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. Jeff

    Ron Paul is a Republican In Name Only, his stance on the Iraq War is why his presidential bid failed. Like it or not, Cheney is right on this one, and pretending that the American People are comfortable with the Obama Administration's lack of action is a mistake.

    January 5, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. Tania

    Thank you, Ron Paul.

    January 5, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. kate

    No matter what the President does, the Republicans will take aim at it.
    I feel safer with President Obama than I did Bush/Cheney. They have put us more at risk because the "unnecesarry war" they started.

    January 5, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Knucklehead61

    Funny how when they founded this country our founding fathers stated these rights were inalienable, God-given rights. Apparently Dick Cheney thinks these rights are reserved for Americans. We won't be in more danger from putting these people on trial–quite the opposite. It will show the world we stand by the rule of law, and not the authoritarianism of a few. If that is what we truly stand by...

    January 5, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. Aunt Bea and Opie

    We think Cheney or Israel,or both have moles in our system that allowed the bvd bomber to get on board that flight.They both have a great deal to gain from an attack.Cheney gets to jump up and down,telling us,"I told you so" and avoiding prison for his own misdeeds, and Israel,by getting billions more from us in defense money.

    January 5, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Ted

    Cheney's a war criminal, maybe one day he'll be tried as such.

    January 5, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Dan

    This is a rare time when I agree with Ron Paul. Even when I don't, he is a wonderful voice to hear in the political landscape.

    January 5, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Sandra, Atlanta

    Finally someone who will state the truth about Cheney.

    January 5, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Carmelle

    Although you are not all there either sometime Ron....Good for you!

    The guy took us to the worng war, did not catch BL after he attacked us, said deficits did not matter and has lied to Congress, Bush and the American Ppl, but now he wants to tell others how to do something what he failed to do!

    Cheney is finally getting a long overdue backlash from the media and elected officials!

    January 5, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. elizabeth

    I agree with Ron Paul.

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

    Ron Paul, along with the go along to get along republicans, need to grow a pair first before taking on Cheney. We are waiting for a conservative landslide in November.

    January 5, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Peter Lightfoot

    Again, Ron Paul is right and you know the real leaders of our nation are people who stand up on principle and not just tow the party line.
    Thank God we have Ron Paul here in America or we would be screwed even more. I voted for Obama (was a Republican) because he said he would change things. Obama is following the same military action as Bush so there's no change their and he is expanding the expense and size of government beyond that of George W Bush. It looks like I made a huge mistake voting for Obama and should have voted for Congressman Ron Paul. Even my family agrees that Ron Paul is really the only one we can trust.

    January 5, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Rnadum

    Cheney is a Hyena who always searches for Garbage on the road. I wish if America Justci sytsem lock him in prison for he is a cause of destroying the lifes of 4000 young American soldiers for nothing in Iraque and caused over 1million killings civilian of Iraque peopele. He is a murder. Because of him, this good country is being hated by international people. Let this cynical idiot shutup his mouth of foul. Can somebody like Paul tell him to zip his smirky and irritating sound bite.

    January 5, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. Allison

    Ugh, the more press Cheney gets, even indirectly, the more he undermines the president's credibility.

    Why is it that people who criticized the Bush administration were characterized as traitors, but people who criticize the Obama administration are patriots and martyrs? I wish Mr. Cheney would stop using his former status as a link to a bully pulpit. Without the vice-presidency behind him, he's just another yay-hoo who hates Democrats.

    January 5, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Nick , California

    I saw the show and Ron Paul just kept hitting the nail on the head!!! I couldn't believe that a Republican was thinking clearly!!! You could tell that the other Republican strategist was advocating torture and was saying that it is ok to trash the constitution in this circumstance of global terror!! Same old Republican trick... scare the sh@t out of everyone and they will do whatever you want!! By living in fear we let the terrorist win.. and by giving them the bird and continuing to pursue life, liberty and happiness we continue to become a stronger America.

    January 5, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. amazingDr.Paul

    Everyone in World needs to listen up what Dr. Paul has to say.

    January 5, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. Rick - Ex Marine, Liberal

    Now here's the kind of republican the GOP needs. Fight the Dark Lord!

    January 5, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. Jerry

    A statement from a republican that actually makes sense!

    January 5, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Ctardy

    I agree with Ron Paul, Cheney had eight years to deal with this war and they decided to go to Iraq which was the wrong war. We all know the reason for that. If Bush-Cheney would have stayed focused on the main reason for going to war eight years ago, (9/11, Bin Laden, al Qaeda) we probably would be bringing our troops home from Alganistan instead of sending more. Cheney needs to get a life like Bush did and shut up!

    January 5, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. Jim in Missouri

    Dick Cheney needs to crawl back under the rock he came out of. He is no longer in office, shut up, and go away, and take Sarah with you.

    January 5, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. Jay

    It's about time rational Republicans (there actually are a few of them)stand up to the dispicable, lying, chronically self-serving Darth Dick.

    January 5, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. Black Viper

    Ron Paul is the only republican I can happily vote for any time.
    He is a man of honor and integrity and tell the truth the way it is. I don't agree with him all the time but I can give him the benefit of doubt.
    The other republican politicians are like thugs full of hate and display childish behavior to look good to some brain dead and non logical thinkers that hijacked a party I use to respect.

    January 5, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. R in Maine

    I do not like Ron Paul, but at least he is not so stupid as to have respect for Cheney. Cheney is just a jerk, an unpatriotic fool with no moral compass, guilty of war crimes and theft.

    January 5, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Somewhere in Texas

    Dick Cheney is a useless, BITTER

    January 5, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Bob

    There needs to be more Republicans like Ron Paul.

    January 5, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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