October 22nd, 2009
02:56 PM ET
12 years ago

Pelosi chastises Cheney for saying Obama 'afraid'

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back Thursday at former Vice President Dick Cheney's comment that President Barack Obama seems "afraid to make a decision" about his strategy in Afghanistan.

Asked by a reporter about Cheney's remark, made in a speech Wednesday, Pelosi sharply answered, "That's really not a dignified question. ... I mean Vice President Cheney's.

"The president has a very difficult decision to make. He's got to have the facts to make that. We all pray for the difficult decision he has to make. I don't think it's very constructive for the vice president to say that - he's forgotten whose administration made matters worse in Afghanistan by their neglect."

Speaking at her weekly news conference, Pelosi rejected the argument made by several Republicans that the time Obama is taking to formulate his strategy is endangering U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

"Our troops in Afghanistan are at risk because from 2001 until (the end of) the entire Bush administration we looked the other way in Afghanistan. There was never a plan," she said.

Pelosi said she supports giving Obama more time to announce a decision about troops.

"The president should not make any decision any sooner than he has the right information to do so," she said.

Filed under: Dick Cheney • Nancy Pelosi • President Obama
soundoff (285 Responses)
  1. machtim akannah

    The administration and spokesmen are stuck on blaming Bush for everything that they fail to address. Obama dithering is just that, OBAMA DITHERING re the troop requirements. Either authorize the additional troops or recall the troops, but MAKE a decision. Bush ain't involved anymore. If what he did was a mistake, it's done. Move on and forget about the past. It cannot be changed. Obama never had the experience at any level of government to lead this country, but he is in charge now. Step up to the plate and take a swing.

    October 22, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Joe

    We never heard a peep out of Cheney for 8 years. Most people didn't even realize he was the VP!
    Maybe if he had done Any actual work during those 8 years, people might have an ounce of respect for him.
    These days, how can he expect people to listen to him.

    October 22, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. jnkekoa

    Retired General Paul Eaton:

    The record is clear: Dick Cheney and the Bush administration were incompetent war fighters. They ignored Afghanistan for 7 years with a crude approach to counter-insurgency warfare best illustrated by: 1. Deny it. 2. Ignore it. 3. Bomb it. While our intelligence agencies called the region the greatest threat to America, the Bush White House under-resourced our military efforts, shifted attention to Iraq, and failed to bring to justice the masterminds of September 11.
    The only time Cheney and his cabal of foreign policy 'experts' have anything to say is when they feel compelled to protect this failed legacy. While President Obama is tasked with cleaning up the considerable mess they left behind, they continue to defend torture or rewrite a legacy of indifference on Afghanistan. Simply put, Mr. Cheney sees history throughout extremely myopic and partisan eyes.

    October 22, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. MARK

    So far, Obama and Pelosi have been WRONG on just about everything. We need CHANGE!!!

    October 22, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. sifto77

    why are Pelosi and Obama constantly trying to pick fights with everyone?

    October 22, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Cheney shouldn't really talk since his strategy was something along the lines of: We think they need democracy and we might be able to tie them to September 11th. Be damed the consequences we will forcibly make the world into a democracy like we want ours to be." Obama is trying to figure out the ramifications of what we are doing so we don't have to find out later that what we did was a mistake like going into Iraq. Iraq was keeping Iran in check to some degree.

    October 22, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. dick delson

    I'm Democrat, but not a big Nancy Pelosi fan.

    However, Dick Chaney is a creep and belongs in jail

    October 22, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. joc,alabama

    Lol Cheney got a lot of people killed,with his wreakless abandon,and his own company with no bid contract also killed troops who took showers

    October 22, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Shirley In California

    When I look or hear Cheney a phrase comes to mind I read about a few months ago.

    God doesn't always pay at the end of the day but at the end he pays.

    They are insanely jealous of our president and the job he is doing. Just wait until the end of his (first) term and the US will be improved. The best is yet to come.

    October 22, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. Tom

    This Kook should just climb back into her hole. It sickens me to know that she is making decisions that effect my life.

    October 22, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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