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. JS007

    Oh, snap!

    Cheney always viewed American fighting men and women as expendable pawns in his evil, corrupt, criminal agenda. He thinks Obama's recognition that you are sending someone else's son or daughter to possible death or injury is weakness and dithering? It is all extra rich coming from a guy who got multiple deferments when he was of fighting age. He should have stayed in his lair today and kept his mouth shut.

    October 22, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Tulsa

    Hey Dick, You're a traitor. A war profiteer. The lowest form of life on this planet or any other.
    By the way, you didn't mind when your puppet "W" took 3 months to decide whether or not to send more troops in Iraq...... what's the hurry now? Afraid President Obama is going to make the right choice AGAIN and prove to the people of the US that you are a liar?
    Go away and DON'T COME BACK.

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

    Gibbs is a babbling idiot, so who cares what he thinks.

    Chenney is right. OBOZO is weak on national defense, and so is Fillary.

    OBOZO the CLOWN needs to go.

    October 22, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Misha

    I find it very interesting that Gibbs never has any answers. He is always on defense. He likes to respond and not answer questions. I would like to see Gibbs get asked real questions that MUST be answered instead of "what is your favorite color?".

    October 22, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Island girl

    I would suggest that this current administration pay Cheney no mind. He is not well.

    October 22, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Cobra Montana

    Cheney has more intelligence than Obama will ever have, Obama is a joke that is scary!

    October 22, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Carla Martin-Wood

    Cheney needs to get it through his fat head that IT'S OVER for warmongers like him and his puppet, Bush. They spent 8 years playing on fears and prejudice in order to justify unjust wars. They had people seeing terrorists under their beds. Thank God, we now have a rational, logical President - a LEADER - who has just won the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE - someone who actually initiates dialogue with other nations and who does not rush into battle, putting our men and women into harm's way.

    October 22, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Doug, New Jersey

    Cheney is wrong. See, Obama is not at war with Al Qeuda, Taliban, or any terrorists who wish to inflict harm on our nation and its people. NO, Obama is at war with Fox News and every American in this country who isn't marching lock step to his extremist left wing agenda. He is not concerned about an attack on our soil that will take lives, he is worried about people who seek the truth and are speaking the truth about his policies and the people he has who are working for him. Not one liberal in America has yet to point out one lie told at FNC, therefore the Obama administration sees every honest American telling the truth as their threat, and Obama's Homeland security boss has even labelled these great Americans, some who have faught on the front lines for our freedom, terrorists.

    October 22, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. GOP for fear and lies!!

    Chaney is too evil and disturbed to be given this much media attention by the mainstream media.

    October 22, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. fred jaeger

    Gibbs has it right. As usual, Dirty Dick Cheney screws something up, waits until he is out of the line of fire, then snipes at his intellectual and moral superiors. Maybe he should join up with S. Palin for a dream ticket in 2012. Between the two of them on the same ticket, they could probably get about 20% of the vote. What do you say, Dick?

    October 22, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. ROM

    If this conflict started in 2001 and nothing was done so why the rush Former Vice President Cheney and others did nothing but look at WMD which never was. When the lives of the military are at stake, plan it well. Not for families who children will be exempt from fighting. If in a hurry send their children of over there. It doesn't mean 1 or 2 but all that are getting fat on the hill. If nothing was done for 8 years what is the rush?

    October 22, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. russ

    Only a draft dodger chickenhawk like Dick Chaney can say Obama is "afraid". He needs to back to his undisclosed location and hide, he is real good at that.

    October 22, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. victim of republican greed

    Nero may have fiddled, but it was Bush/Cheney that 'dithered.'

    October 22, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. debaser

    Been almost a year and still Obama adminstration cannot accept responsibility. Sure Afghanistan was not focused on by Bush – do we remember his focus was Iraq? I am pretty sure we toppled a dictator there.

    Afghanistan will be a failure for Obama. But he will keep his Nobel Peace Prize shiny I am sure.

    October 22, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Vocal Majority

    Go get 'em, Gibbs. Cheney is sickening, always has been and always will be. What a blithering, lying oaf.

    October 22, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Rennee' Hernandez

    Cheney: SHUT UP

    October 22, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. proud mother and sister of a soldier

    God forbid anyone make a negative comment about the WH! It wouldn't become an issue if they could just ignore it.
    Personally, I find Obama's lack of decision making skills something that puts our men and women in uniform at greater risk.....a fact proven by the dem run Vietnam war and resoundingly repeated by veterans and our soldier now..

    October 22, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Danny

    So now Cheney knows how to win the war in Afganistan? If that's the case, why wasn't the war won during the previous 6 years when he (I mean Bush) was running the country?

    October 22, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Robert

    Cheney is affraid he may get Waterboarded.

    Cheney is affraid he may be Jailed.

    Cheney is affraid he may be tried by the UN International Court of Justice for International War Crimes.

    October 22, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Scott, Cincinnati OH

    I find it amazing that Cheney continues to speak at all. He is now well known throughout this country and the world and the most corupt devious politician alive today. Shame on anyone that gives this worthless subhuman a microphone.

    October 22, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. ari

    It's curious to find an individual who was willing to avoid military duty for all his young adult life but is quick and unafraid to involve other peoples children in a conflict without significant forethought. I guess the bravery of the non-combatant is a valued asset in the conservative movement.

    October 22, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Tanya

    Let's see now....if Cheney accuses Obama of "dithering" over whether or now to send more troops to Afghanistan, well then--Cheney must be the world's records holder in "dithering." After all, Cheney/Bush failed for 7 years to send sufficient troops to Afghanistan to capture Osama Bin Laden. (Although with Bush/Saudi connection, don't think they ever had any intention of capturing Osama.)

    And, regarding, Obama being "afraid"....Obama has more courage in his little pinky than Cheney has in his entire body or heart....whoops, forgot, Cheney doesn't have a heart.

    October 22, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. ross berg-buffalo ny

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!!! A request for more troops sat on the desks of Bush/Cheney for a full 8 months at the end of their term WITHOUT any action being taken and he now has the nerve to chastise Obama for taking his time.

    Whatever credibility Cheney had left with me is now gone.

    IMHO he needs to go write his book, frequent the Republican lecture circuit and best he can try to defend his lousy record while in office!!

    October 22, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Gary's Opinion

    Gibbs is into the personal attacks. He needs to address the issues of troop levels in Afghanistan and stop wasting his time insulting Cheney...It doesn't matter if you like Cheney personally or if you agree with his politics overall. Is Cheney right about Afghanistan, the war on terror and the CIA investigation? I hate to say it but Cheney maybe right about all three. So we need to listen, think it over, debate and make sure that President Obama is leading us in the right direction. If President Obama is wrong on these issues then we need to challenge him.

    October 22, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. JGB

    Must have hit a nerve with the white house, that's when they all come out in attack mode..........when they have no answers. Love the transparency.

    October 22, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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