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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. NRMD

    Bush and Cheney should write a book "Fall of American Empire". They made Amercia defenceless in every way, that America will never be the same no matter who becomes our next president for many decades.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  2. Tery Moore

    Hey !!!.Why would this sociopath (Cheney) ever admit anything wrong..? He cannot, because that is one of the definitions of his syndrome... People like him operate really well in our society : They have money, power, and a total disregard for anything that stands in their way.
    Interestingly enough, they often seem to arise from the ranks of the GOP.. Would any one with brains please correlate the dellusional thoughts and behaviors of the GOP leaders with the lack of social empathy ?
    People like Dick Cheney are, simply put, dangerous, not only for the USA but for the world as well. Yet we elect them, and THAT says something about our collective lack of political acumen.
    It really is time for Americans to mature and become more aware, more learned, less bigotted, less parochial, less superficial.
    Politics is not a game where you decide to vote for someone because he said ONE things that you like.. Less taxes....duh ill vote for this Dude... As if that was a political platform upon which to hang the future of an entire society.

    Americans : GROW UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 6, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  3. Cheney helped do 9/11

    It is regrettable that Cheney will not suffer in prison for his help in carrying out the 9/11 attacks.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
  4. Robrob

    "Cheney refuses to admit any mistakes as vice president" ... Following the advice of his attorney.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  5. Sandra

    Of course he didn't make any mistakes. He knew what he was doing with his lies, machinations and other underhanded stunts. I just want to know why he seems to be made of teflon, as some of his actions were criminal.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
  6. Pat Napolitano

    Wolf I watched you interviewing Cheney and you did an outstanding job of trying to get him to apologize stating there is nothing wrong with apologizing. This man is so full of himself and cocky and it is a shame he has been allowed to pontificate his views once again on every station. He lies and we all know it and he is lucky Pres. Obama did not want to go after these guys. How anyone can refer to him in a kind way is beyond me. He and Bush led us into this recession which started in 2007 and the GOP and the tea party have convinced people that it was all Obama;s fault. I do not say that he is the best president but he is better than any republican who puts a man called Norquest before his country. To show allegiance to this man instead of raising some revenue to help out this country as we definitely need to reduce the deficit but we also need revenue. Without it we cannot achieve what is necessary and every economist has stated this fact over and over. Yet, the GOP stuck with a pledge to a person rather than the pledge they made to this country to do what is best for it. Refusing to raise the debt ceiling was not the correct thing to do and to imply that we should default as some tea party people said...well...you see what it did to our S & P and now they are blaming Obama. Thanks for trying to get a scoundrel to admit the truth...it will never happen but I do appreciate your trying.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
  7. centsless

    The fact that Dick Cheney won't give a "mea culpa" means about as much as Moammar Gadhafi saying the same thing.
    and I respect Dick Cheney just about as much.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  8. Erik

    He and Bush are murderous villains who sewed financial disaster for the US year after year.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  9. Bambam

    Dick Cheney is a joke, but I'll admit it's sort of refreshing to hear a politician call it like he sees it. Not much of that going on in Washington right now!

    September 6, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • LaWanda

      I believe we can now trace the end of amerika with Cheney and end it with BamBam Hussein.

      September 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  10. Jim

    Jane you are not the only one who feels that this one of the reasons we went to war with Iraq. I can remember George Jr. stating publicly that he would get revenge for the supposed assasination attempt. But the other reasons are being a war monger and money. Both the Cheney and Bush family made millions of dollars because off the Iraq war when they assigned Haliburton and another company (forgot the Name) to be the support firms to feed and house the troops. This is normally a bid job but no bids were taken. The Cheney family and Bush family had decades of partners in these companies. Even though their names were not on the list of partners at this time because of legalities thier spouses and other family members were thus still making money off of the war. Another fact that lost of people do not realize is the George was only President in nbame and not in actions. Dick told George what to say and do. George was the puppet and Dick was the puppet master. P.S. Mogadishu can only be blamed on Cheney as he was an Assistant Defense Secretary and was in charge of the operation and sent those men to their deaths.

