June 15th, 2009
02:00 PM ET
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Cafferty: CIA Director: Cheney almost wishing for terror attack

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CIA Director Leon Panetta says it's almost as if former vice president Dick Cheney is wishing for another terror attack on the U.S. in order to make his point. Panetta tells The New Yorker that Cheney "smells some blood in the water" on the issue of national security.

He suggests Cheney's actions are like "gallows politics" and also calls it "dangerous politics."

Dick Cheney — whom we barely saw or heard from for eight years — has been a very vocal critic of President Obama these past few months… especially when it comes to national security. He has said that the new president is making the U.S. less safe by rolling back Bush era policies.

Cheney has criticized President Obama for ordering the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison and for stopping the use of enhanced interrogation techniques. In a speech last month, Cheney called some of Obama's decisions "unwise in the extreme."

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  1. Laverne

    Leon Panetta is absolutely RIGHT! Any intelligent person can pretty much sum up Dick Cheney. Yes, in this country we have freedom of speech, however, one should be responsible with their words. If Dick Cheney was so concerned about the safety of the American people, why not ask for a meeting with the powers involved and not spew your hatred in an unhelpful way. The American people does not set the national security policies, that is the job of the president and his national security team, that is how I pretty much sum up his foolishness. Dick Cheney need to accept he longer is VP and have absolutely no power left and if George Bush has not turned all power over to Dick Cheney maybe he would know his place right now!

    June 15, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |

    We will see Obamas' talk and talk without actions and results...vs Bush'

    action and action with mostly wrong results....So will Obamas' forever

    talk and talk bring on the wrong results ? We will see..!!!!!

    June 15, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Roger

    I agree with Panetta. Look what Bush & Cheney done to our nation in the 8 years they were in charge....they destroyed our economy, employment, housing, banks, lending institutions, got us into 2 wars, the entire world seems to hate us.....

    June 15, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. dominican mama 4 Obama

    I would like to commend Mr. Panetta for saying what everyone else is thinking. I do not think that Mr. Panetta was out of line at all. On the contrary, for a man that was too busy lining his pockets with gold to speak during his vp terms, Mr. Cheney has now located his tongue. And he has been using it at every turn to state that we're not safe with the current admininstration. He says it over, and over. Why not buy a billboard and invite all terrorists, domestic and international alike to come and takae their best shot? If only to prove that you were right all along? Why not support our president, or even advise him if you think you know better? You're inviting trouble Cheney. You need to shut the hell up.

    June 15, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |

    there goes Panetta down the Nancy Pelosi Lane

    June 15, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Dave

    We are certainly less safe with having had Cheney as VP.

    June 15, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. former republican

    Typical. But I called him out on this months ago! He would like nothing better than to be able to say "I told you so!" Well let me tell you something Mr. Cheney, its people like you with your lies, fear tactics, and misdirection of this country is why your losing voters in your party. I stated a long time ago that its almost as if he is taunting the terrorists by bad mouthing the current administration. I have a question for you...Whose was on watch during the 9/11 attack anyway??? Yeah, thats right you and Bush were, and you all decided to ignore the warnings!!! NOT President Obama...so quit blaming him!

    June 15, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Marry

    Dick Cheney is one of those people who never cared for anyone except himself. Just as 9/11 played into his perverse vision of the world according to big business and profits, he must be put to shame by such a distinguished person like president Obama. A person that is hard working, smart, and capable, with his heart on the right spot and as one can already see, starting to be very successful for the American people. Being such a criminal, Cheney is surely dreaming every minute and hoping something bad will happen to the world.

    June 15, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. Travis-Atlanta

    I feel like the whole republican party is wishing for one, Y i dont know!

    June 15, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Dawn in Pa

    Hey CNN where is the ticker on what is happening in Iran, I have been watching RicK Sanchez and he shown some gruesome photos..

    June 15, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. David S.

    Once upon a time the Bush administration suggested that to criticise the progress of war in Iraq would encourage the terrorists. Now we are hearing similar rhetoric from Panetta. I'm glad that Biden declined support that rhetoric.

    June 15, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Hillary Clintoon

    Why didn't Panetta just call Cheney a racist the way they do to anyone who dares to criticize Barack Hussein Obama (rymes with osama)

    June 15, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Will-South Dakota

    FEAR MONGERING like he has for the last 8 years is all Cheney is doing.......does he belong to a right wing white supremist group?

    June 15, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Dennis

    Mr. Panetta did not say that the former VP is wishing for another terrorist attack. He said it's "almost" as if former vice president Dick Cheney is wishing for another terrorist attack on the US.

    Am I to ASSUME that Mr. Panetta has the ability to read minds, or is this a gift only to tunnel minded democrats.

    Thank God I'm an Independent!!

    June 15, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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