January 5th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Paul takes aim at Cheney

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/05/art.paul.gi.jpg caption="Paul is taking aim at Cheney."](CNN) - Dick Cheney is taking criticism from at least one member of his own party over the former vice president's recent and persistent criticisms of the Obama administration's handling of national security issues.

Ron Paul, the Texas congressman and upstart 2008 presidential candidate, told CNN's Larry King Monday night Cheney is in no place to criticize Obama's handling of the war on terrorism.

"I think he had his eight years, and he's caused a lot of trouble for our country and perpetuated a war in Iraq unnecessary and wrong-headed," said Paul. "I would say it would be best he not be so critical right now."

Paul was a constant critic of the Iraq war during his unsuccessful presidential run. While he is currently not seeking a higher office, his son, Rand, is seeking the Republican nomination for Senate in Kentucky.

Paul's comments come several days after Cheney released a tough-worded statement criticizing the president's response to the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day.

"He seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won't be at war," Cheney said in the statement. "He seems to think if we bring the mastermind of 9/11 to New York, give him a lawyer and trial in civilian court, we won't be at war. He seems to think if he closes Guantanamo and releases the hard-core al Qaeda trained terrorists still there, we won't be at war."'

White House Communications Director Dan Pffeifer later responded the president "is not interested in bellicose rhetoric, he is focused on action."

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  1. Bassman63

    Cheney needs to take a course in war. You need to declare a state of war between a COUNTRY – not an Idealology such as Islamic Extremist. Just look at Israel – 40 plus years of fighting religious views and only blood and sorrow to show for it. The powers that be are just not that smart. This war should have been fought with the CIA and not with our Armed Forces. Stupid.

    January 5, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. VON BISMARK -Vienna

    Cheney would want to make the American political system a papacy in which the wish of a predecessor is always respected.


    January 5, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. joel palmer

    Dick Cheney is, was and always has been a true menace to our country from the time he first flunked out of college to the draft dodging to the stooge for Nixon, Reagan and Bush to the Strangelovian VEEP barking the orders at Shrub.

    We would all be better off if his heart would just seize up.

    January 5, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. gabi

    Paul's right. Cheney wanted the war. In the 20 years preceding the war, he worked in government to increase the power of the presidency, so that it could wage war at will. For war is profitable. Ask Cheney: He came to the VP with 20 in stock from Haliburton, who of course was awarded a 5 billion, no bid contract to outfit the war.

    Tens of thousands died to make Cheney and co. rich, and it weakened our country as well. Real justice would see Cheney being read his Miranda rights.

    January 5, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. NFL1

    Here Here! Thank you for saying publicly what MANY Americans have been thinking... Cheney you got us into this, and never had the plan to finish the job, don't knock someone who's trying to fix what you broke and bring us back to the America we all remember!

    January 5, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Paul

    I wonder why Cheney failed to mention that Obama has committed to finishing the war that Bush and Cheney started but abandoned in Afghanistan. Sounds to me like Obama knows that we're at war but has chosen the high road, avoiding a useless word feud and getting down to business. Perhaps Cheney forgot that pesky Afghanistan deal, the one that we had some vestige of being involved with in the first place. So much for the burnishing of a lame legacy.

    January 5, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Fred L

    The Cheney Dilemma is that much of what he is saying is correct . Of course Cheney and Bush botched things up so badly on their watch that neither has the credibility – or has earned the privilege – of taking such a strong stand against what amounts to the on-going mishandling of the situation.

    The real effect of Cheney's refusal to give up the limelight will be to provide the spark the left so desperately needs to avoid heavy mid-term election loses. There's nothing like the devil incarnate on the attack to mobilize the (self)righteous troops...

    We really need less dogma and more common sense from our elected officials. Come to think of it, what we need is a real leader and not the current crop of windbags from both parties with whom we're currently stuck.

    January 5, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    This is the best photo of Dr. Ron Paul CNN has ever posted possibly because he is not running for the White House.

    I don't agree with everything Dr. Paul proposes. For example, I believe we have the moral duty to provide health care for every citizen as a basic human right and disagree with a free-market theory. But I do agree with his view on monetary policies and legalization of prostitution for general health and tax incomes.

    Dr. Paul has been a medical doctor for decades, and like other Republican doctors in Congress, they are anti-health care reform. I think there is a big difference for any human being in receiving free health care from a doctor one day a week than being entitled to affordable health care for life. But I still admire Dr. Paul for his efforts.

    January 5, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Rich

    Thanks Ron for saying what should have been said long ago. Cheney should offer some alternative ideas if he has all the answers. We all live in the same country so lets fix it together!!

    January 5, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Mo

    Ron Paul is the only man in Republican Party who is wise and honest with public and country. The rest are fear mongers to benefit themselves.

    January 5, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Ben T.

