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. Magil Duran

    Again, Cheney is howling at the moon. As stated in the article, he had eight years to have done something and he and Bush left a country so deeply divided and broke that his inability to realize he is no longer IN CHARGE. To act like Bush, keep a low profile and hope history will not see he and Bush as one of the most inept, dangerous and falt ridden administrations ever. Insofr as being a "uniter", they combined to be the duo that caused a division that will take generations to heal, if ever.

    January 5, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Dick M

    For once, Ron Paul said something I can agree with. Cheney had his shot. He should shut up.

    January 5, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Alex

    I don't always agree with Dr. Paul, but in this case he's on the money here. Cheney and Co. should just shut up and count themselves lucky that they haven't been charged with crimes against humanity.

    January 5, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Gary

    I have to agree with Mr. Paul. Tricky Dickie Cheney has his 15 seconds of fame and brought on 99% of this mess that the administration is now trying to clean up. Cheney should crawl off into the sunset and take up house with his little buddies from the Halliburton Corp that moved out of the US to avoid taxes and avoid paying their subcontractors.

    January 5, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Leo

    Dick Cheney and his company Haliburton profited off there war. American families lost there sons, daughters,cousins, moms, dads, all at the expence of this creep and his cronies... and there agenda. .Ron Paul is smart enough to know a true Jerkwad when he here's and see;s one.....

    January 5, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. FactCheck

    Folks like Ron Paul should just take over the Republican party and purge it of the religious nutbags that have driven both that party and this country into the ground. He is the logical successor to the Reagan philosophy.

    January 5, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Jeff W.

    It's interesting that Cheney remained silent for 8 years. He seems to forget that 9/11 and the shoe bomber happened on his watch. To criticize Obama for the problems his administration created is absolutely ridiculous.

    January 5, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Todd

    Characterizing ron paul as a republicon is like calling joe lieberman a Democrat.

    January 5, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Clay

    Finally, a Repubilcan willing to state what's been obvious to the rest of us for nine tortured years. What took you so long?

    January 5, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Chris M.

    I don't like Cheney personally but I do respect what he says when it comes to defense. He was Defense secretary and a VP so he KNOWS what he's talking about.

    As far as Ron Paul, I don't think he has 1/100th the experience and knowledge as Cheney when it comes to the topic at hand. Ron has opinions without experience (so basically he's purely guessing!).

    January 5, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    Paul should keep one eye looking back over his shoulder. Party purists may seek to punish him for his criticisms of Cheney.

    January 5, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Jon

    All I can say is that Ron is a joke?

    January 5, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. JD

    Ron Paul is consistently wrong on everything.

    January 5, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Michael-SC

    Ron Paul, I had not heard of you before the electio but so far, what I heard from you, makes alot of sense to me.
    Lets first fix the problems for the American people, then we can fix the problems for everybody else.
    And there are many problems here that need to be fixed.
    Health-care among them.
    If we pay billions to Israel and they can then afford public health-care, then we should be able to as well.
    If I made $400 Million like Rush "brainless talker" then can pay my hospital bills too and say, Nothing wrong with this healthcare" but I do not know how many Americans make $400million. I do not.

    January 5, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. planner

    I guess that's better than Cheney taking aim at you.

    January 5, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Ron Paul isn't a Republican, he's a NUT. Someone should remind him that we WON the Iraq war–Saddam, his sons, and his evil dictatorship are gone forever..."Mission Accomplished"!

    If anyone but Cheney had said that statement, Ron Paul might have agreed with it. But he just can't accept that he was wrong about Iraq so has to get in a dig against the former VP. Still as nutty as ever.

    January 5, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. Ted from Calif.

    Ron Paul is one Republican who has principles unlike the former vice-President. Paul is right that Cheney should shut up. Cheney has had his chance for years and the best he can be is a draft-dodging buffoon. He is yesterday's news.

    January 5, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Donatella

    Thank you Ron Paul

    January 5, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. Pat in Jacksonville, FL

    Maybe if Cheney and Bush didn't decide to invade a sovereign country (Iraq) we would be out of Afganistan completely and we wouldn't be in TWO wars!!! But that would require them admitting they made a mistake and we ALL know that won't happen.

    January 5, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. TK

    Shut up Ron Paul. Ron Paul is an idiot. Nice try CNN.

    January 5, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. KLS

    Thank you for speaking the truth. I totally agree, Cheney and Bush put our great nation into an unnecessary war with Iraq. We should have never cut and run from Afghanistan!!
    So many wonderful young men and women in uniform have died.
    Billions given to Cheney's ex-company Halliburton in a no-bid government contract with no accountability as to how they used our hard earned taxpayer money.

    January 5, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. Derrick

    There you have it folks! A true gentleman speaks!

    January 5, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. Karen

    Finally, a Republican who has it right.

    January 5, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. JJ Jones

    Paul is right. Cheney started this disaster in Iraq. The blood of thousands of dead American servicemen and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens is on his hands.

    January 5, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Dex, Houston TX

    Ron Paul....you may want to check under the hood of your car before cranking it because the Rethuglicans will be gunning for you, dude! If Dick Cheney is willing to fake an illness so he didn't have to stand during President Obama's Inauguration, plus have a guy apologize to him for getting in the way of Cheney's gun after he shot the guy in the face, what do you think Cheney will do to you Ron….seriously you better watch your back…Cheney is evil!

    January 5, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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