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. Don Ross

    Dick Cheney should look in the mirror before leveling criticism! Under his watch, the Bush/Cheney adminstration waited (6) days to express themselves concerning the shoe bomber act of terrorism. Also, under their administration, the shoe bomber was permitted legal representation with no outcry from Mr. Cheney. Someone's memory is failing. VP Dick Cheney had his chance and failed miserably. His expressions of criticism only expose his failures for (8) long years.

    January 5, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. tray117

    Thank you, Ron Paul! Cheney, shut up and go away,

    January 5, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. ZD

    I think Paul might remind Cheney that the president does not give people rights, God does. What is codified in and protected by the constitution is simply the recognition that all men are created equal and free.

    January 5, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. RAG

    The drunken criminal Dick "Dick" Cheney is just an embarassment to his family, his party and his country (what ever country that is...). It is only his money and nefarious influence that keep him out of the loony bin. If an average person raved like he does, they would be in a rubber room on haldol and daily shock therapy. Please shut this fool up for his own sake. Don't his wife and children love him enough to keep him from rhetorically pissing himself repeatedly on Fox "News"?

    January 5, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Midwest

    Suddenly, I like Ron Paul despite his general craziness.

    Cheney made it clear that criticizing the POTUS during wartime is not acceptable unless he's the one doing it.

    His extraordinary use of double standards only reinforces the fact that Cheney is bad for America and that he needs to go away.

    January 5, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Is 4 years up yet?

    Ron Paul, become a Democrat or just quit, you're worthless.

    January 5, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Renee' McDuffie

    Thank you Mr. Paul. You seem to be the only one that has any guts to call them like you see them. God Bless you.

    January 5, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. usualone

    Wow, a brave Republican. Wonder if others will have the guts to speak out against Cheney?

    January 5, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. Dave (A.K.A. Homebrew)

    As an exrepublican, Ron Paul, is the only republican I could ever vote for. He is the only fiscal conservative left in the republican party. I bailed on the republican party after they bailed on the fiscal conservative values, that got them elected. Both the Democrats and the republicans are fiscally liberal. They both are spending the US into third world debt.
    Republicans Democrats, same stuff different piles.

    Dave (A.K.A. Homebrew)

    January 5, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. tmart

    Good for Paul. Cheney's rhetoric is designed principally to psychologically justify his own bad policies of the previous eight years. His continued harassment of Obama truly makes Cheney appear to be the sorest of losers. There will always be a chance of a terrorist attack to succeed despite all precautions. Cheney is just looking for any chance to say, "I told you so." Everybody in this country should be blasting the terrorists and not blaming the administration. Cheney's comments only intensify hatred between Democratic and Republican, both American. What is the point in that? There IS no point in that. Finally, Cheney's words are stupid anyway. He has obviously forgotten Obama's Nobel speech.

    January 5, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. 1776

    Cheney, along with Bush and Rumsfeld, ought to stand infront of an international war tribunal and tried as war criminals; where they are sure to be convicted of countless atrocities. These people with their right wing jesus nazi agenda drove us nearly into the ground.

    January 5, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. Mark, Phoenix

    Cheney continues to whistle through the graveyard. He believes swelling his chest up like a pigeon is the best way to avoid becoming a jailbird for his war crimes.

    January 5, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. Chas

    Congratulations to one smart, level-headed, honest Republican!

    January 5, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Are you sick of the extreme ends of politics today? We have the extreme liberals and the extrteme conservitives both screaming at each other, pointing fingers, blaming and calling each other liers.
    Then there are the Libertarians who continue to quietly educate and follow the US Constitution the foundation of this great nation. They are the voice of reason, the voice of the middle ground, the true centrists that everyone sems to be looking for.
    Over and over again I read posts about "No incumbants" "Term Limits" or simply thow them out. Well the only way to do that is to stop voting for the two major parties.

    January 5, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. Phil Daniels

    Congressman Ron Paul has hit the nail on the head. Bravo. Excellent move. Former Vice President Cheney has been a bit under par as of late. His hate Obama campaign is back firing. He needs to stop it before Republicans start calling him, Dick "Rush Limbaugh" Cheney.

    January 5, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. Jason

    Cheney is nothing more that a Limbaugh....It amazes me that he thinks he has ANY credibility....beyond the sheep that are the religous right.

    January 5, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. MarioNYC

    while I admire Mr. Paul for being the only brave Republican to stand up to the Cheney/GOP propaganda machine, I am fearful of eventual repurcussions on his son's current political ambitions in Kentucky. That vindictive GOP has a peculiar history of eating alive their young when they can't keep them in line, so good luck to you, Rand!

    January 5, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Dan In Noo Yawk

    Cheney still trying to bolster his "legacy" and justify the deaths of thousands of Americans in a country that was a distraction from chasing the criminals who perpetrated 9/11. Ron Paul is calling him on it. I probably won't vote for Paul but I admire his courage and honesty.

    January 5, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Chris from NC

    Thank God for Ron Paul!!! At least he's got the guts to rip Dick Cheney a new one, which doesn't say very much about the rest of the GOP.

    January 5, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. katy Heys

    It seems to me that some Republicans are focused on criticizing the current administration no matter what. Makes me wonder if those Republicans are patriots. Cheney certainly falls into that category. In a way, he is a terrorist.

    January 5, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Good

    Glad to see Ron Paul speak. Besides the fact that Cheney has no room to talk, what he's saying and how he's saying it is unproductive.

    January 5, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. tom

    Ron Paul is an idiot. Go Cheney

    January 5, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. james

    Mr Paul is the ONLY republican that is normal and gets things! I have never voted for a republican in my 55 years of life, however Mr Paul makes me look and say "hmmm hope he turns democrat soon!"

    Well said Mr Paul!

    January 5, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. Jennifer

    Dick Cheney should realize that under Bush, over 75% of the terrorist at Gitmo were released. Many of those have returned to fighting against America. He should also remember that the Bush administration tried the shoe bomber terrorist in federal court and not in a military tribunal. He should also remember the Bush administration tried the terrorist know as the American Jihad in federal court.

    So does Cheney find it acceptable to let terrorists go from gitmo and to try terrorists in federal court ok under a Republican President but not ok under a Democratic President.

    President Bush tried twice as many terrorists in federal court than he did under military tribunals.

    January 5, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. ThinkAgain

    Dick doesn't know, well, dick, about the rule of law in our country. His 8 years as the shadow president of our country revealed this all too plainly and often.

    President Obama believes in our Constitution – and won't throw away our rule of law like Dick did and would for the sake of scoring political points with the uneducated masses.

    Crawl back into your hole, Dick!

    January 5, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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