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March 16, 2009

Cheney says Obama's policies 'raise the risk' of attack

Posted: 07:55 AM ET

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday defended the Bush administration's economic record, the invasion of Iraq and the treatment of suspected terrorists, warning that reversing its anti-terrorism policies endangers Americans.

In an interview with CNN, Cheney said the harsh interrogations of suspects and the use of warrantless electronic surveillance were "absolutely essential" to get information to prevent more attacks like the 2001 suicide hijackings that targeted New York and Washington.

"President Obama campaigned against it all across the country, and now he is making some choices that, in my mind, will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another attack," he said.

Critics said the Bush administration's "alternative" interrogation techniques amounted to the torture of prisoners in American custody, while the administration's warrantless surveillance program violated federal laws enacted after the Watergate scandal.

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gewe   March 16th, 2009 9:12 am ET

the biggest liar in american history says obama puts america at risk HELLO


gewe   March 16th, 2009 11:14 am ET

how come so many americans think scooter libby is in jail didn,t bush commute him to time served and set him free


Dave of Detroit   March 16th, 2009 11:20 am ET

And Cheney's policies have kept Haliburton out of Bankruptcy and put everyone else and our Country into it...Personally, I will take my chances with terrorists. They only took 4000 lives and a few billion to rebuild, Cheney's way took thousands of lives and put the Country into bankruptcy. Why is it that the U.S. is the only Country to use Armed Forces and invasions to stop the global terrorists when every other Country tha has been attacked has set up protection of their borders and critical targets at home....Could it be that the Pentagon wants to keep their Billions in Defense Budgets and expensive Cruise Missiles? It was interesting that a top Pentagon general had to make a trip to Mexico about the Drug Cartels. Evidently, our "Away" Defense Policy hasn't been an effective deterrent against the attacks on our borders and the inflow of Drugs and illegal aliens thatis costing the Country much more than Bin Laden and his feeble machine!


Dave of Detroit   March 16th, 2009 2:24 pm ET

Here's a free news tip on this article and every other article involving Dick Cheney-check and find out if his Company Haliburton has a lucrative Defense Contract with the Gitmo Base involved-Ole Dick never comes out against anything or anybody unless one of his precious Defense Contracts are involved. The safety of the U.S. comes way down the list with the top million places taken by his personal fortune and income. Be careful though-Remember that Valerie Plame's husband was checking up on Haliburton. I am still wondering what Iraq is going to do with a brand new Water Purification Plant that isn't hooked up to any houses and showers that give a delightful execution on a random basis. I still want the Pentagon to speed the Iraqi withdrawel by leaving our Military Vehicles behind and ordering new ones from the struggling Auto Industry-Maybe the Iraqi Government will buy them and help us out a but after what Blackwater, Haliburton, and KBR have done to them, I sure wouldn't!


Dave of Detroit   March 16th, 2009 2:28 pm ET

Response to gewe-I think he is the current CEO of AIG-maybe just a name coincidence! Libby is a commion name!


Michael C. McHugh   March 16th, 2009 3:30 pm ET

There's nothing this Cheney person can say that I will listen to, in this world or the next. He's just another conservative attacking Obama because that's what they do. That's ALL they do, and it means absolutely zero to people on our side of teh spectrum.


Jay   March 16th, 2009 5:20 pm ET

Cheney and Bush raised the risk for attack.


Justice for The Righteous   March 16th, 2009 7:03 pm ET

President Hussein Obama wants to be friends with all the enemies.
Try extending a friendly handshake to a poisonous snake...


Joe Colangelo   March 16th, 2009 7:30 pm ET

This is what you get for looking forward without cleaning up the mess that was left behind. How can anyone have any faith in the justice system when guys like this along with Karl Rove continue to be treated as royalty rather than the criminals they are and given a national platform by the so-called legitimate media sources. And there is no doubt about their guilt. And the same goes for Wall Street, why should we continue to respect our institutions when this sort of corruption is going on and the little guy not only has to accept cut-backs regardless of thier contracts but have to pay for these bonuses on top. There is not one thing right about any of this no matter how you slice it. President Obama you are either being duped or you are part of the problem. You had better take some action and get the AG to clean up this mess soon. The guy from the NTimes said fairness has left the building-there is no reason why it should. It is time to stand up to bullies like Cheney and Rove and to clean up Wall Street. A serf class is being created to pay for this mess. This is not the American Dream-we pay the debt with less money they get bonuses? This is slavery in the 21st century America.


Joe Colangelo   March 16th, 2009 7:32 pm ET

P.S I guess we should call it the in-justice system.
Joe Colangelo


gary cameron   March 16th, 2009 7:43 pm ET

Why do we care what Dick Cheney says, this man has absolutely NO credibility. He lied about Iraq, lied about weapons of mass destruction, he lied about Al Queida in Iraq, he lied about torture, he lied about covering it up, he leaked information regarding one of OUR spies, well he just lied about it all.
Why anyone is giving any attention to any of the people of the last administration, the republican congress/senate who now want to stand in front of a TV camera and denounce the attempts of the new administration, who has only been in for 6 weeks, for the problems that we're faced with and the efforts to find a direction out of the abyss that they left the country in. It makes me sick!
If they were still in power we would be hearing statements something like, if we don't do this the country will never recover or their all time favorite, "You're either with us or against us".
So why don't they just get out of the way, they made a mess of things and need to clear out so we can try and salvage something for our children. Even more to my liking would be if they just GOT OUT PERIOD!!
I'm an American and a patriot, and I'm sick and tired of listening to these crybabies wail because they lost power and control, especially after what they did to this country. We were at the butt end of every joke in the international arena for 8 very long years.


pjohnson asu   March 16th, 2009 7:58 pm ET

Personally, I believe that too many people are against their own president. I mean people who are insisting that Obama's approach puts the world at risk are just people who want something to say. I say until we have proof...just keep your mouth shut. These comments are not needed.Obama is the president and what he say goes and if you don't like it....O WELL!!


