May 21st, 2009
04:57 PM ET

Cheney: 'Stakes haven't changed'

Former Vice President Dick Cheney weighs in on national security.

soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Dr J in California

    Maybe our leaders didn't know what "to do" with the captors but knew what "not to do" with them e.g. to not return to terrorism, not bring them to U.S. soil, and not to risk our operatives by releasing their identities and making them testify in a public court?

    I call that wisdom in balance.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  2. Richard Babcock

    This nasty hateful man should just go away,Republicans must be cringing every time he opens hif mouth.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  3. Dr J in California

    Cheney is an impassioned truth sayer as one privvy to the inner workings when fear of 911 gripped the world. We were chilled by captured journalist beheadings, executions of suspected western sympathizers and stonings of adulteress women. Nightmares of the suicide bomber maniacs were real as citizens perished on domestic air flights witnessing flight attendants having their throats slit.

    Have we forgotten the unintended citizen heroes who died on the charge "Let's roll" >

    I ask you: was anyone killed by water boarding captured combatants against U.S. citizens? Combatants who took U.S. lives?

    Was any recipient of enhanced interrogation a journalist doing his job, a woman who may have committed a cultural taboo? Did we use children as human shields in a combat zone? Or cloak our munitions facilities with milk bottling factories? Let's keep a perspective on conduct.

    As a victim of a terrorist attack myself, I learned first hand that irrational, destructive evil cannot be overcome by boy scout conduct. You can't reason with pscyhopaths no matter how compelling your argument or eloquent your words. They laugh at our honor code.

    Thank you Dick Cheney for reminding America of worse evils than our unseemly extraction of terrorist information. President Obama is dangerously full of himself. He who has only debated nonviolent individuals in a cocoon. The only heat of battle he has known is the sordid world of Chicago politics.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:13 pm |
  4. Leiann Vyen

    Cheney is no longer an officier of the US. When in office his deceitful work, disrespect for the truth, and arrogant attitude were an embarassment throughout the world. Now he is still showing his arrogance by assuming people care what he thinks or says. He continues to show his disrespect for our country, government, officials and the American citizens who are working to pull us out of the mess he put us in. His comments are a waste of air time. Click.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:10 pm |
  5. andrew ellis

    IF RUSSA,CHINA, CANADA,CUBA,FRANCE,IRAN, etc had done what happen in GATMO they would be face with crimes against humanity. tortureing is wrong and barbaric and it instigate hate against that country. the PRESIDENT is right, there are laws even in war and it should be followed and respected ,no one should be above the law,preporitors should be brought to justice

    May 21, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  6. Fred Lee

    The Cheney's constantly quote George Tenet for proof that America is safer because of "aggressive interrogation" techniques. Is this the same George Tenet who told Congress, the President and the American people that the proof of WMD's in Iraq was "a slam dunk?" Is this the same George Tenet that "outraged" Republicans mean when they say the CIA has never misled the Congress, and that the Speaker of the House should resign for suggesting they did? How then did we justify the Iraq war in the first place?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
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    May 21, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  8. JR

    two cheneys on the same day after these 8 long years of lies and deceit stop torturing US!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  9. janet laine

    i appreciate your having ms. cheney on your program..
    i totally agree with her views and hope to hear from her in the future....
    the american people want to fell "safe'..
    we did not question interrigation in wII..korean action..even vietnam..
    thse convicted were tried and held in prisons for years until their death...the germans did that...
    can you imagine these terriosts in our legal system...perhaps that is what the "lawyers" want...it will take years and we the taxpayers will be paying for it...we've have paid enough...9/11 was enough...
    there is no "good answer"...
    i appreciate your airing both views...

