Mon, 20 Apr 2009|
Former Vice President Dick Cheney on the Obama administration 'dismantling' terrorism policies
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That we are 91 days into the most radical left wing administration in a generation but both -- not my words that is the opinion of the former vice president of the United States Dick Cheney. And tonight in an exclusive interview mr. Cheney he pulls no punches and openly talks about his concerns for this country. And the direction that this administration is taking -- -- We often hear from former presidents Carter former President Clinton but often hear from vice president gore. But it seemed that every time since you've left office that you speak out people -- critical that you still have opinions. Does that surprise you. No I don't and after all this time I'm not surprised by much of -- by the citizenship. No IA. I've done a couple of interviews this is the third yes. I'm often asked him my views on administration policy. And I'm I'm happy to get them. I think there is it's important not to personally attack the new president -- have never done that. But I do think they are addressing big issues and those -- positions they take should not go unanswered I think it's important that we respond to them. We've seen a lot of decisions made especially this administration perspective. War on terror which and a longer war on -- it's -- overseas contingency operation. So question of detainees is extraordinarily important terror surveillance programs important. We we're challenged -- very fundamental ways after nine elevenths the nation was threatened we lost 3000 people and biggest task we had administration. Who's to make certain that that never happened again in -- could prevent those guys attacks we put in place certain policies to do that. The Obama administration campaign against those policies and -- now in the process of dismantling some of them. And I think it's perfectly appropriate for those of us who have a different point of view. Then we have the opportunity to express it than that the American people have the opportunity to evaluate. Whether or not the Obama administration's doing now. The right thing -- respect to some of these important challenges. -- we're gonna -- maybe go through these one by one and and get into some great specificity but. It was interest because after the last interview that you gave you have Joe Biden came out almost immediately it seemed like he was the point man to criticize you. And at one point it even referred to as the most dangerous vice president. In American history. That concern you in any way would -- have any response for. I -- concern me and me. Joe Biden's been -- -- -- he's -- senator for what thirty some years he's never been one who couldn't come up with a comment. We'll move that shows get the job now -- Which you well I hope he's able to do prosperous and a make a contribution. So I'm you know -- yeah I've been criticized by experts should I don't don't worry a lot about how criticism. Well -- that I did notice that the administration the outgoing administration President Bush. Made great outreach to the incoming administration and one -- that I couldn't find -- didn't wasn't able to read anywhere. -- Joe Biden ever in any way reach out to you. And ask any questions about the job of being VP in spite of maybe the public posturing. We had AM live once section where he and his wife into the house and basically we talked about the house which on the vice president's -- and so court. And I gave him at that point. Some administrative information basically how many slots side and how -- the budget was how much of it came from the congress. To the -- how much of it came from executive branch of -- but that was it we never talked. Policy he suggested he might want to call me before January 20 that's and I we haven't talked about I think they got busy on their side. And that's who we've never talked much about. In ninety days lot can happen when you have change. We have a president that is now critical of our economic system. He's apologizing seemingly for a super power status in the country and -- the world. Apologizing for America -- general is now been described -- going on and apologizing -- And it doesn't seem to like to tell the story the good story of America. At least he hasn't on this trip or on most recent trip. -- think that. What does that show you anything about his ideology about his thinking. Or does that concern you in terms of what his belief system is -- principles that guide him and making decisions. Well I've. I guess I've been concerned that the way that we've been presented overseas. There's a great temptation for new administration -- in and when you find a problem. Obviously to blame it on your predecessor. We did -- puncture. The the Obama administration's not. Not the first one ever do that but what I find. So disturbing. Is the extent to which he's going to Europe for example and seemed to apologize. Profusely in Europe and then to Mexico and and apologize there and so forth I think you have to be very careful. The the world outside there. Both our friends and -- close. We'll be quick to take advantage of -- situation if they think they're dealing with we president. One is not going to stand up and aggressively defend America's interest. The United States provides most of leadership in the world we have for a long time. And I don't think we've got much to apologize for you can have a debate about that but bottom line is that. -- when you go to Europe and and deal with our European friends and allies some things they do very well some things -- don't. And sometimes it's important that a president. Speak directly and forthrightly to our European friends and you don't get there if here. So busy apologizing for past US behavior. His line was American shown arrogance and has been dismissive of of the Europe. Is that the type of comment that you think is is detrimental and should he may be spent a little bit more time talking about the great sacrifice that America has made. While Europe was adopting to tell -- and -- and embracing appeasement. America was acting decisively to -- back totalitarian. -- and I think that's. I think it's fair to say historically that much of Europe is free today because of the United States because of our military forces what we were able to do more work to. Now. We are faced with with more challenges. They come about in Afghanistan. Where obviously NATO's troops deployed that's the first that significant development we gotta be. Grateful for that on the other hand a lot of the forces that are deployed. With NATO in Afghanistan and aren't allowed for domestic political reasons and their governments to actually engage in combat. The very few tornado allies have robust military budgets what they -- on defenses. Miniscule compared to what we've spent. So -- I think given they're always. Areas here for us to have good thorough discussions and we tell them what we don't -- they tell us what they don't like we can find some middle ground out there and I think it's important United States not come process. As arrogant but it's also important as we know come across as weak or indecisive or apologetic. We did during the Bush Administration. -- some very tough bold action in terms of trying to deal with them. -- and the nation as well as our allies against that -- threat. And coming up -- of my interview with by.