Dick Cheney predicts 'far deadlier' attack against U.S. in next decade
June 24th, 2014
07:47 PM ET
6 years ago

Dick Cheney predicts 'far deadlier' attack against U.S. in next decade

(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Tuesday he expects another terrorist attack on U.S. soil within the next 10 years.

"I think there will be another attack, and next time I think it's likely to be far deadlier than the last one," he said on the conservative Hugh Hewitt radio program when asked if the United States could get through another decade without another "massive attack on the homeland."

Cheney continued: "You can imagine what would happen if somebody could smuggle a nuclear device, put it in a shipping container and drive it down the beltway outside Washington, D.C."

He made similar comments Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

"One of the things I worried about 12 years ago and that I worry about today is that there will be another 9/11 attack and that the next time, it'll be with weapons far deadlier than airline tickets and box cutters," he said.

His predictions come as the former vice president, who was highly involved in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars during the George W. Bush administration, is now pressing hard against President Barack Obama's foreign policy.

Cheney penned a blistering opinion piece with his daughter, Liz Cheney, for the Wall Street Journal, last week.

"Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many," they wrote. "Instead, he abandoned Iraq and we are watching American defeat snatched from the jaws of victory."

They also announced the launch of a new group, "The Alliance for a Strong America," a non-profit advocacy organization that will surely keep them in the political fray on issues involving foreign policy.

In the interview Tuesday, Cheney was asked if the United States would likely go under military rule in the case of a nuclear attack.

Cheney pointed to programs that existed during the Cold War and were designed to keep in place a system of government that would prevent such a scenario.

He cited the continuity of government program, saying it "involved having a government-in-waiting, if you will, ready to go in the event of a nuclear attack...so that we could always maintain the constitutional-based, governmental authority."

"I was part of that program for several years, and a lot of it I'm sure is probably still classified. But it was very, very important," he continued. "We operated and actually trained under the circumstance of how would we go about making, providing for a government to survive if we were having nuclear weapons from the Soviet Union falling all over the country."

CNN's Ashley Killough and Vaughn Sterling contributed to this report.

Filed under: Dick Cheney
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. S. B. Stein

    I think he might be correct and the thing that made it more likely was the invasion of Iraq. If that hadn't been done, then there would be something to keep Iran in check among other things.

    June 24, 2014 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  2. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Yeah.. Everybody listen and be warned. Because Dick is SO good at predicting...

    June 24, 2014 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Hey Dick... I can make predictions, too. I predict that you end up in a warm spot for a very ong time.

    June 24, 2014 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  4. rick

    Mr Chenney.. Is absolutly RIGHT!! They wanted to push america back into the dark ages so they could come in.. Like the problem in Iraq now. And start to fight.. Kill.. And control.. After the 9/11 attack.. It didnt happen because the twin towers. Were not the center of our democracy. And absolutly have plans to do something drastic in our view.. But "marterdom" in theirs. We didnt just roll over and die as a country. Its confusing that their ideas are perfect.. But never work even remotely as they plan. So they try again elsewhere. Still dont work.. They even thought that their great leader Osama was totaly protected. He wasnt. This is actualy a continuation of the worlds refusal to follow that religion. Proven time and again through history as the have been run back to the hills from where they sprout out of with the same retoric for centuries.. This time we DIDNT stop at the bottom of the hill.. We chased them down. Into the hills.. Valleys.. Caves they went to hide as usual in.. That didnt work either!

    June 24, 2014 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  5. Jim A

    The actions of Dick Cheney and George Bush destabilized the Middle East and made such an attack far more likely than it would have been had they gone after Osama Bin Laden rather than Saddam Hussein, who had nothing to do with 911.

    Nice going Dick!

    June 24, 2014 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  6. CryBabies

    Maybe not Dick. If we get a leader with some "stones" , we might be safe. He's too busy right now fighting the war on women. Quite the "leader of the free world"

    June 25, 2014 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  7. michael smith

    i can't believe dick cheney is spouting off about iraq, obama and using more fear tactics. he and rumsfeld were in charge and totally blew it. how dare he even get media coverage.

    June 25, 2014 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  8. Thomas

    It's not if , it's when . The world is such a mess nowadays.

    Thank you Former Vice President Dick Cheney for increasing the hatred towards America . An air strike might hit the target , yet it will onlyconvert x10 the hate.

    "The Alliance for a Strong America," a non-profit advocacy organization " , the more fear the better !

    June 25, 2014 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  9. Josue

    He's getting ready to attack again?

    June 25, 2014 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  10. j.v.hodgson

    This guy needs two middle names Dick " fear monger" Cheney
    Where on earth are the Taliban or ISIL or ISIs going to get nukes from??? They are Sunni mainly, so they are not going to get them from Iran?
    Pakistan, I think not, they will not arm Taliban or Muslim extremists with information to create or buy a nuke bomb plus the delivery system to US.
    Hello Homeland security and CIA and pentagon, at billions in cost as opposed to trillions in war cost cannot prevent a terror attack ala 9/11
    he even stoops to the semi plagiarism of a Churchill speech about the UK RAF battle of Britain
    " Never, in the history of the British nation, has so much been owed by so many, by so few!
    It demonstrates clearly his peanut sized brain of international security and US national security.
    Tell us we the people dear Mr. Cheney how you want us citizens and tell us why and how we need to support you view of how much is owed to so many by so few?
    Who owes whom? Who are the so many? Who are the so few. In Churchill's speech they were abundantly clear.
    Your diatribe is pathetic meaning less plagiarism, based on unproved fear not an existential threat, just one imagined 10 years down the track. Meantime war, war, war, and trillions of $$$ we don't have.
    Peace man.

    June 25, 2014 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  11. Michael MN

    Yea – he should know – He and Bush opened the flood gates

    June 25, 2014 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  12. Jay Walker

    What a fear-mongering gasbag.

    June 25, 2014 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  13. Jay Walker

    ...and if should happen, watch the wingnuts hail him as a genius or something. But anyone can say this, they just don't because it's blatant fear-mmongering, which is all Cheney is good for. He should have been locked in a cell years ago.

    June 25, 2014 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  14. Marie MD

    I think the best of part of the unearthing of this creature was that blonde, whatever her name is, on faux news who called him out with his own words.
    I thought dickie was finally going to have a heart attack and drop dead on air.

    June 25, 2014 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  15. haddock

    The only reason Cheney is not in jail for war crimes is that Obama decided prosecuting him would be too divisive.

    June 25, 2014 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  16. haddock

    Hopefully, Cheney will continue to be wrong about everything.

    June 25, 2014 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  17. Tone

    And we should listen to your recommendations which was a disaster then, and will also be a disaster now. Criminals like you need to lay low, and shut up.

    June 25, 2014 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  18. morebs

    cheney and his cohorts must be planning another false flag attack. What better way to push your agenda. If you don't know what it means, look it up

    June 25, 2014 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  19. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    HOPEFULLY, this GOP idiot will run out of hearts BEFORE then, a waste of FOUR good hearts that could have been used for BETTER people.

    June 25, 2014 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
1 2