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June 15th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

CIA Director: Cheney almost wishing for terror attack

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

CIA Director Leon Panetta says it's almost as if former vice president Dick Cheney is wishing for another terror attack on the U.S. in order to make his point. Panetta tells The New Yorker that Cheney "smells some blood in the water" on the issue of national security.

Cafferty: Cheney has been a very vocal critic of Obama.

He suggests Cheney's actions are like "gallows politics" and also calls it "dangerous politics."

Dick Cheney - whom we barely saw or heard from for eight years - has been a very vocal critic of President Obama these past few months... especially when it comes to national security. He has said that the new president is making the U.S. less safe by rolling back Bush era policies.

Cheney has criticized President Obama for ordering the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison and for stopping the use of enhanced interrogation techniques. In a speech last month, Cheney called some of Obama's decisions "unwise in the extreme."

And guess what? Cheney's carping may be working. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll taken last month shows Cheney's favorable rating at 37-percent - that was up from 29-percent when he and President Bush left office in January. Go figure.

In response to Panetta's comments, Cheney says: "I hope my old friend Leon was misquoted. The important thing is whether the Obama administration will continue the policies that have kept us safe for the last eight years."

Here’s my question to you: CIA Director Leon Panetta says it's "almost as if" Dick Cheney is wishing for another terrorist attack on the U.S. Do you agree?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Andy from Vancouver writes:
As sick as it sounds, I think so. Cheney and his peers used 9/11 as a basis for all of their sketchy policies for over 7 years. Heck, they used the fear card to win the 2004 election. I'm sure Cheney thinks that the best way to revive the GOP is to have the chance to say "I told you so" – and while this would involve the loss of American life, the war with Iraq should tell you how little he cares for the lives of others.

David from Tampa, Florida writes:
Even as jaded as I am with Bush/Cheney, I don't think he would wish another terrorist attack on this country. He would like to see Obama's foreign policy fail, just as his administration's did. But I don't really think he would like another 9/11.

Johnny from Pittsburgh writes:
It certainly seems so. It seems like he is putting it out there in the whole wide world that "We are more unsafe and vulnerable than we have ever been. Now is your chance to have a go!" He's making us unsafe. He made us hated, and now he's making us vulnerable.

Dennis writes:
Absolutely. Cheney is of the mind that he will be vindicated if we are attacked again. Cheney's #1 interest is NOT America, it is Dick Cheney!

Todd writes:
Panetta's accusations are highly overblown, Jack. For all his flaws, Cheney is an American like the rest of us. The last thing he or any of us would like to see is another terrorist attack on this country.

Karen from Charlottesville, Virginia writes:
I think Cheney is trying to justify, in his own mind, the things he and Bush did over the last eight years. Wouldn't it make his waning years just a little bit easier if he could sit back in his armchair and say "I told you this would happen"?

Larry writes:
The dude is cold and a vicious politician. I would never bet against Dick Cheney. So whatever he wants will happen. I'm afraid of Dick Cheney.


Filed under: CIA • Dick Cheney • Leon Panetta
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Yvette from Wyoming

    Leon Panetta is just stating the OBVIOUS. He has said what many are thinking. Cheney feels that his approval ratings might go up if an attack occurs, so he's priming the pump. In fact, I'd say he's almost challenging/encouraging the terrorists to do it. Then he can say--"I told you so."

    The problem is....Bill Clinton told the BUSH administration that an attack was imminent, yet his warning was not heeded. Then, when it happened (on Cheney's watch - I might add), Clinton did all he could to help the new administration out. He did not gloat on national TV about how he had warned the administration about this tragedy -- what purpose would that serve?

    Of one thing I am sure -– Cheney ABSOLUTELY wants Obama to fail, and thus, at the expense of our country, he hopes for an attack.

    What a horrible excuse of a "statesman". He has no class, no dignity, and no scruples. I hardly think 3 points up on an approval poll is worth the lives of innocent Americans. He needs to move on with his life; he's stuck in a hyperbole of innuendo's, paranoias, delusions, and conspiracy theories.

    I've fashioned a tin-foil cap with his name on it (right here in good ole' Wyoming) - I'd be happy to give it to him free of cost; that way, no one in America has to know what he is thinking. Now-–if only i could fashion a muzzle out of tin-foil...

    Yvette from Wyoming

    June 15, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  2. Steve Kramer

    Absolutely. While he spent all his time devising plans to enrich his energy pals, Cheney didn't lift a finger to try to stop 9-11. Now that the American people are getting wise to what Bush & Cheney didn't do to save us, he's desperately trying to rewrite history. And what better way to make Americans forget his negligence than to have the US get hit again?

    June 15, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  3. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    Jack, unfortunately, yes. He's the spoil sport who doesn't like President Obama's vision of peace. He wants (might even be supporting) something bad to happen to throw us back into the world of fear and terror and line his pockets w/ Haliburton money.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  4. Gord from Boston

    Jack
    I have never been a Dick Cheney fan but I don't think he is hoping for a terrorist attack, call him what you want but I don't think he's unpatriotic. I do believe however that he is setting President Obama up for a hard fall if one happens, and God forbid it does people will remember Cheney's warnings being met by a President who was more interested in humiliating the Bush Administration at any opportunity than addressing Cheney's arguement.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  5. Chuck, NW Arkansas

    The attacks of 9/11 were due to either incompetence or culpability on the part of Cheney/Bush, and they were very prepared to take advantage of the fear they were stirring up among the American people. Further attacks would bring back that fear and give the GOP the ammunition they desperately need to give Obama a black eye and hurt him in the next presidential election.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  6. Trueman, Toronto, Ontario

    Hi Jack,
    I would totally agree with that statement. Beyond the personal satisfaction of seeing the new guy get screwed, Mr. Cheney would then have all the "proof" he needs to justify his actions during his administration, as well as the ability to argue that Democrats are soft on national security. So far, all he has is endless ranting and fear tactics on his side.
    So the real question is: Why WOULDN'T he wish for another attack? It's a Win-Win for him and his people in Real-America.
    Trueman, Toronto, Ontario

    June 15, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  7. Todd Moore

    I totally agree that Cheney's comments appear to make it look like he wishs an attack on the country. This from a man who was second in command when 9/11 occured. His comments make the United States look weaker and are causing us harm. His criticisms also are in conflict with his bosses comments on Gitmo as even President Bush said it was time to find a way to close it down.
    Can you imagine if Clinton or Gore had made these comments months after they left office? The press would have been all over them as well as the Republican Party. I will tip my hat to W who has done as most of his predecessors have done which is keep quiet for a sufficient amount of time after leaving office.
    Cheney should be happy that President Obama is not pursuing war crimes against him. How ironic that a man who had his draft status deferred 4-6 times even have to remotely worry that he could be charged with a war crime.

    THanks Todd from Winfield Kansas

    June 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  8. Steve - Winston-Salem, North Carolina

    Isn't Leon Panetta just stating the obvious? If we're attacked, Dick Cheney will believe the Bush era policies to be vindicated. If we are not attacked, many will believe that those policies were unnecessary. Cheney has been working to mold his and Bush's legacy. Since the current administration has moved away from those policies, a new attack is really the only way for them to repair their reputations.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  9. ineedmychange

    He really loves his country!!! What-hunting no fun anymore He should crawl under a rock

    June 15, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  10. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: Yes, I agree with Leon Panetta. Dick Cheney is a sick man. He is the example that every family should point out to their kids on how you don't want them to grow up to be. Dick Cheney represents all that we need to avoid in leadership. Every era has a protagonist – we've got DC to fill those shoes!

    June 15, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  11. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Yes I do, Chaney and Bush wished for a war with Iraq so they could reward their oil and defense contractors with contracts worth billions, what is sad about these two idiots is that all the republicans and most of the independents thought they were doing it to get rid of the terrorist. What a joke on the American people.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  12. Mike – Denver, CO

    I do not think he or anyone else is really wishing for an attack, however I do think he has practiced his "I told you so" speach a few times.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  13. Paulet

    I agree with Panetta - I feel very sorry for Dick Cheney - he is a very paranoid, sic man. That he continues to speak now instead of when he held office is questionable and I believe he is trying to rewrite his history - he daughter should also take a break - they just are not believable anymore. I am so sick of the politics of fear and extremes - no wonder the Extreme Right is going NUTS - did anyone ever think that if there was somekind of agreement and working together within our political system, we would not have people going off the deep end??

    June 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  14. JC - Rochester, NY

    Regard for personal space, the double dipping Costanza rule, and an underlying desire among fervent Republicans to see the Democratic party drop the ball are all subliminal truths. Generally speaking, you would assume that no one, despite party lines, would want to see this mistake from the Democrats at the cost of another 9/11, but when dealing with such a shady figure as Cheney, for which torture is justifiable, nothing is too low.

    JC – Rochester, NY

    June 15, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  15. Mark in Arkansas

    Cheney should not be allowed to speak in public. His personal financial situation should be investigated by Congress to see if he personally gained as a result of the war in Iraq.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  16. Dennis, Columbus, Ohio

    He may not wish for another attack but he makes it hard to think otherwise.
    All of us enjoy seeing our point being proven. So why would we believe he is that different from the average person?

    Cheney is doing a lot of talking now, so why didn't he run for president?
    You want the "soap box" put in the real work and run for it.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  17. m9777

    Unfortunately, I too am awaiting the next attack. It surely will come as prez obama wants it worse than Cheney might. With another attack, prez obama can exert more pressure for military dictatorial powers than liberals ever claimed GWB wanted. Along with the financial and medical strongholds, prez obama can confiscate guns & ammo from all those who supported GWB & Cheney. The clock is ticking toward a totalitarian un-America.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  18. Ron from SF

    Be afraid, be afraid or be afraid. That's all Cheney and his vile administration had and we're going to pay for generations, because the majority of this country was stupid enough to be afraid. That let them do whatever they wanted, because Americans were too afraid to say “that doesn’t make any sense”. Be afraid, get the bull puckey that lead to the Iraq war. Be afraid, get our rights taken away. Be afraid and what do you know, industry gets to remove more of your consumer protections and pollute the world. God forbid, you should smarten up and not be afraid. You might get something that's good for a change

    June 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  19. Mary from Houston, tx

    Cheney will say or do anything to save his legacy, and like an alcoholic never has enough alcohol, there's never enough power and money for Dick.
    37% favorable, sadly people are short-sighted about Cheney's lies/spin. Voters for bush/cheney unwilling to admit mistake, just like bush/cheney.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  20. Kelby, In Houston, Texas

    Yes I agree. As a matter of fact, this fall into the republican plan. The Republicans said out right, I hope Obama fails. Dick Cheney and the Republicans hope he fails with his economic policies and they hope Obama fails at protecting the American people. This literally means they hope we have an economic depression and they hope terrorist succeed in attacking us again. The republicans think we should be made to suffer for rejecting them at the ballot box. This is their only hope to regain power. Pathetic, isn't it?

    June 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  21. Robert in Louisville, Kentucky

    Jack,

    Dick Cheney doesn't want this country attacked. He simply wants us all to wake up and acknlwedge the fact that he has been right about everything he thought and said since the day he decided there was nobody in the country better suited to serve as Vice President under Bush the younger than - himself!! How can you argue with logic like that?

    June 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  22. john .... marlton, nj

    No, Panetta's remarks are ridiculous. If Panetta felt so strongly that Obama's actions were justifed his remarks would of reflected a disconnect between terrorism and the Obama actions versus the connection he is asserting by responding to Cheney the way he did...

    June 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  23. Jay, Denver

    The CIA Director simply stated what everyone is thinking.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  24. Ray in Nashville

    I don't find this too far-fetched at all. Any attack will probably come against a major city far away from the Republican strong-hold and Cheney's friends and family will probably make huge profits out of the whole thing.

