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September 6th, 2011
04:36 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Cheney refuses to admit any mistakes as vice president

By CNN's Wolf Blitzer

Los Angeles (CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney refuses to say he made any mistakes at all during his eight years in the Bush administration. He tells me he has no regrets whatsoever.

During our interview, in short, he was vintage Cheney.

He strongly defended his record on every single controversial issue I raised with him: the nearly $1 trillion TARP economic bailout package that the Bush administration pushed through Congress during its final weeks; the decision to invade Iraq even though Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11; the failure to kill Osama bin Laden when he was cornered in Tora Bora shortly after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan; and the failure to take any steps in the summer of 2001 when he and President George W. Bush were warned that al Qaeda was planning to attack Americans in the United States.

I pointed out to the former vice president that everyone makes mistakes, and there’s nothing wrong with admitting mistakes. We are, after all, only human. No one is perfect.

But he refused to budge. “I'm proud of the policies we put in place. I think they did the job we intended for them to do. And I'm not inclined to make any mea culpas,” Cheney said. Just as in his new best-seller “In My Time,” Cheney defended every controversial decision he made.

He acknowledged that the intelligence suggesting that Saddam Hussein had stockpiles filled with weapons of mass destruction was wrong. Still, he defended the decision to invade Iraq and remove Saddam from power. His basic argument: the world is better off without Saddam. When I asked him if he had any regrets in Iraq, he said, “I think we made exactly the right decisions.”

On the economy, I pointed out that the Bush administration inherited a strong economy from the Clinton administration. There were robust budget surpluses for as far as the eye could see. But during the eight years of the Bush administration, those surpluses became deficits. The national debt doubled – going from $5 trillion to $10 trillion. Moreover, the country went into a horrible economic recession in the final months of the Bush administration, teetering on the brink of a depression. Yet Cheney refused to accept any personal responsibility.

The huge budget deficits were largely the result of no significant spending cuts to pay for two wars, two rounds of tax cuts and a new, unfunded Medicare mandate – prescription drug benefits for seniors.

Check out the interview in "The Situation Room" today from 5 to 7 p.m. ET.

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  1. thetooloftools

    Why would Cheney EVER admit he did ANYTHING wrong. He was the one who convinced W that he was the best one to be V.P. while he was in charge of the search. What chapter in the book discusses all the no bid military contracts Haliburton got ? Yea... no chapter on that... go figure.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  2. BobZemko

    He looks and acts more like Dr. Strangelove every day . . .

    September 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • dr. strangelove

      please don't insult dr. strangelove

      September 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  3. PuzzledInPeoria

    It's worthwhile to note that among the charges German generals were convicted of at the Nuremburg trials following World War II was "waging aggressive war" against sovereign nations. Under those same standards, Mr. Cheney is a war criminal as well.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • Curious?

      And how is that??? Sadaam kill 1/2 a million Kurds, Bush took him from power, just as the world did with Hitler. So how is it okay to remove Hitler and not Sadaam? Just curious!

      September 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
      • Steve

        ONe reason the US thought Saddam possessed WMD, is that the US was instrumental in supplying Iraq with precurosor agents,, technology and various WMD agents, it was assumed that some of these were still in their possession, not having all been destroyed a decade earlier. They needed Saddam silenced so they made sure he was incommunicado and then summariliy executed.

        September 6, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
      • Cedar Rapids

        Saddam gassed the kurds 20 years ago, while he was still friends with the US no less. To try to use that as a reason to remove him is a foolish argument.

        September 7, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  4. A Kickin' Donkey

    Sorry, your $10T number should be higher. The Debt expanding contribution of the

    1.) Unfunded tax cuts
    2.)Two Wars in Afghanistan & Iraq &
    3.) Medicare Part D

    are Bush /Cheney legacies that continue to drag us down.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  5. Amin Jiwani

    Just ask him HOW MUCH TAXPAYER's MONEY WENT TO HALLIBURTON AND CARLYLE DURING BUSH PRESIDENCY? and let have answer.

    Ask him IF WE WOULD HAVE GONE INTO IRAQ IF SADDAM "REALLY " HAD WEAPONS OF MASS SESTRUCTION?

    Ask him IF ANY OF HIS FAMILY MEMBER WAS KILLED IN IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN?

