May 12th, 2009
10:53 PM ET
14 years ago

Liz Cheney suggests Obama 'siding with terrorists'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Liz Cheney joined her parents on a trip to the Middle East in March 2008."]
(CNN) - Liz Cheney is picking up where her father left off when it comes to taking aim at the Obama administration, saying Tuesday the new commander-in-chief appears to be siding with terrorists.

In an interview on Fox News, the daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney sharply criticized the new administration for agreeing to release photographs depicting alleged abuses at U.S. prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan during the Bush administration.

"I think it is really appalling that the administration is taking this step," she said in the interview. "Clearly what they are doing is releasing images that show American military men and woman in a very negative light."

"I have heard from families of service members from families of 9/11 victims this question about when did it become so fashionable for us to side, really, with the terrorists," she continued. "You know, President Obama has a lot of rhetoric about support for American military families, support for our men and women who are fighting for us overseas. But if he really cares about them, then he wouldn't be making such an effort to release photos that show them in a negative light."

Late last month, Pentagon officials said the hundreds of photographs released are from more than 60 criminal investigations from 2001 to 2006, and show military personnel allegedly abusing detainees. But the officials rejected allegations by the American Civil Liberties Union that the photos show a systemic pattern of abuse by the military.

In her interview Monday, Cheney also echoed recent calls from her father for the Obama administration to release classified documents detailing information yielded from the aggressive interrogation techniques since denounced by the president.

"They seem only to be interested in releasing things that really paint American in a negative light and don't give the American people a full picture of what went on," she said.

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  1. Fran

    If bush/cheney had any concern for military personnel (1) they wouldn't have started iraq, (2) they wouldn't have authorized illegal torturing against Geneva conventions, (3) they would have done more to help injured vets upon returning to the states and (4) Mr. Cheney would have shown a bit of compassion, rather than commenting - when pointing out how many troops had been killed in iraq - that "they signed up for this" (the military).

    Bush/Cheney had a private agenda for 8 years ... much to the great detriment to the general public.

    They ALL - including Ms. Cheney - need to stop and listen to what WE THE PEOPLE are saying.

    May 12, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Jim

    showing the truth seems a very, very, VERY long way from actually siding with terrorists.

    is this yet another example of the far right distorting the facts by attempting to sensationalize what the obama administration is doing?

    May 12, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Nobody Asked Larry But...

    Dick Cheney, please, go away. Haven't you ruined so many lives with your utterly insane moves? And now we have to put up with you even more every day in this 24/7/365 media circus. What gall.

    Liz Cheney, please, follow your father and go away too.

    May 12, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. R. Randel

    Should we really care what she says–moreover, what she says on Fox? Why is this even worth reporting on? The Bush/Cheney deception about Iraq is clear as a bell, and now is the Obama group supposed to hide the truth of what was going on? Is the truth to be hidden? She has clearly learned from her father.

    May 12, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. JDH

    Chip off the ol' block. Didn't have anything to say when her daddy threw Gen. Powell under the bus! I think she doesn't want this baggage carrying her family name around forever and ever. A little late for that girly.
    But at the end of the day, why are we still paying any attention at all to these folks? Little more than dust in the annals of history!!!!!!

    May 12, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Nichole

    We, the people, have the right to know the TRUTH about what our government is doing. If Bush & Cheney did nothing wrong, then they shouldn't have anything to worry about with these documents and photo's being released. What I find sort of disturbing, is how quiet Bush is about all of this.

    May 12, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Larry

    If Obama would be siding with Terrorists he would pull out troops from Afghanistan and not enhance troops there to fight Terrorists.

    Just because Obama is opposing Torture does not mean he is siding with Terrorists.

    May 12, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. d84000

    I believe she is right. Obama has ,since his first day in office, continually undermined the people of the USA, soldiers who fought to allow him to be President, and his obligation to the office and title that he holds, trying to please all other nations and downplay the USA.

    May 12, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Danman

    Sweetie.... Your dad belongs in jail for crimes against humanity. If I were you I'd want to sweep his mess under a rug too. Cheap shots won't help though....

    May 12, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. mike

    i wonder how many of these liberals would be for all up in arms about this when the former detainees from Guantanamo Bay are their next door neighbors or worse yet looking to repear the 9/11 attacks?