    In fact, if I were a left-wing conspiracy theorist, I could make a case that Cheney and his crowd allowed 9/11 to happen just for that reason. But I'm not going to go there.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  25. Deborah in Blue Springs MO

    Dick Cheney is setting himself up for the "I told you so" triumph, just in case another attack does happen during Obama's presidency.
    He's campaigning early for 2012, Jack. Anyone else smell a Palin/Cheney ticket coming??

    June 15, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  26. Mark... Voorhees, New Jersey

    Dick Cheney is happy that we are still in Iraq and Afghanistan. I'm sure he wishes that he could have invaded another country or two, so long as Hlliburton/KBR gets paid and regardless of the costs in money and life to ordinary Americans. Can you say kickback? In the name of all that is holy, what other reason could he possibly have?

    June 15, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  27. bobwhite in Kansas

    Another attack on the USA, as soon as possilbe, is the only thing that will satisfy Dick Cheney. Cheney should be charged with war crimes, tried and, if convicted, spend the rest of his selfish life in prison. Even if not convicted, maybe the evidentuary truth and experience would shut-him-up and he would disapppear from all the public media that so willingly serves his sick, self-serving agenda.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  28. Mary Texas

    Jack, I believe Dick Cheney is a very dangerous person and the American public is fickle, hence the increase in his poll rating.It probably depends on what media one listens to.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  29. Patricia F, Pine Plains NY

    Now that Dick is out of his undisclosed hiding place, he's one talkative big mouth. He's dangerous and longing for blood. This man isn't and never was patriotic. Dick is number one and that's it.

    Someone, please shut that man up!

    June 15, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  30. Michael McDowell, from Killeen, Texas

    I think Cheney wants a major event to impact our country whether it be terrorist related, economic, or whatever. All Cheney cares about is Cheney. Nothing more!! Apparently all those heart surgeries resulted in him losing what heart he had! How he can call himself an American when we are in such trouble is reprehensible!!

    June 15, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  31. Connie

    If ex-President Cheney is so convinced of his administration's policies – where was he during the election? Why is he only speaking up now? Even before Panetta said anything, I was beginning to wonder if Cheney really wanted the US to be attacked again. Just so he could say "I told you so..."

    June 15, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  32. Bob

    Why the modifier "almost as if " ? Cheney is as subtle as the proverbial "(you know what) in a punch bowl", as is his buddy and co-leader of the G.O.P. "El Rushbo".

    Bob
    Louisville, Ky

    June 15, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  33. shawn

    Nothing would surprise me coming from Cheney's mind. Cheney's investments will turn a profit off such an attack. This man has no human feelings, its all dollars and cents.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  34. Randy

    Cheney is hyping a book deal – that's why we've seen him so much. No I don't think he 'Wishes for another attack' but if one happened he's the first in line to say 'I told you so' After playing a major part in the worst administration in US history (yes I said it) he now wants to promote his book about it. Revisionist lies are about to be plentiful

    June 15, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  35. Richard in Colorado

    I believe he is wishing for one, and he is placing his money (and career) on the fact there could be one. He understands that the US is still hated in a large part of the world because of him and others in the Bush administration and he believes an attack would make them look better.I believe he would love to see The Obama administration fail and that I would call a traitorous thought.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  36. Robert Thomson - Southfiled, MI

    No I don't think Dick Cheney is hoping for another disaster but I have no doubt that if one happened Cheney would make as much political mileage as he could from it. I believe Cheney is working his butt off to put lipstick on the Bush administration pig and to keep his personal butt out of prison. Maybe Gitmo would be an appropriate placement for Cheney and the entire neocon gang that manipulated us into a premptive war using torture to extract false intelligence that supported their agenda.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  37. Kevin SW MI

    YES,YES,YES, Jack!
    9/11 happened on his watch with Preseident W. Bush and history will not change on that. He wants another attack so Chenney & W. Bush do not look like what they were, total failures! Another GOP member that talks fear! Yak, yak, yak by Chenney!

    June 15, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  38. boxer girl in iowa

    He wants it so bad that he will be the one to help it happen..what a sad little man.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  39. Tom, Santa Barbara, CA

    Yes.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  40. Mike Payton

    I don't think Panetta made that comment and I don't believe he thinks Cheney wants another attack. What I can't understand is, why Cheney didnt run for President in the first place. After all, he is spending his time campaigning against anything Obama does or tries to do. Why didn't he bring his ideas before the electoriate during the election...

    June 15, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  41. david from virginia

    Absolutely agree. These clowns are hoping to be able to say "I told you so" when the USA is inevitably attacked again. The irony is that the Neocons are the ones whose policies made us more vulnerable, by creating far more terrorists than they ever stopped.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  42. Carl D.

    Jack,
    I swear i don't understand this corrupt man, Dick Cheney, he goes almost 8 years not saying anything, and now we can't keep him quiet. I'am quite sure he has stolen enough money from the American tax payers to last 10 life times, i guess he feels he has nothing to worry about now by opening up his lying mouth.
    Carl in Illinois

    June 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  43. Lou

    When he was VP you had to pry the words out of him...and then many of the things he said turned out to be wrong. Now you can't shut the guy up. Of course he is just hanging around to be able to say I told you so, if we ever get hit again. I trully distrust this man.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  44. Pugas-AZ

    Stranger things have happened. If Chaney is going to be the Republican mouthpiece, what else does he have to talk about. It's like playing your old lp's over and over. It may sound good to you but is the next generation listening?

    June 15, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  45. Michele, Millbrae, CA

    The only misstatement Panetta makes is saying "almost." Cheney and his neocon friends ARE hoping for another terrorist attack so they can say "I told you so." They are also hoping the american public will be stupid enough to forget how their policies made America less secure.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  46. EugeneWiese Midlothian,Va.

    I think Dick Cheney can say whatever he wants and Leon Panetta can say whatever he wants in regard to anything. I believe in free speech. Evidently,the media can publish what they say,so you be the judge,who's right and who's wrong,the truth is debatable. Gene

    June 15, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  47. Anthony....Swedesboro, NJ

    Strong words, but highly appropriate. I remember Bush officials guaranteeing a new attack almost every year using these tactics for political advantage. Now, Cheney is using these tactics to make a young president appear weak. No shame!

    June 15, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  48. vern-anaheim,ca

    no, and i don't believe a word that liar dick cheney says.kept us safe for 8 years did he?another lie,9/11 occured during bush's term of office.dick cheney himself has said that we invaded iraq without any evidence aganist saddam hussain being involved in 9/11 and because we did invade iraq it has cost us over 4,600 + casualties and for what,nothing.i can't say if chaney wants another attack on the u.s. but would not be supprised if he does

    June 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  49. Angie

    Cheney is and always a hands on vice president. Yep, he had his hands on with Halliburton in control of everything over seas and in this country. Yep, Cheney was hands on with his input on sending American jobs over seas and allowing the oil companies to raise their oil every single year during the Memorial day weekend, Fourth of July Independence Day weekend, Labor Day weekend, which help to boost the prices of foods, goods and services. Yep, Cheney's friends on Wall Street do miss his help in keeping the government from seeing their deceitful unlawful trades and ripping off our economy. Yep, Cheney's friends in banks and financial institutions do miss Cheney's protecting them from being found out for all their swindling deals and ripping off the homeowners. I guess Cheney's upset because his friends can no longer get rich on the backs of the average homeowner anymore. So when I hear Cheney's voice, I just remember that he is speaking out for the same people responsible for the fall of our economy.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  50. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Cheney would like nothing better than to say I told you so.
    What he never mentions is that terrorists and terrorists groups have increased drastically while he and Bush were in office. Their arrogance, "so" attitude and total lack of diplomacy have caused many countries to hate and distrust us. Their unjustified, self serving war has angered many.
    They have not made us safer, they have brought us greater risks.
    Our thousands of American men and woman that have lost their lives, hundreds of thousands of innoncent Iraqi people, selling the integrity of our country for power have left bad feelings in most of us.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  51. Jacob Riverside, CA

    I agree with Leon Panetta. Dick Cheney wants another 9/11 to happen, so that he can witness a resurgence in popularity that happened with his 80%+ approval ratings the months afterwards. If an attack would happen, he'd claim 'Told you so' and his popularity would skyrocket. Mark my words. Darth Vader is not done yet

    June 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  52. TjayeInLA

    I absolutey agree. Cheney has never cared about this nation. His only concern was getting the war started, so he and his Halliburton buddies could make more money. If we are attacked, he won't be harmed; just those who he broke and struggling would suffer more. He wouldn't care, because he can say "told you they would attack if Obama was President".

    June 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  53. richard a. winkler

    Of course I agree. Cheney and Bush should be in prison for what they did.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  54. Cheryl

    Yes, this guy cares nothing for America. It is all about ego, money and power. Why is everyone constantly letting him talk? Make him go away.
    Cheryl
    Houston

    June 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  55. Gigi

    I'll bet he is "praying" for just that, so he can say "I told you so". I had a mother-n-law like that.

    Oregon

    June 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  56. Ken

    It's already happened... On 21 Jan 2009, the terrorists took over. Now we're stuck with Pelosi and Reid pulling Obama's strings.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  57. Karl from SF, CA

    Dick Cheney is trying to brainwash us into thinking he’s the almighty prophet and at the same time hoping there is an attack to justify his outrageous behavior. What other explanation is there? He is also beginning to sound a little racist to me, gritting his teeth more and more when he says President Obama. The good news is, most of what he’s saying can be used as evidence, if the DOJ ever decides to prosecute him. I don’t think his public confessions are protected by the Miranda rights.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  58. Don

    Yes I agree, but the bigger question to be asked is why is Dick Cheney even being interviewed. It is unprecedented for a past Pres. let alone a Veep continue on making statements about policy after they are out of office. Is this how he plans to revive the Republican party? Using the same doomsday talk that he and Bush used throughout their 8 years. Turn off the camera, mute the mic and force Cheney to go away, PLEASE

    Don
    Hammond LA>

    June 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  59. Jack - Lancaster, OH

    Jack:

    I get my "Cheneys" confused, was the elected one a relative of the hollywood spook one in the movies before talkies? If so, I can relax as the whole deal is fiction.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  60. Sherri--Illinois

    Absolutely I agree AND so does the DHS because there report back in April was correct & hit a GOTCHA nerve with the right-wing conservative extremists and thats why they complained so vehemently about it. Mr. Cheney and the rest of the right-wing extremists including those so called talk radio "entertainers" have been ratting and raving ever since President Obama was elected, it is obvious to those who choose to see, that many of these hateful individuals want another 9/11 to happen or they want harm to come to the President. Of course they will never admit it. I hope the DHS revs up their monitoring & surveillance on all of the right-wing extremist groups and individuals because this has got to stop, President Obama has been in office for 5mos! My God where were these hypocrites when President Bush was JACKIN up the debt to the tune of $2 TRILLION and the deficit to the tune of $170 BILLION, oh yeah, lets not forget the Economic meltdown-RECESSION plus a war in Iraq & a war in Afghanistan!!!.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  61. Mark Manz San Francisco CA

    Of course he is, he would like nothing more then to proove his point and like his term is ofice thats all he cares about.

    Heck he admits we went to Iraq without cause, wouldnt you think an attack would be better blamed on them after all Bush Cheney went after the wrong country as the the ones that attacked us got stronger.

    Its not about Obama, Its about the mistke these idiots made going after the 9/11 attacks and NOW till this day we have not done much till Obama took over and pointed our men in the right direction!

    June 15, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  62. David A Whitaker

    Dick Chenny said what he meant, him and Russ they both wish this administration will fell. I believe, that this is sick coming from the ex-vice President of the United States. CIA Director sould not apoligized to Dick Chenny, heck with him.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  63. Bob in Baltimore

    If we do get attacked I would go as far as blameing Cheney for plotting and paying for it just so he can have the last word. This guy is a dangerous, dangerous war mongor and will do anything to get his way!

