Former Vice President Dick Cheney talks Obama, health, and Tucson in new interview

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.

  • kingfish

    911 – Transportation Sec Norman Mineta’s Testimony CONFIRMED

    “When faced with former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta’s testimony — about Cheney’s stand-down order as the plane approached the Pentagon — Defenders of the official story have tried to discredit Mineta by saying that he got his times mixed up.”

    “Specifically, Mineta claims:

    “When I got to the White House, it was being evacuated. I met briefly with Richard Clark, a National Security Council staff member, who had no new information. Then the Secret Service escorted me down to the Presidential Emergency Operations Center, otherwise known as the PEOC.”

    “I was made aware of it during the time that the airplane coming into the Pentagon. There was a young man who had come in and said to the vice president, “The plane is 50 miles out. The plane is 30 miles out.” And when it got down to, “The plane is 10 miles out,” the young man also said to the vice president, “Do the orders still stand?” And the vice president turned and whipped his neck around and said, “Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?”

    • kingfish

      Dick Cheney “directed” 911, but there was deep participation by the Mossad.

      GOOGLE: “dancing Israelis”
      GOOGLE: “Israel did 911″
      GOOGLE: “Israel did 911 all the proof you need”
      READ the Comments at Veteranstoday: Jesse Ventura and 911
      GOOGLE: “Bush +Clinton +CIA drugs” and search the same at youtube
      SUSPICIOUS DEATHS: newsfollowup.com/bushfortune.htm

  • erick1740

    You looney libs are just afraid of Dick Cheney, he makes you quake in your birkenstocks. He and Bush kicked some A$$ and you weenies can’t stand it. Obama is one and done and will go down in history a bigger failure than Carter, count on it. This entire administration is a failure or worse.

    • casualcat

      I agree … it doesn’t matter a whit that this is the first time in our history we declare war on a sovereign nation unprovoked. Nor does it matter that the entire destabilization of the middle east was contrived for the benefit of the Oil Companies. We kicked ass that’s all that counts.

      • erick1740

        Have you been watching “loose change” and “zeitgeist” again??? Keep looking for the manbearpig too.

    • The Die Hard

      All we sane, thinking people are terrified of Dickless because he is vicious, hateful, and completely insane. “Why should I bother my beautiful mind about all those unimportant people my stupidest son killed” Bar-bar is the antichrist, but Dickless is her right-hand Satan.

      If there were any justice in this world, the five-times- draft-dodger would have been sent to Viet Nam the fifth time he bought himself an exemption, and his body thrown out the instant the plane left the ground.

      Dickless couldn’t “kick a$$” if he had a personal Special Forces assistant assigned to his backside. Dickless couldn’t blow his own nose without a male nurse to do it for him. But lie, steal, and have his underlings murder millions for profit, oh yes, lying and profiteering he does quite well.

      President Obama is the most honorable, patient, hard-working, decent man to ever grace the Oval Office. If we could repeal the 22nd Amendment, he would be the leader of the free world as long as he could stand the job.

      • The_anniebanannie

        There’s nothing in your posts that say “sane”.

  • mdiavaro99ro

    I wonder, does it come a time when the path to an epically grotesque regime is just a matter of set up and available tools? When there’s not a matter of choice anymore but of faith (as in destiny)? 😀

  • Free Willy

    “He cited the enhanced interrogation techniques”

    Like water boarding.

    He was happy for it to happen to make America more safe but now its been condemmed by the majority of rational moral Americans (be they blue or red) he doesn’t mention it as making America less safe.

    Is that an admission it is ineffective or just that he hides his politics behind the sentiment of the day?????

  • clw

    I like what I know of him. Always have. We should have more people like him in government. No B.S.

    • Ryan.Iowa

      I’ll second that. The real reason the Left hate him and Bush 43 is because they did their jobs well. History will judge George W. Bush’s administration remarkably well, despite the venom that persists from the Left.

      • Free Willy

        If Obama goes down as being responsible for moving American Health care into the modern era, he will be viewed as one of the greatest ever.

        If it is continued to be called Obamacare he would love it. LURVVVE IT.

        What did Bush do worthy of note?

        Biggest thing I can think of is attack Iraq (while fighting another war) to get weapons that don’t exist?

        I really doubt the financial cost of Iraq is even worth the value of the oil access/control?
        And thats before we even consider the human toll.

        • The_anniebanannie

          How much do you get paid?

      • The Die Hard

        Oh, yeah, REAL “heck of a jobs.” Incompetent, liars, warmongers, bankrupted the country, murdered millions, yup, your kind of people, all right.

    • The Die Hard

      Dickless makes Hitler look like a kind, compassionate person.

      Cheney all but hijacked the planes on 9-11-01 himself. He did regular business with both Saddam and bin Laden. He took off for his bunker before the planes were even on the runway, gave the orders for the already hot interceptor jets to stand down, and had sell orders in place on the airlines involved.

