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Liz Cheney Joins Her Father in Critique of Obama

Updated 6:31 p.m.
By Dan Eggen
For the Cheneys, attacks on the Obama administration have become a family affair.

Liz Cheney, the daughter of the former vice president and a former State Department official, made a round of cable TV appearances this morning to defend her father's harsh assessments of President Obama -- and to toss out a few barbed observations of her own.

During an interview with Fox News Channel, Cheney accused the Obama administration of being selective in releasing documents related to harsh interrogation tactics and said it was "inexplicable and inexcusable" that the Justice Department was considering whether to prosecute Bush-era officials responsible for approving the measures. She also suggested that her father feels more liberated to speak since leaving the White House.

"One of the nice things about my dad being out of office is that he doesn't need sign off," Cheney said. "He is out there speaking out because he personally feels so strongly about these issues."

The remarks are the latest in a series of sharply worded attacks on Obama from former vice president Richard B. Cheney and his allies, who seem to be particularly outraged by Obama's decision to release discredited legal memos allowing the use of abusive interrogation tactics, such as waterboarding, that are widely viewed as torture. Cheney's frequent appearances stand in stark contrast to the approach of his former boss, George W. Bush, who has maintained a low profile since leaving office and has refrained from criticizing Obama.

Cheney took to the airwaves again this afternoon, slamming Obama's economic policies on the Fox Business Network. Cheney defended Bush's bailout of major Wall Street firms and banks, but said he would have favored letting distressed auto companies slide into bankruptcy and said that Obama's continuing rescues have gone "too far." The comments appear to put Cheney at odds with his former boss, who signed off on $17 billion worth of loans for General Motors and Chrysler in December.

"I disagreed with bailing out the automobile companies. I would have encouraged the process to go forward for a Chapter 11," Cheney said. "The banks were different, and the reason the banks are different is because they are part of the financial system that is the heart and soul of our economy."

Cheney also reiterated his view that Republicans must stick to their conservative principles rather than "becoming more like Democrats." He also put in a good word for Bush's brother, Jeb, as a possible GOP presidential candidate.

"I like Jeb," Cheney said of the former Florida governor. "I think he's a good man. I'd like to see him continue to stay involved politically...I'd probably support him for president."

Today's appearances followed an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation" in which Cheney said, among other things, that Obama's security policies were endangering the nation, that he had "no regrets" about Bush's controversial interrogation policies, and that former secretary of state Colin Powell had abandoned the Republican Party by endorsing Obama.

And there's still more to come: The American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank that enjoyed a prominent role during the Bush years, announced today that Cheney will deliver a May 21 speech on "keeping America safe."

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 12, 2009; 6:12 PM ET
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Well this chain of comments certainly validates that the libs have no concept of reality, have no grasp of facts, and don't care. They are adept at name-calling and postulating without a clue of what has actually happened or is happening. I could write pages repudiating with facts about 95% of the assinine things I have read above, but what would be the use? All I would get back is the kind of baseless drivel that is written above...with apologies to mockingbird, jake and others who get it. And by the way, you folks really ought to find out who Liz really is, and if possible, see what she did to the MSNBC idiot who tried to break her in a so-called, but typical, MSNBC interview.

Posted by: Allegheny9341 | May 14, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

How about a muzzle on Clinton and more importanly on that goofball Carter!!!

Posted by: rustynailx | May 14, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I am really surprised that the Republican Party doesn’t put a muzzle on Cheney or the Cheneys at least to the extent they can. As Liz said, they don’t need sign off any more but no matter whether you like Cheney or not, this kind of news is not helping the Republicans.

I am not a Republican by any stretch of the imagination but I hate to see the GOP dragged down by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and now Dick Cheney. Cheney actually said Rush is a better Republican than Colin Powell! Here are some real quotes from Rush Limbaugh:

And don't forget, Sherrod Brown is black. There's a racial component here, too. And now, the newspaper that I'm reading all this from is The New York Times, and they, of course, don't mention that." --on the 2006 Ohio Senate primary race involving then-Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who is white.

"Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society."

"We're not sexists, we're chauvinists -- we're male chauvinist pigs, and we're happy to be because we think that's what men were destined to be. We think that's what women want."

"The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies."

"Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it."

Is this the guy you want out front speaking for your party?