    June 15, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  64. frankie

    Yes. Did the last eight years dumb us down so much that we are afraid of sarcasm? Cheney deserves sarcasm at the very least.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  65. JONIQUe

    Cheney hates President Obama. He wants him to fail, along with his daughter.. yes , he wants an attack- so he can say I told you so. Cheney is covering his back- sore loser.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  66. Eric Miller in Bluffton, South Carolina

    Yes, I agree. I've heard and read more bashing of the current U.S. Administration coming from Darth Vader and the Emperor (that would be Cheney and Limbaugh) than from the terrorists. Sometimes I'm not too sure who or what to be more afraid of...

    June 15, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  67. Alan - Buxton, Maine

    He would be ecstatic.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  68. Bit in Alabama

    Cheney wants to say "I Told You.!"

    June 15, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  69. wanda j brown

    Jack;
    Cheney wishes ill will upon the United States as a whole. He is low and ruthless enough to take some his millions to pay some nut to do something to prove his point.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  70. Lisa Casey, Ashford, Alabama

    All Dick Cheney wants is to save his legacy. Oops, rewrite his legacy.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  71. Darth Vader

    Cheney is evil incarnate, of course he wants more attacks. That would give his company Halliburton billions more in goverment money. He orchestrated the 9/11 attacks to that he could rally Americans' to go to war. It's pretty obvious that the secret service tower 7 collapsed after it was announced to have done so, even though no plane hit it. It was a controlled demolition. Skyscrapes don't just fall, unless they are hit by a jet. Also he fabricated all that evidence for a war against Iraq when Osama Bin Laden who was supposed to be who we were after wasn't even involved in Iraq. No that was Bush trying to finish what Dadddy didn't. The Iraq war was pointless, Cheney and Bush are war criminals and should be tried at the Hague for breaking the Geneva Conventions. We are Americans, we don't torture and treat prisoners like animals and not allow them due process of the law.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  72. Doug (New Jersey)

    Sure he wants another attack ...... Thankfully, he is not in a position to once again missunderestimate the warnings.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  73. Christopher Matyka

    Yes! Dick Chaney is trying to cover up the corruption that he carried out during the Bush administration and an attack on US soil would be the perfect distraction for him. If there’s an attack on the US no one will be looking into his use of torture to get false claims to start a war in Iraq or any of his other corrupt dealings. If there’s an attack on the US (which I doubt will happen) I wouldn’t put it past Dick to have a hand in it just so he could get away scot free saying "I told you so".

    June 15, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  74. Jacqueline Mongeot

    It is a frightening thought but possible coming from an individual who is obstinate and who would love to prove his point. Would Dick Cheney have such a wish?
    Jacqueline California.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  75. Dorothy in Missouri

    Of Course he's hoping we will be attacked , it's the only pay to validate all the posturing and posing that he and W. did while in office . They used the excuse of national security to silence open dissent or objections to the fact they expanded the powers of the executive branch of government.. Dickie, George and Alberto made the Bill of Rights in to TOILET PAPER. All the while telling us it was for our own good they grabbed power like a bunch of frat boys at a party thinking it would go on forever , Well it hasn't , it's over shut up Dickie

    June 15, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  76. Jean OK

    Mr. Panetta only voiced what MILLIONS of American are feeling and openly stating every time Cheney and his daughter spew their ugly statements. We are much safer with President Obama, the former administration put us in the dangerous situation, it is time for them to let go and allow the President and his administration to turn this mess around for a better USA/World.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  77. Dave Swanson, BC, Canada.

    Terror attacks will continue as long as there are persons who feel put out to the point of giving their life. Cheney is simply trying to justify the illegal bullying tactics of the Bush admin., and to validate the premise that the US has the right to define the world order,( for its advantage ). For Bush and co. to have been correct, every other approach and nation must be wrong. Hopefully the value of negotiating and working to find peace rather than power and control, will occur and be accepted.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  78. Lisa from St. Louis

    Hi Jack,

    Yes, I do think that the former VP is positioning himself so he can do the "I told you so" little jig should any type of terrorist attack happen on President Obama's watch.

    It seems to me that Mr. Cheney is very distrubed about not running the show any longer, but I (and the other 63 – 71% of rational Americans) am delighted to see Mr. Cheney squirming at every occasion where the Obama administration unravels the previous administration's cock-eyed "national security program". Ahh, good times...

    Lisa from St. Louis, MO

    June 15, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  79. mike in c.a.

    Cheney must be getting senile, we where attacked in the last eight years. On Bush and Cheney's watch. The eight year anniversary of 911 is on 9-11-2009. remember, republicans will and have said anything to get what they want. so yes, cheney would love an attack in america, just to be proven correct. sick sick sick

    June 15, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  80. Peter

    Of course he wants a terrorist attack. He can then say the Bush Administration were right, and abuse it by using it in the 2010 elections. He is basically doing this because he wants Obama to fail.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  81. Marilyn from Ohio

    Cheney should take Rove, Limbaugh, Palin, Gingrich and take a long walk on the "bridge to nowhere". Way Way Way too much coverage for all these "doom-sayers"!!!!!!

    June 15, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  82. Trey

    I disagree, obviously the man does not want something bad to happen to the people of America. I think he understands that there are people that want to kill us because we have green grass in the yard and nothing more. I would hate to think that if someone was telling us the exact same thing a month before 9-11 that it would have been dismissed and deemed ludacris as this is...

    June 15, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  83. Marlene C. Wilmington,De

    Jack, Yes, that would make Chenney very happy! Then he would feel justified for the actions he took the first time around. This whole thing is so transparent. Isn't it ironic that Chenney's daughter is publicly making noise about the whole torture thing...Is this supposed to be her poltical debut. We've never heard hardly a peep from D.C. for 8 years. Now all this posturing!!! Anyone with half a brain should be insulted! On 9/11 Dick Cheney was playing war games! The air space wasn't open. They knew the attack was coming. This was the Bush admin's excuse to go to war with Iraq! Now it has been proven that Iraq wasn't involved. All the $ being spent in Iraq could be helping fix our healthcare problem. And a generation of young soldiers are dead or maimed!!! What a disgrace on D.C. Also, he doesn't want to be tried for war crimes. It's very clear to me why he wants terrorists attacks!

    June 15, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  84. MONTY SQUIER

    Cheney needs another attack on America to justify his foul follies. Dick the Vader is the evader of truth since he told so many untruths. Halliburton was Dick's baby and we-our nation, our Constitution, our pride, our reputation, and our security-were all "aborted" in the name of National Security, based upon and defended with Scurrilous lies! Yes, Dick, YOUR scurrilous lies! And now you want us to believe what you say is true or accurate. The scary part is that more and more Americans are being bluffed once again to believe Dick's blundering nonsense.

    mad plato in El Paso

    June 15, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  85. warren

    He will certainly be more gladdened than if it had been on his watch. The sad thing is that if we were attacked he and Bush have contributed more than any other factor in increasing the risk we face simply by the manner in which they governed.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  86. Rachel

    Cheney has his hands so muddied with interests in Iraqi contractors I wouldn't be surprised! The US has gone into trillions of dollars worth of debt over this war all while the former VP is making a whole lot of money from it....
    In all seriousness, Panetta should implicate Cheney in the dirty handedness over the torture scandal and he should be prosecuted for war crimes, treason, and shooting a man in the face!! STOP giving this man credibility!!! Let alone air time.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  87. Roy - Chicago

    Dick Cheney would be delighted to see another terrorist attack. This person is only interested in his own personal political vindification and his own 'story', and does not care about this country any farther than his OWN career, and the financial situation of Halliburton.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  88. Scott in Canada

    I don't think "wishing" is the right word. Betting on, however, might be the proper term

    June 15, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  89. Dan

    I am a lifelong Democrat and cannot stand Darth Vader but I think the comment by Panetta was out of line. We criticized Cheney when he made the same statement regarding President Obama. This sort of fear mongering to promote an agenda is counterproductive.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  90. pete in ny

    Ever hear of transfereance. The democrats hoped and worked for a US defeat in Iraq throughout the Bush presidency so now they ascribe the same motives to others

    June 15, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  91. Chris, Bx., NY

    Cheney, & his daughter for that matter, are undermining the Obama admin., by preempting blame on them before and just in case, any terror attack happens. The entire GOP is betting their existence on some kind of defense catastrophe, so they can say I told you so......It's disgusting and smells of treason.
    Pannetta was right.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  92. Big Jeff, Los Angeles

    Mr. Cheney. Dick. Really?

    Just say it.

    Just say the words "I want Obama to fail". You know you want to, we ALL know you do.

    I bet if the CIA subjected you to waterboarding or other enhanced interrogation techniques on the matter, you would admit to wanting Obama to fail and that a terrorist attack on American soil would be considered the ultimate failure.

    The only difference between you and Rush Limbaugh is that Rush is a better public speaker and has access to better prescriptions.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  93. Kevin L. / Omaha, NE

    At the end of the day, the GOP will sell out their own mother to get their way. Selling out this country is not a problem. To PROVE they're right, a attack on our country would lend itself to more belief that Dick Cheney was right. Wouldn't be surprised if he's the one calling for this to happen...as always...shameful. Where are those charges from the last admin.

    BTW Jack, love your opinion on the trooper in OK.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  94. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    No. He's DEFINITELY wishing for a terror attack If he were seriously concerned, he would've given his advice to Obama privately instead of trumpeting his "concerns" on Fox "News."

    June 15, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  95. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    No, I don't think it's "almost as if", but definitely IS wishing for just that. Why isn't he being investigated and prosecuted? He's an alleged war criminal and the people in the poll favoring him more are his Limbaugh base.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  96. john j. grimes Watertown, Ma.

    Cheney who rarely spoke about his illegal & immoral conduct while he was co-President yet can't seem to keep his mouth shut now that he is a cilvilian. At this point in his life he couldn't pour water out of a boot with instructions on the heel.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  97. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    about healthcare reforms it is about moral responsibility as well as about fiscal responsibility and it has to be passed for these two realistic reasons!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  98. Kim

    Jack,

    Yes, Dick Cheney appears desperate to be right, no matter the consequences.

    Kim
    San Antonio, TX

    June 15, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  99. isaac

    Jack, it's great to hear real-time candid feedback! I totally agree with you about the hostile trooper stopping the ambulance in route to the hospital with a patient onboard. He should be fired without question.

    Keep up the great work.

    Isaac, Northern Virginia

    June 15, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  100. Davindranauth

    Dear Jack,
    We (Americans) can never let our guard down about terrorism. Dick Cheney is paranoid like any American like myself.

    Thank You

    June 15, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  101. Kris, ET in South Korea

    I can not possibly think that anyone would wish for another terrorist attack on the US or anywhere else in the world. Cheney is behaving like a petulant child over the fact that people are criticizing him harshly. The real problem is that people are listening to him; I mean come on if you didn't know that the whole Iraq thing was a farce then you seriously need to get a re education world and national affairs. Cheney is so vocal because people still line up to hear him. I wonder what would happen if we all ignored him and moved on to more important things like not cutting education and welfare programs...

    June 15, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  102. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    the idea that there are so many private insurance companies out there and that there is enough competition just goes to show how a one private sector system only encourages prices to be raised even more all the time since the private sector's main goal is to make more money...sick when you think about it since we call this a heatlhy market...!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  103. Jim, Honolulu

    If a foreign leader sabotaged the American people's confidence, damaged our image with millions in the world, muddied our foreign relations with bizarre declarations, and endangered American troops overseas by condemning every step the American government took, we would rightfully consider them a threat to be fought and neutralized. Unfortunately, the enemy is within the city walls with us, and continues to try and weaken our defenses. The Cheney/Gingrich/Limbaugh cabal should be called by its rightful name: domestic terrorism.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  104. Mary Dyer

    Of COURSE Cheney would LOVE to see an attack on the US now! He's in the CYA mode, and grasping at any straw to make his black policies look reasonable to sane people.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  105. Mary

    Panetta read my mind. Why didn't Cheney try to explain polices to the American people when he was in office. Your 8 years are up Dick, now it's time for Joe the VP.

    Mary in Phenix City, AL

    June 15, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  106. Carlos

    I think the scary part of this whole thing is that there are people that still think that "he understands that there are people that want to kill us because we have green grass in the yard and nothing more."

