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. Steve

    It's refreshing to see Cheney's "fellow" Republicans speaking out about this washed up loser. Enough of Cheney's bitter rhetoric.

    January 5, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. Tom in FL

    Ron Paul is not a real Republican. He's deficient in hatred and almost sounds reasonable.

    January 5, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Lets vote all repugs out of office!!!

    Finally a sensible repug.

    January 5, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Somewhere in Texas

    Dick Cheney is a USELESS, BITTER, old man.......I agree with Ron Paul, in that, Cheney had his eight years to SCREW up America.......He should be forbidden to speak with the media, about anything political.

    January 5, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. LacrosseMom

    Its good men like Ron Paul, who will never be elected president. Too bad.

    Thank you, Ron Paul, for speaking out and telling Dick to stuff-it. Dick had eight years, in that time the Bush Regime attacked a sovereign country so they could get their greedy hands on Iraqi oil!

    During the time the Bush Regime had 300,000 Troops in Iraq...... they were IGNORING Afghanistan! If Bush would have sent 300,000 Troops to Afghanistan after 9/11 ..... Bin-Laden would have been caught.

    Tragically, Bush sent our sons & daughters to die for Oil.

    January 5, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. Dick

    Dick supposed to be at lost from the public. He caused too many problems to the American people and this country. Forget Dick!

    January 5, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Colorado

    Good on you Ron Paul. Why isn't Cheney in jail already?

    January 5, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. chubby

    Ron Paul is a little dopey and should go back to his pen. A question, what happens if terrorists are put in a prison in Illinois and then their buddies could storm the prison with automatic weapons and explosives to free them. After all then they would go to their reward with 70 virgins. Hopefully the virgins would look like janet reno or madelyn albright. How would we stop it before a tramatic loss of life occurs? Right now GTMO is immune from attack but the same cannot be said within our borders.

    January 5, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. Lois Spiess

    Cheney is and was a self serving creep. Everything he did was to enrich his money friends. Look at the wealth that Halliburtion is walking away with and that he was CEO of before becoming VP. His actions should be as transparent as his head is fat. He is a manipulating jerk and he knows what to say to scare people and distort facts. He should have the brains to shut up and go away.

    January 5, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Gerry M

    All Progressive already know that Dick Cheney is trying his best to stay out of jail because Cheney is a serial liar and is guilty of criminally misleading the US into the war in Iraq. The Republicans are just now reading the polling data and discovering much to their dismay that any attachment to Cheney is a kiss of death for their desire to gain seats in the Congress in the 2010 election. Some politicians like Ron Paul can state the obvious but it appears that for the most part the GOP will continue with the relentless attack against President Obama even through such deluded behavior will inevitable lead them to once more experience electoral defeat. The GOP’s biggest barrier to success is not the President but Dick Cheney and his incessant “bellicose rhetoric.”

    January 5, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Tina

    Paul you are right. Tell Dick to shut up. He really messed us up. He was rated 'Z' in my book when he was VP. Does not study things properly and got us into this mess. He has killed thousands of innocent men in the US and abroad with his bulleying mentality. He has all this innocent blood on his shoulders. Obama is doing great trying to correct his mess. Dick again shut up and go hide somewhere.

    January 5, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Laura

    I think it is long past time that Real Republicans stood up to the "Live in fear so we can manipulate you" Republicans. I get so sick of those guys trying to turn decent Americans into quivering bowls of jelly just so they can rob the real Americans blind while they murder their sons. And then they claim to be the "True Christians" while they murder their own RNC babies with elective abortions! Will the Hypocrisy never cease? Will our Media and voters ever hold them accountable? They like to keep the fire at the Democrats feet, how about a few open flames at their own?

    January 5, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. File under "Sarcasm"

    It's the same line the Democrats use, "I don't like what Cheney did in the past so why should he express his opinion now." Last time I checked, freedom of speech included both the liberal left like Jimmy Carter and the conservative right like Dick Cheney.

