August 30th, 2009
12:09 PM ET
10 years ago

Cheney: Threat to Iran's nuclear program crucial for negotiations

(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he was "probably" the strongest advocate in the Bush administration of a military strike against Iran's nuclear program.

Cheney told FOX News Sunday in an interview conducted Friday that he believed the military threat was crucial to negotiations with Iran on ending its efforts to develop a nuclear weapon.

"I was probably a bigger advocate of military action than any of my colleagues," Cheney said. "I think it was very important that the military option be on the table. I felt that negotiations couldn't possibly succeed unless the Iranians believed the military option was on the table."

Asked if he opposed former President George W. Bush's decision to enter negotiations with Iran and European nations on the issue, Cheney said he would discuss the matter further in an upcoming book on his life.

However, he said a recent Washington Post story that reported he will criticize Bush in his book was wrong.

"We had policy differences, no question about that," Cheney said. "But to say that I was disappointed with the president isn't the way it ought to be phrased."

When asked again if he believed that Bush went "soft" in his second term, as reported in the Washington Post story, Cheney replied: "No, I'm not going to speculate on it. I'm going to write a book that lays out my view of what we did."

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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Jane/Seattle

    Just be quiet and go away, Cheney! You have done your damage to this nation and the world. Just go away!

    August 30, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. lila

    Shut up, Cheney. Even GW figured out you are a loose cannon that sees threats in every corner. You lack balance.

    August 30, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Golden State Girl

    Oh my goodness..... Cheney really is the devil personified!

    Can someone tell me if he was abused as a child? He has soooooo much un-resolved anger in life.

    Forget writing a book, seek therapy!

    August 30, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Ken, Arizona

    Military action and tax cuts seem to be the only tools in a republican's toolbox. And, who would believe that a draft dodger would be the strongest advocate for military action. Talk about irony.

    August 30, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Georgia

    Darth – PLEASE go back to your UNDISCLOSED BUNKER – and let this country try to right the wrongs of the last 8 years of your incompetent governance!!!!!

    August 30, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Joe Terrogano

    Basically this is free publicity for his book. Such a brilliant man. Just what we need, another war. Another reason to incite more young men to join terrorism. The greatest gift to the safety of this nation was the departure of Cheney from office.

    August 30, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. Barbara

    Do not pass Go. Go directly to Jail...............sooner the better!

    August 30, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Helen

    Cheney.....You can write all of the books that you want, but no one will believe you. You are such a liar.

    August 30, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Palin 2012 - 2014 1/2

    That a way....draft dodger!!! Send other people's kids to do YOUR dirty work!!!

    August 30, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. pat c

    i watched the interview and cheney speaks and looks like an evil man. he should be water-boarded untill he speaks the truth behind all the evil he did while hiding under the mask of VP.

    August 30, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Stephen in Denver

    Can someone please tell me who is this Dick Cheney and why are we covering him? We need to cover real news not has beens.

    August 30, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. katiec

    Cheny was a big part in policies, plans, actions and secrets that almost destroyed our country.
    Why is what he says or thinks important to anyone, except, of
    course, the media??

    August 30, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. MikeH

    I guess all the paid Republican liars (TCM, WillyBrown) are still being paid to lie about Health Care reform, no les here about how Cheney is a great American yet. Republican Liar Central needs to issue their talking points to their operatives soon, or this ticker comment column will be pretty one-sided.

    Cheney is a criminal. Justice will only be served when he is indicted.

    August 30, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Chuck

    Good thing that Bush stopped the lunatic Cheney at the end of his failed administration. Giving Cheney a free hand in running this government for the first 7 years, Bush finally had the guts to put an end to Cheney's dominance of the Executive Branch.

    Cheney is now history and let's keep it this way.

    August 30, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Jilli

    No surprise. Cheney thought the only solution to every problem or disagreement was a military solution. It's not only wrong-headed, but disasterous in terms of foreign policy and the finances of the country.

    Good riddance Dick, slither back into your hole.

    August 30, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Dennis

    I can't wait until the book comes out. I plan to buy a copy and keep it in the bathroom and use it for toilet paper!

    August 30, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Jack in Florida

    Why do we care what Cheney thinks?????????????? He should blend in and wait for the sheriff to come knocking to haul his butt to the Hague...........War Criminal!!!!

    August 30, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. HJA

    If Cheney couldn't find a parking spot at a mall he'd bomb the place.

    August 30, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. Longhorn who speaks the truth.

    Shut up Cheney and let the CIA handle it for once without your comments. That goes for you to Barrack (Erkel)) Obama the muslim.

    August 30, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. The new GOP party of NO, racism, and hate is emerging

    this dimwit just wants to sell a book....with his millions, he can afford to start wars under the guise of protecting the US. the miiloins he got from Halliburton with their no-bid contract in Iraq is chop change. make more millions, make more wars on the american tax payers back...stupid!!!

    August 30, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. Gerry

    There will be another war in the middleeast because no one stopped Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. As soon as Iran gets close to having one then Israel will destroy the nuclear facility and America will be in that. It is always best to ignore something until its to late. People might be narrow minded because they hate Bush & Cheney and time will tell.

    August 30, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. Reagan was wrong

    It's frightening to know that we had such a violent, power-hungry, and callous cynic calling the shots for so long.

    August 30, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. scott dehm

    Don't be nieve, if we don't deal with nuclear proliferation than we will have to deal with nuclear explosions. .....its that simple.

    August 30, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. independent

    Did someone forget to tell the former Vice President what the definition of 'former' is? We heard less from this guy when he was in the VP cave, than we do now. Where was he for eight years?

    August 30, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. Jacob

    he needs to save his breath for the court

    August 30, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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