    In other words, someone on the other side of the World, decided to wake up one day and attack the US......because they are 'free'

    Ignorance of this level is what will bring more attacks to the US.

    Hint: MOST countries in the World have freedoms AND green grass (But they lack aircraft carriers, armies stationed in many many countries of the World, bombers......etc etc)

    June 15, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  107. Denise

    Yes, Jack. I agree with Panetta. Cheny has gone on record saying that Obama's decisions are making use less safe. if we are attacked, then Cheney can say, "see I told ya his policies are making us less safe."

    The man is vile.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  108. Nancy

    I believe Cheney owes the whole country an apologe and yes i agree with The CIA director for once.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  109. Mary Texas

    Trey....Let me explaine to you about warning us of an attack before 9=11, Someone did warn us and it was ignored by the Bush bunch, I can't believe you don't have that information. Just read Richard Clark's book , He was told that they weren't interested in his info, just days before we were hit.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  110. Anthony

    Yes...

    June 15, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  111. Mike

    I do agree. Cheney would love any excuse to make Obama look like a fool. I personally don't trust anything Cheney says. He's only trying to cover his behind and make his illegal actions as vice president look like they were valid.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  112. Chris in San Francisco

    This is not new news - it's been clear that he wants more blood for years. And now we have to listen to his daughter, too - she's just as scary as he is. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  113. Derrick

    Yes. I agree. Cheny is a Shark.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  114. Donna from Novi, Michigan

    Cheney can't stand the idea that what he did is being undone and he figures if we are attacked, he will be vindicated. Ego is a hard thing to get over.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  115. Alana S.

    I do think Dick Cheney is wishing ill on America, just so he can say I told you so. It is sad that he is sinking to this low of a level to try to prove a point. It is almost as if he is daring someone to attack us.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  116. Bernadette Loesch

    Dear Jack, Dick Cheney is nothing but an accident waiting to happen. He should have faded into the background and stayed there.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  117. Finster in Boston

    Frankly, Jack, Dick Cheney and his cabal have perpetrated a far more horrific terrorist attack on this country the last eight years than anything that the mullahs could imagine at their most diabolical.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  118. R J Koser

    Pinetta is absolutely correct. Chaney has an irresistible compulsion to justify what he and George Bush did. When will he learn that the "fear factor" wears off.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  119. james rangel

    Of course he wants another attack. That way he can say "I told you so," and he will feel vindicated. A pathetic remark from an a pathetic ex vp.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  120. Mary Menke

    Of course he is wishing for another terrorist attack on the United States. Didn't he profit from the last one?

    June 15, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  121. Scott, Scottsdale AZ

    I agree with Leon Panetta, Cheney certainly seems to be welcoming another attack to solidify his position that we are somehow less safe. Bush and Cheney had their 15 minutes of fame. It's time for Cheney to sit down and shut up. If anyone had spoken about the president like this in the Bush years, Cheney would have been the first to call it "unpatriotic".

    June 15, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  122. Phil

    Of course Dick Cheney wants another attack. Wasn't he in the room when Bush was handed the National Intelligence Report that suggested an attack prior to 9/11?

    June 15, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  123. greg

    from copenhagen

    Of course its right.. thats what the entire world thinks.

    This is how the Twin Towers went down, no-one is pointing fingers but everyone knows.. so to answer the question,
    Dick Cheany is just waiting for it to happen 100%

    June 15, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  124. Linda

    Hi Jack!
    Funny you should ask! I was actually thinking that he could be "evil" enough pay for one himself, a "small" one just to prove his point! Scary thought!! Perhaps we can keep Gitmo open and just send him there to live in exile along with a few other people....like Rush!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  125. Helen

    I cannot beleive that after eight years people have not learned that Dick Cheney took us into a war, tortured people and had people locked up for years without trial....he is as bad as the president of Iran. He really should be held accountable for what he did. The most scary thing is that some people still listen to his rhetoric!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  126. Rick in Northern California

    Of course he is. That is the only hope the republicans have of gaining any kind of foothold on what they have lost. If we are attacked again they can stand up and say "We told you so." and if we had a republican president none of this would have happened. Typical republican fear tactics. In reality it doesn't matter who is in power. If the terrorist want to get to us they will. If you recall we knew who all those guys were and did nothing about 911. As I recall it was on the republican watch.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  127. Greg Mechanicsburg, PA

    Yes, he wants’ it. Dick Cheney is certain that there will be another terrorist attack on the U.S. And he is correct. He has just recited Murphy’s Law. He thinks that this will vindicate him of all his wrong doings as Vice President. Even when it does happen, he will still be guilty.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  128. linda wofford

    No. Cheney has never shown even the slightest indication that he would wish such a thing.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  129. karen l

    I don't understand why Cheney and Bush think they are the ones who know how to keep america safe. It was 9 months into their watch that we were hit! they're the ones who couldn't keep us safe!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  130. Annie, Atlanta

    Of course I agree. Why else would he be out there, all chatty? He’s picked up where McCain and Palin left off; rabble rousing in an attempt to stir up the hate, hoping. What a patriot, that guy. Must be money in it for him, somewhere.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  131. Michael McDowell, from Killeen, Texas

    Jack, Dick Cheney would relish any negative happening or event to impact our country or make Obama look bad. Misery loves company, and everyone with half a brain knows that the Bush-Cheney regime was the worst debacle our country has seen since the Herbert Hoover ineptness!!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  132. Laura Calacci

    That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Dick Cheney is a great American and would never hope for harm to come to this country.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  133. joepuente

    As much as I hate to admit it, I honestly think that those on the farthest, most extreme right end of the political spectrum, including people like Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh, are absolutely hoping for another terrorist attack. If they were to deny it, I would have a hard time believing them. They want a reason to say, "We told you so," to justify their fear-mongering political strategies in every election year since 9/11.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  134. Ronald Hannah

    One word Jack. Yes

    June 15, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  135. abbe

    I unequivocably agree that former vice president cheney's comments suggest a terrorist attack to justify his arguments even if that were not his intent. I think cheney's recent media vicibility is irresponsible, and may undermine what obama is trying to do to repair the united states standings across the globe. he needs to realize that this is obama's administration and not a continuation of his (bush/cheney) regime. he needs to exercise his freedom of expression cautiously.

    -abbe
    toronto

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  136. Jeff Shannon

    Dont forget. It was Cheney who said "They wil welcome us as liberators." So much for accurately predicting the future!!!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  137. Tom (New York)

    Jack,

    I'm not surprised that a liberal guy in the Obama camp would attack Cheney with outrageous comments. No American would wish ill happen on our shores, no matter what your political affiliation. The former VP is concerned that new policies are making us less safe, and he had the daily briefs to know the real danger. I don't agree with his tactics, but what should he do? Make comments that put America down and make us look weak. No wait, the Obama folks are already doing that...

    Tom sends.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  138. bob graham / Denver

    Jack,
    Dick Cheney is on a real self defense mission, trying to establish the reasonning for his use of torture. If I had done what he has done , I too would be hoping for something, even terrorism, to come to my salvation in such a case.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  139. James Richmond Virginia

    I had the exact same thoughts Long before Mr Panetta voiced his. I couldn't agree with Leon Panetta more. I just wish more officials would voice their true opinions of Darth Vader.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  140. Vanessa

    I agree, it seems to me like he is bitter and wants something to happen to be able to say "i told you so". I wish he would go sit down somewhere and act like a "retired" ex-vice president. Go toss some baseballs out on opening day, better yet, go hunting with your friends. The election is over, Obama has one, allow him to do his job and stop being a distraction.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  141. bert

    by publicly proclaiming we are less safe now, whether valid or not, cheney's words are encouraging the enemy to attack now. How can he not be responsible for any attack in the foreseeable future?

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  142. Gary in Whittier, CA

    I still remember Bush sitting in that classroom on 9/11 and I am still not convinced it wasn't planned as a way into Iraq. Is Cheney wishing for a new attack? No need to wish when you're involved in the planning.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  143. Eve - AZ

    Absolutely, I agree. In fact when Cheney started pontificating I thought the same thing. How else could be prove he is right? It's about time someone slapped Cheney around.

    Eve – AZ

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  144. Carol

    Dick Channey had his moment in politics. If he is all wise and all knowing, why didn't he advise Mr. Bush that Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction. He should go home and SHUT UP!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  145. Oris Payton

    Cheney IS DEFINATELY wishing for an attack, because, if there is an attack, there is more unrest in the middle east.

    OPS, more work for Haliburton.

    Oris

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  146. Miguel from San Leandro, CA

    Yes, Dick Cheney's new campaign slogan for president is "Bring It On".

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  147. James Turner

    Dick Chenney now has nothing to lose and everything to gain by a terrorist attack on the USA. He didnt become Vice President of the United States by being ignorant of politics.

    James Turner
    NYC

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  148. Dorothy Schooley

    Dick Cheney is just assessing the situation. It's ludicrous to think he wants an attack. The last administration worked endlessly to keep us safe and now , it seems, all precautions are being put aside. We must remain ever wary and watchful.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  149. Sarah Jacobson

    Re: Cheney wishing for another terror attack...after 8 years of secrecy and near silence, followed now by continuous bluster, why wouldn't a reasonable person believe this? Please don't go away mad, Dick, just go away.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  150. Mike from PA

    Oh sure Jack, Cheney wants another terrorist attack. Then he would say that this was caused by Obama's policies and has officially made us unsafe. etc etc

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  151. G. Rogers Eastman

    Hey Jack, of course I agree. It was the FEAR FACTOR that kept us as a nation voting for the CRUM. It is the only thing they know. Dick (boy is he named properly) is trying to use fear again to improve his legacy.We have to remember it was a long time between the first trade center attack and the second one on Sept. 11. In my opinion "DICK" has to try to outdo RUSH for the spotlight. G. Rogers Eastman – Fort Myers,FL

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  152. Phyllis Cox

    Dick Cheney should follow the advice of Bush 43, who believes that it is not helpful to the nation to comment on the actions of the next administration. But George H.W. is a class act. Something that Cheney knows nothing about. Cheney is single handedly making us less safe with his proven mistaken positions and diatribes.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  153. Jeff

    I think the DCI is 100% correct. I have said all along that Cheney wants another terrorist attack just to prove his point.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  154. Francisco Jimenez

    He,Cheney ,got it wrong on wmd, that we would be welcome as liberators,mission accomplished & never found O B L. But he knows that even a stopped clock is right twice a day, so he hopes for an attack to get one right.

    Frank
    Palatka Fl

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  155. Maureen. Goddard Houston Tx

    Cheney was a danger when VP & even more dangerous now. Is he inviting an attack on the US? Seems to me he is.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  156. AndrewGTO

    I do agree that Dick Cheney wouldn't mind an attack on the US. Dick and his party are so damaged, this would give them all the ammo they need to point and say "You see, we told you so, you need us!" and many sheep will follow.

    Dick, and many republicans have a short memory. The Previous administration DID NOT keep us safe for 8 years. 9/11 happened nearly 8 months into the previous administration's watch. Perhaps Bush should have been paying attention to Richard Clarke's memos instead of vacation 40% of the time his first year in office and playing cowboy on his ranch.

    It is amazing to me that republicans pass off 9/11 as though it doesn't count and they kept us "safe".

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  157. Jorge

    Cheney will only be satisfied when another terrorist finally takes his advice and attacks the United States, it's the only way for him to validate his statements. Seems that we all forgot that actually the cause for 9/11 and the situation we have today was the troops that were left in Saudi Arabia after the first world war, the famous war to save our strategic oil resources in the middle east. Well, now oil is more than 3 times higher than in 1990 (we know who made that money) and we are less secure than in 1990 (again we know who made money selling arms).. Halliburton and Big Oil all over in both accounts.. No need to say more... I wonder when a congressional comittee will be put together to investigate the Bush-Cheney ties with Oil and Haliburton, that will be an interesting panel...

