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. Desiree Jordan

    Why is Cheney not arrested yet for War Crimes?

    June 15, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. demwit

    Take note people, Obama's team thinks free speech invites terror attacks.

    June 15, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. paul

    During his tenure in the Bush administration anyone who spoke out against them was labeled UNpatriotic. And we all screamed it was our RIGHT to voice our opinion. NOW, he is out of office and he is SPEAKING out against what he feels is the wrong direction. BUT now we are saying he is being unpatriotic.

    PLEASE people, let him speak. Let me speak. Let us all speak. Freedom is one thing we, as Americans, have that MOST people do not! I do not see his words as a CALL TO ARMS for an attack. I see them as his RIGHT TO SPEAK HIS MIND.

    I am a democrat.

    June 15, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. DAVID

    Couldn't he just create/mastermind another 911?

    June 15, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Dawn in Pa

    He said what everyone else may be thinking... saying on every news shows, except MSNBC who would listen.... and yes I believe it.

    June 15, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. RealityKing

    More tabloid news from CNN.

    How about something important for a change. Like what current government healthcare actually provides and what it would look like under Obamacare??

    The Associated Press has learned that fewer than half of Veterans Affairs clinics given a surprise inspection last month followed proper standards for colonoscopies and other minimally invasive procedures — even after the agency learned that mistakes may have exposed thousands of veterans to HIV and other diseases.

    June 15, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. meg

    should cheney b in jail for torture how much $$ has he made from iraq and he did not keep usa safe for 8 years, sept 11 happened under his administration. Stopping 9/11 would have given him credibility. War criminals should be in gitmo.

    June 15, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Natasha

    Shame on you CNN
    So below the belt, unprofessional and un-thoughtful comments from Panetta and you repeat them with satisfaction.
    The scary part – it shows how unready and not smart Panetta is.

    June 15, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. bozo obama

    Closing Gitmo...Obamas promise 'join al-queda and see the world with a special vacation in Bermuda' with taxpayers money.

    June 15, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. MJR53

    I apply a new litmus test to all reporting such as this. Where it says a Republican's name, I insert the name of a prominent Democrat. Where it is a Democrat's, I insert a Republican's name. I then mentally harken back to the time of the Bush administration and think if the talking heads would have been in an uproar. They're not in an uproar today, ergo it is slanted journalism

    June 15, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    I think any American accusing another American of wishing such a thing is totally disgusting.

    Panetta – do yourself and us a favor. If you really feel this way, keep it to yourself instead of making it a partisan talking point.

    June 15, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. David

    This man seriously needs to be put on the Terrorism watch list, if he's not already there. Wishing harm to come to America with no concern whatsoever for the American people, with his previous access to classified security information, makes him a very, very dangerous man.

    June 15, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. New Yorker

    Dick Cheney, regardless of what the liberals want to imagine, has helped to keep this country safe. I' am glad that he has the wisdom and maturity to speak out about Obama's folly. I applaud him for taking the time to express his vies and continue to work for the good of the U.S. If Obama continues with his plans we will be in worse shape than ever before.

    June 15, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Hal

    Cheney is a man of little or no personal character!!

    He sold guns to the Iranians, he hid his assets from KBR and Haliburtion in the Caymen Islands, his company did such shoddy work in Iraq that dozens of soldiers have died. He ran administration that ignored the warnings regarding 9/11.

    This guy prays every night jst like Rush that this country gets attacked so they can spout their fear-mongering, torture excusing rhetoric.

    Go back to shooting caged birds you creep!!

    Not Christian/Not Patriotic/Not Civilized/Not right!!

    June 15, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. ANNY

    I think it's the other way around I think it is Cheney that is making American less safe...not just when he was in the VP office but even now....he had his 8 years in office it is time for him to back off and let this new administration run this country. Cheney like Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Newt, Palin and all the other Republicans in Washington would love to see President Obama fail so they could say I TOLD YOU SO it is they that are putting this country in danger and we the people of this country are not blind to their tactics anymore, that is why they lost this election and why they will continue to lose.......they are not only going to bring on the terrorists around the world but the ones right here in this country (the White Sepremeists) the GOP becomes more scary with each passing day

    June 15, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. republicans hate america

    its no surprise the rush limbaugh party hate this country they want it to fail so dim wits like them can run the dim wits that believe them. As to criticizing government run programs I suppose we should just get rid of our military too seeing that must be so dysfunctional being run by the government its a matter of time before chevez comes strolling in. you right wingers have no clue...none

    June 15, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. rice, bryan

    to utter such words, and wishing this upon this country should be held in high treason. this was the party platform for eight years. why would anyone want to see this happen to prove a point. to wish this upon the citizens of this country is crazy.

    June 15, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. Tom in CA

    Old man Potter is praying for it to happen!

    June 15, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Chipster

    Dick Cheney is frightened by his own shadow. He'll always see 6 more weeks of winter – nuclear winter. I've never seen anyone so paranoid in my life and his favorite pastime is trying to make everyone else as afraid as he is. Cheney certainly hasn't made our nation more secure. He's the poster boy for Al Qaeda. Cherry picking and fabricating intelligence to support his obsession with Saddam Hussein has cost the lives of thousands of our soldiers and destroyed the lives of tens of thousands. He managed to defeat truth, justice, and the Constitution for too long. It will take decades for our nation to recover.

    June 15, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. New Yorker

    Desiree Jordan – Cheney is not yet arrested for war crimes because he didn't commit any. Stop listening to the jerks who can't tell the difference between a terrorist and a patriot.

    paul – You must know by now that liberals live by a double standard. Cross over and join the people who know what the reality is. The liberals will destroy this country if they can.

    June 15, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Ms. Dana

    Dick Cheney should have helped keep the country safe. They are the reason why we are so hated!! We always had terror threats, no matter who was the President. The problem was that our allies was being turned away and ignored and we started collecting more enemies!!

    June 15, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Dan

    No need to wait for an attack, we are now talking with terrorist rewarding them for their bad behavior, so what is the point of them attacking, they won! We are only against Bush supporters, Israel and other loyal friends... so the terrorists won! (Will CNN show this response?)

    June 15, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. terry matejka

    Dick Cheney says we are less safe and that he hopes we "will continue the policies that have kept us safe for the last eight years" September 11th 2001 was less than eight years ago and I am glad we are taking a different direction and staying within the bounds of the constitution. It seems that Dick Cheney would like to "cut and run" from the responsibility of 9/11.

    June 15, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. P. Y.

    Of course that is what he wants. What surprises anyone ? Why are some people so naive to believe that no one would wish such a thing on our country. Sure they would. Just look at some of the idiot comments on this blog.

    He has a right to speak. After all this is America.
    The danger comes when a bunch of people believe him because of their religion or their politics or their limited education.

    In my opinion, Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, O'Reilly, Ann Coulter, etc. are all terrorists because they want our country to fail just because a black president is in office. That is the real problem and that is something we should all be dealing with.

    June 15, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Hal

    Cheney has proven again and again that he lacks any morals.

    Sending 4000 US troops to die in Iraq for a pack of lies.
    Torturing POW's
    Kidnapping people and sending them to be tortured in other countries
    As a boardmember of Halliburton he hid money in the Caymens, sent guns to Iran and oversaw a company that later poisoned, electrocuted and stole millions of dollars from our troops overseas.

    This man is quite possibly the most despicable person ever to lead this nation.

    June 15, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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