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. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    And it needs to stay that way!

    Keep the traitor out of ANY loop that involves security!

    After all his mouthing off and telling his "perceived weakness" is nothing more than aiding and abetting the enemy.

    Of course he is the leader of the American "christian" Taliban!

    February 14, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Truth Squad

    As usual the "i know better than you, so shut up" crowd is in full force today.

    As usual, if you don't agree with the current administration you are either dumb, ill informed or a racist.

    Now wonder their approval numbers are in the toilet so early in their tenure. You can't argue with a 5 year old and the old "I'm rubber, your glue" rhetoric is getting way old.

    February 14, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Chip Pudims

    This is a conflict of administrations. On one hand the Obama administration has blamed Bush's for everything they have screwed up on. Cheney has been the assigned defender, because he is knowledgeable, practical and articulate on history and foreign policy. Except for the obvious support from the media. pitting Biden against Cheney is like putting Mickey Mouse up against Einstein! Biden has twisted, mangled and distorted history his whole career; to the point he has taken credit for the successes in Irag, even though both he and Obama were outspoken in their contempt for the Bush surge policy! Nobody messes with Joe, ha!

    February 14, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Ruth

    Go ahead you bone heads and blame Obama for everything. Did you forget about the checks Bush and Cheney sent to us? Did you forget who started TWO wars? Did you forget who bankrupted this country? Have you forgot who became wealthier by being in office 8 years? Where is your memory –you idiots?

    February 14, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. hillcoguy

    Nancy G ....Hillcoguy: you obviously can't comprehend what you read hint: the name denotes a female....

    Ahhh, so! I suppose WIMMEN should be exempt from serving their country! HOO-RAY FOR WIMMENS LIB! HOO-RAY FOR WIMMENS LIB! Shame on YOU! ;o) And I mean that in the most sincere way!

    February 14, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Dave

    I f Cheney is so out of touch; why isn't he just ignored. When, he speaks the Dems sure sit up and take notice,start adjusting, making excuses, and blaming someone else.

    February 14, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Truth Squad

    Also, you notice how lack of military service seems to be such an ad hominem attack for liberals and yet they actually elected a draft-dodger twice in the 90s and now have a guy who never aspired to even serve in the military – and they both have either started wars or sent more troops into battle to die.

    Double Standard anyone?

    February 14, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. henrietta

    If this guy really has something useful to say, why doesn't he pick up the phone and call a few friends, instead of just attacking the President on national television? He is a has=-been and it's time to move on.

    February 14, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. Mesa Mick

    The WH statement is incorrect – Cheney's not uninformed...

    He's flat out LYING, plain and simple.

    After all, if the rethugs ain't got fear and lies to offer the American people what have they got – Nuthin', Nada, Bupkus...

    February 14, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Aunt Bea and Opie

    I would rather play wackamole,and hit a toothless hillbilly tea bagger like tony Saprano did to tcm.

    February 14, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Brenda

    CNN do your job!!!

    Where is the ticker article about the dictator in our White House considering bypassing congress--and using executive order to shove his numerous Eurpean socialism agendas/policies down our throats??? Use the NY Times article from yesterday to get your information.

    If this would have been Bush--you would be posting an article every day about this.

    If Obama does this--when the MAJORITY in the country do NOT want the policies he is trying to shove down our throats-–we are going to begin to hear calls for Obama's impeachment.

    February 14, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Emma

    There seems to be something wrong with Cheney's belief he is always right. He would be a more credible guy if he would examine his views for their validity. Politics has become such a huge power war that it is sickening.

    February 14, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. hillcoguy

    Mesa Mick ......The WH statement is incorrect – Cheney's not uninformed...He's flat out LYING, plain and simple.

    So which liar are you gonna believe?

    February 14, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. RAG

    Why should now be any different than when he was part of the Junta? Dick "Dick" Cheney was and is a delusional sociopath of truly biblical proportions. He almost destroyed America in his earnest execution of al Quida's objectives as Osama Bin Laden's biggest stooge. Played like a marionette. Well real Americans cut his strings by electing Obama.

    Now the pitiful sack of ignorance and evil continues his programmed blather to an empty theater. It is really sad that his family haven't put him in a home where he won't embarrass himself further by his public rhetorical sharts.

    February 14, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. hillcoguy

    Aunt Bea and Opie.........I would rather play wackamole,and hit a toothless hillbilly tea bagger like tony Saprano did to tcm.

    The Avocado growers of America thank you! ;o) And I mean that in the most vegetarian way!

    February 14, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. jims

    Since we were attacked on his watch, he couldn't finish a war and our security agencies didn't seem to be working any better when he left office than when he came in I don't think he's got any room to criticize

    February 14, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Jacob

    exactly! he is not informed or part of the day to day briefings. he is no longer in office, and how can he even imagine that things are exactly as they were one year ago.

    cheney is a dangerous, DANGEROUS man who should be sitting in a prison cell!

    February 14, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Craig from Pa.

    Cheneys' head has been "where the sun don't shine" for many years...What the hell does this guy know about fighting wars??
    He is a major draft dodging coward who professes so much patriotism, it's disgusting how he had the nerve to call others "unpatriotic"
    He is a lowlife war criminal who should be sitting in Leavenworth for the rest of his life...Dick shut up and go away!!

    February 14, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Dale

    Dick Cheney credibility on national defense is nil.

    February 14, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    hillcoguy, Nancy G doesn't need to be in the military to call out a hypocrite who "..had other priorities in the '60s than military service."[ (while otherwise supporting the war), then sent others sons and daughter off to a war based on lies for politics and profit.

    February 14, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. Dinah

    To stupid Truth Squad. How many times did Cheney defer getting drafted. And what did George W do. Sit in a bar in Alabama awol

    February 14, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. Donkey Party

    It has been 5 months since the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and 13 months since President Obama took office. The nation has not been attacked during the Obama administration, so based on the Republican metric for success, President Obama has protected us better and longer than Shrub and Cheenee did.

    February 14, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    The Obama Administration's response to the thwarted Christmas Day attack: Take full responsibility and immediately begin addressing the changes that need to be made so it can't happen again.

    The Cheney/Bush Administration's response to 9/11: Talk to a Senate committee about their role, behind closed doors, not allowing any recording devices of any kind – and only after requiring that they do so WITHOUT swearing to tell the truth.

    You President Obama haters can squawk all you want, but the FACT remains: Bush and Cheney ignored the warnings leading up to 9/11, responded by invading a country that wasn't involved, put Afghanistan on the back burner and Osama bin Laden escape, set up Gitmo and stomp all over our Constitution and heritage by torturing prisoners, etc., etc.

    Oh, yeah, Cheney/Bush also told us to "go shopping" as a way of standing up to the terrorists.

    President Obama is a MUCH better leader when it comes to our fight against terrorism – hands down!

    February 14, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. Joseph

    It's not so much Cheney not being informed, it's more like he's bat guano crazy.

    February 14, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. hillcoguy

    Ruth .......Go ahead you bone heads and blame Obama for everything.

    Blaming the current admin instead of Bush?? Now that too much of a paradigm shift! Who'd believe THAT???

    February 14, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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