October 22nd, 2009
12:40 PM ET
11 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. Deb (long island)

    I can only speak for one American and that is myself. I am so glad I have a President who "dithers" rather than one who invades a country under false pretenses and on an impulse. I would rather he dither than have us lose our children to a non-winnable cause. Which in turn makes me so happy Cheney (the war monger and fear spreader) is no longer part of any administration.

    October 22, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. Melissa

    Cheney needs to shut his trap. He also needs to be prosecuted for violation of international law.

    October 22, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Kara

    Cheney is one SMART guy! He's spot on w/ his description of Obama. Obama was not qualified to be President and his naivite' has hurt this country tremendously, from our brave soldiers to everyday wworking families...it's time to HOPE for a change in 2012!

    October 22, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Juan

    Cheney don't know what he talking about...Obama's trying to put together a good plan to end this billion dollar war on terror/nothing Bush never fixed or completed.

    October 22, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Houston Mom

    Dick Cheney – a person of little or no consequence. He is about as important as Glen Beck which is to say....not at all.

    October 22, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Ray

    PS-It is now 9 months into Obama's term and there has been no big terrorist attack on our soil. That's more than I can say for you and your administration, Mr. Cheney.

    October 22, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Burl

    Takes a lot of courage for a draft dodger to imply the President is afraid to deploy more troops. Fear didn't have a thing to do with Bush and Cheney sending troops into the current quagmires. Blame that on plain old weak mindedness, greed, and a complete disregard for the American service member. We should never send our troops into elective conflicts. Cheney dodged our previous elective conflict (Vietnam), he has no right to comment on the current one, unless it's to apologize to the 4500+ dead American service members killed so far in Iraq

    October 22, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |

    Chaney belongs in Prision for the illegal stuff he did.

    October 22, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Who put the twit in twitter? Sarah!

    This guy is a cold blooded reptile. Squash him !

    October 22, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Gary

    Mr. Cheney: You and Bush got us into this mess in the first place. You started it and failed to finish it! Why don't you go off somewhere with George and waterboard each other!

    October 22, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. Tom C

    How can a general know how many troops he needs until a specific goal is decided? Almost every general never has enough troops. Look at Cheney's goals for Iraq.

    1. Our goal is to get rid of WMD's
    2. Oh, wait a minute, there are no WMD's so our goal is to get Saddam?
    3. Oh wait, we have Saddam, let's get into nation building.

    Number 3 is what he wanted all along, but could not reveal that to the American people, because that is wrong.

    October 22, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  12. Craig in Washington

    Big talk from a chickenhawk!

    October 22, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. Frank222

    Still recreating reality in his own image, it seems

    October 22, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. Rob Johnson

    As long as Cheney is upset with how Obama is handling world affairs, I sleep very well at night.

    If Cheney were to ever say he approved of anything Obama did, THAT would worry me.

    October 22, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Reader

    This guy needs to GO AWAY. He had eight years to do his damage, it's over Dick. Turn out the lights, the party's over...

    October 22, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. GI Joe

    Shooter sure is overly-protective of his "presidential" legacy.


    October 22, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. Obama=Trickle up poverty

    For a well educated man – Obama is pretty stupid. Book smarts no common sense, pretty typical, except this man is trying to run the country and is in way over his head without a clue how to fix things. Bailing out Unions isn't the answer, that will only bankrupt the country further. Spending money we don't have is beyond ignorant.

    October 22, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. Big V

    Wrong wrong and wrong. What success did Dick Cheney EVER have national security wise that would lead one to think his opinion is valuable now? I really think Obama deserved to get the Nobel Peace Prize. Just for booting this loser out of office and unwinding his idiotic policies, he's done more for world peace than any other living human possibly could.

    October 22, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. JOY

    Five times deferred, no memeber of Cheney's family served, he obviously likes the idea of seeing the young handsome men and pretty ladies return to the US in body bags. Why the anxiety to rush these men to satisfy the neo cons appetite. The blistering remarks not working Dickey boy, be still ,quiet you heart and just go away .

    October 22, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. sonny chapman

    Not everyone has the courage of a Vietnam War Draft Dodger.

    October 22, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. William

    I wonder if Dick Cheney would be 'afraid' of some water-boarding?

    October 22, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. JR

    I love my President. He is the best ever!!!

    October 22, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. Oscar H. Villarreal

    I find this man's statement that the President is "afraid" appalling from someone who used every deferment possible when it was his time to serve his country in a capacity other than from behind a desk. This man gets no respect from me, a veteran of the Vietnam era.

    October 22, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. RAH

    I wish he would go away! Your 15 minutes is up Mr. Cheney....You guys had EIGHT years to get this right and didn't...now you want him to do it in 10 months?? You are just jealous.

    October 22, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. Ben

    I think it's funny that he warns about America looking weak and divided by accusing the commander-in-chief of looking afraid and conflicted...Because that just screams unity at the rest of the world

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