Joe Colangelo   March 16th, 2009 8:05 pm ET

pss Oh yeah and feigned outrage doesn't cut it. All this talk about closing the door after the horse has left the barn with regulations doesn't cut it. On a bright side, if these guys got bonuses then the taxpayers should be getting some of the profit that must have been made as a result-how about that?
Cheers,
RR


janette tx   March 17th, 2009 1:27 am ET

Cheney needs to go the hell on back to the" undisclosed
location "where he stayed for most of his term and shut
the hell up! When he should have been visible and showing
the country he was on the job he hid instead.Go away with
your sour face you matter not!!


Patricia   March 17th, 2009 2:11 am ET

Cheney has a lot of nerve after eight years of screw up with his partner in crime.


adele   March 17th, 2009 3:09 am ET

Janette is correct. Cheney HID for 8 yrs, we never saw him..Joe Biden is usually near Obama..an excellent team..Cheney is rich rich just like GWBush..two crooks..never went to war..Cheney with 5 deferrments....I think he is evil...some people think HE was running the company.


annie   March 17th, 2009 3:12 am ET

ALL CROOKS Cheney, Bush, Rove, Rumsfeld & Rice !...


ed,vancouver canada   March 17th, 2009 3:44 am ET

alot of chiefs
no indians.


femi Akinwunmi   March 17th, 2009 8:04 am ET

Former Vice President Cheney, should just keep quiet, remain in his wheel chair waiting for proceedings against him for genicide, fraud, misconception, misinforming Americans, Unethical dealings in Iraq and more.

He should hide his face and ru to where no one can reach him because NEMESIS in on its way.


dolores   March 17th, 2009 9:43 am ET

it's hard to believe that GW Bush & wife are having small dinner parties hoping to raise 300 million for HIS library ! they live in a tony suburb of Dallas, homes 20 30 & 40 million, rumores that African Americans are NOT allowed in their subdivision. I /being from the 1930's depression / would put the project of a library on HOLD / & feed the poor, fix the schools, work in soup kitchens all over the USA, help the veterans & their families, etc. with 300 million. so many peoiple in Detroit eating dog food, homeless, freezing to death during the winter, etc. cannot believe these people, are they living in a bubble? another world?..I would say if I were him, "I do not need a library..I would rather help the homeless & the poor."


gewe   March 17th, 2009 11:28 am ET

haliburton is it a american company


george   March 17th, 2009 11:33 am ET

Bush & Cheney are living LIES. how can they sleep at night?


Pietro Sirianni   March 17th, 2009 12:59 pm ET

Cheney created the disease then the cure and profited from both.

A friend of mine works for a government contractor and was sent to Iraq. He left for Iraq a devout republicant, and came back leaning left. He explained to me that ever last thing used by our soldiers there came from Haliburton in one way or another. His eyes were opened to the reality that the war in Iraq was not to avert terrorists, or find weapons of mass destruction, or to promote democracy. The war in Iraq was all about Cheney stealing billions of our tax dollars and nothing else. This war in Iraq has been the biggest scam ever on the American people, it makes Madoff look like an amateur. I just wonder when the charges will be filled against Cheney and Bush?


FELICIA M   March 17th, 2009 4:27 pm ET

I am jewish and I was proud when I became an American citizen, to be jewish like Larry. Larry, I admire you when you spoke with Bill Maher, who is one of our brillian men, and you feel relaxed and confident speaking with him. I feel like covering my head, in shame, when you invited Joe Lieberman to speak on your TV show. That man is like a parasite that kills the body that feeds him. Like a worm that lives in the human large intestine. I don't like to be jewish like him. But that is another bird.

Now I ask myself, why you keep a pseudo reporter, like John King, who invited Cheney to do a monologue on a CNN tv show.

Cheney and the Bush administration destroyed the reputation of America around the world. When that untalented reporter invited Cheney he compromised you and CNN and, in the end, our country.


RAF   March 17th, 2009 4:29 pm ET

HEY CHENEY BOY! WITH THE MESS YOU AND LILDUDE LEFT BEHIND FOR THE NEW PRESIDENT, YOU SHOULD BE THE LAST DUDE TO BE TALKING ABOUT RISKS! I DO BELIEVE THE TERRORIST HIT US ON YOUR WATCH!


Paul   March 17th, 2009 4:48 pm ET

We are Europeans and we never trusted Bush, Cheney, Rove and Rumsfeld. For Rice we had respect. We finally have a world leader like Obama who WILL KEEP US SAVE. Because of the Busch administration we lived for so long in a dangerous world. Europe respects and admires Obama for his intelligence and peace loving nature. We always thought that after the elections all Americans stand behind their president. Why not now? Is it because he isn't white. Most Europeans are white people and they love Obama! What is going on with the Republicans. Is it racism or envy? We must all work together if we want a better world. Republicans are so proud to pretend that they are Christians. We are Christians too, so please show it and support your president.


Heidi   March 17th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

one word...........HOGWASH


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