    J.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  158. Pam TX

    I think that he won't stop causing distress to our nation until someone finally puts a stop to his rhetoric.

    It is evident that he is scared of being judged for crimes committed against humanity and he will try by all means to get away with it.

    And I sincerely think that he might cause an attack on USA's shores to make his point valid... He scares me more than the terrorists ... seriously.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  159. Bruce Allen

    After eight years of disinformation and outright lies distributed by the Bush/Cheney administration, why would anyone believe this integrity challenged politico. He was the 'brains' behind weapons of mass destruction and the selling of an immoral and illegal war, for that alone he has lost all credibility. Cheney needs to do go into that dark sweet night and leave America to people who are truly wise and don't have some neo-con agenda to follow..

    Thanks,

    Bruce Allen

    June 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  160. charles cressy

    Jack,

    Leon Panetta is a life-long political hack. He should never have been appointed to the CIA and he will weaken our country because he will always do the politically expedient thing. God help this country with people like Mr. Panetta in such important positions.

    Panetta should be embarrassed by his self-serving statement, but he is not because he was told to make the statement.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  161. chris

    It is pretty apparent that Dick cheney is calling for the attack to somehow vindicate him and the rest of the Bush era cronies for having advocated the policies they did while in power.It is a disgrace that someone like him who was literally a hearbeat away from the presidency would propagate this kind of politics and even dare to publicly take on the current government and undermininfg their legitimate efforts to combat terror.He needs to shut up and realize his time is done.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  162. Richard K Fox

    No, former VP Cheney is not looking for another 9/11, he is simply speaking the truth about what is going on. Wake up America!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  163. Phil

    In Borats country Cheney roughly translates to Cranium. Enough said!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  164. Ray Hull

    No! I applaud Chenny for speaking out for what he beleives is right. Most of us our sitting on our behind and not sticking up for the ideals that made this country great.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  165. Peter Popp

    There will be know terror attacks now. It would stop our own gov. from taking down the country. Where are we going people wake up.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  166. Flavio

    Cheney's behavior (and his daughter's) since he left office has one purpose and one purpose only...to ensure he doesn't get prosecuted and go to jail. A terrorist attack would vindicate him in some peoples eyes and make it more difficult to do so.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  167. Eddie in Austin, Texas

    Simple question, simple answer. Yes, Cheney is hoping for another attack. He may not be hoping for something as horrific as 9-11 but something big enough just so he can say, "I told you so".

    Eddie
    Austin, TX

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  168. June Rice

    Jack:

    Cheney wants an attack on the US so he and all his ilk can say they were right about Obama. The Dems need to grow several pair and stand up to these guys. If you're right, stick with your guns and don't give old 'Dick' the satisfaction of an apology. I'm an Independent and am at the point where I can hardly stand the weak, lilly-livered democrats or the hate and war-mongering republicans. A pox on both their houses.

    June
    Corvallis, OR

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  169. Charlie

    Frankly, I agree with Mr. Panetta although there was probably a better way to say it. It's a win scenario for Cheney. An attack could happen anytime, no matter who is in charge. We hope it doesn't but it could. If it doesn't, he says their policies were the reason. If it does happen, Cheney can say it wasn't on his watch, even though he provided the firewood and lit the fire. He can also then say he was right. He is the last person we should be listening to!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  170. Steve in Tennesse

    No question about it Jack.
    And why doesn't someone look into the Haliburton no bid contracts in Iraq and his connection to the "Blackwater Group" and ther contracts in Iraq and in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  171. Dorene in Alaska

    Cheney is lying about policies that "kept us safe" for the "last 8 year". He always seems to conveniently forget that 9/11 happened DURING the Bush Administration.....and when recently reminded of that, he blamed others (Dick Clarke who had repeatedly documented warnings to the Bush Admin) & ducked ANY responsibility. We are safer with Dick back in the bunker.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  172. Anir

    Absolutely. Deep down inside he may not actually wish for an attack on this country, however, being a neo-con hawk from the old guard with an ego and element of megalomania that no vice-president has ever shown or exercised in the history of this country, his comments are disturbing and nauseating. I honestly wish he and his ill-informed daughter would just shut up. I also wish that CNN would stop showcasing them so much. There are many more important issues at stake other than the dreams and legacy of a washed up politician and his daughter who clearly has political aspirations within the republican party. He's no patriot. He's a career politician doing what he does best – politics, and he panders to the worst elements of our society. People like him lend ammunition to our enemies.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  173. Nancy

    Absolutely, I think Dick Cheney is wishing or hoping that we get attacked. It's the way that party thinks to prove that they are right! I think the media should STOP giving him time on the air because it is of NO help to the country now! When we needed him to talk, he didn't! Now that we don't need to hear him, he speaks!!!

    Go away Cheney!!!!!

    Nancy
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  174. Jim, NV

    Yes I am almost sure that a man that ruled the country from the White House is hoping for a terrorist attack against the United States to give him the credibility he never had when he was Vice President.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  175. george

    i think he was wishing for the first attack on 9/11...............let alone another attack now.

    jack your qustion and poll numbers once again suggest that americans are short sighted idiots that are easly scared. mr.cheney ,haliburton and the color coded terror alert scale should do the rite thing and go away.
    eight years was enough.
    george
    chester,ct.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  176. Marsha from Kansas

    I doubt if he wants an attack exactly. He just wants to believe that we can't be safe without his policies and programs. If the country proves to be safe without those policies, then it shows his policies to be what they were. Unnecessary cruelty done in the name of our country that brought us down to the level of the people we were fighting. They couldn't defeat us, but they were able to get us to violate our own principles.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  177. Randy- Anchorage, AK

    The key word is... "another" terrorist attack.... Just as Cheney wished for, and got, the first one, so he could justify war and increase personal power.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  178. James Jackson

    This is what scares the (Explitive) out of me about republicans like Cheyney, Palin and Limbaugh. Not only do I believe that they're hoping for an attack on our nation so that they can say "I told you so".

    I sincereley believe that they'd either create or help one along to ensure their opportunity. Call me crazy if you'd like but I really believe that most people underestimate how corrupt and truly evil Cheyney is!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  179. Larry Liesner

    The only thing that will prove Did Cheney is right is another attack. By saying we are less safe is opening the door to terrorists. Why an ex-VP super patriot is saying that is beyond me. Anyway, I think Cheney wants either himself and/or Republicans back in power asap and another attack will ensure that. So, maybe he doesn't want another attack but sure he wouldn't mind one.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  180. clarence

    Yes I do

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  181. Bob Sears

    I;m glad that Panetta finally said that about Cheney (and that goes for Limbaugh, too) . All thinking people have been thinking that ever since Obama was elected

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  182. Mark Bernstein

    So the old draft dodger who had better things to do than serve his country in a war he supported is somehow concerned that his record of lies about Iraq...Iraq was behind 9/11; Iraqi oil will pay for the war; the Iraqi people will greet us with flowers; the war will cost less that 100Billion; will all be exposed unless he can get someone, anyone to attack the US. His lies will cost us about 4 trillion dollars and thousands dead and wounded. Please stop covering the old draft dodger and tell him if he really wants to serve his country he can enlist....oh, I remember, he has better things to do.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  183. Tom (Chicago)

    All republicans are, a terrorist attack that kills a few thousand people is the only thing that they would potentially have to improve their poll numbers, since they are opposed to everything Obama's adminstration comes up with. A terrorist attack would mean to them "We told you so" They are secretly cheering one on, and by the overwhelming continuousness of cheneys comments (more this year than the past 8) That is the only thing that one could surmise

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  184. Brian L

    Are you serious? Would you have posted this question if Leon Panetta had said this about Joe Biden, President Obama or any other liberal? Mr. Panetta's comments are irresponible.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  185. tapan parekh

    The Bush administration under the able guidance of Mr.Cheney (AKA Mr. I Told you So) spearheaded a campaign of hate against hate. By sanctioning torture he in a sense encouraged a few misled soldiers to do the same at Abu Gharib. This has not helped the US win over the moderates in the Islamic world in anyway and in fact these instances were leveraged by extremists to recruit people. Mr.Cheney should simply learn to keep his mouth shut much like Mr.Bush has, its in his best interest and America's to do so.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  186. Kim

    Dick Cheney wants another terrorist attack on America so that the Republicans can make a come back. If he sent thousands of soldiers to die in Iraq, he would not have any problems encouraging an attack on American soil.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  187. Carol

    Yes, it makes one wonder how far Cheney would go to score points from another terrorist attack. Would the radical right, lead by Cheney, stage another terrorist attack to regain power? Are Cheney's words a setup for a staged attack, so he can say I told you so?

    June 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  188. Dan, Starkville MS

    Jack,

    Dick Cheney's idea of "keeping us safe" the last 8 years also means ensuring the Muslim world will continue to hate us for the next generation or two. Is this really a tradeoff we wanted to make?

    And yes Dick Cheney privately does wish for another terrorist attack in order to "vindicate" his comments and two terms. Privately may actually be too strong a word, as his sentiment is lurking barely beneath the surface. If he had a heart, he would realize how disgusting his comments really are, from someone sworn to protect this country.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  189. sabine

    cheney should stop talking about how unsafe he 'thinks' we are now, instead he should talk why and how he was not able to keep us safe on 9/11. Cheney seems to forget that 9/11 hapened on HIS watch.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  190. emma-worcester-ma

    Let's call a spade a spade and not a big spoon!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  191. TRENT CLARKSDALE MS

    Jack,

    If u were responsible for one of the worse presidential terms in American history, wouldn't u want to blame somebody else. This is the time for a red alert. Because any terrorist attack made on the United States were probably planned by them ,BUSH/CHENEY

    June 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  192. Job

    The myopic argument by Cheney that human rights abuses on suspected 'terrorists' is what keeps America safe is outrageous and obnoxious. Even if America is attacked again, Cheney's policies still have no room in America's security and intelligence apparatus because they can never guarantee safety.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  193. NANCY FAIRBORN, OHIO

    Cheney who!!!!!
    I have not heard anything from this man for 8 years, and the nerve of him to talk about another terrists attack. I he wanting one? i think so just to prove a point willing to sacrifce American lives just to say i told you so! . SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT SUPPORTING A SITTING PRESIDENT.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  194. john

    When Dick talks about the previous administrations' policies of the last 8 years that kept us safe, did he forget about 9/11? After all that happened during his reign if office. I would argue that he did not keep us safe and why would anyone listen to him? It took the worst terrorist attack for the Bush Administration to think about terrorists. Does anyone remember the memo about terrorist attacks determined to be eminent just before the 9/11 attack? Stick a fork in him (or at least in his hand to match his tail)

    June 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  195. Kathy Averback

    The behavior of Dick Cheney is only explained by a breathtaking narcissism that is so unseemly that we Americans keep looking for other reasons for it. From the moment he was chosen to lead the v.p. search, he has acted exclusively in his own interests. Now he's terrified of going to jail and so if it takes a terrorist attack to prevent it, so be it.
    Kathy from Huntingdon Valley, PA

    June 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  196. Michelle Thompson

    Does Dick Cheney want another attack on America? Does a bear poop in the woods?
    Yes to both questions. Nothing makes Cheney happier than a reason to escalate violence around the world and secure more no bid contracts for Halliburton subsidiaries.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  197. Rodney

    Cheney is right, and Kevin from Dallas has it right also. He "Panneta" is just trying to keep Chaney from stating the obvious. Obama and his administration are putting the American people at risk.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  198. Terry from Austin

    Cheney does not wish for another attack on our country anymore than you do Jack. He is simply trying to make a point. CNN is very quick to denounce anyone who questions President Obama because CNN is firmly on the Democratic side on everything (except for Lou Dobbs). If that is not apparent then I don't know what is. We need to listen to all sides and give all points of view consideration. Just because we don't fully agree with them does not mean that we throw them out of the country. CNN needs to become less one sided on their broadcasting and start to present the news in an objective manner and let us make up our minds. Be very surprised if you see this comment posted. It may be the first step of CNN becoming a lot less one sided.
    Terry from Austin.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  199. Thomas Bate

    Of coarse I agree.. You dont have to read between the lines, to understand Cheneys motives.. Sadly, it was Mr Cheney's own policies that have made us less safe. Policies such as torture, invasion of a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. And the big perk for Mr Cheny, is that he and his pals will get more no-bid contracts! What ever terror attacks are in the works, were planned during the Cheney years. It is not because of Cheney's efforts that no other terrorist plans have taken place. Rather it is because of Cheney's policies, that those terrorist plans have tripled. Does Cheney really belive that our filthy little secret at Guantanamo has kept us safe?? He is not only evil, but insane.