Posted by: biggerjake | May 14, 2009 5:56 AM | Report abuse

Bush and Cheney had the republican congress and strong arm DeLay and corrupt stock seller Bill Frist and could have changed the laws but since they considered themselves above the law they broke the law and should be punished like any other criminal. Hang them at noon on Saturday and allow plenty of time to draw a crowd.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | May 13, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney needs to be admitted to the Psycho ward. I just have a hard time liking or listening to a man that got 5 deferments from the Vietnam war. Why is it that guys like him and Bush are so eager to send others to war but when it was their turn they ran? I believe they are cowards.

Posted by: ddowrick | May 13, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

JakeD: did you not read Richard A Clarke's "Against All Enemies"? He clearly states that time and time again his warnings were ignored, that even before 9/11, Cheney was focussed on Iraq. So a man that worked for three presidents as their counter-terrorism czar, should be ignored? He resigned because he couldn't get the Bush Administration focus on the real threat, al qaeda, instead going for a "sure win" in Iraq. page 230- "Within a week of the Inaugeration (Bush/01) I wrote to Rice and Hadley asking "urgently" for a Principals, or Cabinet-level, meeting to review the imminent al Qaeda threat. Rice told me that the Principals Committee...would not address the issue until it had been "framed" by the Deputies. " When that deputies meeting finally took place four months later, Paul Wolfowitz, Rimsfeld's deputy at Defense said "Well, I just don't understand why we are beginning by talking about this one man bin Laden." To which Clarke declared forcefully and clearly "We are talking about a network of terrorist organizations called al Qaeda, that happens to be led by bin Laden, and we are talking about that network because it and it alone poses an immediate and serious threat to the United States". To which Wolfkowitz mumbled something about Iraqi terrorism. The FBI and the CIA concurred with Clarke that this was not based in fact and that there was no evidence of any active Iraqi terrorist threat against the US. But we all know how untrue and not based on facts the threat from Iraq was. So JakeD, continue on with your fable that Cheney was right, WMD's were in Iraq and that Sadaam presented a clear and present danger. Let's not forget about being greeted as liberators, and the insurgency in it's last theroes. Clarke had no political motive, nor personal motive to lie. Especially when more and more evidence points towards the Bush administration ignoring warnings about everything from faulty legal memoes on torture, to hurricane warnings, to enviromental threats, to economic threats, if it didn't fit into their preconceived box, it wasn't true. I'll end with the impassioned private note that Clarke sent Rice on Sept.4/2001..."Decision makers should imagine themselves on a future day when the CSG has not suceeded in stopping al Qaeda attacks and hundreds of Americans lay dead in several countries, including the US. What would those decision makers wish that they had done earlier? That future day could happen anytime"...

Posted by: katem1 | May 13, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

"Dick Cheney is trying to point out that "torture" has kept us safe since 2001, so Obama's insistance on not using all available means to keep America safe is unwise." - JakeD

Correlation does not prove causation. I know this is Cheney's point, not yours, but it is a logical fallacy on his part.

Posted by: alexjp46 | May 13, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: sparky111 | May 13, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse


Are you confusing Liz (happily married with children) for Mary (the lesbian)?

Posted by: JakeD | May 13, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't care what ANY of the Cheneys think about anything.

Posted by: janye1 | May 13, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Like father, like son - er, daughter!

Anyway, don't worry Liz (I'd say Lez, but we don't claim her in the LGBT community). I am sure your father's right wing nutjob people are fast at work on a plan to victimize tens of thousands, if not millions, of Americans thorugh some trumped up (can you say "AGENT PROVOCATEUR?") terrorist attack. Detroit would work. Thanks to Bush/Cheney policies, there's no one left here but poor Black folks, and they don't much matter to you and Dick, do they?

No worries. You'll have your chance to say, "See! Told ya so!" really soon.

Posted by: Tonyo313 | May 13, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow, are we expected to defend Cheney? Is his tribe now throwing mud on the nations windscreen so we cant see the devastation he has cause. He is to blame for a good many lifes of US Service men in Iraq. WE liberated Iraquis, we were heroes. We started winning the hearts and minds if the
population. Then we started torture, we started raiding their houses in the middle of the night and terrorizing women, children and old men. We kept bombing the population and with every civilian killed the hate grew more. A great way to equip the enemy with martyr, suicide bombers and
volunteers. Cheney and Rumsfeld are guilty,
Bush was just to dumb to know better. Miss Cheney, are you being groomed for politics, or are you just trying to continue your fathers ignorance? Maybe both of you could spend a few month in Abu Gharib, just for your education.

Posted by: erichk1 | May 13, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I agree with frrustrated; I've been an independent for 40 years. Where do I go to sign up for the Democratic Party?