    September 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  6. jdog

    admitting mistakes? An A S S like this never can admit fault...it's not in their line of thinking, regret, thoughtfulness, self-reflection...it's not in the mind of a psychopath to reflect on that....'people' like this lack empathy, the thing that makes the rest of us human......and thus unable to EVER in ANY circumstances have the ego to not only aspire to the type of power and control an A S S like this does, but also the lack of an ability to admit mistakes

    September 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  7. WR

    Why would Wolf allow the former Vice President to state that their administration inherited their issues when Dick clearly followed with pointing out events that occurred during his administration?

    September 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  8. bobcat2u

    Cheney is nothing but a jerk. Because of his " inteligence " he talked Mr. Bush into starting a war we had no business in. Everybody knows he made a fortune from that war. I feel bad for Bush, because I think he was just to stupid to realized he was duped. Cheney really needs to be brought up on charges for ilegally invading that country which resulted in so many deaths.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  9. JoJo in Boston

    "I had other priorities in the '60s than military service." Dick Cheney, war profiteer and strong advocate of preemptive/preventative war and the use of torture, when asked about his multiple draft deferments during the Vietnam War.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  10. Mike

    Facts: Bush created 52 MONTHS of job growth. The TARP money that Bush doled out has largely been repaid. TARP would not have been necessary, except for Barney Frank and Dodd's gifting of HOMES to the poor. The Obama administration then turned a minor, cyclical downturn into this MEGA recession, which will be the longest in history. Saddam DID have (and used) WMD's, he just got them out while we spent 6 months crying to the UN. Obama has, in 2.5 years, amassed MORE deficit spending that GW did in 8. If he is allowed another 4 years, the US will be completely and utterly destroyed with debt. The US was NOT attacked after 9/11 under Bush. The US HAS been attacked in the first year of Obama's presidency (hood). Obama liberal policies would NEVER have gotten Osama, had it not been for the intelligence structures put in place by Cheney/Bush. Clinton disgraced the office of President, was nearly impeached, and if you remember correctly, was ALSO suffering from a downturn in the economy when he left (Internet Bust). Gas was $1.88 when Bush left. It's $3.68 right now. Unemployment at it's WORST under Bush was a tick over 7%. It's been OVER 9% for awhile now, and climbing under Barry. Any more proof, people???

    September 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
    • JoJo in Boston

      REPLY TO MIKE: We supported Saddam when he gassed the Kurds and killed a million Iranians. Clinton left with a Federal surplus, squandered by Bush, and then some, and then some.

      “I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.” Alan Greenspan, 2007, Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve 1987-2006.

      "I have indicated it was not in conformity with the U.N. Charter. From our point of view, from the charter point of view, it was illegal." Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, speaking on the American invasion of Iraq, September 16, 2004.

      "There were not sufficient reasons to unleash a war against Iraq. ……It was right to resist the war.” Pope Benedict XVI

      “It is essential not to lose sight of the moral dimension of war. ……..The War in Iraq did not even come close to satisfying the requirements of a just war.” Ron Paul

      September 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
      • Steve

        OIl, that is BS.

        OBL said it, the U.S. CIA said it.. It was about Israel.

        September 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
      • Steve

        Whatever the secondary reasons for the war, the crucial factor in President Bush’s decision to attack was to help Israel. With support from Israel and America’s Jewish-Zionist lobby, and prodded by Jewish “neo-conservatives” holding high-level positions in his administration, President Bush – who was already fervently com­mitted to Israel – resolved to invade and subdue one of Israel’s chief regional enemies.

        This is so widely understood in Washington that US Senator Ernest Hollings was moved in May 2004 to acknowledge that the US invaded Iraq “to secure Israel,” and “everybody” knows it. He also identified three of the influential pro-Israel Jews in Washington who played an important role in prodding the US into war: Richard Perle, chair of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board; Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Defense Secretary; and Charles Krauthammer, columnist and author.

        September 6, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
      • LOL

        Funny I never once heard 'Israel' mentioned in the lead up to the war but I did here 'WMDs' about 6 dozen times.

        September 7, 2011 at 8:43 am |
    • djwazu

      Yes pigs can fly!

      September 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • Mike - Las Vegas

      You are extraordinarily factually challenged. In other words, there is not a shred of truth in your rant. That nonsense may fly on fox news' site but not here. Typical view from the right, that the Rushpublicans have never, ever made a mistake or done anything wrong or hurtful to America or its citizens. Your rant is pure B.S.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
    • Steve

      Job growth by irresponsible government spending, doubling the National Debt.

