January 5th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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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. Dean

    Too bad we didn't elect Paul for our president. He appears to have more common and fiscal sense than anyone in politics today. I believe he also puts his country above politics.

    January 5, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Peter Green

    By constantly criticizing (usually dishonestly) the President, Dick Cheney and his ilk are doing more damge to our country than any terrorist could ever hope for. A house divided cannot stand, and Cheney's vicious, untruthful attacks are helping to divide our country at a time when it needs to come together. If a Democrat were making similar attacks against a GOP President, he'd be vilified as a traitor.
    Apparently, mainstream Republicans, as I used to be, do not understand the damage that Cheney, Palin, Limbaugh, Hannity, and their like are doing to their OWN party. The GOP will never win back majorities by appealing only to the far-right crazies within their ranks. Cheney is either crazy or a traitor, and it's time for mainstream America to reject and denounce him as such.

    January 5, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Minnesotan

    Whenever Cheney criticizes anyone, all I see is a fat, bald, old, rich, white draft dodger who aided and abetted the innumerable failures presided by the Republicans.

    January 5, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Bill in Michigan

    Cheney has become like a burr under the saddle. It does neither the horse nor the rider any good.

    January 5, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Luke Brown

    I hate to agree with Ron Paul on anything, but he is dead right on this one.

    Cheney is out there reminding voters that eight years of Republican rule cost our country untold trillions - yes, trillions - in a wasted effort to get revenge on a foreign dictator for an assassination plot against George Bush I.

    Cheney's job in the Bush Administration was to bring maturity, experience, and sound judgment to a Presidency headed by an impetuous imbecile. Instead, he did just the opposite.

    January 5, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Mike In Carolina

    Dick Cheney was practically in hiding while serving as our VP. Now he can't resist taking jabs at the Obama administration at every opportunity as if the Bush administration was faultless. The pure gall of his context is extreme because he doesn't know what Obama is thinking but enjoys saying that he does. He needs to shut up forever.

    January 5, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Jon

    Dick Cheney is a TRAITOR and has done far more to advance the terrorist agenda than Al Qaeda has. It's like he is hoping to see an attack so he can be vindicated. He's a hypocrite whose dithering from Aug 6 to Sept 11, 2001, cost the lives of 3000+ Americans that day and thousands more since. He should be in jail. The least he can do is shut the hell up. Newt too. It's treason to be given comfort to the enemy during a time of war, but the GOP and Faux do it 24/7.

    January 5, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Hardlaborer

    I am a "Yeller Dog", but I'd go "rogue" and vote for Congressman Paul for President in 2016. Since he probably won't be running for President again due to his age, I am going to keep my eye on Rand in the future. Let's hope the apple didn't fall far from the tree. I have a thing for men and women who tell the truth.

    January 5, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Geoff

    Thank you Ron Paul.

    January 5, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. Brian

    Ron Paul 2012! He's the only Republican really making any sense when it comes to foreign policy.

    January 5, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. vuu tu thanh

    Why doesn't he ( chenney) just shut up and run ? well said Paul

    January 5, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Paige

    The only Republican who seems to know what he's talking about. Cheney is the last person to have an intelligent plan for Terrorists.

    January 5, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Steven

    More fear generating words from Cheney. Cheney wants Americans cowering under their beds scared of the rest of the world as long as Obama is President. When the GOP is back in power, they will save us from all of the bad guys .... war after war after war. Anyone that wants Cheney to keep his mouth shut is ok with me.

    January 5, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. sandy

    Well, at least one Republican has a brain. Mr. Paul is dead on with respect to Cheney's mouth. We would not be in this situation if it not had been for Cheney and Bush. First, they spent money like a drunken sailor, they started an unnecessary war that we are still fighting, and other things to numerous to mention. What really kills me is that the American people thinks Obama can come into office and wave a magic wand and all will be fixed. This is not going to happen.

    January 5, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Ron Kozlowski

    I agree with Ron Paul–Cheney screwed up this country for 8 years. It's time to tape up his ugly mouth.

    January 5, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Jackie

    I think everytime Cheney opens his mouth, it is out of guilt. He is still trying to justify and war that has no justification. He is still trying to save his legacy and the Bush legacy, by trying to present Obama as incompetent, when it was he and Bush that were incompetent. Their guilt is for the young lives lost in the war in Iraq and Afganistan. Their guilt is for the money the American people have paid out to greedy contractors, and Billions of dollars lost or stolen in Iraq. He should be hiding, not pointing out mistakes of this administration, who is trying to deal with the mess they left us.

    He only makes himself look pathetic.

    January 5, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. katiec

    Good for Ron Paul. At least we have ONE republican with common sense, but it appears only one, and he has the integrity to speak out against Cheney's lies, distortions, unAmerican, radical behavior.
    If justice is served, Cheney will someday be behind bars for his actions these last eight years yet the man continues to speak his
    madness and CNN continues to headline him.
    CNN, it is time for you to start fact checking, do research and stop
    the support and glorifying these people out to destroy our president and us! It is past time for you to show some integrity and honor.

    January 5, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. MO

    Ron Paul is one of the few republicans with enough courage to speak the truth. Congressman Paul deserves our respect.

    January 5, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. truth

    Dick Cheney proves that Repbulicans are twisted in their logic. Anyone who votes for a Republican in the near future, votes to destroy America. These people are so hate-filled they are willing to do and say anything to demean the opposition. What a waste of energy.

    January 5, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. Colleen

    Good for Ron Paul!! A Republican with a brain

    January 5, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. Robert Fuller

    One thing you have to give Paul, he's perfectly consistent, even if he doesn't make sense right away. I have a feeling he makes more sense than either of these buffoons, Obama or Cheney.

    Interesting that the debate is over how much war, and how much torture and denial of human rights, and never over exactly why all this is happening. To paraphrase George Carlin, I'm not too shaken up by them sawing off heads or flying planes into buildings–you go walking around in another man's country pointing assault rifles at people, expect consequences, dummy.

    And of course, absent from the entire dialogue, as usual, is the issue of Israel, and how many dual Israeli citizens and people who value Jewish lives over American lives, much less Muslim lives, are in the key decision-making positions in this country.

    January 5, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. Ferick

    "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,"

    That's say it all for me. The person who brought our country to its knees economically and politically has no credibility criticizing Obama who has done a decent job trying to get us out of the mess we were put in by Cheney.

    Cheney has zero- nada-zilch credibility with the vast majority of American people. He is useful to Dems who will be happy to use him as a poster boy to represent all republicans. If he wants republicans to have a chance at winning, he should disappear.

    January 5, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. Erik

    Finally a voice of reason. Cheney has been a complete failure to the American people and our country (but not to his personal finance nor the stakeholders of Haliburton). He has not only made America less safe but has perpetuated a wave of terrorist recruits. I'm still hoping for an investigation into their administration as I wholeheartedly believe their intelligence was fabricated to serve their own needs.

    January 5, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Joanne

    Paul is correct about a lot of things including this.

    January 5, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. Mark

    Finally, a sane republican speaks out. All the other republicans are just spineless jerks.

    January 5, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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