    May 12, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. Amanda

    Maybe we should stop allowing people to see Holocaust pictures, we wouldn't want German soldiers to be seen in a negative light.
    Maybe we shouldn't teach children about the Conquistadors, we wouldn't want the Spanish to feel bad.

    May 12, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. Neil

    My goodness this is all so silly, but you have to love how all these things are debatable... till the next attack finally reaches America, then suddenly "the fashion show" isn't so trendy any more.

    May 12, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. Jason

    The photographs should not be released, the discipline should be handled internally and changes made to policies all without interference from the media.

    Showing these pictures will only hurt our troops abroad and paint a horrible picture of America to the rest of the world.

    May 12, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. ian

    When Mr. Cheney is tried and convicted for war crimes, I hope he won't be treated in prison the way these detainees were treated.
    As for siding with terrorists, Mr Cheney has done just that, by supplying terrorists with propaganda points which are impossible to refute.

    May 12, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. usualone

    This family cries "wolf" too much. If anything were to happen during the Obama Administration, it would not be a result of anything this new administration did wrong. The Bush administration took actions but they caused more harm than good. Their tactics made America's enemies more emboldened and unfortunately more united. One could go on and on about this last administration but somehow the Cheney's comments still bombard us. Scare, scare, scare are their aims.

    May 12, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. Just A Grandma

    I am so sick to death of Cheney and his family. None of them are running for office so who cares what they think or say....every single time another Republican idiot opens their mouth I am more thrilled with my decision to vote Democratic....and I WAS a Republican!! Enough already, send Cheney hunting and leave it at that...

    May 12, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Tatiana

    Dick Cheney is a terrorist....The man (and his family) don't give a hoot about the average American. He sent us into a war that we never should have started.

    May 12, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. ConsiderThis, FL

    Just tell us, when will Cheney get what he deserves? He is a hate-filled, arrogant, extreemist who cares only for his own ego and wealth. Strip him of his ill-gained wealth – gained by creating a war that lined his pockets but that he nor his family had to make one single sacrifice. What evil lurks in that man's heart.

    May 12, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. PD

    The United States has a long tradition of our enemies surrendering to us because we treated them humanely. In WWII, surrendering German soldiers sought out American troops for that reason. By contrast, they knew surrender to the Russians would be worse than dying, so they fought the Russians to the death.

    The Bush/Cheney torture policy has taught our enemies to fight us to the death. More civilians, more American troops - more people - will die because we tortured.

    May 12, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Donnie- Bay St.Louis Ms.

    You say that waterboarding obtained vital information. If your being tortured wouldn't you tell them anything they wanted to hear regardless of the fact if it was true or not just to get them to stop? How does the U.S. have a leg to stand on when we try to convince other countries not to torture our own soldiers when we are doing the same thing. We want the rest of the world to be a democracy and be civil. Our torturing prisoners are great examples of civility huh?

    May 12, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. dustbunny

    Your are right Liz. Tell them like it is. The libs can't stand to hear the truth. They would follow obama to h.e.l.l. because they don't know any better. Most of them don't know what they are talking about in the first place.

    May 12, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. Ron

    Okay...since we are free to ask questions, then why isn't it okay to ask President Obama to release all of the memos. Wouldn't that be in the best interest of transparency? Oh, that's right, transparency only applies to Republicans. The hypocrisy of Democrats is unfortunate, but then it shouldn't surprise us. Remember the chant by the Clintons about the "politics of personal destruction"? That also only applied to Republican attacks and never to equally nasty Democratic attacks.

    This is change we can believe in!!!

    May 12, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. Desmond

    Probably not a good idea to release the pictures. However, the reason is probably not to denigrate US service persons but to let US citizens see clearly the evil perpetrated in their name by those in authority eg. Dick the Cheney.

    May 12, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. chutchin

    Okay Bess and State of Tennessee:

    Obama is "bowing to the middle eastern leaders"? Really? I guess Bush holding hands with them is better?

    May 12, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. Nola

    Naturally a child will always believe a parent – remember the number of children that will not believe one parent had killed the other parent- saying that I think that Liz Cheney should be silent about the issue. Her father is a want to be warmonger (he has Never engaged in any form of military)

    May 12, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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