      Artificial Boom followed by real Bust.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
    • Dink Lane

      You got to admit.... Cheney did one thing –>

      He got us to agree on one thing –> We all hate him...

      September 6, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • Iskenderian

      While your digging up your "proof" at least get your facts straight. Clinton wasn't nearly Impeached, he WAS impeached. Just not convicted. Blaming Obama for Fort Hood? A bit of a stretch. Saddam did use chemical weapons on his people FACT. Saddam had nuclear capability? FICTION. He wasn’t even close. Saddam had role in 9/11 and Al-Qaeda ties? FICTION. Osama couldn’t stand him, thought him a bad Muslim.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  11. pyrrho

    I think this quote by Friedrich Nietzsche fits Cheney to a tee.
    "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you".
    Dick Cheney became that monster by authorizing torture and the war in Iraq.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
    • Linda in Arizona

      Cheney is trying to rewrite history before he dies. It won't work. Too many people know and have written the truth.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • Linda in Arizona

      Sorry about the first reply, which was meant to be a stand-alone comment. I did have a reply to your excellent Nietzsche quote though. He also said: "Be careful when casting out demons lest you lose the best part of yourself." In Cheney's case, it would be the only part.

      September 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  12. NJBob

    Don't interview him. Interrogate him! The man is a felon and a war criminal. There can be no justice in this country until this man is tried for his crimes.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  13. JN

    Dick Cheney is a national disgrace. He suffers from classic narcissist personality disorder.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  14. chuckt

    What an idiot. Last two years of Bush administration was controled by the house and senate, which was the Democrats....hmmmm..Looks like they are the reason. Second, 9/11 was one of the two biggest days in our country's history. the economy started to go south, but the Bush administration actually saved it. (Take lessons O'bama). TARP was actually highly supported and promoted by the Democratic congress (idiot). Looks like we got all the money back, but ask O'bama where he spent that money? hmmm...

    September 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • VetsV

      Really that's your answer to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and all the tenders going to halliburton for contract work .. other then that u forgot the fact 911 did happened on Bush's watch.. and coming back to Congress in Power in last yrs of Bush.. How come u r not putting any blame on Congress now when Obama is the Prez? didn't they won the election to fix the economy n Jobs ? How come nothing happened in 6 months other then just farcical moves to stop Prez from doing anything .. r people so ignorant that they cannot look through lies. Ohh i guess there were some rich people who did benefited from Bush/Chenney policies after all..

      September 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  15. Seth Hill

    Cheney: "I don't think you can make the case that the world would be better off if Saddam Hussein were still in power"
    Actually, I can. Hussein was a ruthless, brutal dictator, but sometimes I think the world as a whole would be better off if he were still keeping the crazy suicide bombers under his thumb. How many did Hussein kill? How many were killed in the Iraq war?

    September 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  16. Jilli

    There's a special place reserved for Dick Cheney. He's a national disgrace.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  17. smmdepot

    Kudo's to Wolf Blitzer for his pointed questions to Dick Cheney. The former VP came across as the total fraud that he is. What a disgrace as a human being. This man is a shining example of a low-life, self aggrandizing bum in expensive clothing. I am disgusted, as I believe most other people are as well.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  18. Paul

    We already had cow manure in the White House, it stunk so bad that all the Republicans got sick and they think they can clean it up and fix it, when they cannot fix anything! God forbid if we get another republican president! Can't stand anymore cow manure in the White House! all they are good for is putting money in their pockets!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  19. Alex Jones

    A new world order puppet who made millions through the war and invasion of Iraq and found no weapons of mass destruction. He is a disgrace and is a traitor to the constitution and every service man that has shed his blood for this country.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  20. al

    Saddam Killed Million's , BUSH AND CHENEY Bombed and KILLED Millions of Iraqis....

    Only one of them was tried as a War Criminal.... Its makes no logical sense to me...

    September 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  21. John Poltrack

    Sorry, couldn't stomach watching your interview with this guy. If he weren't promoting his book he would be in an undisclosed location with his "man sized" safe.

    No mistakes were made? Please spare me.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  22. 1225

    XLiberalFool – If you "support everything the Bush administration did", then you should be fighting with the soldiers in Iraq who are giving their lives as they were ordered to by the Bush administration because of WMD's.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  23. Jason

    It's funny to watch Wolf interview people....his bias shows through like everyone else at CNN.

