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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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Stormer

    Is anyone really surprised that the daughter of the man most responsible for the violation of National and International Law would denounce the honest admission of the truth? How can we, as a nation, claim to support honesty and integrity and hide behind a wall of lies and deceptions regarding the maltreatment of prisoners of war?

    Remember, Ms. Cheney, what goes around does indeed come back around.

    May 12, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. Shannon G

    It's sounds like his whole family has a mental problem. She is insignificant, out of sight out of mind. The whole family needs to get a clue and just shut up!

    May 12, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Georgia

    Darth has brought his daughter into the ways of the Dark Side it looks like. I suppose he thinks that she can maybe have similar results as Meagan McCain did. She has to pick up on the credibility factor though (just like her father – the Sith Lord).

    May 12, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. mike

    that's alright Liz.

    Al Qaeda puts out those photos too but they call it,


    It'll be a sad day when we all tell the liberals we told you so when it happens again. Those idiot democrats who fail to learn from history will be doomed to repeat it. I just hope not in my city again.

    May 12, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Casey

    I just spent the last three days grading essays for an undergraduate class on the Holocaust. I would ask Ms. Cheney just when it is appropriate to release photographs? Is she suggesting that we ought to always say "My country, right or wrong?" If so, it seems to me that we'd be doing something awfully similar to Nazi Germany.

    May 12, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. Comradio

    It's called "personal responsibility" Ms. Cheney. You know that concept you republicans tout at every turn but never seem to act on? We did it. Own up and take responsibility not display blind alliegance to any action done by the US just because it was the US. We
    CAN be wrong you know? Things aren't only wrong when someone other than a Republican does it.

    May 12, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. diogenes

    ......and if your dad would shut up!
    All this would not be necessary...
    Girl, It's called REALPOLiTIK

    May 12, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Republicans should banned

    is it just me or does everything the Republicans say and do now, Democrats were being called "traitors" and "un-American" for saying when Dumb and Dumber (Bush & Cheney) were in office? i wish Republicans would just go away already! and take the Cheneys and Rush with you! our country will be much better off without all of ya'll!!!!

    May 12, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. Lynns

    Huh? Wha-? I fell asleep and for a moment, I had this dream that the daughters of very important men thought that we gave a crap what they think. Must have been a bad dream.

    May 12, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Robin

    What people do not understand is that the left has such a pure and passionate hatred for Bush and Cheney, they are willing to jeopardize national security.

    And who will be on the wrong side of the stick when this blows up in Obama's face? Innocent Americans.

    May 12, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. esther

    by all means, lets just "cover up" any sign of our own wrongdoing! you naive little twerp! The only way to come out of a scandal with a clear conscience is to denounce the bad behavior, admit that a mistake was made, change and move on..would you prefer we just not ever talk about anything bad and stay happy and smily all the time when dealing with foreign policy? God help us if you ever run for my..

    May 12, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. b

    Nothing pains Cheney and his supporters more than the idea of America returning to its ideals of transparency in the government. After years of tearing apart the constitution and violating both American and international laws, these neo-cons have a warped sense of reality. But as a democrat I am perfectly fine with these absurd comments by Cheney's daughter, as they will only alienate more moderate and independent voters from the GOP.

    May 12, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. JR from Indy

    Liz would have America lose its self-respect and integrity in an effort to save our image. What does our image matter if we can't look at ourselves in the mirror?

    The interrogations (aka atrocities) commited during the Bush/Cheney administration have done more to harm the American image than anything else in the past 30 years.

    May 12, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Mister California

    Wait a minute, releasing photos of soldiers abusing prisoners is showing the military in a negative light, but ORDERING the soldiers to actually PERFORM the abuses is somehow NOT negative?

    So let me get this straight:
    Actually doing the abuse: positive light.
    Showing pictures of the abuse being done: negative light.

    Bush and Cheney need to settle their affairs and hire themselves good lawyers, cause they're gonna need them soon.

    May 12, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Jeffrey

    Iraq became a huge worldwide recruiting tool for terrorism after Bush and Cheney illegally attacked it despite its having nothing to do with 9/11, and now Obama's siding with the terrorists? No wonder the Republicans lost the last election and are scrambling to save themselves. The party of Lincoln are now the party of warmongering, cowardly, two-faced, double-talking liars.

    May 12, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Confused

    I didn't even know Cheney had a daughter? Since when does her opinion matter? Why didn't she open her mouth when her father allowed US service men and women to be "cast in a negative light" as she put it. In my opinion, releasing the photo's does not put soldiers in a bad light, but ordering them to torture foreign citizens does.

    May 12, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Steve

    Yes. I see her point. The problem is not that the United States used torture. The problem is that the Obama Administration is being honest about it.

    If defenders of torture really think it worked - that it was worth the moral trade-off for the intelligence allegedly obtained from it - then stand up for that position. But don't try to pretend it didn't happen, which is apparenly what Ms. Cheney would prefer.

    The era of the Bush-Cheney cover-up is over. Americans have a right to know what was done in our name, allegedly for our safety. Dick Cheney avidly classified everythign he could while vice president. Then he called for the administration to declassify more documents related to his administration's torture policy. Now he (and his defenders) are objecting to the release of more information. It is so baldly political it would be laughable if he was not actively trying to undermine the current administration, and thereby undermine America's security and well-being moving forward.

    Enough of Cheney and his defenders. I hope he enjoys his First Amendment right to free speech, despite his utter disdain for so much of the US Constitution. I also know that most American's will exercize their right not to be told what to think by the architect of a failed administration.

    May 12, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. bess

    as long as Obama keeps bowing to mideastern leaders and showing a submissive attitude, then maybe america and american's will be safe from terrorists. perhaps that is his plan.

    May 12, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. RD in the Burg

    That's FORMER vice president Dick Chenny, and who cares what she thinks? What makes her an expert? Can't she just go duck hunting with her dad and be gone? Why can't all aspects of this former administration just GO AWAY!

    May 12, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. flybyshoeing

    Why does the media continue to give them a forum to spew their lies? Only the 18% and Fox and Joke Scarborough are with them. Oh, and that fossil Pat Buchanan who is still living in the past.

    May 12, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. CitizenJane

    I am so very tired of the fear mongering being done by the Cheney's and the GOP. If everything was above board, why, oh why, are the GOP so worried for it to all come out? For eight years now, this party has kept the country in fear, in hate, and in divisiviness. ENOUGH already.

    May 12, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Sanford

    Who??? Who is Liz Cheney? The daughter of the guy that should be at supermarket openings? Why is this news?

    May 12, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. Sharon

    Trying to keep Dad from being hauled before a tribunal at the Hague?

    May 12, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Alex in Wisconsin

    Wow, just wow...

    Ok, I will be honest, I thought Liz Cheney was better than this. I believe that she is an intelligent woman but voluntarily bathing in her father's corruption is just stupid. Her Electra Complex must be serious if it is now overriding common sense. The fact that she has to go out and defend her father by attacking the president makes him seem more guilty while making it look like she knowingly supported his crimes.

    May 12, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. SlowGun

    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.

    Just like her daddy...she thinks the ends justify the means.
    It should read; release classified documents detailing information yielded from torture techniques...
    I mean at this point can they at least call it what it was.

    I guess whebn you discover that your dad is Satan, it can be a hard thing to come to terms with.

    May 12, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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