    May 21, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  10. Joshua Goose

    Joshua Goose what is Cheney talking about. The Terrorist already know we do not kill them. They know all we do is hold them and make their life uncomfortable. They know we do not dismember them or threaten their lives. This is known world wide. They are just being political because their party is a mess

    May 21, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  11. Gerald Hardin

    I am having difficulty believing Mr. Cheney's views after the information he provided about Sadam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction, and the association of Sadam with al-Qaida. None of this was found to be true. How can we believe what he is saying now to be factual?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  12. JR

    Liz should get out of her bunker. President Obama is doing his job as An American president should in 2009 we are civilized, are we not?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  13. Barb

    It's time for someone to tell the FORMER V.P., Dick Cheney, that the election campaign is over and the Democrats won! During the eight long years when the Republicans were in power, we were silenced by the Bush/Cheney Administration who told us that anyone who disagreed with them was "unpatriotic".

    Well, now it's time for Cheney to go home and give Obama the same respect the Republicans were given, (undeserving though they were).
    We have seen enough war, killing, torture, lying, cheating, greed, and denial. Go back to your "undisclosed location" Mr. Cheney!

    And to the news organizations, HE'S HAD ENOUGH TIME ON HIS PRIMETIME SOAPBOX!!! His term is over!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  14. Yvonne

    Mr. Cheney has had eight years to try and convince us that what they did is not torture.
    It's time for him to step down and let the nation move forward. We voted for change for a reason. We will not move forward unless were honest about our practices in order to gain support from other countries. This effort to fight terrorism needs to be a global effort.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  15. John Oelund

    It's more politics of fear from Cheney. As an American, I am shocked that Cheney thinks many of us are guillable enough to believe that moving a handful of Guantanamo detainees to the States presents a clear and present danger. Surely Mr. Cheney, you cannot be serious.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  16. Maureen

    Isn't this the same war criminal that said it is unpatriotic to criticize the President that is at war? I'm hoping he pisses off the administration enough that they try him for war crimes.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  17. Marilyn Barnes

    I am appalled at the news coverage given to Cheney and his histyical daughter, Liz. It is time to find a safe place under ground for the two of them to ruminate. They are disgusting and bordering on treason in my opinion. I am disgusted to see the space and time given to these sickos. We have a glorious administration. Let's let them carry on and have a chance to undo all the Bush disasters. Thank you.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  18. Kathy Clark

    Please stop giving Dick Cheney a platform to spout off his extremist views. The last time I heard, he was extremely unpopular in this country. His thinking is what got us into a huge mess in Iraq and around the world. When I see him on my TV, I want to throw things at it. Better for me to just change the channel and watch an NBA game...or the Weather Channel.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  19. Gerardo Chavez

    How much money we need to pay this guys to stop all the lies we got tired to hear during 8 years.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  20. john

    the trouble is, dick has a long history of remarks and actions throughout his politcal career that have turned out to be wrong. if the best the republicans can come up with is cheney and limburgh then this isn't good for US democracy.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  21. Nena

    Vice President Cheney should know that if this country is attacked again it will be only his fault. The administration should had finished the job in Afganistan before deciding to go to Iraq. When the rest of the world was behind us and helping us with that war, He decided it was more important to go to Iraq.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  22. Catherine

    The former VP just needs to shut up and go away. He had his opportunity to do things his way. That time is now over, it is done, he is no longer in office and although he is certainly entitled to express his views, he needs to get off his soap box and let this administration do their job their own way.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  23. Winston Smith

    Contrast the adult who spoke plainly at AEI with the boy who cloaked himself with the Constitution at the National Archives today. There is no question that al-Qaeda (not to mention China, Russia, Iran, North Korea et al.) are giddy with delight that Barack is running the show in America now.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  24. Katie B in Clayton NC

    Liz Cheney has her father's gift for twisting reality. I think they're both terrified he will be prosecuted for the decisions he made while in power.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  25. Carol Horn

    I'm no fan of Dick cheney, but he's 100 percent right when it comes to our secutiry in the United States – and no matter what we do, Europe is NEVER there for us - by the way will you please CLOSE THE BORDERS - at least for the time being - If we ever have a 911 again God help us.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  26. william canady

    as i watched this video of dick cheney i was not able to escape the thought that george bush jr.had something to do with this show down, we finally have a president that does something and some dont like it .

