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

Paul takes aim at Cheney

Paul is taking aim at Cheney.

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. Indy

    Terrorists agenda, Instill fear, lies and hate to divide a nation and weaken the resolve.A divided nation can never win the fight against terrorism.

    Republican agenda, Instill fear, lies and hate to divide a nation and weaken the resolve. A divide nation can never win the fight against terrorism.

    Cheney is model of terrorism, and is the most wanted terrorist in Iraq and beyond.

    January 5, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. digger

    Dick Cheney is right.

    January 5, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. Chas in Iowa

    Ron Paul is right on line in his thinking on this matter. "did I really just agree with Ron Paul?"
    Darth should find a dark, hidden place to hide.

    January 5, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Andi

    Glad to see Senator Paul is an honorable human being.

    Students studying US History in the coming years will look at us as being narrow-minded and nasty. Kinda like we looked back at those against Civil Rights and Women's Suffrage.

    January 5, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Jamie

    Right on Ron!!! Cheney should just follow Bush's lead into a low-key and dignant retirement.

    January 5, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Sane in SD

    And where did the Bush administration try the shoe bomber. In our federal court system. Before he spouts, he should remember what was done in the 8 years he was Vice President.

    January 5, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Buck in NC

    Ron Paul should be president.

    January 5, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. Fran, KY

    Politically Dick Cheney is dead, only he doesn't know it. His legacy will never change, it is one of torture and evil–period.

    January 5, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. John Boehner is like Cleopatra, only he bathes in Cheetos

    It is refreshing to see a republican who is not trying to collect money from the people who are afraid.
    Using fear tactics on the scared and fragile right wingnut population for fundraising is as low as a party could go. But, for the worst offender, I hope the voters of Michigan give Hoekstra a sound beating at the polls.

    January 5, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. GI Joe

    I hope Ron Paul's son some day replaces "turtle face" McConnell as a R-Senator. McConnell is a waste of old white wrinkled ignorant skin.

    January 5, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. ronvan

    Many thanks to Mr. Paul for speaking up!! Unless we ALL have been completely misled by ALL the different news organizations, ALL of our research compaines, politicians, records, etc., cheney should be in jail!!
    Yet we continue to let him continue to lie, spread the hate, and oh yes, continue to make millions of his trumped up wars!!!!

    January 5, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. GG

    Coming next season to prime time!

    Dick Cheney: Mind Reader

    I'm hoping that wasn't a planned statement on his part. It'd be better for him he admits failing to turn on his brain before engaging his mouth.

    January 5, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. Thebe

    Yeah!!! Paul is one of the few who can man up to Cheenee!

    January 5, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. FM

    Kudos Ron Paul. You are a very sensible individual. Always telling as it is without meandering. My hat off for you!

    January 5, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. JC

    Why do we still hold anything that comes out of the mouth of Dick Cheny as relevant. Just shut up already.

    January 5, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. gt

    get our boys home,,,,now,,, right on ron paul,,,

    January 5, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. Silence Dogoode

    actually there are very few people who have the EXPERIENCE with dealing with terrorism including our new commander-in chief.....but one thing has NEVER worked...Appeasement... and that is exactly what Obama is doing.

    January 5, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. The Bantam Seditioner

    Ron Paul is absolutely right, and thank God there's at least *somebody* in Congress representing the remaining contingency of Republicans who realize that having a small government is incompatible with building an empire and policing the world.

    January 5, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. smokey

    I totally agree with Ron Paul..The ex VP comments to are what are making this country less safe, and he needs to keep his opinions to himself. I also feel it is quite unpatriotic to speak so harshly and openly critical of his own goverment...especially at a critical time as this..Cheney just needs to shut the heck up !

    January 5, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. Ben

    Paul is an honorable statesman who we now have learned in hindsight was correct on pretty much everything. Cheney , on the other hand, is a draft-dodging war monger. You take your pick.

    January 5, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. jane

    A lot more Republicans had better speak out against Cheney's continuing tirade if they ever want to be taken seriously again.

    January 5, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. alitro

    According to Ron Paul, Cheney has no place critizing the President. He and the Republican party (George Bush) is responsible for all the terriost actions that is taking place all around the world towards the United States. Barack Obama is trying to clean up the mess they caused with the hatred and dislike they have placed on the United States from the middle east. Yes, 911 was wrong..very wrong and the people responsible should have been held responsible, but the action that Bush took by sending troops into Iraq without giving it a second thought, all to find it was a waste of American lives and innocent Iraqi lives, has made the United States a very hated country. Thank you President Obama for trying to show the world that you are more intelligent than Bush and Cheney, taking time and patience to find a way to resolve the problem without causing more hatred towards the United States. ...Good luck to you and your administration.

    January 5, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. Melissa

    Well said Ron Paul.

    January 5, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. ATL Guy

    Cheney is a laughable joke. The reason why he came out swinging is because people would realize that the "Bush kept us safe lobby" was just full of it. After billions spent after 9/11, our security situation is as perilous as it was before 9/11. Where did all of that money go?

    January 5, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. Horace

    The biggest problem with the Republican party is that there are not enough Republicans like Ron Paul who are willing to take a stand against the leadership. The Republicans became the authoratarian party that does not tolerate dissent or those who have different ideas than the Republican leadership. President Bush basically had a rubberstamp of approval for anything he wanted accomplished and that appears one of the reasons he will be thought of as one of the two worst presidents the United States ever had. At least it appears Barrak Obama doesn't have the problem of unquestioning subordinates.

    January 5, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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