Former Vice President Dick Cheney responded to a comment CIA Director Leon Panetta made in an interview with The New Yorker for its June 22 issue by saying he hopes his “old friend Leon was misquoted.”

Panetta said Cheney’s criticism of the Obama administration’s method of fighting terrorism almost suggests that Cheney is “wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point.”

Panetta says the former vice president “smells some blood in the water” on national security issues.

Cheney tells Fox that he hopes Panetta was misquoted and that “the important thing is whether or not the Obama Administration will continue the policies that have kept us safe for the last eight years."

Since leaving office, the former vice president has been the most vocal senior Bush administration official.

Mike Emanuel currently serves as chief congressional correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined FNC in 1997 as a Los Angeles-based correspondent.