    May 21, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  27. kozzmo

    Hold on a second Mr. Cheney!!!

    Are you saying that there are nuclear armed terrorists in the US? What are you not telling us? How did your administration let them in? Cause I don't see how ending torture as a policy has anything to do with allowing Terrorist access to nuclear bombs?

    Or is this just another case of the CIA (with all its credibility) pointing to WMD's in Iraq?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  28. rollin mckim

    Cheney's spot on about the Gitmo enemy combatants, the memos, and the photos........he's not pulled into the slipperyness of political correctness, rather he has a clean sense of the dangers Obama is courting.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  29. Jason

    Dick Cheney is a danger to this country, he does not understand what the purpose of the bill of rights is, he has no clue what the spirit of the constitution is.. I think history will show him to be one of the true villains of our time.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  30. Francine Giarrusso

    i am so glad that Dick Cheney is still around trying to keep the American people safe since Obama has not got a clue how to do it.

    He thinks that his speeches, which he is good at, will keep up safe. He makes me scared for America and my family.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  31. Nick D. Neighbour

    Cheney for Pres'.
    Gingrich for Veep!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  32. Susan Denmon

    Gitmo is what has kept us alive for the past 7 years. BHO is hell bent on destroying America.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  33. seyrohaad

    where was chenny when we wanted him to perfom his job? Oops! he was bussy hiding himself with big oil companies. You blew your chance Chenny. It was permisible for chenny to create an atmosphere of fear to push there own agenda but it is no longer permisible for Americans to buy it any more

    May 21, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  34. Mike

    I wish I could just here someone from the Bush era state, "We did what we had to do, we did what we thought was right, we have evolved as a country, we are more aware of the need to be the country that does the right thing, it is no longer the right thing to do and I believe most Americans would agree, we have evolved, and our anger has subsided enough about 911 to treat our enemies better while they are detained. With rights and with fairness. It may have been legal at the time, but now that Americans have had time to get all the facts, most Americans I believe do not see it as legal anymore."

    May 21, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  35. amber oates

    Please, Please ,as a well respected media source that CNN is, please do not let Cheney take up air time anymore.All he wants to do is try to discredit PRESIDENT OBAMA,and keep fear in the American people.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:53 pm |
  36. Lin

    I'm now beginning to believe that Cheney's "bad heart" was all a lie too. Surely it would have exploded by now with all of the hate inside.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:45 pm |
  37. Glenda Grove

    I was so pleased with Dick Cheney's speech today and felt he brought up some issues that Obama needs to take a look at!

    May 21, 2009 at 8:44 pm |
  38. Pierre M. Labady

    He's been doing that for the last 8 years, now we really need a break from Cheney

    May 21, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  39. Mike

    I do appreciate much what Cheney has done, but his stating 911 caused the US to move in a new direction, strategy to face the threat, seemed to always fall short on making sure human rights must always come first. Many of us Americans at first may have not been that concerned with Terrorist's human rights, but as time progressed, we realize we must always be a beacon of truth and justice in the world. That is our first goal as the world's leading nation. As long as we continue to evolve in the right directions as a country, we will always be proud to be American.

    May 21, 2009 at 7:58 pm |

    thanks for getting us to this point. you have been a real help

    May 21, 2009 at 7:03 pm |
  41. Susan Williamson

    Why is this man traveling the country to tell us about national security? While he was in office we heard nothing. Now all of a sudden he feels the need to justify the actions taken during his eight year term. Each time he justifies these actions, he spreads fear!

    Does he actually have something to say or is it a matter of trying to cover his faults?

    Answer to the above: Thou Protest Too Much

    May 21, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  42. jbrown

    I don't understand why Cheney has decided to emerge from the hole he hid in for the past 8 years. NOW he decides to show himself – he is of no importance to anyone but himself.

    May 21, 2009 at 6:02 pm |