    Thomas Bate Ft Lauderdale

    June 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  200. Paul Freitas

    It is clear that Dick Cheney would like nothing better than to see another terrorist attack on this country. He needs to disappear to wherever he was hiding during the Bush years...to that "undisclosed location". Leon Panetta has nothing to apologize for. Cheney has everything to apologize for.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  201. jim whalen

    Dick Cheney's rant reminds me of the old hippie joke: " A hippie is standing on a street corner snapping his fingers in a waving manner. A passer-by asks what he is doing. The hippie replies, "I'm keeping tigers away." The passer-by says,"There are no tigers around here." the hippie says, " I'm doing a good job ain't I ."

    June 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  202. Robert San Juan

    Jack,

    Maybe Cheney likes us to forget that the worst terrorist attack on the US happened while Cheney / Bush were supposed to keep us save!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  203. Ron

    I'll bet Cheney's thinking that if he rails on about Obama loudly enough and long enough, we'll all forget which administration was in the White House when our fellow Americans were killed on 9/11. Talk about keeping us safe!

    Ron
    Nashville, TN

    June 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  204. Susan from Long Island

    Absolutely...Cheney is praying for another attack..He is so jealous of President Obama that he is trying to talk himself and our nation into believing that we are less safe. As a matter of fact our nation is more respected now since our new president then in the last 8 years of the Bush/Cheney rein!! Our new president has spoken to more world leaders in the last few months then Bush with far more positive feedback. I think deep down inside Cheney knows that he and Bush royally screwed our nation and he is speaking out to cover his tracks....and we all know it!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  205. Phyllis

    Absolutely! He will, of course, deny it, but he would feel vindicated if there were another attack. He spouts that Bush's (or Cheney's) policies have kept us safe for 8 years, but the truth is that there were years between World Trade Center Bomb 1 and attack #2!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  206. Kevin, New York City

    Cheney assumes a certain knowing risk in engaging in this conversation. The very fact that this debate takes place invites those who wish to harm us act during this period of reduced security as Cheney suggests. All the same, as somoeone who took five deferments during the Vietnam War, Cheney certainly seems to know something about keeping himself safe, Go spend time with your grandchildren, Mr. Cheney.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  207. emma-worcester-mass

    What is the difference btw Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh?

    Both of them want President Obama to fail....Seems to me!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  208. Duke

    Cheneys agenda has less to do with concern over the safety of our citizens and more to do with reverse engineering the last 8yrs as viable in light of the presents administration solid start on so many issues including safety and terrorism.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  209. Sir. Alex

    Dick Cheney's diatribe is tantamount to treason. His subliminal calling on terrorist to attack our interest is shameful and should be condemmed.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  210. george fitzpatrick

    V.P.Cheney is 100% correct. I feel we are soft pedaling the extreme Muslim terrorist threat. Gitmo should remain open we may need it in the future

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  211. Don

    I agree with the CIA Director 100%. Cheney should follow the lead of his boss and the first President Bush and just keep his mouth shut.

    Don L.A.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  212. steve

    It pains me to defend Cheny but Pinetta's comment was about the stupidest he could make. It seems apparent that yet another agency head in the Obama administration has allowed their agency to become politicized.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  213. Steven in Texas

    Yes, I agree that Dick Cheney seems to be wishing for another attack against the U.S. Despite the horror and terror another attack would bring our country, Cheney seems to be trying to wish it into happening for the sole purpose of political gain. It's despicable and will only add to the negative legacy he has left of himself and the Bush administration.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  214. Jennifer M.

    Cheny is engaging in CYA. His rhetoric is laying the groundwork for a defense that any investigation of his or the Bush Administration's actions on torture would be purely political. Moreover, just as it is not possible for an administration to foresee and prevent any and every conceivable attack, should one occur under Obama, he will contend that the end of torture opened the door for anything and everything negative that might occur. CYA.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  215. Gary San Juan

    As is the case with many of your questions, the question could be more simply phrased as "Does anyone have any snide remarks they would like to make regarding [fill in the Republican target of the day]." Democrats often said President Bush's policies made us "less safe". Does Director Panetta think Democrats were hoping we would be attacked in order to support their position?

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  216. Laurie

    The comment came from the director of the CIA, I would think that he, more than most of us, would know what Cheneys recent rhetoric could cause for the "safety" of our country. I agree with him 100%!!!! The Bush/Cheney administration never could understand how torture and unsubstaniated, indefinite, imprisonment could cause harm to our national security. Cheney & those like him need to remember the American people booted them out of power for a reason, we don't want or need their opinions now!!!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  217. AARON

    Using the expression 'almost as if' is an understatement. Dick Cheney definitely wants a terrorist attack so he will sit back and watch how the Obama administration handles it and will criticize in case of any loophole. Aaron from SAN DIEGO, CA

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  218. musa

    jack,
    Dick Cheney should not be taken seriosly because that is exactly what he is yearning for. This guy, Cheny, thinks, in his sick mind, he is more right that any living soul in the world. look! Dick; you are no longer vice president and no one pays a fickle what you think, because what you thought for eight years got us into a mess.

    Musa.
    North Carolina

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  219. Victoria in Houston

    Cheney is behaving like a two-year old child, having a tantrum because he is no longer getting his way. His immaturity is showing and I do believe that Panetta knows him better than you or I and would not have said what he said if he did not believe it were true. Grow up Mr. Cheney. You had your turn and, when you left office, the country was in the worst nose dive we have ever been in. Go hunting and leave the important work to the grown ups.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  220. dawn

    I was relieved to hear that other people had the same feeling about cheney. I thought that my distrust of the man was making me Paronoid. Please wake – up America! This man really thinks HE has been wronged! I believe he and others like him will do or say anything to get back their power. If an attack comes they,ll blame Obama, when in reality an attack may be inevitable. The Bush Adm. used 9/11 for their own agenda–you,ll never convince me otherwise. Remember how we felt that day? They CAPITALIZED on that.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  221. Carol

    Jack, That is exactly what I thought when Cheney emerged from his bunker and started his whining of how bad Obama is and how his rein was not responsible for anything that turned out bad.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  222. Sara

    Absolutely no. The guy has a point, we were not attack for 8the past few years, why should we begin to test variable at this point? Kill another 1,000? Why gamble with lives? There are people out there that are out to get us regardless of the number of apologies the president gives out. Some people forgot what costed over 1000 lives way too quick. Some people are still brain wash from the money spend in the obama campaign... Wake up and smell the coffee it was nothing more than another politician making promises without a minimal idea of how things really are. If someone knows better than anyone is the person who's actually done the job, not the spectators(us). I fully trust Dick Cheney

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  223. Jean from Sun City AZ

    Jack:
    Yes, I agree, Panetta's only speaking of what a lot of people think. Cheney is determined to keep his legacy intact. Now he's a nobody with no power he keeps popping up with his paranoid rants thus stirring up the Right wing of his party.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  224. Jo Abbott

    No, I do not believe that he is actually wishing for a terror attack. He is a true believer, and he is fearing one.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  225. Terry

    Of course Mr. Panetta is right..........it's just sad that he's the only one out there saying it, when we all know......that is exactly what Cheney would like to see so he can jump up and run to the nearest mic and say " I told you so". Dick Cheney would never come out and say he wants it to happen.......but you bet he'll be happy if it does......but of course.....only if the White House has a Demacrat in it. Has he forgotten that we were last attacked during his appointment as Vice President? Cheney & Bush didn't keep us safe.....don't ever forget that. Former VP Cheney needs to do what he did for the last eight years.......shut it!

    McKinney Texas

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  226. emma-worcester-massachusetts

    What is the difference btw Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh?

    The difference is the same, jack,

    Both of them want President Obama to fail....Seems to me!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  227. Martha Kelley

    I truly think the world is going mad...that Dems are voting purely party politics at the great risk of our country. Can't they see that Cheney is right here about Obama's closing his eyes with regard to what is happening with these Terrorists world wide. We have been safe from another projected attack(s) for 8 years and here comes the "SAvior" who is going to "make nice "with known terrorists and terrorists regiems and expect that they will adore our "rock star" and bow to his wishes. We are an accident waiting to happen right now and Obama is the catalyst to whatever horror is going to happen. Cheney is trying to warn everyone about this but the liberals would rather hang on to party doctrine than THINK about what is happening right in front of their eyes. OBAMA and his administration were the"TROJAN HORSES" We let them in through the gates and now all Hell is breaking loose. WAKE UP AMERICA before it's too late. France will have nothing on us in about 12 months. This is a very dangerous time we are living in and no one can look past their own blind ambition and see it.
    Martha

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  228. Angel B

    HI JACK!

    Yes! I highly agree that Dick Cheney is wishing for another terrorist attack on America simply because he feels that a Black President in the White House shows that the people are uneducated. Cheney feels that President Obama's Administration is weak and lacking in good judgement. He feels as if our young President will destroy this country and do away with all the Bush Administration laws, which really imprisoned the American people. Cheney needs to enjoy his retirement and stop pointlessly arguging with himself in the mirror against events and CHANGES that this country needs.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  229. Hubert

    Yes I do..I believe he is trying to get the Oklahoma types of terrorists to do just that...REASON...He is afraid to get indicted for his past doings.
    by making noise he can holler that it"s a political Witch hunt. HOW IS THAT FOR PATRIOTISM>>>

    PS Cheney's daughter has a lot of alleged knowledge of the past
    admitted tortures that are suppose to be SECRET DOCUMENTS
    who gave her her alleged knowledge of TOP SECRET DATA..
    whoever did has committed treason..

    June 15, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  230. Nicole B

    Unfortunately, I believe that Dick Cheney would exploit any attack against the U.S., which his history of exploitation exhibits (9/11). While I know that Dick Cheney would never outwardly say he wanted an attack, I believe he would be one of the first finger-pointing opportunists, blaming President Obama for making us un-safe. Please have a safe and soon retirement Mr. Cheney.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  231. MARCIA TARLING

    Yes, Cheney owes Bush....After all Halibuton got all those no-bid contracts...so he's the front man for the Bush Administration in criticizing Obama. Bush former president can't.
    That Administration created fertile ground for more terrorism for decades to come. Breeding Hatred would be the foundation. Invading a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. , And, No important intel was ever gotten from the enhanced torture they inflicted.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  232. Vince from CA

    No, I don't think he is "wishing" for an attack to happen, I believe he, more than likely, is PLANNING one. What else does he have to do with his time?

    June 15, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  233. ted

    I don't think it's so much a case of hoping for an attack as it is an attempt to position himself (and the Bush administration policies) defensively in the event of another national tragedy. Most people believe it's a case of when, not if. And it's pretty clear Cheney is attempting to pre-empt the likelihood so he will be in a position to say "told you so". The fact that he believes the policies of the last eight years are responsible for keeping us safe is laughable.

    Ted from Atlanta

    June 15, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  234. Will

    I agree with that assertion. I've said before myself that it seems Cheney is just longing for the "I told you so!" moment. It seems he hopes for it to cover 8 years of not being able to reveal what he was finding through his methods. It was all under his own level of security, that special stamp or something. Now, he can't shut up and he's still not saying anything useful. Instead of picking on Pres. Obama why doesn't he come up with something concrete to prove his own case; that we are safer. Where is the evidence against the GTMO detainees? Why were so many things deleted? His only answer now is an attack.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  235. Billy

    Jack

    It's almost as if Mr. Panetta said something that one might, if one was so inclined, consider to be, in a way, somewhat of an affirmation of what others might potentially be considering thinking about saying aloud. It was almost as if Mr. Panetta was considering being bitingly accurate in his description of the ex-Vice President. We should all consider striving for the same somewhat blunt speech displayed in that interview. You know, if it would be okay to take a position. And, maybe, speak your mind. Somewhat.