Posted by: EddieV | May 13, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Neither member of the choir comment on the fact that more US citizens were killed on his watch than in our past–after warnings were ignored.

Or that a lengthy push for legal permission to torture was made, so the imminent argument also fails.

Posted by: Hive | May 13, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

j_e_calvo asks "I’m not sure what the strategy is behind having Liz Cheney in the media." The answer is simple: Fox News and its eternal campaign to promote the right wing's cause.

Posted by: ejmurphy414 | May 13, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

The more Cheney talks, the more people resent republicans and will turn to keep "chatting", Cheney.

Posted by: frrustrated | May 13, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Methinks he protesteth too much! He and Liz know he is guilty of unAmerican morality while VP, and this is their inappropriate response. But his aggressiveness on the issue is calling widespread attention to him, with considerable detriment. Dick, there is good reason for former high officials to keep their traps shut.

Posted by: ejmurphy414 | May 13, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Who is Liz Cheney? She has an opinion; I have an opinion. She is a light-weight whose only reason for being interviewed is that her father is the former VP.

And, I might add, she is among the ilk who can at this point only make apologies and attempt to rewrite the disaster known as the Bush-administration.

Her notorious and infamous father, much of the cabinet, many 2nd-tier appointed officials, and of course "W" himself should be ashamed of their 8-year debacle.

No, Liz has about zero credibility with the vast majority of Americans.

Posted by: skiloypet | May 13, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse


Thanks for answering my questions. As long as you continue to do so in a civil manner, I will be happy to answer yours.

Posted by: JakeD | May 13, 2009 5:17 AM | Report abuse

She doesn't want daddy to go to jail.

So, JakeD, if abortion kept America safe from terrorists, it would be ok, right?

Or is it that if terrorism were the price for preventing abortion, that would be ok?

Which one?

I only ask you because you seem so comfortable in the land of unproven and unlikely hypotheticals.

Posted by: nodebris | May 13, 2009 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Like father like daughter. The father should be in jail like a war criminal that he is.

Posted by: kevin1231 | May 13, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

I think Dick Cheney probably does know a thing or two about keeping America safe -in what NOT to do. After all, 9/11 happened on their watch. So I think he will be a good one to speak on that subject. It can probably be summarized in a few words: don't do what W and I did.

Posted by: steviana | May 12, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Liz is not gay... her sister Mary is.

Posted by: thinkin | May 12, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

The family that tortures others together....gets to spend eternity in HELL together. How sweet!

Do the Cheney's realize they are sounding alot like the Hitler's?

Posted by: fixitj | May 12, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

It is interesting to watch the Republican Party flail around. It's as if the water has been drained completely out of the pond and the fish are flopping all over the place. Individuals like Rush Limbaugh, Michael Steele and Dick Cheney are trying to draw attention to the party and sell their particular wares. Yet rather than helping to bring any kind of movement towards rebuilding the party or attempting to bring cohesiveness, they seem to be continuing to pull it apart. I’m not sure what the strategy is behind having Liz Cheney in the media. She was a bit player in the State Department in which her only asset in furthering U.S. foreign policy was being Dick Cheney’s daughter. I also wonder why anyone would really care what she has to say. Would you expect her to do anything other than defending her father’s actions while in the White House? It isn’t noteworthy and I’m surprised that she has garnered this much attention.

Posted by: j_e_calvo | May 12, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

One dumb out of touch Cheney was bad enough, now there's another one? Maybe they both don't realize it yet, but most American's wish both of them would shut up and disappear off the public radar. An endorsement from either one is like a touch of the Black Plague.

Posted by: surfer-joe | May 12, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

People who are for "torturing enemy combatants" all base their opinions on a dubious premise: That all people being held at GTMO are "enemy combatants."

I've recently read in the news that some of the guys at GTMO are innocent Uzbecks turned in to US authorities because we give a hefty bounty for turning in "enemy combatants." 7 years later, come to find out WE'VE GOT THE WRONG GUYS. Meanwhile our country's right chants "torture 'em all!!!"

No, people are innocent until proven GUILTY. NOT the other way around. This is AMERICA, not Midieval Times. Bush and Cheney are guilty of war crimes, including taking our country back a few centuries. The SHAME of them signing the Federal Military Commissions Act. Don't you know that anyone at any given time could be called an "enemy combatant" and swooped to GTMO at any time? Do you realize the seriousness of this?

Cheney is a WAR criminal. He doth protest too much. He knows it and that's why he snarls as much he can while media attention is on him. SHAME on him. SHAME on Bush. I want my country BACK. GIVE IT BACK!!!