    So you are not alone, I stand with you!!!!~!!

    September 6, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • Jim

      sorry for the typos. it has been a long day and to come home and hear Dick telling lies and more lies.

      September 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
  11. Ted

    Words can not begin to describe the loathing I have for this speck of a human being. Arrogant, self absorbed, maniacal scab who profited while sending troops to their death and lying to the American public. Pure scum.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  12. Texas Annie

    I have ZERO respect for Dick Cheney. I don't like George Bush, never have, but I do feel like the guy knew at the end of his career that he had been Cheney's puppet & he tried to just fade into oblivion. Cheney, on the other hand, continues to try to present himself as perfect & who could do no wrong. The man is without a doubt the most narcisstic scumbag around. How he has evaded prosecution for his criminal misdeeds is beyond me. I find him disgusting and evil.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  13. Jim

    It's hard to get someone who thinks he's God to admit to a mistake.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  14. Perfect

    I have not made any mistakes in the past 8 years either, so I can relate.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  15. Mr Mark

    From draft dodger to war criminal.

    I see no reason for a mea culpa. Do you?

    September 6, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  16. Tom CA

    For Cheney admitting to mistakes would be incrimating himself. And he commited lots of crimes in those 8 years.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  17. Steve

    I think if he was tried in Nuremberg in the late 1940s he would not look out of place with the other psychopaths . C'mon Dick.. how about one round of Heil !!... I am ashamed this animal is representing any portion of "my side" on the planet. When men go to kill on behalf of their society, you hope they represent higher ideals than this evil, paranoid power monger. I hope you live long enough to realize the true nature of yourself and be forced to see the results in the eyes of everyone else around you.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  18. Tom B

    Dick Cheney is not the first war criminal to write a book. I'm sure he'll be wearing a subpoena-proof vest on his book tour.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  19. Greg

    "Dick Cheney refuses to say he made any mistakes at all during his eight years in the Bush administration."

    Meet the Press, March 16, 2003:

    Mr. Russert: "If your analysis is not correct, and we're not treated as liberators, but as conquerors, and the Iraqis begin to resist, particularly in Baghdad, do you think the American people are prepared for a long, costly, and bloody battle with significant American casualties?"

    Vice President Cheney: "Well, I don't think it's likely to unfold that way, Tim, because I really do believe that we will be greeted as liberators. I've talked with a lot of Iraqis in the last several months myself, had them to the White House. The president and I have met with them, various groups and individuals, people who have devoted their lives from the outside to trying to change things inside Iraq. And like Kanan Makiya who's a professor at Brandeis, but an Iraqi, he's written great books about the subject, knows the country intimately, and is a part of the democratic opposition and resistance. The read we get on the people of Iraq is there is no question but what they want to the get rid of Saddam Hussein and they will welcome as liberators the United States when we come to do that."

    September 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  20. BFLGIRL

    It's too bad that Mr. Cheney has such a selective memory. Osama bin Laden was located at Tora Bora! I don't blame the brave men and women who work in silence, doing their jobs. Mr. Cheney rightfully acknowledged their diligent work, Unfortunately, those same dedicated people kept hoping that leaders higher up the chain of command will make the right decision. It's a shame that somehow we weren't able to kill him back in 2001.
    This is a story worth researching and made public. More of the information is becoming unclassified due to Osama bin Laden's recent death.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  21. Chip

    As a veteran who has served in 20 conflicts from Vietnam to Iraq, I wish someone had asked Cheny these questions:
    1. Whose bright idea was it to disband the Iraqi Army and undertake "de-Baathification? Neither was part of the pre-invasion plans (I know because I served in the Pentagon's Strategic Communications directorate) and stripped Iraq of its internal security and leadership elements while making enemies of former allies and opening up Iraq to international Islamists. One assumes Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wofowitz, Feith, and Bremer all signed up to the policy, but no one has stepped forward to claim credit for the dumbest decision of the Iraq program.