    Billy
    Arlington, Virginia

    June 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  236. Terry in Fayetteville, NC

    It is hard not to agree when Cheney was part of an organization (PNAC) that published papers suggesting that an attack on US soil would be useful to their purposes. 9/11 was the answer to their prayers. Dick Cheney's targets aren't in another hemisphere. They are you and me. (But certainly not Wolf, he too good a dancer. )

    June 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  237. j/NJ

    CIA Director Leon Panetta says it’s “almost as if” Dick Cheney is wishing for another terrorist attack on the U.S. Do you agree?

    Silly statement by Panetta, nevertheless, Richard Cheney's rants are no doubt related to his view of Obama's centrist politics which he (Cheney) seems unable to comprehend...unfortunately at the rate the President is going, he is likely to assuage not only Cheney but Russ Limbaugh, Mitch McConnell, and Newt Gingrich, sometime before his Presidential terms or perhaps "term" expires in 2012...

    June 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  238. Ian Jarvis

    Dick Cheney, wishing for a terorist attack? No way, Jack. If Cheney's prediction came true it would elevate his reputation, rehabilitate his failed tenure as Vice President, energize the right wing and make him the de facto the leader of the Republican party. Only a cycnic, Jack, would believe that Dick Cheney would trade domestic death and destruction for a shot at his own political resurrection...

    Ian Jarvis
    NYC

    June 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  239. Lou

    So the evil man, who's been hiding in the bunker for the past 8 years, comes out to scare the populace once again! He's changed the pronunciation of his name, after decades of service, but it still resonates as "the scary man".
    Please, please go away and let us live in relative peace!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  240. Edson

    No

    June 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  241. Laurence Ft. Wayne, IN

    I understand that Cheney wants to protect the US, but I really firmly believe he is more concerned about being labeled as a “Warmongering Crazed Madman” who used fear to push an agenda that has nearly brought about the financial ruin of his beloved United States.

    Laurence
    Ft. Wayne, IN

    June 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  242. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Of course Dick Cheney is wishing for another terrorist attack just like he wished it didn't happen under the Bush/Cheney watch and right now I'm wishing Dick Cheney would just shut up.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  243. Richard Green

    Jack,

    Cheney wants anything that will lend the cover of "truth" to the lies and misinformation he has been spreading since he scooted out of office. If he'll torture innocent people to get false confessions that will support the decision to attack a toothless enemy; he'll sure as heck pray for another attack that might get him off the hook for war crimes.
    He and his president have done more to damage our country than any gang of hijackers or Saudi extremists. He only cares about his skin and his "legacy".

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  244. Betty

    I think it's very wrong for Mr. Cheney to go around saying that we are less safe now that the dem are in power. It seems that Mr

    June 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  245. Cuture Blackice

    Jack,
    Dick wants to see Obama fail and an attack on American soil by terrorist will make his day. I bet he goes to sleep everyday hoping that someone, anybody, anything just attack American and prove him right. But it serves Obama right for not impeaching them for the torture they allowed to go on.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  246. Carole B.

    Yes! Cheney clearly cares more about his reputation, the reputation of the Bush Administration (both in tatters, deservedly so), than the well-being or safety of the United States. Cheney, who did so much to undermine this country's constitution, security, and standing, is now concerned only with rehabilitating his own image – and he'll do that at any cost – including, if necessary, another terrorist attack on American soil. He would make the most out of just such a horrific event and exploit it politically, not caring about the cost in lost life – just as he has shown zero regard for the life, treasure, moral authority and global reputation America lost through the Bush/Cheney Administration's use of terror, the illegal war on a sovereign natiion (Iraq), and the unthinking erosion of every U.S. citizen's constitutional rights.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  247. Victor

    For eight years the Evil Puppeteer Chaney controled the strings of the inept Puppet President W. Since he no longer has a puppet, Chaney has morfed into a fearmongering Ventriloquist with a dummy named Rush Limbaugh. It's shameful that the once respectable Republican party has become so weak as to let them lead the party. Even more shameful is that staunch Republicans continue to follow their lead. I really feel for Colin Powell.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  248. Chris McConnell

    Jack:

    Nobody knows the facts better than the old administration. Think what you want but it can be seen in some of the new policy changes in the new administration.

    Sure Obama is being setup for the fall he deserves by making America look week to Iran and North Korea. Just watch how these countries make him look weak.

    What will Obama do about these countries? NOTHING – He has no idea how to deal with these barbaric rulers.

    And the extreme Muslims do not care about dealing with Obama they just want to kill all Jews and Christians. Obama just does not get it.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  249. Ray Shelton

    The actions of Obama and Panetta to date seemed designed to weaken the USA 's ability to protect this country and to reward those who intend harm to this country. Panetta's comments about Cheney
    are designed to shift the attention from the administration's continued retreat from protecting this country from its professed enemies.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  250. Jill

    I really used to like Dick Cheney, back during Bush 41 when someone had a hand on his leash, but, Jack, the man is ill. Too much power, a poor diet, too many prescriptions, and the passage of time. He is a sick old man.

    JCG
    Sarasota, FL

    June 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  251. slamjam

    This type of behavior almost goads the bad-guys to do it.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  252. daye

    can not possibly think that anyone would wish for another terrorist attack on the US or anywhere else in the world. Cheney is behaving like a petulant child over the fact that people are criticizing him harshly. The real problem is that people are listening to him; I mean come on if you didn’t know that the whole Iraq thing was a farce then you seriously need to get a re education world and national affairs. Cheney is so vocal because people still line up to hear him. I wonder what would happen if we all ignored him and moved on to more important things like not cutting education and welfare programs…

    June 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  253. BigD 'Truth or Consequences', Minnesota

    I Agree Enough to Support Cheney's Right to Speak + I Take Pride in Knowing That CHENEY is Doing a Superb Job Exposing the "Lows" to Which the Republican Party Has Fallen!"

    People Who Relish in Hanging Other People, Seem to Always End Up Hanging Themselves in "The Triple Wheel of Portion; Deal or No Deal!"

    June 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  254. Vera Benedict

    Yes, yes, yes! I know it, Jack, you know it and let's face it we all know it to be so...seriously do we need to even debate it.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  255. Barbara Kaplan

    I am appalled and disgusted by Dick Cheney's remarks. He is the true face of the banality of evil – shrouded in his self-righteousness. He is a great danger to our great country. He should be on trial for treason for his actions of the past 8 years. Go back to Wyoming, Dick! We need patriots who love this country.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  256. Gary

    I am so tired of hearing Dick Cheney's hate talk. It amazes me every time I hear him talk how misguided someone that has been in such a close position of power and leadership in the United States. Obama's actions are not threatening us, but rather starting us down the road to the kind of long lasting peace that Bush/Cheney could not understand. They would rather be in the 100 years war with the world.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  257. Alison S. Iowa

    I can't help but shake my head at Cheney. He's had 8 years to be vocal about America's safety (among other things) and to make changes and he waits until now to ACT like he cares? He's not fooling anyone. Only cowards speak out when their words hold no immediate consequences.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  258. Nicole

    Not only would Cheney welcome another attack, but I would't be shocked if he took part in it. His comments are meant to prove he was right, not to make anyone safer. He's a sick, twisted tyrant looking for a cult to fllow him down the path of evil.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  259. Hadi Poursaid

    Yes he wants to justify his 8 years in power.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  260. Ra'sheen

    Of course! He's DICK Cheney!
    Cheney & those like him are what perpetuate the Republicans as a Broken Party.
    The Broken Party exists by the management & distribution of Fear; not unlike the "terrorists" they claim to be against. The Broken Party are Anti-Government/Egalitaristic Civilization; nothing more than glorified anarchists. The Broken Party are the prominent element perpetuating distrust & FEAR towards our government. The Broken Party don't want a UNITED States of America, but an Isolated States of America!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  261. Betty

    Cheney would like to see this country be attack again.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  262. Normandé from Mexico

    This really shows Cheney's love for his country. He knows that his words will be heard by those that are seeking a greenlight to attack the US. We know that asking Cheney for some support for the current administration is an illusion, but paving the way for terrorists to make his point? I don't think so... :(

    June 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  263. sara campbell

    No, Cheney does not want this country attacked; he just has common sense which our current administration hasn't shown any to date. Why are the Dems so obsessed with trashing Cheney? Could it be his increased rating in the polls is beginning to bug them??

    June 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  264. Bill Cooper

    Dick Cheney could be doing us a service. Truth is, the CIA's and other intelligence mistakes have been costing us since WWII. There is a long trail of blunders through Korea, Cuba (Bay of Pigs), Viet Nam, Iraq 1, The Cole, Iraq 2, World Trade Center twice, Kenya, the list is almost endless. It's time to quit blaming presidents and their administrations for everything.
    He is also a private citizen making these comments, unlike Jimmy Carter who has publicly and on foreign soil demeaned every Republican president since he was ousted from office. If what Cheney is saying seems factually flawed, our president would do well to just ignore him instead of reacting to everything he says. We should really stop the hateful dialogue and get on with life.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  265. Johannathan

    I agree with Leon Panetta.This man Cheney has done nothing but
    added fear mongering to an already nervous country.These men
    that put this country on the verge of an Third World War.with an war of choice with no plan of what to do after the war has the gall to think whensome people are still afraid is adding to our edginess by harping up these onwarranted fears.Mr.Cheney should do like his former bossand go somewhere and keep his mouth shut.
    H kept his mouth shut for almost eight years now that he is afraid of some type of war crime charges is out here only to change histor.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  266. Cuture Blackice NYC, NY

    Jack,
    Dick wants to see Obama fail and an attack on American soil by terrorist will make his day. I bet he goes to sleep everyday hoping that someone, anybody, anything just attack American and prove him right. But it serves Obama right for not impeaching them for the torture they allowed to go on.
    Cuture
    NYC, NY

    June 15, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  267. Larra Ryan

    He has a maniacal desire to be correct, so, sure, an attack would make his day. He doesn't mention that the last attack was 9 months into his own term. Does anyone get the idea that this man cares anything about his country? He is egocentric, a bully and a coward. He ran for the bunker after 9/11, shellshocked, unable to function for weeks.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  268. A.M. Deist

    The real reason Cheney is wishing for an attack is because if one doesn't occur, what will Republicans say for the election of 2010 when the Democrats say that Obama's plan has kept America safe, without requiring torture?

    June 15, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  269. Berhanu

    I think Dick is getting paranoid and want to do some cover up works in the expense of the American people. It might take more than two terms to fix his mess and would be wise if he stops being a rat running to the cat.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  270. Margaret

    Well said, Yvette from Wyoming. Cheney would rather see more Americans die and prove Obama's administration wrong than allow him any credit. Cheney continues to lie. He has the blood of American soldiers on his hands for sending them to a war in Iraq that was a lie.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  271. jay

    He would probably love it.
    I wouldn't be surprised if Cheney was the head of
    Al Qaeda

    June 15, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  272. Andrew from Pinehurst, NC

    Jack: Cheney does not want an attack on U.S. soil, he just wants to grab some headlines from CNN and any other media that disagree with his statements. He is drawing some of the attention that would have gone to Obama or Biden. He may or may not believe what he is saying, but he knows for sure the media will publish anything. Besides, noone can confirm or deny that his statements are wrong. Everyone is praying that he is, but there is no way to know for sure. In the meantime, I would suspect that the administration is doing all it can to make sure we don't have an incident. Would they work harder to prove Cheney wrong? Certainly.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  273. Eugene

    Mr. Panetta may be correct.
    Since when did Mr. Cheney & Co. keep this country safe?
    If I remember correctly, the attack of 911 happen during his reign, nine months after they came into office. Probably because they had him hidding, so that people wouldn't think he was actually (which he was) the President of the US. Remember? When Mr. Bush was not allowed to speak in public ad lib because of his foot in mouth disease. There were many pieces of information that had anyone taken the time to look into, they could have realized that something was going on and stopped the attack well in advance of the 911 date.
    He has a dirty concience and is therefore mentally willing for some atrocity to take place during someone elses watch. His subconcient probably thinks it would make him look LESS BAD in history.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  274. Ben Hoff

    It may be that we have not been attacked since 9/11 because of the world's support of the United States at the time. We squandered that good will and empathy but now Iran is showing American – like, democratic – like convictions by demanding fair elections. If America can reverse years of prejudice and peacefully transition between opposing parties as we have, it gives hope to those less fortunate politically.

