'9/11 will turn out to be not nearly as bad as the next mass casualty attack against the United States'9:10 AM, Oct 13, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Dick Cheney opened up for a nearly two hour interview with Bill Kristol, as part of the latest installment of Conversations With Bill Kristol:
The two discussed Cheney's time as secretary of defense, the Gulf War, the Nixon and Ford Years, the Reagan years, 9/11, and the threats we face today.
On the last point, Cheney surveyed the world -- particulary the Middle East -- and expressed concern about Iran getting nuclear weapons. If that happens, Cheney predicted, many other countries in the region would quickly acquire nuclear weapons, too.
"So we're in a very dangerous period and I think it's more threatening than the period before 9/11," Cheney predicted. "I think 9/11 will turn out to be not nearly as bad as the next mass casualty attack against the United States--which, if and when it comes, will be with something far deadlier than [with] airline tickets and box cutters."
Cheney defended the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques--specifically, waterboarding--used by the Bush administration to help save American lives, as well as the NSA program. He also talked about how congressional leaders, such as Nancy Pelosi, all privately signed off on the programs -- and implored the Bush administration not to bring it to Capitol Hill for discussion.
Kristol ended the conversation by thanking Cheney for his "model" public service.
Daniel Halper is author of Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine.
12:06 PM, Sep 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former Vice President Dick Cheney blasted President Obama in a speech today at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Cheney blamed Obama for the "arbitrary and hasty withdrawal of residual forces from Iraq," which he said resulted in "the tragic error that gave us a caliphate."
9:16 AM, Aug 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama said last night at a Democratic fundraiser in Rhode Island that the terrorism from ISIS "doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland." The reason? The security measures taken by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to Obama.
7:29 PM, Aug 12, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Dick Cheney tells radio host Hugh Hewitt that Hillary Clinton might not be the Democratic presidential candidate in 2016.
"Can Hillary Clinton be beaten?" Hewitt asked the former vice president. "And if so, how?"
And why it mattersJul 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42 • By DICK CHENEY and LIZ CHENEY
As the jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) capture territory and establish a caliphate stretching across the now-eradicated Syria-Iraq border, hard-won gains secured with American blood and treasure are being lost. We are watching the rise of potentially the gravest threat to our national security in a generation, one that surpasses even the threat we faced on 9/11.
5:39 PM, Jul 9, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
When is it okay for a politician to discuss impeaching a president? Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst is receiving criticism for her responses to questions about impeaching President Obama. Ernst, who won her party's nomination last month, never actually said she supported impeachment. But amid recent calls from some conservatives that "it's time to impeach" the president the Iowa Republican is receiving some tougher scrutiny over her past statements on impeachment.
10:24 AM, Feb 25, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Dick Cheney ripped President Obama's defense drawdown in a phone conversation with Sean Hannity:
"They’re basically making the decision in the Obama administration that they no longer want to be dominant on the seas and in skies and space," says Cheney.
"The fact of the matter is having a huge impact on the ability of future presidents to deal with future crises that are bound to arise."
The life and cardiac times of Dick Cheney. Jan 27, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 19 • By TEVI TROY
Those who follow politics know that Dick Cheney’s biography is an extraordinary one. His rapid ascension from Capitol Hill intern (and Yale dropout) in 1969 to White House chief of staff by 1974 is one of the fastest rises in American political annals. It was so fast, and he rose so high, that it comes second only to Theodore Roosevelt’s five-year ascent from New York City police commissioner to assistant secretary of the Navy to New York governor to vice president to president. And Cheney, unlike Roosevelt, was completely unknown when he started his climb.
6:12 PM, Jan 7, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The pro-Chuck Hagel forces, having failed to pick up momentum from the president's announcement today, seem to be getting desperate. Why else would the following bombshell magically appear on BuzzFeed's website?
Here's the dramatic headline:
10:47 AM, Apr 3, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Dick Cheney has been released from the hospital following a heart transplant ten days ago. The former vice president's staff does not reveal how Cheney's recovering from the surgery. But he looks like he's doing well, considering this photo of Cheney and his wife that his daughter Liz tweeted announcing her father had come home:
Here's the statement issued by Cheney's office:
4:05 PM, Sep 16, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Elliott Abrams, Eliot Cohen, Eric Edelman, and John Hannah have an op-ed in the Washington Post that responds to "a curious op-ed this week about the Bush administration’s response to the secret al-Kibar nuclear reactor built by Syria and North Korea," which was written by Bob Woodward. The former Bush administration officials go on to defend Vice President Cheney and call Woodward's account "a revisionist and misleading history."
5:00 PM, Sep 13, 2011 • By MICHAEL ANTON
Bob Woodward’s recent piece in the Washington Post argues that the debacle of the Iraq-WMD case should have made the Bush administration more circumspect about intelligence—and that everyone understood this lesson except the vice president. He offers the Syrian nuclear reactor destroyed by the Israelis in September of 2007 as an example.
What he says, and doesn’t say, is revealing.Sep 12, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 48 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
On page 251, Dick Cheney admits a mistake. He had shot his friend Harry Whittington in the face, and in the hours that followed, did not put out a statement about the accident. “In retrospect,” he writes, “we should have.”