    2. If 9-11 was "an act of war" against the U.S., why didn't the Executive Branch ask the Congress to "formally" declare war as authorized by the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution does not require only "nation states" be the targets of such declarations, so a formal "war on al-Qaeda" could have been declared and brought most citizens into the shared responsibilities.

    3. Forget only weapons of mass destruction. Why didn't the Bush Administration use "all" of the foundations he had for an invasion of Iraq–such as violation of the Gulf War ceasefire and crimes against humanity? The last two were absolutes–the WMD aspects was a gamble.

    4. And while we are on poor decisions, whose decision was in in March 1991 to call a ceasefire in the Gulf War and not disarm the Republican Guards we had surrounded at al-Basra? Taking their superior weapons away then and allowing the US-fomented uprising by the Shi'ia and Kurds would have ended the Saddam problem in 1991. That's another "national security decision" that seems to have been thought uip by a stalk of celery that wishes to remain undisclosed.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
    • Rob

      1. Too right , mate. We didn't do it in Germany in 1945, why did that POS Rumsfeld and his incompetent puppet Bremer disband the Iragi army, thus fomenting the sectarian violence of the following years? ...from an AFSOC veteran.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  22. Tr1Xen

    Wow... are all comments on this article moderated? Interesting...

    September 6, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  23. Tr1Xen

    No regrets whatsoever. Precisely why I dislike the man.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  24. stormy123

    FINALLY!!!!!!.....finally someone in NEWS is willing to ask the tough questions about the HUGE debt and deficits the BUsh Administration created!!!!! The REPUBLICANS can NO LONGER DENY THEY CREATED THE DEBT! Cheney and Bush can deny it and say they have no regrets but the AMERICAN TAX PAYER DOES! All I have to say is Thank You CNN for finally bringing this out in an interview with these people......the American voter needs to see this and realize, we cannot afford another Republican President or House. These people are CRAZY and will bankrupt this country if not in war and tax cut driven debt for the rich, then in their HYPOCRISY!!!!

    September 6, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  25. Jimmy

    Cheney- 5 deferments during Vietnam, Bush-National guard tour, Rumsfeld never in the miliary either...these guys send our troops to die yet wouldnt fight when their numbers were called. We have such brave politicians.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  26. Jim

    Dick when is the book tour ? What, no tour. Too dangerous you say, better to look after your personal safety. Let those who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan put their lives on the line, you've got books to write. Dog

    September 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  27. Greg

    "His basic argument: the world is better off without Saddam."

    Typical simplistic argument.

    Suppose you knew that Saddam was flying in a commercial jet that also contained your spouse and children.

    Do you shoot the plane down because the world would be better off without Saddam ?

    September 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • Robrob

      Yep, the "world is better off without" a LOOOOOOOOT of people. Does that mean Cheney gets to decide who lives and who dies? What if the shoe were on the other foot?

      September 6, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  28. Jasmine in Germany

    Mr.Cheney is the perfect example a corrupt politician. It is amazing that the "people " haven't made a citizen's arrest regarding his service.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • marc

      They don't have the guts to make a gutless coward draft dodging punk pay. So shamefull

      September 6, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • Darryl Sadler

      Make a citizen's arrest and expect to be charged with unlawful confinement. Not sure how that happened...

      September 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  29. Jim

    It is a shame that major news firms are interviewing this arrogant, greedy, war mongering fool. The only reason our country invaded Iraq was for the supposed assasination attempt on Daddy George and to allow Dick and George to make millions of dollars. Both of their companies that their families had ties with for many years were assigned to be the support firms for the troops. These jobs should have been bid jobs. It is so strange that the two companies sent over to Iraq had decades of cheney and Bush ties.

