January 5th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
11 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. Truth

    Way to go Ron,
    Always fair and just.

    January 5, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |

    Ron Paul is right on the money. The Dick needs to shut up since his policies directly encouraged and made it easier for terrorists to recruit worldwide. Had Dick and company prosecuted the war in Afghanistan with zeal, Bin Laden would have been eliminated right now and Al Qaeida crushed. The invasion of Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, was a monumental mistake that has created and expanded the terrorist network worldwide.

    January 5, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. Elsie Hall

    his son Rand Paul will be in Elizabethtown,Ky on the 19th of Jan 2010 I want to ask him if he believes ike his father.

    January 5, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. Fred Riek

    Dick Cheney is in my opinion public enemy #1. He is to a very large extent responsible for most of the problems brought about by the Bush Administration. He should be censored and placed in Guantanamo with other people who place worng-headed dogma over people's lives. Bush didn't have a clue as President and Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Armitaj (pardon my spelling of these criminals' names) were the mastermind of the evils perpetuated against mankind and the earth.

    January 5, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. Ben in Texas

    One thing about Ron Paul, and libertarians in general, is that they do have principles that they stick to. I think his belief in the almighty market is extremely naive and demonstrably wrong. I also think that it is inconsistent to be for personal freedom and be against a woman's right to make her own medical decisions, but he does have a kind of devotion to principle missing from your normal politicians.

    On the other hand, anytime a nominal Republican attacks Cheney and Cheney's war, I have to applaud.

    January 5, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  6. daniel

    Didn't republicans say a few years ago critisising a President during time of war is tatamount to treason? It took 6 days for the bush administration to respond to Richard Reed the shoe bomber it took Chenney 6 days to respond to the underwear bomber while it only took Obama 72 hrs to gather all the facts and make an informed statement that wasn't shoot from the hip. I guess when you have a low IQ it takes a little more time probably about 6 days don't you think?

    January 5, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  7. Retired US Army Officer-Kansas

    Disagree with Paul on many issues but not this one.

    With regards to Cheney's remarks, he seems to think that if we behave as the USofA with a moral and ethical approach and follow our very own Constitution, we place the nation in danger. I beleive the exact opposite, we protect the nation by treating our enemies as crimminals and punishing them under our Consitution, under our laws. Anything else endangers our nation and makes us not the leader of the free world, but a joke.

    January 5, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  8. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    I watched Ron Paul on Larry King last night and all I could see was a man living in a make believe world and out of tune with the dangers of now day's America .

    January 5, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  9. jules sand-perkins

    I still agree with former Vice President Cheney.

    President Obama is "focused on action."

    We're waiting for the action.

    January 5, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  10. Rumself

    More respected and logical voices need to keep speaking up in regard to Mr. Cheney and his behavior. Thanks go to Mr. Paul.

    January 5, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  11. Steve in Denver

    Now we are back to the Ron Paul that makes sense. The one who was critical of the bush/cheney invasion of a country that did not attack us, the lone republican who was critical of deficits, the lone republican champion of fiscal sanity. He stood for these things until he withdrew from the race, then he backed mcsame. To heck with fiscal responsibility and responsible foreign policy, I'm backing the neocon.

    If Ron Paul were to stay with his responsible persona, the one we're seeing now or the one we saw when he was running for president, he'd have my vote. A fiscally responsible republican who supports sound foreign policy, rather than the neocon world of bomb first, ask questions later. Who'd have thunk?

    January 5, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  12. NVa Native

    I agree with Ron Paul on many issues, but not all. I used to vote for Republicans when they could think and act with rational thought, independence, and integrity, but that was many years ago.
    Dick Cheney is an asset for the Democratic party, and he continues to be a risk and a liability for all Americans.

    January 5, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  13. Jorgor Barrie

    I fully agree with these:
    (1). RON PAUL: "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.

    (2). DAN PFFEIFER: the president "is not interested in bellicose rhetoric, he is focused on action."


    January 5, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  14. Tram

    The GOP said for 8 years that if anyone criticizes the president, then they were helping the terrorists.

    Arrest Dick Cheney for aiding and abetting the terrorists. By the GOP's own definition, Cheney is a criminal - however, the rest of us already knew that.

    January 5, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  15. MiMi

    RP, are you kidding me??? Cheney has every right. Obama doesn't believe in the "war on terror". He and his people has stated it many times.

    January 5, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  16. Shawn

    Ummm, Dick Cheney is responsible for the worst and most deadly foreign policy blunders in decades, and presided over the most US and international deaths from terrorism in modern history. Naturally, President Obama should ignore his ridiculous and pathetic taunting.

    January 5, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Cheney should be in jail.

    January 5, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  18. Annie, Atlanta

    Could it be that Cheney has an interest in companies that feed the Military Industrial Complex, and is pushing a personal agenda? I think it's time he's investigated for this as well as war crimes. These people used this country to increase their bottom line and those of their friends, and we, the taxpayers, transferred huge sums their way, so come on DOJ. What are you waiting for?

    Webster's Dictionary definition of:

    Treason: "the betrayal of a trust : treachery "
    Treachery: "violation of allegiance or of faith and confidence : treason"
    Traitor: "one who betrays another's trust or is false to an obligation or duty."

    January 5, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. Lori in St Pete

    Good for him! However, I hope he realizes he's just made himself persona nongrata in the eyes of his party, and has set himself up for vicious character assasinations and fundraising drives to unseat him. Maybe they'll force him from the party, as he obviously isn't adhering to the party purity pledge. The Dems are ready and willing to welcome you with open arms!

    January 5, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. Annie

    Finally someone from another party that has the intelligence to tell Cheney to shut up........Paul is right........Cheney had his 8 years and now he needs to sit back and let this new President and his administration try to undo the mess Cheney and Bush made for this country........no matter what Obama does or doesn't do it's better than what Cheney and Bush did to America.....Dream all you want Republicans but you will not take back the White House in 2012......the Tea Party and far right conservatives are the ones that voted against Obama in the first place........and it wasn't enough to get McCain elected.......and it won't be enough to put another republican in the White House........

    January 5, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is one of the few times that I agree with Ron Paul. Cheney was foolish to push into the violent conflict in Iraq; for me, Cheney is one of the many parts of Bush's brain like Karl Rove. I refuse to call it a war because it wasn't a formal declaration of war.

    Cheney would have rather destroy our country as ruled by law to preserve it. Ron Paul seems to have hit the nail on the head; Cheney needs to quiet down and give Obama his chance. It seems that Cheney might have wanted to stay in power a touch longer (a decade or two).

    January 5, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  22. candy wilson

    Amen to that!!! I like this guy more and more

    January 5, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. Darren in TX

    Messrs Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, Hitler and Stalin should go on a speaking tour telling the world how other leaders are handling their national security incorrectly. I am sure FOX News would televise it live for the baying masses and coolade drinkers (read: tea-baggers).

    January 5, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  24. Mark

    I wish he had won the republican nomination instead of McCain.

    January 5, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  25. max

    The one member of that party with any sense ... send DICK cheney back to the retirement home and forget about him

    January 5, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
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