    I think it was gracious for Cheney to appear on a CNN interview as not only do they ask the questions – they provide the answers.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • stejo

      He's selling a book – nothing gracious about that. And nothing new, either...he sold us all up the river for his own profit.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Kwaku

      Typical Neocon when someone presents an opposing view you label them "biased". That is the problem with our society today neither the GOP or the Dems can look at anything with an objective eye. It is all about their myopic ideas that unfortunately get's assimilated by people like you Jason. Nevertheless, it is much more prevalent among the GOP zealots. If it ain't on FOX it ain't right, in my opinion Wolf was very objective and fair to the VP, who perpetually looks like a Sour Grape constantly wincing in pain as if, someone has his nuts in a vice grip.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  24. Seth Hill

    Whatever a Conservative does is always right, even when it's wrong. Whatever a Liberal does is always wrong, even if it's right. (Also, whatever a Socialist does, even if he promotes Capitalism, is always socialism.)

    September 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  25. Jason

    I agree with Cheney.

    Boo-yah!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  26. D

    Kind of ironic that if he was the leader of another country, he'd be just the type of person we would forcibly remove from power.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  27. Mellowme

    He should be tried for treason for getting us into the Iraq War under false pretenses and for publicly outing a US CIA agent. That's just for starters.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  28. Gary Koltookian

    Wolf, how come you didn't ask Cheney to admit he made a mistake when he mistook 78-year old Harry Whittington for a quail during a hunt before filling him full of buckshot?

    September 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  29. Dave

    Would have been nice if Wolf had actually asked him about the "Bush tax cuts" for the richest 2% and tax cuts for major corps. Also, it would be VERY nice if all the CNN anchors stopped fawning over each other and thanking each other for a "great job" and "great reporting"...Enough of the self congratulatory nonsense.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  30. Joe

    He is as much of a soul-less SOB now as he was then. He and Bush and Rice should all face a war crimes tribunal. And God help us if any Palin/Bachman type opportunists should ever gain political power. More of the same, folks!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  31. Joe C

    He's a war criminal. Hope they indict him in The Hague.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  32. SpiderCNN

    Cheney, why as temporary commander of NORAD did you ordered complete stand by as the object allegedly an airliner was approaching the Pentagon?

    September 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  33. andyoo

    wolf:'I pointed out that the Bush administration inherited a strong economy from the Clinton administration'
    No Wolf, it was a bubble economy from Clinton that everyone was cheating, flipping houses, selling bogus loans
    and the out of control tech bubble that bursted right when bush become president.
    It's clinton not killing Bin Laden when he knew where he is wide open in Afgan openly training terriost that lead us to
    9/11. It's Bush and Obama that has to clean up the mess that Clinton's mistakes lead to.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  34. RudyG

    The SOB should be tried for war crimes – against our own boys and girls in uniform. And that's coming from a REPUBLICAN!!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  35. RightWingNut

    This man should be tried for his war crimes...

    September 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  36. Strangwways

    Sociopaths never second-guess, feel empathy or do a mea culpa. The man is – still – terrifying.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  37. carruth

    Unfortunately, Cheney has more pragmatic insight than the entire Obama administration......

    September 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  38. markiejoe

    Cheney is an embarrassment to humanity.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  39. shadysider

    Shameless (Who cares about the free market, no bid contracts, suckas!) – The Dick Cheney story.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  40. joesmith

    reminds me of Nixon, stay the coarse to the end..it is what he did not say that freightens me..others working still behind the scenes are our worry..

    September 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  41. Patriot

    I think cheney is living in a delusion and is so dogged in his belief that he did no wrong that he will not accept his mistakes even if there is strong evidence to prove it.. Admission of mistakes by politicians nowadays is a rare quality and it reflects lack of humility and being self-instrospective which is the halmark of a good statesman and politician..

    September 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  42. Steve

    He was a mistake.