    Ex-Vice President Cheney shares one characteristic with President Obama, his middle initial. President Obama's name, Hussein, has been a curse and a blessing, it seems but Cheney's, Halliburton, is something he'd like everyone to forget.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  275. greg

    I've always felt that dick was more than just the V.P. now i'am sure of it . It appears to me that o'l dick seems upset that HIS policies are being questioned . My hats of to the CIA's top man!!!!!.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  276. MARCIA

    Leon Panetta is right !! Cheney is being the Front man for his administration and he could care less about the American people. He wants Obama to fail.....He's hoping that there will be no talk about bringing them up on War Crimes, which we should. That would really tell the World how we truly feel about their actions.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  277. Pat

    .. It seems very obvious that ,in fact ,Cheney is possibly "taunting" terrorist to prove him right . He needs to be proven right to justify his performance over the last 8 years . He looks to causing a chaotic event within his own country , possibly harming to citizens to cause a paranoid
    reaction . He is frightening !

    Also , one of the GOP representative's in North Carolina (?) commenting on a possible relative of Mrs Obama escaping from a zoo , demonstrates the mean spirited disrespectful hateful, racism that permeates the GOP . Where are the decent members /leaders of the party to negate the hateful effect such as Colin Powell , Mac Cain , Romney , and others ?

    June 15, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  278. Allen L Wenger

    It may seem that way to some, but no-one can know what another person really wants. It is a reversal of what the Republicans said for so many years, "that the Democrats want to lose the war in Iraq to diminish the Bush Administration". It would be nice if our political parties could act a little more like adults, instead of like children in the school yard.

    Mountain Home ID

    June 15, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  279. James Harris

    Jack,

    It blows my mind how a former vice president that served 8 years in office was never heard from until he shot someone can be so out spoken after the country has completely gone into the toilet. Everyone liked Cheney when he was quite and hidden behind the scenes. I must say Jack you call it like it should be, that police officer should have been fired immediately, there is just to much power given to police officers. I believe some officer forgot that they were hire to serve the public and not abuse the public. On the other subject of health care. No one has been able to solve the health care problem in this country, and republicans did not and have not cared about solving this health care problem, so all of the sudden they have the answer, sure when we finally get a president that really cares about the people that just don't matter to the rich government officials. Make them live in poverty and taken away their pay and health care for their family, it would be a different attitude in Washington. My daughter has no health care coverage because it is just to expensive. I would love an option that is much less expensive, maybe everything won't be covered, but it would be better than having no coverage at all.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  280. Diane Thomas

    Jack,
    I wouldn't think any public servant would wish an attack on our country. However, it seems odd that Dick Cheney started getting worked up right after the proposed release of the CIA memos. Is his offensive posture really a defense in disguise?
    Diane from Indianapolis

    June 15, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  281. Eileen

    Mr. Cheney did enough to destroy this country and the middle east while he was in office. Why on earth would anyone even give him air time? Does he forget that we were attacked under their watch, our country committed countless numbers of war crimes under his instruction, that they did not keep us safe, but did make us much less safe for many decades to come thanks to his actions! I believe Mr. Cheney is simply spinning as fast as he can to cover his rear end when it comes to war crimes charges. "Thoust protest too much" Mr. Cheney, Even if everything you did and said wasn't already on video tape and all over the internet, none of us are stupid enough to have forgotten so easily all the stuff you did and said to get us into 2 wars, and countless other lies.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  282. John - Fort Myers

    Cheney has said that he is in the Rush Limbaugh wing of the party; that is the wing that wants to see the Obama presidency fail. Here is the damage done by Mr. Cheney that needs to be pointed out. If he truly believes that we are weaker now, why does he embolden our enemies to attack by publicly pronouncing the weakness of the United States of America. If he were a patriot, wouldn't he be working behind the scenes to help the current administration strengthen the weakness that he sees.
    Sadly, Mr. Cheney's actions are not guided by patriotism, but by politics.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  283. Dennis Jaques

    Absolutely, yes! Mr. Cheney and his colleagues called for the need of a "new Peal Harbor" (Policy for A New Amercian Century", Sept. 2000, p.51) which would galvanize the American people to rebuild the military which he saw as having been gutted by Bill Clinton. He obtained what he had called for and look at how he used that fear to sidestep the U.S. Constitution.

    Thank God for elections in the U.S.A. which can bring change! Mr. Cheney never spoke to the AmericAn people anywhere as much in 8 years as he has in 8 months of being OUT OF THE POWER structure.

    Mr. Cheney is enthralled with personal power and not the good of the American people.

    Hmmm; wonder what he wants now.....

    Dennis, North Vancouver, B.C. and Grangeville, Idaho

    June 15, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  284. Makahalady

    I get chills when I view a picture of V.P. Cheney! Clearly, he is against President Obama. Just looking at him, I see an angry man full of hate and doing all he can to discredit our president. What he says is untrue. His reality, however, is the good of torture, the treasure of fear -mongering, and the love for power! The statistics-37% approval-are very frightening! He reminds me of Adolph Hitler and how he appealed to Germany when she was weak. Because we are going through a very tough recession, some will listen to Cheney and join him in the ugliness and remarks about our president that I find unamerican! Some may want to do worse! He loves what he is doing. Just watch his face when he spits out terrible words. What damage he does to President Obama is also damage he does to America!

    June 15, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  285. Fred Dean Weaver

    Jack: Dick Cheney Lied, change CIA report which got us into IRAQ war so yes Cheney would want terror attack so American would so Americans forget That he and bush Got us in a Illigal war & war Crimes.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  286. Glenn

    Place Dick on the terror watch-list. You know you agree Jack.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  287. Larry Blackford

    When will the Democrates find a back bone to stand up to Cheney sicking comments. This man has lost al respect in the public as a servant. The only people listening to him must be haters of what is good and well for humanity. He has some deep issues that are very dark and evil and so must his followers. You should know a tree by the fruits that it bears. What has Cheney beared?

    June 15, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  288. Mike (Parma N.Y.)

    I am sure as long as it did not effect him directly he would not care ,being able to thumb his nose at the Obama administration would mean more to him personaly .I also believe he would rather have a dictatorship,keeping him and Mr Bush in power then this would not even be an issue for him.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  289. William E. Wilson

    Panetta is "almost" right. The one word I would change is his use of the word "almost". Dick Cheney can't stand to be shown up as wrong.
    Hence all these red herring attacks on Obama. Cheney is still vulner-
    able to possible charges of ordering torture against Guantanamo prisoners and he knows it. Cheney will do anything, ANYTHING, to throw the spotlight off of him , someone else with his red herring attacks.

    William E. Wilson
    Moses Lake, WA.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  290. Gary In Lexington

    Jack:

    Sadly, I believe he does, because that would tend to validate the otherwise horrific administration he was an invisible member of for 8-years. An administration that could not secure our borders, an SEC that could not protect Wall Street from itself or us, an FDA that could not find its behind with both hands, much less protect us, nearly doubled our National Debt and destroyed our economy and world reputation...need I say more? He is a vile, bitter man, that has zero legacy, as a result of his hidding in a bunker for 8-years.

    Gary,
    Lexington,KY

    June 15, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  291. David R.

    Of course Dick Cheney is hoping for another terrorist attack. However, it's not so he can say "I told you so." His desire for more attacks are due to the same motivation that has him talking to any news outlet that will give him face time. He's hoping to pre-empt through diversion, what would happen if a majority of our citizens actually located their morals. In any truly moral review, many senior members of the Bush Administration, with Cheney being one of the most cupable, should at least be put on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  292. william earnest

    JACK Greetings,
    I feel the CIA aagent is wise and calls it correctly.
    Dick Cheney misses the sound of the war drum
    and must keep up the fear we were told to live with
    President Obama has a lot to undo because of
    these men who lead america down a dangerous
    path against so many things we believed in like the
    Geneva Convention, and torture, and starting a war.
    William Centerville, Ohio

    June 15, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  293. Charles

    We should not take the EX- VP seriously.

    Sad to see how the GOP is manipulating the American public. We are no better than what the Soviet have done in the Stalin days. For eight years, we were at their mercy.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  294. RightofFarLeft

    The new president is starting to find out that being President is not as easy as running for President. To say that VP Cheney would like to see the US attacked again is absurd. Some find it offensive that a former official would say anything bad about a standing Administration, yet the left leaning media glistened when the likes of Carter constantly bad mouthed the Bush administration. Act like President Obama has in the past and simply say "that is not going to happen, we won." I think i quoted him right, we have nothing to fear now that we have a "God-like" figure leading us now. No one would dare attack a country lead by a God, would they?

    June 15, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  295. Tony from Torrington

    Amazing how defiant your viewers are. Cheney and Bush are evil and Obama is God. Well, if Cheney has been speaking the truth, and I believe he has, Obama has made us less safe. If we are attacked again after 7 years of no attacks, only a fool would point to Bush and Cheney, and it appears you have plenty right here who are ready to pick up that banner.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  296. LUCI - ILLINOIS

    Yes I think Cheney is hoping for the U.S. to be attacked. He is so mean spirited. I guess he doesn't think that maybe he and his family might be the one that would be hit. Cheney, liz, and Palin should fade into the sunset together, never to be heard from again.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  297. Lewis Eigen

    All our admirals and generals and civillian experts have different views on these tough issues. To say that the side different from his are making the country unsafe is just part of Cheny's paranoia, As for whether he really wants to see another another attack, a paranoid has to be right only once to make it all worth while

    June 15, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  298. Austin

    Cheney is wntitled to hiia opinion once it seems but the media gives him unequall bites ar the issue by not insisting on an equal time opportunity for the currwnt administration to offer rebuttal.in real time.

    If Cheney was typically unavailable to media while in office it seems he squandered his opportunity to explain and doesn't deserve boring and misleading at bats to distract the repair of a nation whose risks he multiplied by waging a fake war.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  299. Greg from Texas

    Jack, it's hard to believe Dick Cheney when he sanctioned that IRAQ had WMD's. I never understood why you would lodge a ground attack on a country knowing that country had WMD's unless of course, they didn't have them. Secondly, why would the Taliban or Alcada travel 6K miles to attack the U.S. when we're right in there back yard with Afghanistan and IRAQ. You know the price of gas and resulting, airline tickets!!! Aside from the failures of Wall street, the IRAQ war or occupation has much to do with our current financial situation and he sanctioned that war. I couldn't believe a word the man says.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  300. Lolita from Florida

    I agree that Dick Cheny is wishing for another Terrorists attack so that he can prove his point. It is obvious to me that ultimately we are by far more safe with President Obama than we ever was with President Bush. President Obama has captured the minds and confidence of many across the globe. President Obama has inspired many people particularly young people. Vice President Dick Cheney has to understand that the United States has been isolated and many of the countries has imbedded hatred for the U.S. prior to President Obama's election. I only hope for safety is president Obama in a world that has heightened nuclear weapons capabilities. Ultimately it is the young people who will be deciding the future for all of us. President Obama understands this but VP Cheney has no clue. VP Cheney does not understand that it is his rhetoric that fuels hatred in other countries. Once Dick Cheney could come to terms with President Obama's philosophy, we will all be better off.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:39 pm |