February 14th, 2010
05:25 PM ET
13 years ago

State of the Union: Candy Crowley's Crib Sheet for Feb. 14

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/07/art.sotucandy0207.cnn.jpg caption="In her Crib Sheet, Candy Crowley wraps the news from Sunday's political talk shows."]
It was a double header Sunday for Vice President Joe Biden who showed up on two Sunday morning talk shows as the White House counterweight to former Vice President Dick Cheney, who made his own Sunday morning television appearance with a litany of criticisms against the Obama administration’s handling of national security matters.

There was a time when the White House ignored Mr. Cheney to defuse his impact. But the decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civilian court and the decision to treat the Christmas Eve attempted bomber as a criminal suspect with Miranda rights have produced considerable blowback and “who’s tougher on terrorists” now shapes up as at least a secondary election year theme for Republicans.

The V.P. vs. former V.P. terrorist throw down went this way: Cheney says the “mindset” of the Obama crowd dangerous underestimates the nature of the terrorist threat. Biden, in “just Joe” fashion responded that Cheney is a nice guy and all, but he is misinformed, misleading and/or wrong.

The president’s National Security Adviser General James Jones tried to stay out of it – and who could blame him given the pummeling White House Homeland Security adviser John Brennan took after he accused Republicans of playing politics with national security. Still, Gen. Jones suggested that Cheney was misinformed and pointedly noted that the country has a sitting vice president who is well-informed and on the job.

On other subjects, Gen. Jones said the allied and Afghan military operation in Southern Afghanistan is going well and that he is increasingly confident Afghan President Hamid Karzai is capable of bringing political stability to his country.

Oh, and news flash: Cheney says he’s a “complete supporter” of what the administration is doing in Afghanistan and he, like Gen. Jones, thinks the time has come to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” so that gays can serve openly in the military. Despite reports to the contrary, bipartisanship is not dead.

Herewith, the Sound of Sunday.

National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones on CNN’s “State of the Union” on whether Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s government could provide stability to the country
“I personally met with the president in Munich just over a week ago, and I had over the five or six years that I have known him, I have had the best meeting with him in the - I left more confident now than I have been at anytime in the past.”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on ABC’s “This Week”
“I'm a complete supporter of what they're doing in Afghanistan. I think the president made the right decision to send troops into Afghanistan. I thought it took him a while to get there.”

V.P. vs. V.P.
Vice President Joe Biden on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on former Vice President Dick Cheney’s national security criticisms
“All I know is he's factually, substantively wrong on the major criticisms he is asserting. Why he's insisting on that, he either is misinformed or he is misinforming. But the facts are that his assertions are not accurate.”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on ABC’s “This Week” on the 9/11 terror trials
“It's the mindset that concerns me John. I think it's - it's very important to go back and keep in mind the distinction between handling these events as criminal acts, which was the way we did before 9/11, and then looking at 9/11 and saying, "This is not a criminal act," not when you destroy 16 acres of Manhattan, kill 3,000 Americans, blow a big hole in the Pentagon. That's an act of war.”

National Security Adviser Gen. Jim Jones on CNN’s “State of the Union”
JONES: “This is a policy that has to evolve with the social norms of what is acceptable and what is not. It's particularly—“

CROWLEY: “So it's time to lift it? You think it is time now?”

JONES: “I think times have changed. I think - I think I was very much taken by the Admiral Mullen's view that young men and women who wish to serve their country should not have to lie in order to do that.”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on ABC’s “This Week”
“I think that society has moved on, it's partly a generational question, I'm reluctant to second guess the military in this regard because they're the ones that have to make the judgment about how these policies affects the military and the capabilities of our units and that first requirement you have to look at all the time is whether or not they're capable of achieving their mission and does the policy change putting gays in the force affect their ability to perform the mission .”

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great week ahead,
Candy Crowley

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Dick Cheney speaks for the Republican Party just like Palin, these are their two new leaders and they have yet to dennounce them as their leaders.

    February 14, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    Candy, say you didn't write you "crib sheet" on your hand!

    February 14, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. ED FL

    Cheney finally admitted that he knows nothing about military matters .Most draft dodging cowards wouldn't know much about the military especially one who has a penchant for sending other peoples kids to get killed and maimed while he hide in an unannouced location.

    February 14, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. Alex

    Candy Crowley is a Republican hack... John King's crap wouldn't fly and neither will hers. No wonder CNN continues to plummet in ratings and support... Where's Ted Turner when you need him?

    February 14, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. Tom in Delaware

    Not one person in the entire Obama adminstration can answer the very simple question of, "If Osama bin Laden were captured today would you read him his Miranda Rights?"

    That's why Cheney is right and all the Liberal bufoons are wrong....everybody knows the answer is 'NO'.....now they can't say they didn't know.

    Ametuers....and these fools take credit for the victory in Iraq....they really have no shame.

    February 14, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. Jerry - Florida

    National Security Adviser General James Jones: "Vice President Biden is well- informed and on the job." What planet is this General living in. Not only is Biden misinformed; his boss, President NObama, doesn't know his "back from his elbow."

    It's obvious that Candy Crowley continues to "massage" President NObama administration's "rear", just as she and CNN have done before, during and after the presidential election. Biden is just another member of that moronic administration. It's shameful that Mr. Biden has become just another attack dog in President NObama's administration.

    And by the way, My most favorite presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton is no different.

    Wake up America! Before these idiots take our country completely over the cliff.

    Stay tuned!

    February 14, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  7. historian

    I'm so disappointed – this article makes me want to just start reading MSNBC and watching C-span Sorry, I think CNN has lost me after several of Candy's articles.

    February 14, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |