September 2nd, 2009
06:23 PM ET
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First on the CNN Ticker: DNC takes aim at Cheney

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The DNC is taking aim at Dick Cheney in a new ad."](CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is taking aim at Dick Cheney over his string of high-profile media appearances during which the former vice president has been highly critical of President Obama's national security policies.

In a new 30-second television ad set for national cable and local cable in Washington, the DNC asserts many of Cheney's statements have been incorrect - particularly those in which he has argued enhance interrogation techniques conclusively yielded intelligence.

That ad compares those recent statements to ones he made in the leadup to the Iraq war, when he declared Americans would be "greeted as liberators" and that he was sure Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

"Dick Cheney, wrong then, wrong now," the ad states.

The DNC has used Cheney as a punching bag several times already this year, releasing a string of Web videos and press releases last spring questioning whether he was the new leader of the GOP.

Cheney most recently appeared on Fox News, declaring in an interview Sunday that enhanced interrogation techniques such as waterboarding, considered by many to be torture, were "absolutely essential in saving thousands of American lives."

Critics contend there is little evidence to support the notion that the techniques themselves were what yielded the information.

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  1. Old Guy


    If waterboarding is okay, why did the United States prosecute and execute two Japanesse officers at the end of World War II for waterboarding US prisoners or war? Maybe there is some zealot of Cheney that would like to explain the difference. Why when US soldiers are waterboarded it is treated as a capital crime and it is okey dokey for Cheney to okay it?

    September 2, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. CJL

    Laughable. Only the foolish would believe these highly political commercials. Dems are clueless.

    September 2, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. t

    I am sure Hitler and Dr. Mengele thought they were justified in all the inhuman treatment of people and experiments too. We should observe the Geneva Convention guidelines (as we were also part in the drafting) and rise above torture. I abhor terrorism and believe there should be consequences. You can obtain more information through "honey than vinegar." Or just kill them out right.

    September 2, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Greg Ebert

    We should waterboard Cheney on "Larry King Live" to see how many times he lied to us about "Orange Alerts", non-existent weapons of mass destruction, and torture.

    An added benefit would be that we could all judge for ourselves if waterboarding is torture, or simply a harmless "enhanced interrogation technique".

    September 2, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. A. Rice

    Cheney is determined to create a 911 outcome...just to justify his his theories. He wants to be Right to make everyone WRONG!

    September 2, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. m jeff

    What does Cheney know, he's been on vacation for the past eight years.

    September 2, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Maybe their problem with Dick Cheney and President Bush is that, at the end of the day they produced good results. We didn't get attacked again and our military is able to leave Iraq because they did their jobs well. It's difficult to argue with good results but the DNC tries.

    September 2, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Mary

    CNN - actually saying the DNC is making Cheney a punching bag? What a joke! The man doesn't even understand the executive branch of our government, as he has proven over and over again. He would have fit in well with King George's monarchy - you know, the king whose hubris helped ignite the revolution that started this country. Cheney is constantly putting himself out there. If he is innocent of any wrongdoing, why is he investing so much time doing the old CYA routine? Why isn't he getting more support from the Bush administration and those who are in the know?

    September 2, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Chuck

    I am truly convinced that Cheney is exhibiting symptoms of dementia. While he is still capable of articulating his far right-wing neo-con propaganda and lies, they are noticeable becoming contradictory and exagerated.

    In the Chris Wallace interview this past weekend, Cheney was asked if he was receptinve to the interrogations going beyond the prescribed and legal levels, and, he responded by saying "I AM." This proves that this man was ready to break the law and go against our contritution.

    If Cheney ever gets prosecuted, he will surely be proven GUILTY of war crimes.

    September 2, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Scott

    And what office exactly is Cheny running for that the DNC is so afraid of him? And once and for all, there is no question Sadam had WMD's, does anybody remember history when he used them against the Kurds?? Just because the UN gave him 16 years to hide them doesn't make it any less of a fact, and no matter what your agenda is, you cannot simply change history books to fit your agenda today. You can however omit facts, mislead and misrepresent history for people around you whom you think are listening and have a similar agenda to yours. History has shown us the every society has people willing to follow others no matter how ludicrous an idea is, remember the suicides over Hail-Bop?