Posted by: kogejoe | May 12, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse


I was speaking in an ironic/sardonic tone, as Cheney so starkly defends "torture for national safety." I'm pretty sure he's pro-torture as long as he's not the one undergoing it. The irony in suggesting Bush and Cheney undergo torture is that they ARE war-criminals, and by their own word THEY should be ones to be taken to GTMO for questioning.

"Torture" doesn't keep anyone "safe." "Torture for confessions" is nothing more than modern-day witch-hunts. During the Salem witch-hunts "witches" were forced to "confess" only to be burned at the stake anyway. IT DOESN'T WORK. MY country shouldn't be engaging in the crimes we condemn other coutries for. My country is BETTER than China, and Iran.

Posted by: kogejoe | May 12, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

I hope President Obama and the Democratic Party give it to both Cheney's with both barrels.

Dick Cheney is a vile creature that is in his own Phylum.

No other creature wants to share it with him.

Liz Cheney is even more disgusting because she's a traitor to her own people, Gay Americans.

We have a lot of Gay people here on the west coast.

They're some of the finest people you'll ever meet.

Liz Cheney is the exception that proves the rule.

I feel sorry for Gay Americans.

They face enough discrimination without having to deal with the Cheney twins.

Posted by: AmericanDemocracy | May 12, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse


What makes you think Cheney will ever be prosecuted?

Posted by: JakeD | May 12, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Let her go visit her dad in Leavenworth, where he belongs.

And it would be nice if the corporate media would stand up to this overbearing loudmouth, who has about a much charm as her parents (i.e., none).


Posted by: losthorizon10 | May 12, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse


1 in 10?

Posted by: JakeD | May 12, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh by the way, Cheney has a daughter who is gay, so what is this hypocrisy:

"Cheney also reiterated his view that Republicans must stick to their conservative principles rather than "becoming more like Democrats."

Can I remind him in August 2004, Cheney said "Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it's an issue our family is very familiar with.”

Cheney has to learn to live conservative life or join us...He can't have it all.

Posted by: zodwa | May 12, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Cheney ruled the US for 8 years. Thanks to Bush, he calculates everything. He is quiet and enjoying his life out of Washington. Can Cheney get a job? Cheney is a wounded animal ready to charge on anything... He is protecting his signatures on every decision. Ready to cause a commotion. He promotes fear in us. My chance of an Al Qaeda-induced-death are one in a million... My chances of being shot by a person who is stressed from losing a job are one in 100, my chances of being destroyed by weather are one to 10. So why does Cheney wants me to live in stress and fear?

Posted by: zodwa | May 12, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse


Read Youngstown Steel someday and then tell me about Presidential war powers.

Posted by: JakeD | May 12, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Dear Republicans:

Please keep you Dick out there. It is by far the best Democratic tactic for having a permanent majority.

By the way, Obama should be selective in releasing confidential documents. It is called national security for a reason.

In any event, Cheney criticizing Obama for not releasing documents is the height of hypocrisy. Does any non-Kool-Aid-inebriated person really think the Bush Administration, which was arguably the most secretive presidency in history (ok maybe a close second to Nixon), would have willingly released the torture memos? Further, let's not forget that the Obama Administration was under a court order to do so. But the inconvenient fact of the court order doesn't seem to slow down the Rushins criticism of Obama. They are so annoyly predicatable, aren't they.

Finally, for those who admire Cheney sticking to his guns (pun intended), I have two thoughts: (1) he is truly worried about being indicted here and/or abroad and (2) he was demonstrating one of the classic symptoms of insanity by doing the same thing over and over (like waterboarding a prisoner one hundred gazillion times) and expecting a different result. The latter assumes that he was orchestrating the interrogations, but based on his frantic attempts to influence his own personal history, can there really be any doubt about the level of his involvement?

Posted by: takdan | May 12, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I suppose that if I were Cheney's daughter and he was speaking out into the lowest approval ratings in vice presidential history (as far as we know), I'd probably want to stick up for my old man too. I'd probably think he was some kind of misunderstood martyr to a great cause if only people would listen. I am unimaginably grateful not to be his daughter or a member of his patriarchal party or mind set. It's a message to his archaic intransigence that he's got a gay daughter in the first place. That's about the only thing he's done right, give her his loyalty. Otherwise, he didn't learn a single thing. He still building the Roman Coliseum.

