September 2nd, 2009
06:23 PM ET
13 years ago

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. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Dick Cheney is a piece of right-wing garbage.

    I'd pay admission to come watch him waterboarded. Nothing like seeing someone punished with their own system.

    September 2, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. oklahoma

    Lets forget this part of history just another ole senile fool thats want to stay in the media is he to old for water boarding

    September 2, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. simp

    this idiot is evil, why does any network give him any air time is beyond me. We have enough crazies out there and this one gets national media attention,

    September 2, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. donna scott

    Dick Cheney is RIGHT!!

    September 2, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. tickertape

    Cheney not backing down, not going away, I wish our president had this kind of backbone.

    September 2, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. ray munholland

    cheney is the poster child for unconstitutional arrogation of executive power in the united states. it would be nice if the media relegated him to "cranky, old czarist" status and no longer gave him any coverage, except "there he goes again".

    ray munholland
    albuquerque, nm

    September 2, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. jean

    It is time to prosecute Cheney for his criminal behavior during the Bush years. It's bad enough that he and Bush ruined this economy, which Obama is taking the blame for. Why in the hell won't he sit his old pacer-maker wearing ass down somewhere and shut-up. I know the solution. LOCK HIM UP!

    September 2, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Gordon

    Why listen to a man that not only lied to our country, created the impression that any American that didn't side with him was siding with the terrorists and then abused the best Amercians we have, our Military and their families by working with the past administration to push for a war in the wrong country and after the wrong man. If this man can do that, he will lie about anything. Why he even gets airtime is beyond he paying the media to cover him? Or is the media just letting him howl to let himself look like the fool he is?

    September 2, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. RLG, Real Virginia

    I seem to recall Chickenhawk Cheney, a bitter, corrupt man who can find no point low enough to stoop and attack from- was very critical of Al Gore and Jimmy Carter criticizing a sitting President, his marionette GW Bush. He called such conduct inappropriate, and the White House referred to Mr. Carter as "increasingly irrelevant." Now apparently, it's okay to attack the office, as long as there's a Democrat occupying it. More "do as I say, not as I do" neocon hypocrisy from Cheney and his fear-mongering, unrepentant reactionary cronies. Why is it that I'm not surprised?

    Mr. Cheney, you will be remembered by history beside other paragons of infamy like Hitler, Stalin, and Benedict Arnold.

    September 2, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. Anne Frank

    The audacity of a war criminal to argue utility over morality is stunning.

    September 2, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Bedtime for Obonzo

    The DNC has a short collective memory. Fact is, Americans were "greeted as liberators" in Iraq. It was several months later that Al Qaeda in Iraq and the some of the suddenly unemployed Republican Guard members started bombing.

    September 2, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. judy

    "Wrong again?" Right again! As long as the Bush administration kept us safe, I don't care what the CIA had to do in terms of interrogation. Our terrorist enemies don't give a second thought to the type of treatment they give any American! This country should be thankful instead of trying to dredge up stuff for the sake of politics. Shameful!

    September 2, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. All the news thats fit to omit

    Again the Democrats are simply lying, the reports states that the three biggies that were boarded were NOT BEING COOPERATIVE UP UNTIL THAT POINT, once they were boarded ESPECIALLY KSM, he spit out info like a rolodex.

    THREE PEOPLE WERE BOARDED and ALL THREE gave up info and ALL THREE WERE UNCOOPERATIVE before these drastic measures were taken.

    The info GAINED SAVED LIVES and the largest tower in California and the Brooklyn bridge did not get hit as a result and WE LEARNED MORE FROM the bad guys than in years of being NICE.


    Since your kind was saved as well, I think the words are THANK YOU.

    September 2, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. Lori, Houston Texas

    Based on his behavior from Day 1 as VP, to his current unhelpful comments, I've come to believe that there is something seriously wrong with Dick Cheney. He needs to have a complete psycological examination. There seems to be a humanity chip missing from his thought processes. He seems to focus on and encourage hate, war, killing, death and all things hurtful rather than initiate anything positive in the world. I have to wonder what happened to him in life that made him so miserable. I've never met anyone who holds that much negitivity in his life. I don't think Cheney has any credibility and should not be allowed to spew his hatred in the public eye anymore. He had his time, showed us who he really is, and we decided we didn't want his type to represent us in November 2008. Now that all of his claims have been proven as untrue and his choices have hurt America more than we could have imagined, it's time for Cheney to return to Wyoming and spend the rest of his life killing whatever he wants out there. My only wish is that he comes face to face with a 12 foot tall bear as he realizes he's out of ammo.