    I don't expect a lot from Cheney, especially not honesty , integrity or honor.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  43. Not All Docs Play Golf

    Dick Cheney was the most destructive character in America's history. He should rank with Benedict Arnold. The man has much American soldiers' blood on his hands. And to arrogantly deny that he ever did anything wrong or made any errors in his judgement is nauseating. And to me, speaking as a physician, his carved-out special treatment in the health system while his party obstructs health insurance reform is sickening.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  44. DrDanno

    Cheney should spend the rest of his miserable days in jail contemplating the shame he brought upon this country and the sorrow he brought to the families of our deceased warriors. He should be forced to pay restitution for the cost of the wars to the taxpayers from the coffers of Halliburton. This man is, in my opinion, a criminal of the highest order. This interview reveals just how bereft of character Cheney is.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  45. Blue Angel

    Bush was given a Democrat majority Congress the last two years of his presidency. Isn't that when things went South in the US? And with a Democrat President and Majority, we're continuing in the same direction and have gotten much worse. When Clinton was Prsident, wasn't the majority in Congress Republicans? Didn't the Republican majority insist on a balanced bugdet? When Bush was President and the Congress was ruled by the Republican party, America enjoyed the lowest unemployment rating in U.S. history, more Americans owned homes, and much more. Agan, we need a Republican controlled Congress and a Republican President.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • VetsV

      we went to wars in Iraq and afghanistan when Repubs were ruling the congress.. we did spend spend spend that's whey they lost the congress.. so stop believing in all the lies

      September 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  46. Robert

    I think that Cheney's words display the attitude taken throughout the Bush years. A pompous attitude with no concern and little knowledge of the thinking of the Middle East. Their thinking was we can create a democratic system like ours in an region that has never known democracy or understood the rights of the people and the individual. His attitude with no regrets, seems to think that by his words, he can mold history to see things as he wants it to be seen and not as it will be read. One question that comes to mind is why if we went to war in Iraq over the fear of weapons of mass distruction, did we not attack North Korea, who we knew had them. As stands, we have lost five thousand lives, spent billions and when we leave, it will probably return to another system of one party control as in Iran. Ironically we took out the opposition to the expansion of influence of Iran.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  47. Canadian Hunk

    Wolf Blitzer-You should have made a citizen's arrest and arrested that war criminal who made unjust wars and DESTROYED aMERICA

    September 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  48. John Marshall

    That man should be in prison for endangering our armed forces by torturing the enemy. In addition, he should be hanged for leaking the information outing Valerie Plame as a CIA agent. That's treason.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  49. CGoodrich

    These kind of questions are fair game for anyone in a public position, but what is troubling is that fact that they are not evenly applied. I don't recall CNN ever asking Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton, "what did you do wrong in your presidency?" Considering that the policies perpetuated during the Clinton years on housing lending contributed significantly to the financial meltdown, why isn't anyone asking Clinton or his cabinet what their responsibility was to that mess?

    September 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • Bill C

      CNN wasn't up and running during Jimmy Carter's administration, but are you kidding? How old are you? The press HOUNDED Carter about 18% interest rates; inflation; 6.5% unemployment (whoa!); Bert Lance's conduct and Jimmy's attitude about that; inviting the Shah to the US that precipitated throngs of idiots who took American hostages; his "my daughter Amy told me..." speech about nuclear proliferation; and the list goes on and on for that guy. And Clinton? Tell me you're being sarcastic. The press corp grilled him like a burger. Really, CGoodrich, snap out of it as soon as possible.

      September 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
  50. Miriam

    No it was everyone else's mia culpa – but God forbid, not him. Arrogant to the dying end.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  51. keeth

    "I'm not inclined to make any mea culpas." Which is a sign of a weak mind.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  52. huxley

    I'm glad you asked about the Richard Clark memo. It shouldn't be forgotten that the Bush Administration was warned prior to 9/11.

    But, you should have asked the big question: about the war profiteering and the conflict of interest that he owned shares in Halliburton – the biggest war contractor – which he had been CEO of prior to taking office of Vice President. How much money did the US government pay his company? How much did his personal holding in Halliburton increase in value while he was in office? These kinds of conflicts of interest would be illegal in the business world.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  53. wow. just wow.

    the man has no remorse at all.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  54. Stop the lies, Dick....

    Same B.S line. "The world is better of without Saddam Hussain". Doesn't look like it. I do know the world would had been better off if Dick Cheney was never born.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • Pan

      As a past President, it is proper to keep your mouth shut and blend back into eugrlar life. This allows the new president to work on his own. George W Bush has a lot of class. Carter could learn some. Cheney has nothing to gain with the exception of his love of country and showing us all what tools are now running the show in DC.