    Also Cheney was the reason that there was such a fiasco in Mogadishu. We had already lost soldiers who were confirmed dead or captured but Cheney made other helicopter crews go to their deaths. Those pilots begged to return but Cheney said no way go in there. It was a suicide mission and those pilots followed orders and died. When Cheney said no the entire room went silent because everyone knew he had sent thes brave men to their deaths. I had a family member in that room who was a big Cheney fan until that point.

    George was never the President by actions but only by title. Dick told George what to say and do. George was the puppet and Dick was the puppetmaster. Both men should be in prison waiting for a firing squad for treason.

    So hopefully their will not be anymore interviews with the greedy, warmonger idiot.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • Darryl Sadler

      Fool? I may not agree with him, but he made more money than you, I and the posters on this site all combined... I wouldn't call him a fool.

      September 6, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
      • Droon

        So making lots of money means you are not a fool?

        September 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
  30. Darryl Sadler

    And that is why I went from a lifelong Republican to voting for the "other guy". I didn't want Cheney in power thinking that the American people were just fine with his and his boss' previous "mistakes".

    September 6, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • badlobbyist

      Yep. Bush.Cheney made me a Democrat.

      September 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  31. TheFifthAce

    REF THE CHENEY INTERVIEW: Why not ask him about the true Israeli factor concerning the Iraq war? After suffering numerous SCUD missile attacks and being surrounded by militant Muslim factions, Israel lobbied the US vigorously to take Hussein out of Iraq, their nemesis. Russian and Israeli intelligence were both aware that WMDs did not exist in Iraq, nor did they even have a delivery system, let alone a threat. We went to war to protect our friend and ally, Israel? Israel DID NOT contribute one dollar, one pint of blood, nor one soldier to our "conflict with Iraq" to protect them. WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THIS – again?

    September 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  32. Dan

    He's an old war criminal with a bad heart at the end of his career and he knows he got away with everything because he'll never be prosecuted. Why do idiots keep expecting him to apologize?

    September 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  33. soporifix

    Psychopaths never think they're wrong about anything. It's part of the pathology.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  34. marc

    The tough talking 5 deferrment draftdodger is going to lie to the very end folks. It's the right wing belief that if you keep telling the smae lies over and over and over and over that some how or other it becomes the truth. Sad & disturbing.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  35. Tessa

    What I would like to say in regards to just about every political issue I listened to today while watching the news is that people are ridiculous. Lets attack the fact that one man couldn't fix years worth of issues on his own, now are you really surprised? Politics has become nothing more than the exact opposite of what people like George Washington wanted, running the country has become a pissing contest between two parties who can't figure right or wrong unless their like labeled friends point it out. People have become much to dependent on pointing fingers at others, because we find comfort in putting the blame somewhere. We could sit around for days on end and listen to our two major political parties argue about everything under the sun, ladies ladies, you're both pretty. Let's face the facts, we can interview people like Cheney and we can point out exactly where they and the administration they were under messed up, is that going to fix any of our problems? No. Why do we have to focus on the things that don't matter, who cares where Cheney stands on Bin Laden's death or the war the Bush Administration led us into, it doesn't help us at all to sit around and make people fess up to their mistakes. Nor does it help to have two political parties who only look out for themselves, Obamacare? I'm sorry, a few years back weren't the Republicans pushing for a universal healthcare policy? Oh, but as long as the other parties name is on the idea, suddenly it's terrible. What I might suggest, as a youth coming into the voting world is that we all pull our heads our of our rears and focus on figuring out a way to fix the problems we face today, without bashing each others parties, why don't we do our damn jobs and start looking out for the American people before they take their right to recall government positions, your job is to help the people, not sink us further into the ground simply because you are unhappy you didn't get your way or didn't have YOUR name put on an idea. The founding of this country was based on a bigger idea, and one we are not living up to.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • Dustin

      Amen, sister.

