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. McShannon

    The political haymakers of the Republican Party such as Cheney are not helping the Republican Party cause. What Cheney and other Republican haymakers don’t seem to realize is that that the U.S. constituency was never more educated and focused on truth. Ron Paul is the maverick not John McCain. He has the guts to say what he believes and then stands by it. Cheney has made so much hay that he might well be called hayseed Cheney for his lack of professionalism and sophomoric ranting.

    January 5, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. James Martin

    I wondered why the GOP was so silent on Cheney helping the terrorists in their psychological war on US citizens. Every time the smallest thing happens they jump on Obama but not Cheney who should be helping US, not being the PR mouthpiece for terrorists. Cheney doesn't not care about Americans, just money and playing politics.

    January 5, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Sam

    Yes...Mr. Cheney, it is called "Don't throw stones at others from a glass house"

    January 5, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Kent

    I think Ron is right. Cheney is wrong, has been wrong, and will be recorded by history as being wrong. Cheney destabilized our CIA by upending one of their operatives thus making many agents wary of their top leaders (the president and vp). It amazes me to this day that Cheney has the gumption to open his mouth. I always can tell when Cheney is saying something that means nothing, his lips will be moving when he does it.

    January 5, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. yankeegirl15

    You're great!!!!:)

    January 5, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Mark Overstreet

    It's about time told that ass it's time to keep his trap closed.

    January 5, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. wd

    Shut up already!

    January 5, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. hayden zeke

    Why does Cheney say "we"? He was too cowardly to serve himself.

    January 5, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Billy J..Texas..

    What an appropriate first name for Cheney. He has conveniently forgot his own administrations reaction to Richard Ried, the muslim shoe bomber. They tried him in a regular American court. They let him get all 'lawyered up' just like he is complaining about in this situation. Oh, and by the way he is rotting in jail as we speak. Cheney would be so obsolete, were it not for his hold on some of the far right. I hate to see our country full of 'believers' on the left or right. They believe whatever a particular politician says and never bother to think about it. This happens on both sides and only serves to further impeded our progress as a nation, and especially the progress and growth of the middle class.

    January 5, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Illinois 2

    Please Dick shut your stupid mouth...... After all you was the person in charge of this mess to begin with. I personally don't support most of the presidents policies, but you did nothing for the american people except spread hate around the world and leave office worse than you found it and by the way you and George sure got richer from your stolen elections of 2000 and 2004 didn't you...

    January 5, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Bertina

    This is one reason why I, a liberal democrat, actually found some of what Paul says interesting and refreshing.

    January 5, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Redman, CA

    This is the man that should have been POTUS.

    If one takes the time to get to know Ron Paul they will be impressed.... A true Patriot!

    January 5, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. tre

    I'm glad to see that more Americans are opening their eyes to reality and their ears to the intelligent and peaceful Dr. Ron Paul.

    January 5, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Bludgeon

    Cheney the Chicken Hawk strikes again. Yes, Al Quaida is an enemy. We will always have enemies. Do they represent as big a threat as The Soviet Union did? As Nazi Germany? As Hirohito's Japan? To be as scared as Cheney has been of Al Quaida is unnecessary. Perhaps he has to compensate for those five draft deferrals during Viet Nam.
    But when Cheney accuses a sitting President of a situation largely his own, Cheney's, fault, that is truly an example of a man with no sense of shame. Cheney's maneuvering us into a war with Iraq under false pretenses has greatly strengthened radical Islam. The former Vice President is so into his own fears he doesn't seem to realize that his behavior borders on treason. Imagine the Republican reaction if Vice President Gore would have made statements like this during the Bush Administration!

    January 5, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Kunle

    I am glad someone can stand up to the failed VP from his own party. To be honest, we are not even sure what this guy's motives are, someone with a bad heart conditoin is better if sitting at a health center recovering than causing more embarasement for himself – bellicose rhetoric

    January 5, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Erik

    Paul's economic theories are loopy at best, but he's 100% correct about Cheney. Traditionally, past administrations keep their mouths shut about current administrations, as Bush himself is doing. Cheney needs to do the same.

    January 5, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. Mountain Dude

    What is so disturbing is that even in his rant Cheney shows how little respect he has for the laws of our country. Do you think we would let the mastermind of 911 walk? Really? The other part is the disgrace of torture he brought on our country and services. Not only did they break the law for no gain, people who do torture can tell you how moronic and ineffective their methods were. The Bush Administration was reckless children trying to get rich at any cost to our country, period.

    January 5, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. jane

    Mr. Cheney seems to forget that more Americans died during the Bush administration than since the Viet Nam War, our economy crashed creating millions of unemployed, we left Americans stranded on the Gulf Coast and didn't give a darnn about them and we had a whole new axis of evil, namely him. Shut Up Dick, you can't rewrite history...you and your cronies failed to serve the American People... your administration was a complete failure... your 15 minutes of fame is over!

    January 5, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Taylor

    Good for Ron. Dick Cheney is the last person who should be moaning and groaning about national security and the "war on terror". His 8 years were a disaster.

    January 5, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. DDRM

    Cheney is correct.

    January 5, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Thank you Ron Paul! Only you and Rep. Alan Grayson have the fortitude to stand up to the thuggery going on in our country.

    January 5, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. John, a proud veteran

    Cheney should stop pretending that President Obama is soft on terrorism. From his inauguration speech onward the President has been clear that we are at war with al qaeda. If Cheney and Rumsfeld had not been just pretending to fighting al qaeda in the Torobora Mtns, but had made the commitments that were requested, we might have captured or killed bin Laden. Cheney is still trying to make money for Halliburton.
    President Bush pushed him into a dark place in 2006. He should have stayed there.

    January 5, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. Saad

    You go Paul! If enough people, especially respected/known people like you tell Mr. Cheney what you are telling him – Maybe he will listen. The day that happens, it will be one of the greatest and beneficial days in the history of our country. Knowing Cheney, the chances of that happening are not too high :):):):)

    January 5, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. Chris

    One can argue that Mr. Cheney is either beset with amnesia or attempting to rewrite history. As a former White House Chief of Staff, a Secretary of Defense,where he oversaw Operation Desert Storm, and arguably the most influential Vice President in US history, Mr. Cheney's war credentials, familiarity with terrorist organizations, and seeming knowledge of WMD appear, on paper, impeccable. Yet, when Bush, Cheney and Rice, were briefed on specific al Qaeda attacks involving airliners, no action was taken. Of those present, Cheney was the most knowledgeable and experienced, and the one in position to direct an aggressive response from the Executive Office. No amount of bluster, lamentation, and accusation can compensate for the epic failure to protect US citizenry. Dither on, Dick.

    January 5, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. Nick

    Cheney is an idiot that missed critical signs of 9/11 attack.

    January 5, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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