      He should only be executed by strychnine.

      No doubt you conservatoads’ hero, Herr Karl ‘Goebbels’ Rove, is already rigging the 2012 election six ways from Sunday, but after the DISASTER that you teabagging repukelicans are going to make out of the next year and a half, President Obama will be re-elected in an even bigger landslide.

      And comedians will have even more fun with the psychotic idiots you run THIS time.

      “Web search: find me a far-right candidate that isn’t a halfwit nutcase.”

      “404, object not found.”

      • clw

        Yeah, you don’t sound like a nutjob at all!

    • The Die Hard

      Then either you need to learn more about him, or you are as sick, filthy, and disgusting a paranoid schizo liar as he is.

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  • JoeJ

    Cheney is one of the most evil men to ever server in US government.

    For the first four years he led Bush around like a child – pushing more and more war – and greater and greater loss of civil liberties.

    History will judge Cheney as a warmonger and as anti-American from our traditional perspective.

    • theprofessor

      Wow, so much illogical hatred and so little proof.

      “from our traditional perspective. ”

      You mean the left’s skewed version of things. That’s already coming undone….but keep up the hating and hoping.

      • JoeJ

        Please – “Mr. Conservative Professor” – is now calling someone evil “ideological hatred?” You sound just like the liberals.

        Tell us – can any government official be evil? Oh – I see only liberal government official can be “evil.”

        I see – as long as someone waves the bloody flag of war you are on board – personal freedoms be dammed.

        p.s. A traditional conservative is isolationist when it comes to war and 100% pro personal freedom when it comes to government intrusion.

        • http://twitter.com/CommieJuice CommieJuice

          The war is lost, right Joe? You wouldn’t know a traditional conservative if one hit you upside the head, judging by your words you could use a few lessons from one. The best part of that is your precious Obamacare covers thick headed drones who get taught a lesson, so you are already winning.

          Do the nice people in the white coats know you are using the internet?

        • The_anniebanannie

          Hey, dumba&&, learn to read. Prof said “illogical hatred”. Try making sense next time.

          • JoeJ

            Thanks for the correction – my bad.

            Cheney is still evil!

            And I am still a traditional conservative.

          • The_anniebanannie

            “Cheney is still evil!

            And I am still a traditional conservative.”

            No he isn’t and no you’re not. You show no proof of either statement.

          • JoeJ

            Cheney was a signatory to the New American Century. This was a neocon Zionist blue print for war. Look at the other signatories. What do you think? Look at the Bush administration in 2000 – who was there from below?

            Elliott Abrams Gary Bauer William J. Bennett Jeb Bush

            Dick Cheney Eliot A. Cohen Midge Decter Paula Dobriansky Steve Forbes

            Aaron Friedberg Francis Fukuyama Frank Gaffney Fred C. Ikle

            Donald Kagan Zalmay Khalilzad I. Lewis Libby Norman Podhoretz

            Dan Quayle Peter W. Rodman Stephen P. Rosen Henry S. Rowen

            Donald Rumsfeld Vin Weber George Weigel Paul Wolfowitz

          • theprofessor

            “Cheney was a signatory to the New American Century.”

            So? Doesn’t make him evil or immoral.

            “Look at the Bush administration in 2000 – who was there from below?”

            Again, so? They were perfectly qualified to serve and you haven’t proven anything about them that remotely qualifies as “evil”. In fact, I happen to admire most of those people.

            “What do you think?”

            I think you’re nuts. You’re an antisemitic conspiracy theorist that looks for the evil “neocon Zionist” connection in every situation – even when there isn’t any.

            BTW, next time you copy and paste from Wiki, don’t think that just becasue you leave out a few words here and there it makes it ok for you to use somebody else’s work.

            Now, crawl back into your Jew-hatin’ bunker, tighten your tin-foil hat and wait for the next big theory.

          • JoeJ

            You’re an antisemitic — oh my – “bad professor” – you accused me of hating hundreds of millions of people – shame “mr. professor” – shame on you.

            You have no reason to say that — that is an out and out lie and you know it!

            I am a good Christian man – if you correct your error – I will forgive you.

            Cheney is an evil man that has had a hand in the spilling of a lot of innocent blood – end of story!

        • logic

          Too many of today’s “conservatives” have had true conservative thinking hijacked by neoconservative ideology. They love policing the world, forcefully pushing our brand of “goodwill” down other nations’ throats while eroding our liberties here at home for false security; all at an enormous cost. They pick and choose their liberal ideology just like the very liberals they hate. They seem to think the Constitution allows them to run the world and destroy liberties just like the liberals think it allows them to run health care and the welfare state. Both represent liberal ideals that we are all paying dearly for.