    Don't be a follower, be a

    September 2, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. curtis

    If the DNC wants to say that the enhanced interrogations did NOT yield information, they have a steep hill to climb to prove it. We have high level heads of intelligence dtps who are stating that it DID, that it prevented a second 9/11-style attack, and got us more than 1/2 of all the info we have on al Qa'eda.

    I used to be a Democrat. But the silly liberal lies have forced me to abandon the party. It's no longer the party of the great JFK, who would probably be closer to a Republican than today's Democrats. Now it's the party of people who adore Che, Fidel, Chavez, use racial accusations constantly, and who hate corporations, capitalism, and Liberty. In short: it's now a socialist party. Adieu. I'll never vote Democrat again.

    September 2, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. barb

    Go for it DNC! The guy thinks he's above the law! Did we ever hear him speak to the American people when he was VP–or should I say President? Give it a rest, Dick. Your power is OVER!

    September 2, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Bobby G.

    It's a bit "low class" of the DNC to mock past public servants for their own political gain. Give it a rest people.

    September 2, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. sherry

    Stand up and fight for the truth VP Chaney, the more you say and do the dems. have to work extra hard to give the public a more convencing lie.
    Go Chaney go!!!!!

    September 2, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Short-Term Memory Loss?

    "...And the troop surge in Iraq is doomed to failure"

    Most people with any military background find great humor (and sadly also find dismay) when liberals start discussing matters of national security.
    Kind of sounds like Cheney's comments hit a nerve.

    "Methinks the lady doth protest too much..."

    September 2, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. PK California

    Cheney is trying to sell his book! It won't be worth the paper it's printed on because it will be full of his lies and fanticies, His back is against the wall and he'll say anything to get out of what he did, authorizing torture of the worst kind and believing that whatever these people said under extreme conditions was true. His attitude was the harder you torture the closer you get to truth. I don't believe these people knew anything of value, but Cheney used his methods as proof that he was keeping the country safe. The last time we were safe was on Sept. 10! Sept. 11th, we were not. Bush and Cheney were in office.

    September 2, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. TM in CO

    Maybe in Cheney's version of reality, torture did result in saving American lives, but not in the real reality. This man deserves to be behind bars........................

    September 2, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. jerry

    Five draft deferements means he lacks courage
    Two DUI's means he lacks judgement.

    Add it up and you have a grade A Reublican loser.

    September 2, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. a progressive liberal and proud of it

    They shouldn't be wasting time or energy on rebutting him. They should just investgate him and expose him for the disgusting dictator-wanna-be that he is and shame him publicly. I really don't even care if they go the extra distance and throw the creep in jail. Just some good old-fashioned humiliation in front of the world works for me.

    September 2, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. coobme

    Cheney is a loser.

    September 2, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Gary

    Obama is a likable guy and Cheney is not quite as personable, but as far as the CIA and interrogation debates go Cheney is right and Obama and Holder are wrong. It's that simple.

    September 2, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. jon,philadelphia

    Likr Sarah Palin when is he just going to go away??? He still doesn't get it. He still thinks that he is right and everyone else is wrong.

    September 2, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. Mike B.

    I don't know why anyone, including the DNC, would waste time on this former Vice-President-turned-hysterical-wash-woman. Dick Cheney is old news, old guard, old policies, old thinking. Are we to be mired forever in the notion that what he says has any credibility at all? People, I don't care if your a Dem or Rep – open your eyes, use your brains, and dismiss this man who cries wolf. Let Dick go. If the AG finds he broke laws, then prosecute him for the criminal he allegedly is. If not, LET HIM GO. When is enough enough? Is he trying out to be the 5th Horseman of the Apocalypse or what?

    September 2, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Barry

    Dick Cheney Blah Blah Blah Yada Yada Yada

    September 2, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Scott M

    Why won't this guy go away?

    September 2, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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