      September 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • Fed Up American

      AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very well said Tessa! Maybe you should go into politics and show these knuckleheads how to get things done!!!

      September 6, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  36. yoshi

    Bush ran against Kerry's flip-flop attitude toward issues and he wanted to show how decisive he was – this hubris and arrogance caused him and Cheney to make incredible mistakes because they refused to listen to all sides or to make adjustments in their decisions. We lost more people AFTER 9/11 because of their stupidity and we're still stuck in two wars that have drained our economy. Sure, I give them credit for preventing further attacks (see how I am willing to change my position) but overall, Bush/Cheney will go down as one of the worst administrations EVER.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  37. Jimmy

    Ais of Evil...North Korea, Iran, and Iraq? More like Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  38. Scandalized

    Unfortunately, Cheney,s continued freedom and public appearances says to the rest of the World that the United States is perfectly OK with the torture of people kidnapped by the CIA, held in open ended detention and denied due process under the law. Is this really who we are?

    September 6, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • Ya No

      Speaking only for myself, no.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  39. db

    He's selling a book, for god's sake. Do you think he would submit to all of these interviews otherwise?

    September 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  40. Coach Lew

    ?Did he use "mea culpas" wrongly.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  41. Glenn

    Wolfe, How Dick Cheney can sit there and lie to your face is beyone me. Had we stayed in Tora Bora when we had bin Laden corned we wouldn't even be over there today. President Obama deserves the credit for killing bin Laden when Bush and Cheney gave up and went into Irag. He has no regrets? Try selling that line to the loved ones of the 5,000 kids and thousands more maimed for life. Sell that line that he has no regrets for sending our kids in to a war that was based on lies.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • CM

      Yes, the lies that every dem voted yes – the lies that only now they are saying Bush lied to get all of the base jumping up and down – Yes let's put them in Jail for a war that everyone agreed on but now we will pick only Bush and Cheney and other Repubs to blame, but Libya now that OK with you Dems even though it's not actually a war – but we are still spending about a Million a Day, but SHHHHHHH – that doesn't count because it's Obama – Oh wait a minute did I hear some call me racist because I think Obama did something wrong!!!! Get a life people – Bush and Cheney knew just as much as the rest of the congress that voted Yes to go into Iraq –

      September 6, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
      • Allen

        United States House of Representatives
        Party Ayes Nays PRES No Vote
        Republican 215 6 0 2
        Democratic 82 126 0 1
        Independent 0 1 0 0
        TOTALS 297 133 0 3

        United States Senate
        Party Ayes Nays No Vote
        Republican 48 1 0
        Democratic 29 21 0
        Independent 0 1 0
        TOTALS 77 23 0

        September 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
      • Ya No

        Thank you Allen for the objectivity and the facts. So often lost in partisan ranting.

        September 7, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  42. TripleA

    “I'm not inclined to make any mea culpas,” said Cheney.

    No, we wouldn't expect a sociopath to do that.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  43. adam

    Send the War Criminal to Gitmo.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  44. soul68

    I'm shocked, SHOCKED to learn that Cheney still has no conscience.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  45. MeLoN

    I'd bet my house those that are criticizing Bush/Cheney for doing Iraq would be singing another tune – if it was Obama/Biden that had made that decision.

    Most of them whining are left wing liberals/socialist/communists.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
    • Glenn

      Obama and Biden wouldn't have been stupid enough to do that. And Cheney a Chickenhawk to boot.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • Mark M

      Senator Obama voted no on the Iraq war, and I applaud him for that. I don't know how Senator Biden voted. Many Democrats DID vote for this war and I have always condemned them for it. There was never enough proof that Iraq was a threat to us. War is a very serious matter, and it was clear that Cheney most of all was rushing us into this and not presented all the facts, or presenting falsehoods as fact.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
      • RMATTEN

        The reason that some Democrats voted for the Iraq war was that Bush and Cheney told them lies as to the threat of WMDs. Voting for the war was the wrong thing to do, but not so bad in view of the representations by the President.

