February 14th, 2010
02:31 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama adviser suggests Cheney uninformed on national security

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/14/art.2shotjones0214.cnn.jpg caption="'I don’t know what his information is' Obama national security adviser James Jones said Sunday of former Vice President Dick Cheney."]
Washington (CNN) – One of President Obama’s top national security advisers suggested Sunday that former Vice President Dick Cheney, a persistent critic of the Obama administration on national security issues, might not be informed enough to criticize the White House.

Asked on CNN’s State of the Union about Cheney’s criticism of the way Obama has chosen to fight terrorism and treat terrorism suspects, national security adviser James Jones replied, “Well, you know, if it’s informed, then that’s one thing.”

Jones, a retired Marine general, continued, “It’s important that people understand that we have a sitting vice president [Joe Biden] who’s very much involved in the day-to-day operations of our national security. He’s a member of the national security council. He has access to all of the information.”

Asked by CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley whether he considered Cheney to be informed, Jones responded, “I don’t know what his information is. I just would ask people to consider the fact that these are very serious issues for our country and that when you take them on, you take them on in a respectful way. We consult and share with both sides equally of the political spectrum and we’ll continue to do that. In the national security council, we can’t do it any other way.”

Vice President Joe Biden and former Vice President Cheney are set to square off Sunday in a television duel of sorts as the men make competing appearances on three of the Sunday political talk shows.

During an appearance on State of the Union in March of last year, Cheney said a number of Obama’s policies relating to terrorism were making the country less safe, a persistent drumbeat of criticism Cheney has kept up since then which has also been echoed by Cheney’s daughter and former State Department official Liz Cheney.

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    The Carlyle Group ,Haliburton,Blackwater, and the Imaginary WMD. A LOT OF ???????????????????????????? AND A LOT OF$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    February 14, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    Brenda, where was your outrage when President Bush used signing statements to change legislation, issued executive orders, and did recess appointments? Or lied us into an unjust revenge war that's killed so many of our kids? Complaining about a political party doing things you don't like is American as apple pie. Complaining about the same things your party did just makes you a hypocrite.

    February 14, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    @Hillcoguy @11:21 – To back up KatieC, President Bush never asked Congress for an official declaration of war. He only asked for use of Military force in his "war on terror," in Iraq and Afghanistan. Therefore, military tribunals, which are only used for prisoners of real WAR would not be upheld by our Constitution, and if pursued, could be thrown out, allowing the prisoners to walk free (maybe even on the streets of your town). You want to risk it? I don't.

    February 14, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Sue

    Based on NUMEROUS national polls..............

    The MAJORITY in the country agree with the Republicans in regard to terrorism and how to keep our citizens/country safe.

    The majority do not want civilian, criminal trials for terrorists--–they want military trials.

    The majority do not want Gitmo closed--they want it to remain open, and they want the terrorists to continue to be placed there.

    The majority supports interrogation of terrorists.

    The majority does not want terrorists given miranda rights and lawyers.

    The majority does not want terrorists placed in prisons in the US.

    The majority does not want millions of our tax dollars spent--per year, per terrorist-–on lawyers/trials for civilian, criminal trials for terrorists-–when military trials will end up costing pennies compared to this.

    Therefore, you can then make the leap and say--–the majority in the country believe/support Cheney versus believing/supporting anyone from the Obama Administration in regard to terrorism and the safety/security of our citizens/country.

    And, now, this clown and his Administration are trying to take credit for the success in Iraq??

    February 14, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    To TCM, hillcoguy, Phoenix whatsis-noodle, et al:

    Trying reading the report, "Terrorist Trial Report Card 2001-2009," by the Center on Law and Security, New York University School of Law.

    According to the report, the Department of Justice has charged 346 defendants with terrorism/national security violations. Of those charged, the conviction rate is 88.8%.

    There are charts and tables that break it all down, including information on the grand total of terrorism indictments (in addition to those charged with terrorism/national security violations).

    Seems like "Dick" has a selective memory when it comes to his Administration's decision to try terrorists in civilian court, something President Obama is choosing to continue.

    Regardless of all of "Dick's" squawking about how "unsafe" President Obama is making our country by how he's treating terrorists, he and I and everyone knows that our judicial system is working just fine.

    February 14, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Don

    Today, we are suffering from the failed ideas of Cheney and Bush. Why would anyone give credibility to anything Cheney says? We have proof his ideas do not work. After 8 years of neglect and failed Bush/Cheny policies, President Obama finally, is resolving the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and working to restore our economy from the Bush/Cheney "trickle down" economy". Thank goodnes Cheney no longer is in office. He should just shut up and fade away.

    February 14, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Dennis1020

    Cheney shuldn't be told anything. He sacrificed his security clearance when he outed Valerie Plame (the CIA agent) and his mental instability should furtherdisqualify him from having a clearance.

    February 14, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Aspen Professor

    Cheney is now and has always been a right-wing extremist, an off-shore nation building fool, and believes that war is the answer to everything.

    ODD isn't it that he dodged the draft during Viet Nam not once but four times. But to hear him say it, he is a patriot American and everyone that doed not agree with his extremism is soft on Terror. Cheney's draft dodging actions joined those of Bush (hid behind his daddy's skirts to join the Texas Air National Guard then did not show up often enough to retain his right to fly), Rumsfeld (another draft dodger), and numerous other cowards in Republican Leadership(?).

    And, yes, before the extremists bring it up- I did serve 4 years in the Air Force during the Korean era. Stationed at K16 Seoul and K14 Kimpo. Luckily, I arrived in Korea a few months after the war ended. It was still going on when I enlisted.

    February 14, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Don of Iowa

    Cheney was in the dark about everything when he was VP so there is little doubt he is definitely in the dark about everything now, the only person he has any business criticizing is his own misguided self and the dumbest President ever GW Bush.

    February 14, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Debbie

    Jones is right and Cheney has done more damage to American Democracy than perhaps anyone other than Benedict Arnold.

    If Cheney wants to spout off then I say lets bring him into a court of law on crimes against the people of the United States and see how it goes for him. The evidence is mounting internationally of what Bush/Cheney knew and did for none other than personal economic gain.

    February 14, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Albo58

    As James Jones proves with his defense of that clown Biden, our military Generals have become complete politicians and that's a darn shame!

    February 14, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. John D

    Obama is the one who is uninformed and he gets daily briefings! that's because his whole cabinet is filled with incompetant people.

    February 14, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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