      April 4, 2012 at 5:45 am |
  55. Rich

    He is truly a disgrace.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • andyoo

      disgrace for what? puinishing the terriost that kill thousand of innocent?
      Making them give out info?
      or punish the country that harbor the terriost?
      or give out TARP money to temporary support the banks so that you still have a job to go back to? no cash flow, no business, no job for you.
      the only mistake they made is going to Iraq. But that's stupid CIA's fault for giving crappy info.
      If I were him, I catch the terriost, torture them , then give them a bullet in the head. Not even locking them up in
      Gitmo and wasting tax payer's money on them for their rest of their live.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • michael

      ....and a PIG....a greedy, selfish, power-hungry, self-centered PIG.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  56. POD

    "Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play."

    Joseph Goebbels

    September 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  57. XLIBERALFOOL

    I support nealy everything the Bush administration did. I did not like the TARP bailout, but we had no other choice. Obama did the same.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • kayla

      the only difference in bush case, is that he had a SURPLUS

      September 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  58. Tanbiker2

    Once again, Dick Cheney proves decisively that he is a coward, a liar and an unindicted war criminal. We should ensure that he is indicted soon before he dies.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  59. Jim8

    Any conservative would point out that "Obama made it worse" while ignoring the right's role in the financial mess.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • billyboy

      Do you know anything about history and the root cause of the financial meltdown? The liberal idea to socially engineer an outcome and drive banks to lend money to folks who went out and bought new trucks and trips to disneyland and didn't think about how they'd pay that loan back is what is at the root of this........Don't blame the GOP...blame goes all the way back to the "Fair Housing Act" and Jimmy Carter to the modern day Fannie and Freddie Macsters....Chris Dodd and Barney Frank.....BLAME THEM!!!!

      September 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • 1225

      What was the "Rights role in the financial mess" ? Be specific. Don't generalize.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  60. Truthwillsetyoufree

    He is the top of his style person. Not a person I'd let my kids be babysit-ted by. He was the one with the hand up Bush butt making him do the things he did. I do not think Bush was near as bad as this guy. Him and Rumsfield and maybe Wolfowitz.
    The three horsemen of the Apocalypse. I sincerely hope that this guy is nabbed by the war crimes tribunal at some point. Even if not there is still a heavy price to pay for what he has done, in a higher level....

    September 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  61. GREG

    this is the worst type of person, totally psychotic,not one mshred of remorse for the families and those he sent off to be MURDERED, citizens,we need to rally and put his lying ,get rich scheming coward ass on trial!!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  62. trashcup

    Who would expect Darth Vader to make any mea culpas – no one.

    This guy didn't have the guts to sign up for military service during Vietnam, while everyone I knew went in to serve their country. But then he sends thousands of troops to fight a war that was based on a lie that he perpetrated. This guy will go down in history as one of the worst VP's we've ever had. No wonder he won't apologize, he doesn't have a heart beating in his chest anymore, just a continuous hum. He's heartless.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  63. John

    lol..yes...after their 8 years were over, we can all look back and say "fine job"...lol

    September 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  64. tj

    he is a bonehead. Plain and simple.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  65. Tak

    The only mistake was that we elected this guy and his puppet boss in the first (and second) place!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • jdog

      amen

      September 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • jeepster455

      We, tak? Speak for yourself, I didn't vote for either one of these losers not even once, and proud of it. Non mea culpa!

      September 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  66. Helene Volat

    What a surprise! This terrorist will not apologize for anything nor reveal anything, even if waterboarded!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  67. CCCDaughter

    Dick was all about money! When he found out there was no Oil Rig's burning out of control, he knew the financial windfall of having BOOTS ON THE GROUND! The deal was the troops only recieved 1 MRE and 1 bottle of water in a 24 hour period. What my husband and I paid to feed my son and members of his platoon, would of been enough money to send our son to a 4 year college. Knowing what I know now, I would of saved every receipt and I would of gone to small claims court to sue Dick and KBR! BATTLECRYMA

    September 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  68. dk

    Oh yeah....as for all the pundits suggesting Obama is spending America into debtors prison I say: cut away all the spending for the last 2-3 years on Iraq and Afghanistan, Bush's TARP and Wall Street bailout, not to mention the Bush administration's unfunded medicare mandate, what do you have? What's even scarier is a republican may be the next president.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  69. Bill C