        September 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
      • MeLoN

        another bit of liberal misinfomation... or is it just an outright lie. Obama wasn't Sentor at the time of the vote for war with Iraq – therefore he couldn't have voted no. You fail.

        September 6, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
    • badlobbyist

      You are so wrong. I am a conservative through and through and if you look at what GWB Bush did to this country it is nothing short of criminal. HE is responsible for the problems we are having now. Read Bruce Bartlett'e "Imposter" and you will have a good idea of what these Big Govt Republicans did to us.

      September 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
    • Ya No

      MeLoN: And your sort of wild speculation tells us.....what exactly?

      September 7, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  46. Kathy

    The term 'vintage' is a stretch to use as a description of Cheney's choice to ignore the chaos he and the Bush administration reigned on the world ~ not just us ~ not just the USA, the world. When I envision 'vintage' I see heirlooms, pieces of the past with texture, something endearingly valuable because of its age ~
    Cheney is one of those men without the ability to consider. I think that says it all.
    Ignorant Cheney would more surely hit the mark from my perspective.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  47. Jane

    Am I the only one who believes we went to war in Iraq because of Hussein's 1993 plot to kill former President George H.R. Bush? I knew immediately Saddam and his family would be killed at all costs by George W. If he became president, which he was determined to do. War did not surprise me. I fully expected it.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  48. ShingoEX

    He is a war criminal who is unable to admit mistakes, and he takes credit for the work of others. But then again, I guess when you're in league with big business, you can buy your way out of pretty much anything.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  49. rob

    As a few of your open minded (as in empty) viewers suggested you interrogated Mr. Cheney. He pointed out correctly that the intelligence available AT THE TIME in the main indicated that Hussein remained a potential threat for WMD. You of course never acknowledged that Clinton had the same info and this was the info the MAJORITY of Democrats had when THEY voted for the war. Your "interview" with the former Vice President was at a minimum disrespectful. Your interupting, arguing, etc is pitiful. In removing Hussein they removed a dictator who was a hundred times worse than Kaddafy. Wolf as a journalist you are pathetic but not bad as a propagandist.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • David

      The problem is that Clinton didn't take us to war over the information. Bush and Cheney did.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • BigRed

      Sorry, but there was absolutely no intelligence saying that WMD's existed even with the American lead inspectors scouring the country. Cheney was the one who told DIA and CIA to find intelligence that he and the president could use as a reason to invade. The intel agencies did their best but little verifiable intel was there. So Cheney used the unverified intelligence and the war was soon underway. Cheney is a Liar, a War Criminal, and a Thief. He is responsible for hundreds of thousands of innocent dead Iraqi's and the death of thousands of American Service Personnel, DOD and State Dept, and contractor personnel. He should be ashamed. There is a place God places people like him and it is far to the south of heaven next to the likes of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • Dave

      Rob. Your analogy of the interview is nonsense. Wolf Blitzer is a journalist and as a profession, they have been asking tough questions for decades. It's the blindness you have for the acts he and the rest of the administration, probably because you benefited greatly from it somehow, that is the problem.
      So if Cheney says that the reason UBL was caught is from there administration, then it is the same as the whole economic caos we have is a direct result of there policies also. he and you need to admit it.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • Gino

      Its troubling to see the blatant falsehoods repeated over and over about "the evidence at the time" saying Saddam Hussein had WMD. No, it didn't. Everyone who wanted to know the truth knew it didnt. Hans Blix the head of the United Nations t, Verification and Inspection Commission knew it didn't,Monitoring, Scott Ritter the chief United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998 said it didn't have WMD. The people at the largest protest in the history of the world before the attacks knew that iraq posed no threat to the world.

      Its total history revision to pretend that we had evidence that iraq had WMD.

