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. Farnk, Las Vegas

    Mr. Cheney, please go back to your undisclosed location. Crawl back into your hole and stay there.

    March 29, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. independent wonderer

    I'm far more afraid of Chaney and rest of repubs than I ever will be of pres Obama, who is doing his best to straighten out the heaping plate full of s....t they gave him....Chaney and the rest like him are the real terroists here now...

    March 29, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Kathy S. Cloughn

    Go home to Wyoming. Washington doesn't need you.

    March 29, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Shermani

    GB in Texas- Are you for real? Did you forget about ALL of the foreign, and the initial domestic terrorist attacks during the Clinton years. Wait, I am sounding like you. Blaming the other side. Who cares who was in office. The fact remains that there are numerous nuts out there in our world that would love to bring America to it's knees. If you do not love your country, (and I am certain that you never fought for your country) then LEAVE. We have enough extremist liberals, and conservatives to tide us over for eternity. Join the moderate citizens of America to better our country, as opposed to destroy it. No one is holding you hostage to stay in this great country.

    March 29, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. carol

    Cheney doesn't want to acknowledge that the American people have said good riddance to him. What a crook.

    March 29, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. Tayo

    Dick should be summoned to explain whats on his mind.He may be privy to information about future attacks just like he did in 9/11.Please take him and other GOP up,they have something up their sleeves,americans sleep with eyes open

    March 29, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. MBFLA

    The fact that you did nothing to keep us safe on 9/11 makes your opinion irrelevant, Dick.

    March 29, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. trsprague

    This is politics at its trickiest best. We all know that this country is under constant threat, regardless of who is in power. Why not say we're less safe? That way, if an unfortunate attack does happen, they can say "we told you so," and blame President Obama. It's the only thing they have to run on...fear.

    March 29, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. SAI

    Rupert J:
    I bet you can't name the members of the previous "team".
    I'll give you a hint .. let's start with Paul Wolfowitz.
    Surely you you remember his dramatic successes as an advisor to Mr. Cheney.

    March 29, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. Mr. Britt


    March 29, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. Big John

    To prison with whole bunch of them, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Wolfowitz, Ashcroft, Gonzales, Yoo, war crimes and high crimes. It's the only way to prove to the rest of the world that we do indeed have laws which are enforced. If they walk.... the whole world sees the US as a country of hypocrits

    March 29, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. Sandra

    Cheney should be in prison, and reimburse American taxpayers for the great financial harm he played a role in bringing upon the United States (trumped up intelligence to invade Iraq, etc.).

    Also, he should be forced to buy his own healthcare for his cardiac problems, and remove himself from the taxpayer nip. How many millions has the US spent on Cheney's socialized healthcare? Enough is enough!

    March 29, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. LibertyQueen

    Cheney ordered the stand-down of NORAD on September 11, 2001 and he orchestrated the blowing up of the Twin Towers by explosives. The planes sole purupose was to distract from the explosives used. There was no plane that crashed into the was a missle...and there was no plane in the ground in Philadelphia. It was all fake except the thousands of people Cheney murdered in the Twin Towers and god knows what he did with the real commercial planes with real people on them. Cheney is a Terrorist and Murderer!

    March 29, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. walleye

    Cheney is another word for EVIL. This guy has done more to hurt the USA than anyone. He should be pounding rocks instead of roaming our streets.

    March 29, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. Independent

    How cares what the Dark Invader has to say

    March 29, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. stubanas

    Both Bush and Cheney should face trial for their violation of US and International law. 9-11 happened on their watch and they used it to invade 2 countries. Instead of getting paid to go around and talk about it, send them over and work to straighten out the mess.

    March 29, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. bca

    What is with this Cheney character??!

    March 29, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. Jeff in Houston

    Calm down folks. People like this are seldom brought to justice; they can afford better justice than the rest of us. Our best hope, I'm sorry to say, is to bide our time and wait for the people like Cheney to REALLY fade away. Until then, he MUST have the right to be as poisonous as he wants to be.

    Cheney is proof that sometimes, evolution can get caught in a backwater. Obama is proof that evolution really works.

    March 29, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    cheney is a war criminal why is he cgetting press coverage,
    the man is scum of the earth.

    March 29, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  20. Kevin

    Cheney has been and continues to be one of the most dangerous people in America, and the world for that matter. The less influence he has on world affairs, the better.

    March 29, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  21. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    Cheney makes Nixon look like Mother Teresa.

    He needs to be UNDER the jail.

    March 29, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. Bluskys

    Isn't there a Planet somewhere that we could ship all these coots like Cheney to and never to be heard from again .

    March 29, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. Jonathan Lawoyin

    Dick Cheney, do humanity a great favour, go bury yourself in the outer fringes of the Tundra until the ressurection. Your continued foolish unguarded rambling is nothing but hot gas, and the atmosphere is hot already.

    March 29, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  24. valwayne

    Cheney had barely made his remarks before we found out that Obama is planning on releasing terrorists from Guantanamo into the U.S. at taxpayer expense. We need a law requiring them to live in the homes of Congressman and Senators starting with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid first. Maybe one can be put up in the Lincoln Bedroom. Tell us that is keeping us safe?

    March 29, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. lilacs

    Cheney go craw back under what ever rock you have been hiding under. We had 8 years of your tettor. Enough is a enough. Bush and cheney did nothing to keep us safe. Quit drinking the Kool-aid. They allow the attack on the trade center,by ignoring the information before the attack. No more lies.

    March 29, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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