    Mr. Cheney is a personality type, and manufactures his environment, events, decisions, perceptions, etc to conform to a pathologically self-indulgent view of the world. He avoided military service during the Vietnam conflict with five deferments because "[he] had better things to do"; yet, when the death toll in Iraq war was presented to him for a reaction, he responded with, "it's an all-volunteer force". When hawking his memoirs on a program hosted by Matt Lauer, he was asked if it would be acceptable to him if an American citizen was waterboarded by a middle eastern power. His answer was embarrassingly evasive, but he certainly rationalized his answer to himself later. Dick Cheney: always certain, rarely correct.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • James Napoli

      I could not agree more ... Cheney has no abilty to apologize ... he used the F-bomb on the Senate floor ... no apology ... he shot a man with a shot gun ... and the man apolgized to Cheney ... his time in office was profoundly terrilbe for this country ... war without a real casuse; and his legacy: a tremendous deficit.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  70. abby

    Anyone who would expect Cheney to apologize for anything would expect Stalin to apologize....

    September 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  71. Tom

    Dick Cheney will go down in history as one of the most evil men ever to occupy high office in the United States.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  72. Jack

    war criminal. and there is simply no argument otherwise! truly sad for the USA!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  73. Robert Dore

    He should have been asked how many multi millions he made through Haliburton and the Iraq war.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • Kevin R

      Indeed. A question I've wondered about since day one of the Iraq war...

      September 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • karen saucedo

      Well put.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • True American

      Well now sonny, If a man can't profit from war then what use is it??

      September 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  74. PulTab

    Purely evil people will never admit they were wrong about anything.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  75. Bob

    Let the vicious liberal hate begin!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  76. Steve

    This is exactly why he was such a dangerous person to have in office.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  77. Alfred E. Neumann

    What, me worry? I don't have to. I'm tricky Dickey Cheney, and I'm the ex president!!!!!!! George who?

    September 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  78. Darryn Cooke

    This is a surprise to anyone? He's arrogant, egotistical and is only out for himself. Of course he didn't make any mistakes, no matter how the facts may say otherwise. Typical GOP.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  79. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Being a sociopath means never having to say you are sorry.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  80. dk

    Wolf.....what's going on with you. You are flat making statements here that puts our entire global military/financial/economic meltdown square on the shoulders of the Bush administration, without a single denial from Cheney? And he has no Mea Culpa's? I thought that everything wrong with the world today was Obama's fault? LOL!!!!! I only wish I could see him wearing an orange jumpsuit shackled to his punk GWB.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  81. cured76

    Must be nice not to worry about having to appear before a jury as a defendant in a war crimes/abuse of powers case. He can say anything he wants to without reprisal. But if anyone takes this evil man seriously, they need to read better fiction.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  82. wha?

    Did you ask, in regards to the bombing in Iraq, about the hundreds of thousands of innocents that died due to his policy and way in which the war was carried out? And how does that effect him personally?

    September 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  83. cliff

    Cheney: "I don't think you can make the case that the world would be better off if Saddam Hussein were still in power"

    And what have we gained? Stability? Less Terrorism? US Safety? No, Mr. Vice Torturer, the world, and most Americans, would be much better off if the US never invaded Iraq.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • Steve

      That doesn't answer the question, the question is was it worth the $trillions$, the thousands of American lives, only to make the US the object of hate for many millions more people, many of which have been yet born? Adn to see it all so useless by what regimes that are to follow?

      September 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • ME

      A repeat war with Saddam - or his sons, if Saddam had died of something else - would have happened, wishful thinking notwithstanding. All that would have changed would be the date, and whether we'd have the initiative. That would probably have gone away in a few years, as the incessant harping of anti-sanction protesters would have eventually won and Saddam/Qusay would have again another opportunity to rebuild an army - this time, to conquer Saudi Arabia before the US could react.

