October 22nd, 2009
12:40 PM ET
12 years ago

Cheney hammers 'afraid' Obama on national security

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(CNN) - After a summer in which Dick Cheney dialed back his attacks on President Obama's national security polices, the former vice president told a conservative gathering Wednesday that the Obama administration had damaged America's relationship with key allies, dangerously wavered in Afghanistan, undermined progress in Iraq, and intentionally sabotaged the Bush administration's national security legacy.

In the hard-hitting and wide-ranging speech at Center for Security policy, Cheney targeted the new administration's decision-making process on how to proceed in Afghanistan, saying Obama has failed to give troops on the ground a clear mission or defined goals, and appeared "afraid to make a decision."

"The White House must stop dithering while America's armed forces are in danger," Cheney said. "Make no mistake, signals of indecision out of Washington hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries."

Cheney also targeted White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who suggested to CNN's John King on "State of the Union" on Sunday that the previous administration had failed to adequately assess conditions in Afghanistan before committing troops there.

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  1. Corey

    These statements from Cheney are completely infactual. How can Cheney criticize Obama taking time to formualte an actual goal and deliberate strategy in Afghanistan after 8 years of inaction ,neglect and distraction (iraq) on the Afghanistan front in his own administration? Oh yeah, and i'm sure the Bush administration did nothing to harm our image abroad.

    October 22, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. BestProfitCompany = WAR

    Say what you want Dick it doesn't matter anymore. You are powerless. If you really cared about America's interested you would have run for President. Since you didn't you are just like any other right-wing nut! Plus you don't really know anything about military since you dodge the draft so many times... you coward!

    October 22, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Mr. T

    I'm afraid Mr. Cheney will never go away. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

    October 22, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. JILLI`

    Childish language and taunts from a seriously misguided man. We remember that 9/11 happened on his watch – and the reaction – Iraq and Afghanistan – were horrendous disasters.

    Keep yapping, your legacy is already firmly planted in the gutter.

    October 22, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Dave

    agreed...I feel more safe now than anytime in the last 8 years. Cheney is a problem that the american people were glad to get rid of. Sit down Dick and let the grown ups handle this now.

    October 22, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Truthsayer

    After ruining the republican party and destroying our economy, Cheney is like the balloon boy father and Palin, he can't stand that he is out of the spotlight, stealing money from American Taxpayers.

    October 22, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. www.affordabletutor.org

    If Mr Cheney had ran for president, I would understand his ranting and raving. It is unmanly to stand behind Bush and his Daughter and throw words at people. Six years of Haliburton Profiting on Nobid contracts inflated 10,000% was not good enough.

    He wants Four more years of somebody else's Term!!!!!

    October 22, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Really?

    Why do people pay money to listen to him...

    October 22, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Brian, NJ

    Bush/Cheney dropped the ball on Afghanistan and we have had no recognizable goals there for years. President Obama has also repaired frayed relationships with our European allies. No sit down and shut up!!

    October 22, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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