gerry M. Eugene OR

    Dick Cheney is attempting to avoid prosecution for war crimes and other felonies he committed, such as the killing of innocent people in Iraq and the torture of prisoners of war, in violation to international treaty, held by the United States government. Dick Cheney is responsible for these war crimes and should be held accountable. It does appear that other countries, (Spain, for example) are willing to find out what happened and to prosecute those responsible.

    March 29, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Gary Boisson

    Yes Mr Cheney, for eight years you in the Bush administration scared us about terrorism while the economy went into a free fall. I'll be honest with you, I'm less worried about Al-Qaeda than I am about losing my job, and everything that would snowball from that.

    March 29, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. Remzi R. Barolli

    Cheney, the republicans last, we no longer need your opinion. Obama is doing a great job, much better than you and your Bush did. It is time that you stay away from politics your politics destroyed our country, politically and economically.

    March 29, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Gwen

    Cheney is a war criminal, he should be in jail!!! Why would the current administration care what a criminal thinks?

    March 29, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. cabianni

    Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke along with Madeleine Albright and Bill Clinton decided Osama Bin Laden was an international police matter when the Sudan offered to hand him over to the US. Maybe Richard should find another job since he doesn't understand what Cheney is talking about and since he doesn't understand the gravity of the situation.

    March 29, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. p

    General Petraeus also said: “It is hugely significant to us to live the values that we hold so dear and that we have fought so hard to protect over the years”

    March 29, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. Mike

    Jeez... Cheney is gone. He should crawl back in his crypt and shut-the-blank up. He shredded the constitution and now wants to take pot shots at someone who's fixing his mess.

    March 29, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Wanda

    Mr. Cheney needs to find another hobby besides finding fault with President Obama. Maybe he should go duck hunting or something, just go away!!!!!!!!!

    March 29, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Kajaan

    how does this guy sleep at night....!!...if he does sleep.
    He will have hell tp apy when time comes....He is the single biggest crook in all of America's history !!!

    March 29, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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