October 22nd, 2009
06:33 PM ET
12 years ago

Gibbs hits back at Cheney

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/22/art.gibbs.cnn.jpg caption="White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs fired back Thursday at the latest criticism from Dick Cheney."](CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs fired back Thursday at the latest criticisms from Dick Cheney, and suggested the Bush administration did not send U.S. troops into foreign conflicts responsibly.

"What Vice President Cheney calls 'dithering,' President Obama calls his solemn responsibility to the men and women in uniform and to the American public," Gibbs said. "I think we've all seen what happens when someone doesn't take that responsibility seriously."

Gibbs' comments come a day after the former vice president issued a blistering a wide-ranging critique of the Obama administration's foreign policy, saying Obama appears "afraid to make a decision" when it comes to troop levels in Afghanistan, and the president's indecision is "hurt[ing] our allies and emboldening our adversaries."

In his comments Thursday, Gibbs said the delay over a troop decision in Afghanistan is largely due to the fact the Bush administration did not adequately assess the conditions in the country ahead of sending troops there.

"I think it is a curious comment," Gibbs also said, "I think it is pretty safe to say that the vice president was for seven years not focused on Afghanistan. Even more curious given the fact that an increase in troops sat on desks in this White House including the vice president's for more than eight months - a resource request filled by President Obama in March."

"I find it interesting that he's blaming us for something that he didn't see fit to do over, best I can tell, seven years of a war in Afghanistan," he added.

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  1. Grrr-awful-o

    Looks like we know what they talked about in the presidential briefing this morning. We've heard from Nancy. We've heard from Gibbs. Kerry seems to be Obama's protector lately – probably hear from him and a few other cronies shortly. Old Cheney appears to have delivered quite a sting. And just when they were focusing in on Foxnews. LOL!

    October 22, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Robert

    way to go gibbs:) another one who thinks cheney is out of line )

    cheney should realised that nobody likes a pro toture former vp I mean former head of toture .

    October 22, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. We Won Get Over It

    We all know that cheney is a bunch of crap...this"" brave"" guy who is calling other people names and cowards, shirked his duty in Viet Nam the same as his counterpart bush....well all I can say is the less heard from them the better for this great country of ours.

    October 22, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Wow....

    This guy looks to be absolutely as dumb as he sounds. What an amazing combination. I know some other stupid people that have been fired lately. Does Gibbs need some assistants?

    October 22, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Tell it like it is Gibbs. I respect the President for taking his time with his decision in regards to troop levels. These are my fellow brothers and sisters in arms lives we are talking about here, not a buch of pawns on a chess table. Ask Mr. Cheney how come they let OBL get out of Tora Bora. How????????????????????

    October 22, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Obama=trickle up poverty

    Poor messenger boy Gibbs has the hardest job of all............trying to justify all the screw ups coming out of the white house and Biden.

    October 22, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Leslie

    Does anyone even care what this old coot has to say? I know I don't never did and never will!

    October 22, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Nick Mann

    How long will Obama blame Bush and not take any responsibility......it is tiresome.......geezz.....

    October 22, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Beth from Virginia

    Bingo!! Gibbs is right. The last administration did nothing in Afghanistan for 8 years and now Cheney has the audacity to accuse the present administration of dragging their feet? And has the media considered that maybe they shouldn't give Cheney a voice?

    October 22, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Sam

    Does Dick Cheney realize that he is no longer in politics?

    October 22, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Obama Victim

    more propagnada from "Family Guy"?? uh wah uh uh oh we uh uh uh

    October 22, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Gene

    Calling someone else afraid is the last thing that should ever come out of the mouth of Mr. Dick "5-Deferrments" Cheney.

    October 22, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Dems. love the gays more then the military

    Pretty sad when Cheney was telling the truth about Obama.

    Maybe CNN can fact check this.

    October 22, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. unshrub

    "The only thing to be afraid of is fear itself," or in this case "the only thing to be afraid of is Cheney and his rewriting of history." The guy was a coward when it was his time to go to fight. However, that appears to be the normal for republican's. Very few republicans in Congress have ever fought at war as in comparison to Democrats. But that's all they want to do when they get elected.

    October 22, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. jeffrey campbell

    Cheney is showing exactly how much of a low life he really is.
    What happened to supporting the President in time of war???
    He sounds more like taliban than an American.

    October 22, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. File under "Sarcasm"

    I agree with Cheney, President Obama is "dithering" because for him this is a political decision as Campaigner in Chief, not a strategic decision as Commander in Chief.

    He put General McChrystal in charge in June to implement his strategy. He got his general's request for troops in August and here it is mid October with no decision. Leaders make decisions, followers wait for someone else to make it for them!

    October 22, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Grrr-awful-o

    This administration is coming unraveled. They've taken their eye off the ball. They're focused on FNN and Dick Cheney and anyone who disagrees with them now. They look like the Balloon Boy's balloon when it finally sank to the ground. They better get back up on their gelding and start leading again. There's serious stuff in the world and at home to deal with. And it's not FNN or Dick Cheney for crying out loud.

    October 22, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Danny E. Gonzalez

    VP Cheney is walking a fine line with his rethoric; in the sense that it is up to the president of the U.S. to order these troops increases; this is not a decision that should be done in haste... best he should do it provide the president the courtesy to allow him to reach a decision... this is pretty ridiculous when he attacks the president in this manner... talk about making us look weak in the face of a though situation... VP Cheney is closer to helping the terrorist by infiltrating the kinds of tacticts that use and promote fear in order to get things done.

    October 22, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. Josh

    What a nice distraction from this administration's effort to turn this county into a socialist state. Now the government will be dictating the pay of people who didn't even receive bail out money... Whats next? Will they be dictating my wage even though I work for a private business???

    October 22, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. Greg, MN

    The guts of Cheney's comments pointed out that Candidate Obama had a plan and goals for the War in Afghanistan. That Candidate Obama would "fix" the mis-steps of Bush-Cheney. Cheney's Absolutely 100% correct that Obama has once again delivered NOTHING. He has no plan. No goals. No Clue.

    Obama, Once Again over promised, under delivered. How's that Hope and Change working out?

    October 22, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. msg

    Far right-wing radical conservatives are always referring to democrats and liberals as being "un-patriotic" and "un-American". Now they're calling President Obama 'afraid' because he wants to make the BEST decision for our troops?

    Not thinking things entirely through and sending them into harms way without a plan was how the BUSH administration did it. This is a new administration.

    I'm sorry if proceeding with caution doesn't fit in with the conservative "Shut up and just go to war" theme...but it really is the BEST thing to do for our troops.

    I thought thats what "being a great American" was all about?

    October 22, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Cincinnatian

    Stop the push and shove, boys. Can't you find something better (more constructive) to do? In case you forgot, many of us are still pinching pennies to pay our bills.

    October 22, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Stu

    Perhaps if Obama spent less time grovelling and apologizing and spent more time kicking the butts of our enemies.....

    Say what you will about Pres. Bush. At least he had the guts to take the fight to the enemy.

    Trillions for defense, not a penny for tribute!

    October 22, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. Jake

    Dick Cheney is the AXIS OF EVIL. He is an evil-doer!

    October 22, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. Victim of Democratic Greed

    Too Bad Obama obviously has NO plan for Afghanistan that his defenders have to come out and throw their smoke screen Gibbs boy to explain everything. Time to Blame FOX again.

    October 22, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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