In his first interview since he had heart surgery last July, former Vice President Dick Cheney discussed whether he still believes President Obama is making America less safe and said he is considering getting a heart transplant.
While Cheney told NBC “Today Show” national correspondent Jamie Gangel he believes Obama will be a one-term president, he went on to clarify a 2009 comment he made to CNN that the president was making America less safe.
“Well, when I made that comment, I was concerned that the counterterrorism policies that we’d put into place after 9/11 that had kept the nation safe for over seven years were being sort of rapidly discarded,” said Cheney. He cited the enhanced interrogation techniques and the terror surveillance programs as two examples.
“They’d been vital from our perspective,” said Cheney. “And we were able to put in place a successful policy that did prevent any further major attacks against the United States over those years. And he [Obama] campaigned against all of that.”
But, Cheney said, he now has hope that President Obama has adopted a similar perspective with regards to what is necessary for American security as President Bush and he had.
“I think the President [Bush] and I worked for an absolute commitment that that’s never going to happen again on our watch. And that we’ll do whatever we have to do in order to prevent it. And I hope President Obama is to that point now where he has that same basic attitude,” said Cheney.
“But we might never find out until there’s actually another attack,” he added.