    I believe it is best for Chaney to just shut up and let Obama who has been elected by majority of people to run the country. Chaney has done enough damage to the image of our country not to mention that his policies robbed the financial system.

    January 5, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Frank Hill

    What was the net worth of Haliburton on 9/11?
    What is the net worth of Haliburton today?

    January 5, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Albert K. L.A., CA

    Ron Paul is correct. Bush and Chaney have nothing to say that could help Obama fix the mess they left behind. Besides, it is not Obama's style to say stupid things like "Bring 'em on,” “Wanted, dead or alive.” “You can run but you cannot hide,” or to land on an aircraft carrier and proclaim, “Mission Accomplished.” Obama does not exploit fear just to start a war so he can take over the National budget.

    January 5, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Christopher West

    We ARE at war. But we don't have to become our enemy. I like to think that as Americans we have high ideals and morals. We hope and pray our Government reflects those ideals and our optomism. Under the Bush Administration we allowed torture (call it whatever you will or excuse it however you like but it was torture) and capture & imprisonment without due process. We held them outside our borders to avoid our legal system. Those are not American ideals. Cheney – you do not reflect the ideals of the American people.

    January 5, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. Grundoon

    Yeah, Dick. Shut up!

    January 5, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Ms. Callahan....just sayin'

    Well, well....the sleepin Giant has awaken.....i was wondering when we would hear a sensible voice through the muck......are you SURE you are not running again Ron? Glad you spoke up...enough rhetoric..it's time we act in unity as Americans.....leaders can change but the spirit of America must remain unified.

    January 5, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Dave

    Go Dr. Paul, you are exactly right, as usual. Cheney is a punk neo-con.

    January 5, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. Omar

    Ron Paul is the truth, regardless of political affiliations the man follows what he believes to be right. Thirty years of voting record, many of those votes 434-1 demonstrate that he is not one to make promises on the campaign trail and then continue the misguided policies of the fools that preceded him.

    RON PAUL 2012

    January 5, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. jeff jackson, alabama

    I have to call you out on this one
    You say Ron Paul takes aim at one of
    his own. NO....NO.....NO......Ron Paul
    is a staunch Libertarian riding around
    in Republican clothing.
    This Guy is further out there than the good
    libs of America. He doesn't even believe
    in a federal income tax.....of any kind.
    Don't equate him with Republicans please.

    January 5, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Paul

    What a putz Cheney is. He spent 8 years trying to keep evryone living in fear and he's still trying. If people are scared you can get away with anything. No one ever said terrorists would be released if Guantanamo closed. They would be moved and processed in some way. Second, the majority of Guantanamo is filled with innocent people picked up by the Army to fill a quota. Of course if they weren't terrorists before, they might be now. He did his Halliburton buddies a favor with US lives. Corporate America now calls the shots.

    January 5, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. Mona

    Finally, someone of his own party has spoke out against him! Cheney
    is a small minded evil man! He should just keep his big mouth shut!

    January 5, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Edna

    I am not sure why Dick Cheney does not go back under his rock and stay there. He had eight years to do damage to our country and he did a good job of it. He evidently has not been listening to the President and just enjoys lying. The President has constantly used the words terrorist and war in speeches and talks throughout the months that he has been in office. The problem with Cheney is that he knows that his time in office was a total disaster and he thinks by blasting the President, people will forget about it. We won't. I don't know if he realizes how ignorant he sounds. Republicans who continue to resist everything this administration is trying to do to make this country better will one day remember their "no" attitude when the people of this country will be successful no matter what the Republicans throw at us. And the 2010 elections will not be as successful for the Republicans as they think.

    January 5, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. John, a proud veteran

    CNN made clear last night that President Obama has been clear from his inauguration speech onward that we are at war with al qaeda. It seems that Cheney and Rumsfeld were just pretending to be fighting al qaeda back in 2003. Otherwise, they would have made the commitments that
    were requested to kill or capture bin Laden in the Toro Boro Mtns when we had a chance.
    After 2006 Pres. Bush stopped listening to Cheney. No one should listen to him now.

    January 5, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. BB

    Thank you Mr. Paul. You have my respect.

    January 5, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. Michael

    Mr Cheney seems to think that if he comes out often enough with wrong-headed criticism of Obama's policies, we might forget what a lousy job he did advising the President in response to 911; He seems to think that if he tries to resurrect the fear and paranoia he fed us during his 8 years in office we might forget about the monumental disaster he and Bush led us into in Iraq; He seems to think that if he casts enough doubt on Obama's ability to do his job, we might believe he knew what he was doing when he spent our blood and money on a useless war in Iraq and ignored Afghanistan where Bin Laden was hiding.
    Well sorry Dick, we really don't want to hear from you any more. You need to come to terms with the fact that you are simply irrelevant.

    January 5, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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