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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soundoff (237 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    The headline for this article says, "Cheney in the dark..."

    It should read, "Cheney IS the dark (side) ..."

    February 14, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. duh ray ray

    I see all the usual rightwing hillbillies are here spewing their rascist venom.hahaha

    February 14, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. Mike in Texas

    Until someone in Washington has the cajones to tackle Social Security and Medicare and tells the Amercian people that in order to pay down the debt sacrifices are going to have to be made our deficit will grow.

    The problem is no one wants to face reality. Americans are up in arms about the deficit; however if someone had the guts and was honest with the people, the people would vote them out because they don't want to hear the truth. Face the facts America. You are going to have to sacrifice something to fix this problem. It may be reduced benefits or higher taxes but do you seriously think tax cuts(which will predominately benefit the rich) and MASSIVE spending cuts outside of entitlements and military will do it? Go check the numbers.

    February 14, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Monster Zero

    Aunt Bea and Dopey, are you hitting on me?

    February 14, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Cheney has been out of the loop for 13 months now. He can't know what is really going on, so anything he says is not based on facts. The only thing Cheney is interested in is defending his and Bush's record, and for the life of me I don't know why.
    About the people locked up in GITMO – if they were war criminals they should have been treated as POWs. If they weren't POWs they should be treated as any other criminal. If we didn't want to treat them as POWs or criminals we should never have locked them up. A dead enemy is one you don't have to worry about. In Vietnam we didn't have this problem.

    A Vietnam vet.

    February 14, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. 2 cents

    I think Helen Keller would have made better informed, educated and thoughtful decsions vs Cheney.

    February 14, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. Ron

    Obama doesn't share a thing,and if it works,it's because some one else thought of of it. The Pres.just not very swift in real life

    February 14, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. OH

    Dick Cheney is simply a wack job but you Cheney lovers should ask him about the millions he gets from his war machine. Frankly, he should be tried and sent to prison. He is one guy that will never be able to travel the world as a decent human being. I believe he thinks he is the president, since he was VP in the previous administration. He certainly earned the title of poppet master.

    February 14, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Death Panel Sarah

    To...Monster Zero...
    You are right.....but then again it did take me 6 years in college and I only ended up with this stupid journalism degree!!!(It was the easiest one to obtain) But I still can see Russia from my house, so there!!!

    February 14, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. hillcoguy

    Independent One .....Fear, Fear, Fear and be afraid some more

    Notice the paradigm shift? Danger from muslim extremists to danger from economic extremists? One wants to destroy the American way by murder and the other by taxes! Slow and painful either way!

    February 14, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. Nancy G

    Nancy G ...... You're a nasty, bitter, draft dodging old man. Get over yourself!!

    Hillcoguy: you obviously can't comprehend what you read hint: the name denotes a female.... but I mean that in the most constructive way... HA

    February 14, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. MJL

    Totally agree with Katiec! Thank you for a "great post".

    February 14, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Ruth

    Cheney and Bush need to be held responsible for what they did to this country. When Bush took office he was handed a cream puff. When Obama took ofice he was handed a hornet's nest. This is a republican saying that.

    February 14, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Mike in Texas

    hillcoguy is the guy who thinks everything he says is funny and witty but no one else does.

    I will be waiting for his sarcastic witty predictable reply soon.

    February 14, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. ProudLib

    I like Cheney around ... he gives Obama's team an almost too-easy way to paint the entire GOP as out-of-touch crazy. The man is truly the gift that refuses to stop giving.

    February 14, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Joe Brouder

    Who the Hell is Dick Cheney??????????????

    February 14, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Independent One

    We no longer listen to DARTH VADER

    February 14, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Mike S. New Orleans

    Dick Cheney is the last gasp of hypocrisy of the Cheney Bush administration. His interest in national security must have started long after his four military deferments to keep from serving his country when he was needed.

    February 14, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. Bill in Michigan

    I agree with the Obama administration on this one. Cheney's viewpoints on this are so myopic and solidified, that he lacks any ability to be either objective or evolutionary in his thought. This leaves him crass, bitter, and objectionable. I doubt he would change his opinions regardless on any information he would be privileged to.

    February 14, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. annie s

    Under the Bush administration, we tried terror supsects in civilian courts. Why then is it wrong for Obama to do so? Also, the Christmas day would-be bomber has given more info to the FBI after being mirandized than before – so why exactly would we have to resort to torture and the disdain of the international community? Sorry, but this is typical Republican fear and distortions. I feel safe under President Obama – terror attacks WILL happen but let's at least I assume that – unlike Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney – this administration won't ignore warnings that Al Qaeda plans to use airplanes to launch those attacks. 9/11 happened because that administration took their eye off the ball.

    February 14, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. hillcoguy

    2 cents February.......I think Helen Keller would have made better informed, educated and thoughtful decsions vs Cheney

    Excellent analogy! The Keller family represents the American repub and dem party members. Helen Keller represents the senate and congress and Annie Sullivan represents the Tea baggers. Helen wanders all around the dinner table helping herself from all the dinner plates. Sullivan tries to stop her plundering while the family tells Annie that Helen does that all the time and it's all right! The only way to make changes is to slap some education into the brat!

    February 14, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. manny

    the funny thing about the whole biden response is that he is talking like a smart educated reasonable person to hateful trash illiterate voters who are only mobilized by simple rash statements, like death panels, death camp, generational theft, etc. he should have used words dumb people can hold on to and rally around like investigation, probe, unearthed discoveries about the horrible last 8yrs. i mean he should give daring details and not phrases like 'rewriting history' jargons that is easily forgotten by dumb electorate who have almost totally forgotten how cheney help squander our countries name.

    February 14, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. German,Irish American

    Anyone who can't see the amateur hour debacle of the KSM trial, the fanatasy of closing Gitmo in one year, the idea that the system worked perfectly with the underwear bomber, not to mention the fact the Obama declared it an, "isolated incident, unrelated to Al-Qaeda," as totally false, is completely in denial of the incompetency of Obama and his administration. The biggest laugh is Biden and Obama now trying to take credit for the sucess in Iraq because of the Bush policies they both fought against while Senators. I don't think Obama wants the country to be less safe, he simply does not have the intelligence to comprehend the enormity the terrorist threat and foreign policy.

    February 14, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Sue

    There have been national polls taken that indicated---the MAJORITY in the country felt more secure for the safety of our citizens and our country when Bush was in office-–versus now with Obama in office.

    Therefore, based on those polls--you can then take the leap and say that the MAJORITY believe what Cheney is saying---versus what Obama, Napolitano, Holder, and the rest of the liberal Dems are saying.

    February 14, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Independent One

    Don't forget the death panels

    February 14, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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