Posted by: GaiasChild | May 12, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney is a war criminal and an incompetent. Without a strong President, he was true to the Peter Principal. He lied and manipulated our country into a preemptive Iraq War. A war he wanted to begin years before 9/11. He ursurped our constitution and broke our treaties. He made torture real and incompetent- for the entire world to see. Our news networks should do their job and stop being free advertising just to get ratings up a few points.
Liz Cheney is no better than her father in outrageous belief. Her graduate thesis , "The Evolution of Presidential War Powers," at Colorado College, 1988, made an argument supporting how the executive- "president" may ursurp greater and much broader powers of a dictator if only he declared war. These are powers that trample the citizen rights of all of us under our constitution. This is what they did.

Posted by: lucy2008 | May 12, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what she has to say? This column is a non-starter.

Posted by: Bristolite1 | May 12, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Unlike Barack Obama or Nancy Pelosi, Dick Cheney is obviously a man who has not forgotten 9/11.
Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | May 12, 2009 8:15 PM


Have you got signs in your yard "Remember 9/11", "Remember Pearl Harbour", "Rememember the Alamo", "Remember the Maine"...

If not, you should consider making signs, posters, hand-outs at work and at stores. Your friends may be interested.

Posted by: PatMaGroyn | May 12, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

About Inauguration time 1/20/'09, there was a blown up face of Dubya with a Pinocchio nose.
People were all taking turns throwing shoes at it.

There should have been one of Cheney next to it.

Posted by: PatMaGroyn | May 12, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I care.

Posted by: JakeD | May 12, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

For god's sake, enough of the stupid Cheneys already! Stop talking about those idiots. Who cares what Cheney's daughter has to say?

Posted by: nymec | May 12, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

LOL dottydo!

Posted by: JakeD | May 12, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it true that the Cheney's are related to Obama?

If so, the apple near the tree , still has a loopholed torture plan renaming the detainee's status, and conducting the same torture as before, while leaving room for worse.
If so, the apple near the tree ,seems unwilling to leave the war zones as he was elected to do.

Posted by: dottydo | May 12, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Interesting choice of cable channels by the Post reporter.

Two Fox channels mentioned. The reporter could have used her comments on MSNBC, where she spoke at length this morning.

But that would not have given the tarnish that the reporter wanted to place on Ms. Chaney by making it appear that she spoke only on the nation's most conservative channel. She said the same and much more on television's most liberal channel, MSNBC.

But that fact would not have been as useful for reporter's Dan Eggen not-so-subtle slam.

Posted by: llrllr | May 12, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Just when you thought the Repub party could not possibly marginalize itself further.

Posted by: jpk1 | May 12, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

mock1ngb1rd wrote
"The threat of terrorism is still very real, and the liberals who pretend it isn't need to be kept in check."
I don't know anybody who doesn't think that terrorism is a real threat, the issue is torture, it's legality and effectiveness and it's true motives, like, trying to get a false confession for a Al Qaeda-Iraq link.

"While Obama laughs at Wanda Sykes' hate-filled "jokes", setting race relations back decades in America"
She spent the first leg of her routine poking at Obama, there were no "racist" jokes, so if it offended you because she is a black woman then you are the one with a race problem.

"... and plays with our economy like it's his new toy..."
How about an example?, TARP? = Bush and Paulson, the stimulus? Nearly every economist from both sides agreed that we needed a stimulus and the results are paying off. How about some condemnation for Bush and how he destroyed a world economy? Obama is bringing it back bit by bit.

"Pakistan, the only Islamic nuclear power, now has a president who, while possessing democratic bona fides, seems weak, has questionable control of and respect from his military, and has cultivated a reputation for obfuscation."
Obama is getting way more cooperation for much less from Pakistan in fighting the Taliban, in fact, they are kicking their butts right now. While Repubs were screaming "Iraq" Obama was warning us about Pakistan. Sorry, but we are in two wars right now, do you honestly think we have the resources to fight another without pulling out from Iraq or Afghanistan?

Posted by: JRM2 | May 12, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Evil is as Evil does.
Seek the truth and you'll understand the nature of Dick Cheney.

Posted by: Tomcat3 | May 12, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse


Yes, ha ha, very funny (NOT).

Anyone else want to actually debate the thread topic?

Posted by: JakeD | May 12, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Everytime Dick Cheney opens his mouth, God kills a kitten. Please Dick, think about the kittens...