    I think many people agree that treating terrorists the same as a guy who tried to rob the corner supermaket is a mistake. That's not to condone torture but it is to say that they shouldn't have the same rights as a US citizen.

    January 5, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Carolyn

    Dick said nothing for 8 years when he should have been talking to the american people, now he can't stop. But I blame the News Media for that, because if they don't broadcast it then nobody would hear it. The Hate in America is alive and well rooted, and some people hate that we have a Mixed Race Man as our President.

    January 5, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Tom

    I think Cheney's problem is he is so furious and full of sour grapes that the world is changing and the way this country is progressing in the way it does things, he can't stand it. The hawk and hatred in him just can't stand it. After beeing in the "ruling elite" for most of his adult life, he's washed up.

    January 5, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. Michael Wong

    "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.

    So according to Dick Cheney, we shouldn't give people accused of terrorism a fair trial in court, because fair trials won't magically end the war.

    Fair trials don't magically end crime either: should we stop giving ALL criminal suspects fair trials in court, using Dick Cheney's insane logic?

    January 5, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. DP

    I am a democrat, but I believe Ron Paul is a great American.

    January 5, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. chelle

    Good for Ron Paul. It is about time a Republican stood up to Cheney and said enough is enough – shut up. I find Cheney to be the ultimate hypocrite – this is the man who said that disagreeing with the President made you unpatriotic and perhaps traitorous. He sure changed his mind quickly after he left office.

    January 5, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Michael The Republican

    Finally! I'm not a big fan of many things that Obama has done but he's not always wrong – there needs to be some type of voice of reason within the party and all we've ever heard from Cheney/Rush/Hannity/Palin has been negativity. Very rarely McCain has shown enough fortitude to agree on issues but it's been very rare. Even on the health care bills they can't be all wrong. It's been very depressing to watch this sort of singlemindedness so I'm glad Ron Paul has shown he's at least able to think for himself and criticize even within his own party. I gained a lot of respect from him for making this statement.

    January 5, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. Dan

    I don't always agree with Ron Paul's policies...but for all his far-right ideas, he seems to be pretty level headed and has a lot of common sense. I'm glad he's in Congress, just don't make him president!

    January 5, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. cecilia lewis

    Good for Ron Paul
    dick cheney is a wart on the heel of progress

    January 5, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. cfrench

    It's hard to argue with Ron Paul on this.

    Cheney's criticism of the Obama adminsitration is driven by jealousy brought on by his own administrations complete and utter failure, unless of course you consider keeping this country safe for seven and a half years an accomplishment. I realize that's all republicans can come up with and it's their favorite thing to say when defending the Bush years, but it just doesn't quite have the same ring as eight years, does it.

    January 5, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. bts

    Finally!!! A Republican speaks the truth about Bush/Cheney . I was beginning to wonder if a certain group had infiltrated the Republican Party and everyone was blindly following their beliefs out of political loyalty. I heard a minister tell a story recently that was extremely sobering.
    Because he travels the world frequently in his work, he's repeated the story several times and each time someone comes up to him and say they or someone they know experienced something similar. It appears there is a group of people that pray everyday for the destruction of families. For husbands and wives to divorce. For children to be (spiritually) lost. For anarchy, war, and violence. It's very true and that group of people are called "satanists". When I hear of some of the things happening on the political front these days I get chills on the back of my neck.! HMMMM...

    January 5, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Jim K.

    It is a shame that more republicans do not feel the same way as Ron Paul. From what I can tell, most of them idolize Dick Cheney. More and more people are embracing the notion of extreme power, secrecy, torture, etc. I blame this on a steady diet of AM radio & Fox news. It is like eating nothing but junk food, it's not good for you. The same is true of junk news.

    What is happening to our country?

    January 5, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Deedles

    Thank you Ron Paul. I wish more in your party has the integrity to step away from "as usual" Republican demonization of the current administration and the "as usual" denial that this mess is of their making.

    January 5, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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