    September 2, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Fnord-a-saurus Rex

    Can someone please grow a pair and lock this guy up? Anyone who advocates torture should be subjected to the same techniques. I wonder what info we could get Cheney to divulge if we water boarded him some 150 times.
    For someone who many think is a war criminial, Cheney doesn't have the good sense to just fade away, but insists on trying to justify the use of torture. He will end up talking his way right into an investigation. Keep talking Cheney. Keep Talking.

    September 2, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. ZMan

    Cheney is an idiot. He shot his friend when hunting. How can someone so stupid be chosen to lead the USA. Everyone complains about the Republicans but when it comes down to Barack Obama running this county instead of the Republicans because he is black people vote against him. This is what Republicans have done in the past. Lie, lie, lie.

    Andy Harris here in Maryland, Mark Sanford in NC. Sarah Palin quits in the middle of office either to go after book deals and money or to try to make an unsuccesful run at the presidency. Tell me what is good about going to people who believe that we should lower taxes which would put us in more debt, continue fighting the war which also puts us in more debt, not want to help with more affordable health care.

    September 2, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. well...

    Cheney's just trying to stay out of prison...

    The public deserves to know how much he made off his war profitiering.

    Perhaps CNN could do some investigative journalism instead of reporting what they saw on Fox "News"

    September 2, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. New Age Democrat

    I simply dont agree with Democrat leadership on this one. Their tactics are old and don't address what's important right now. The facts is that Cheney has been detailed and more importantly, been echoing the sentiments of the general public, especially where health care is concerned. Meanwhile, Obama and the Democrat leadership perfers the smoke screen, trash talking, name calling with a touch of denial. With regard to the techniques used, I don't have a problem with them. Overall, they were extremely well controlled and had numerous guidelines. Lets not forget that the enemy had no such standards or controls, nor are they covered within the Geneva Conventions. I'm afraid the leadership of the party is in dire need of replacement, or they will become obsolete, if they haven't already. Either way, it's become clear that they are not to be trusted either.

    September 2, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. mike

    dick is just being a dick, now we know who was running the white house

    September 2, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. Nadine

    Dick Cheney is the worst sort of war criminal who is now thumbing his nose at the Obama Administration because he's believes he got away with the constitutional travesties committed during his vice-presidency.
    If the U.S.A. stands for anything it should be that we hold our citizens accountable.
    I'm holding out hope that he will soon be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    September 2, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. Martin Friedman

    Go home to Wyoming, Dick.

    September 2, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. Suzan

    Tell me when this man was ever RIGHT. He is trying so bring as much distraction trying to draw the heat away from himself and trying to put all this blame on Obama.......using the usual FEAR and SCARE tactics that he and Bush and all the Republicans are so good at.....this is the main and only policy of the GOP (FEAR and SCARE) what a wonderful way to instill PEACE in the World.......never heard a word out of him in the 8 years he was in office and now he can't SHUT UP........

    September 2, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. Amercian Me

    You know what would have saved thousands of American lives? Not starting an unnecessary war. That's not a claim of potential saved lives. That fact is, thousands of American lives, and counting, HAVE been lost because of Bush and Cheney. Cheney is sick – borderline evil.

    September 2, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Karl

    If Dicky-puu is right, why doesn't he appear on CNN or MSNBC? He recites his spludge on Fox only.

    September 2, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    Even though this is correct, that Cheney was wrong then and is wrong now, it is unfortunate that the DNC has chosen to address his arguments face first. The real argument here is that the ends do not justify the means. EVEN IF Cheney is right and torturing prisoners who are being held without proof, without representation and without a fair trial yielded valuable intelligence, the cost of using those means was still too high and outbalances the ends achieved. Torture and the manner of holding these prisoners represents an abandonment of all we hold dear and all that defines us as a society. Inalienable human rights are not subject to the perceived convenience or necessities of the moment.

    Real patriots are willing to die for their beliefs, they do not throw them all out the window in the name of fear and expedience.

    September 2, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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