      As for stability? Stability is only valued in a small number of societies. I prefer an unstable Iraq lurching toward democracy even if it ultimately fails over a stable Iraq under a leader that can push it into ruinous wars (Iran-Iraq, the Kuwaiti invasion) that threaten others in the region. Even an Iraq dominated by Iran wouldn't be as dangerous - Iraq would not be a fully willing vassal of the Ahmadinnerjacket regime.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  84. Joe

    Cheney is a real tough talker!!!......but remember....this tough guy showed his true colors when he got 5 deferments from military service during Vietnam......COWARD !!!!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  85. TIGER2

    Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, Donald Trump ad naseum, would not exist if you so called media professionals would stop putting mikes in their faces. You know what you're going to hear EVERYTIME you interview them, yet you keep doing it. STOP IT. Normal Americans don't care what these blowhards think. We need jobs!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  86. Dave

    Typical. Conservatives NEVER take personal responsibility or admit it when they are wrong. To them, the concept of real personal responsibility is foreign – nothing more than a talking-point to be exploited. Cheney has history to judge him for the scum he is. His legacy will be: everyone hates Dick Cheney.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  87. Colin

    Textbook self-serving scum. My opinion on conservatives as a whole might not be so pessimistic if not for the likes of Dick Cheney.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  88. Darlene Buckingham

    We learn by our mistakes.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • NJBob

      No, unfortunately we don't.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  89. Carolyn in SD

    Classic symptoms of a personality disorder know as narcissism.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  90. I'm not a crook

    Same news, different decade.
    When Dick2 worked for 'tricky Dick' Nixon, he refused to admit fault as the chief investigator of the "Frank Olson, CIA agent" suicide report. Dick toes the line the way he sees fit for America, so screw you. The Cheney-Rumsfeld duet goes back to the criminal Nixon White House tyranny; they know best, don't ask questions, and don't get in their way.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  91. ABD

    What do we expect from a terrorist like cheney to say!!!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  92. Thomas

    On the economy, I pointed out that the Bush administration inherited a strong economy from the Clinton administration. There were robust budget surpluses for as far as the eye could see. But during the eight years of the Bush administration, those surpluses became deficits. The national debt doubled – going from $5 trillion to $10 trillion. Moreover, the country went into a horrible economic recession in the final months of the Bush administration, teetering on the brink of a depression. Yet Cheney refused to accept any personal responsibility.

    Dick truly believes history will vindicate him and the Bush white house , he's wrong . As he has been wrong time and time again .

    Neocons !

    September 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  93. Kirk Neuman

    Funny that it's okay for Bush and Cheney to spend billions (or was it trillions) of dollars they didn't have, but when the Democrats try to do the same thing to bail out the country from the mess Bush/Cheney left it in, it's traitorous.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • QS

      There's nothing conservatives like more than spending other peoples' money on wars...well, except for maybe decrying all their own policies and ideas when a democrat presents them.

      Also, conservatives tend to believe that the only real threat to this country is from outside, therefore they consider themselves justified in spending billions to police the world – but when spending for the sake of the people of this country is brought up it must be offset with cuts...why? Because there's no profit from spending to help the people of this country; and as we all know, to conservatives, profit comes before people, always.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • chris

      well for one thing i'm not sure Obama replicating what you accuse Bush and Cheney of doing is fulfilling the Hope and CHANGE Obama promised....

      September 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • marc

      Because of our dumbed down society we have in this country.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • gevers

      Truer words were never written!

      September 6, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Cumulonimbus

      Many conservatives did not like it when Bush spent that way. They spoke out against it too. Many of them do not consider Bush a conservative.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • Ron

      GOP will never admit to that mess...

      September 6, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  94. david m chapman

    I would love to hear the answers to these two questions: 1) Paul O'Neill, Treasury Secretary in his own cabinet, quotes the VP as saying; "deficits don't matter". Sir, can you explain your thinking on that one? 2) why was Valerie Plame outed through your office ?

    September 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  95. Larry L

    He should be in prison. Look up the "Haliburton Loophole", study his relationship with Enron, and investigate the process he used to cook the books to start the Iraq War. He is a criminal at many levels and should be prosecuted for high crimes.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  96. Martha in CF

    He must of had dementia back then if he can't remember that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Complete arrogance and ignorance..........

    September 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  97. arschlecker

    Blitzer, why do you interview this criminal and coward? He cowardly avoide the draft 9 times he cowardly lied to the American people and now he cowardly accuses his ex staff of having made mistake. This Cheney criminal belongs to Guantanamo in hand cuffs. The devil is waiting for this guy.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  98. Greg

    Cheney belongs in prison.

    September 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  99. ThinkAgain

    Hey, Dick, Do deficits matter NOW?

    September 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  100. ThinkAgain

    Can't admit to mistakes? None? Nada? Zip?

    Sounds like borderline personality disorder to me ... sociopathic at best ....

    September 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
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