Posted by: Smoke_Jaguar4 | May 12, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Unlike Barack Obama or Nancy Pelosi, Dick Cheney is obviously a man who has not forgotten 9/11.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | May 12, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

As I told cdierd1944:

She's obviously not just "someone on the street" and probably had access to classified information as well. If you are complaining what is NEWSWORTHY, again, this goes to his intent:

"She also suggested that her father feels more liberated to speak since leaving the White House. "One of the nice things about my dad being out of office is that he doesn't need sign off," Cheney said. "He is out there speaking out because he personally feels so strongly about these issues."

Posted by: JakeD | May 12, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse


I do.

Posted by: JakeD | May 12, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what she has to say!!!

Posted by: LCL1 | May 12, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

There's no doubt that Obama is being selective in releasing documents related to "torture" right?

Posted by: JakeD | May 12, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney is a tough man. I admire him for sticking to his guns and continuing to speak the truth in the interest of national security. The threat of terrorism is still very real, and the liberals who pretend it isn't need to be kept in check.

While Obama laughs at Wanda Sykes' hate-filled "jokes", setting race relations back decades in America, and scares New Yorkers out of their wits with aerial photo op flyovers, and plays with our economy like it's his new toy, a perfect storm is gathering that will empower al-Qaida and its allies with nuclear weapons.

Pakistan, the only Islamic nuclear power, now has a president who, while possessing democratic bona fides, seems weak, has questionable control of and respect from his military, and has cultivated a reputation for obfuscation.

Meanwhile, a resurgent Taliban may threaten the Islamabad regime's very existence; al-Qaida, headquartered in Pakistan, sits perched, ready to take advantage; and Democrats in Congress seem eager to pull the financial plug.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | May 12, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse


She's obviously not just "someone on the street" and probably had access to classified information as well. The NEWSWORTHY part goes to his intent:

She also suggested that her father feels more liberated to speak since leaving the White House. "One of the nice things about my dad being out of office is that he doesn't need sign off," Cheney said. "He is out there speaking out because he personally feels so strongly about these issues."

Posted by: JakeD | May 12, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse


So, you think that "torture" is OK if Cheney is the one subjected to it too? BTW: Cheney never said "the Constitution is just a piece of paper". Maybe you were thinking about GWB saying that?

Nice try though.

Posted by: JakeD | May 12, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so the daughter of a neocon has been criticizes Obama. Why is that news? Is there a requirement that you find someone on the street who doesn't like Obama and give them space in this site? Approximately 1/3 of the people don't like Obama so you have probably 60 million adult? haters to quote. I just sayin!

Posted by: cdierd1944 | May 12, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse




Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | May 12, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse


Do you remember the 9/11 Commission noting George Tenet's warnings as 'He had his hair on fire' and Richard Clarke trying to get anyone in the White House to pay attention? Dick Cheney is trying to point out that "torture" has kept us safe since 2001, so Obama's insistance on not using all available means to keep America safe is unwise. BTW: you do think that "torture" is OK if Cheney is the one subjected to it, right?

Posted by: JakeD | May 12, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't the Bush/Cheney presidency over? What is Cheney doing still talking? And why are media outlets like the Washington Post giving him any attention?

The man is a war criminal and he needs to be brought to justice. He and Bush need to be taken to GTMO for questioning. Let's see if they think waterboarding is torture.

Posted by: kogejoe | May 12, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I guess Liz has to really scramble to keep her old man out of jail if she expects to get her money-grubbing paws on the stolen family fortune. Otherwise, the irate taxpayers might just demand it back in order to soothe some of the world-wide suffering caused by the Cheney-Bush Gang and all of their criminal cohorts.

I hope she fails.

Life in jail for Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, Rice, Rove, Yoo, Bybee, Addington, Gonzales, and the whole rotten stinking cesspool of greed and violence known as the Bush Crime Family. Plenty of room for Liz at the Greystone Hotel...

Posted by: mgloraine | May 12, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Now, we see the apple does not fall far from the tree.

Posted by: notarep | May 12, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow blood is thicker than common sense. Way to go Liz.....I'm sure you'll get special permits to visit daddy when he finally gets his comeuppances. You can feel free to rant and rave about how unfair the world is to daddy dearest while his footsoldiers continue to demonize you and trample your rights. What kind of idiot supports someone who wants to hurt them?

Posted by: theobserver4 | May 12, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a Dick Cheney fan but, honestly, Obama and his supporters haven't been shy about attacking him. I don't blame him for fighting back.

That said, who cares what Liz Cheney thinks? Why is that news?

Posted by: mikem1 | May 12, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Liz Cheney is a pox on the gay community. She should listen to the other compassionate conservative Miss California and just shut up.

Posted by: August30 | May 12, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

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