      September 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
      • rob

        Why did the Clinton adminsistration say that Hussein had WMD and should go? Why did the majority of Democrarts(including the Sec of State) vote to go to war? Liberal dogma with no basis for truth says the administration forced the intelligence community in this country and in England to lie–nonsense. Liberals continue to ignore the fact that Bush stepped into a government which had effectively ignored the declaration of war by Al Queda and subsequents attach while Clinton was Pres. That 3000 people died at least in part as a result of the Clinton administrations dereliction of duty. Bush was determined not to allow a renegade dictator who hated us and had repeatedly flouted UN resolutions to have the least opportunity to do harm to our people with WMD. Just as there are now people who (in retrospect) doubted there were WMDs. there also were people in the intelligence community that felt he possesed such weapons.

        September 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  50. Chris

    How safe were we on 9/10 the day before 9/11 under your watch?

    September 6, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  51. Deep North

    Does he really believe that Libya gave ALL their nuclear material.......

    September 6, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  52. Jason

    "Vintage Cheney: No Mea Culpas"

    With reporting like that, who would apologize? Why should he?

    Does Wolf, or CNN, honestly think that Cheney owes them an apology because they dislike him? They should be grateful that Cheney comes on and allows them to both ask the questions – and give the answers during the interview.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  53. kerberusII

    while many posters have indicted bush and cheney, they fail to address the defense that others are equally culpable inlcuding willie the liar clinton, his duplicitious wife and the other "politicians' who endorse the acts of bush and cheney. And, do not forget, the american people gave a hearty endorsement to all their actions, originally of course.

    history will not be kind to any of these actors and the american public has only themselves to blame by continuing to endorseby vote the same plutocrats and oligarchs, while enjoying the cheap goods and dollars flooding the country because of "competition" and ignoring the costs such free-bees loaded on the underlings.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  54. Jeremy Pettitt

    Hi Wolf,

    I was just wondering while watching this interview with Dick Cheney why the question of, "Did America go to war at least in part because of oil and the desire to control a source of oil in Iraq?" This question always brings up the response of painting the questioner as a conspiracy theorist. I fail to see how this is a conspiracy when Cheney and his team of people were actively looking for an excuse to go in and take over Iraq. We now have documented evidence that Cheney was leading a team that was actively passing around maps of Iraq that only detailed the oil fields of Iraq, before 9/11. These maps were obtained by Judicial Watch and paint an administration very interested in finding oil at whatever cost. I find it curious that the mere mention of oil as a motive is never even mentioned in the national media
    thanks,
    Jeremy Pettitt

    September 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  55. krehat

    Arrogant to the end. The man has no integrity. I helped lead this country into the toilet, and got richer doing.

    The man should be arrested.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  56. Jim Speake

    Ask Chaney if he still thinks it was a good idea to go to war on several fronts with out funding the wars. In fact his administration cut taxes as we committed to fight expensive wars. It is clear now that this was a mistake. It is one of the big reasons that we now have large deficits now.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  57. AM

    A frightening sociopath who lives in his own fantasy world fueled by unbridled arrogance and astounding ignorance - as well a complete unwillingness to accept responsibility for how he devastated America. History will take it's revenge by insisting that the truth be told - even if Dick Cheney is incapable of acknowledging it himself.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  58. vivianm

    Enemy to democracy, enemy to freedom, enemy to liberty, enemy to labor, enemy to the environment, and an enemy to America. In a just world Cheney would be in a federal prison getting bread and water.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  59. Dino Balance

    It's revolting to see this deluded, nasty egomaniac rasping out the same old falsehoods. The world is still staggering from from the nightmare circus that was the George W. Bush administration. Don't give him any more airtime, ever, unless it's for his plea for forgiveness.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
    • Mr

      I remember how the nightly news would talk about the war in Iraq with red flames on both sides of the screen, just to antagonize the anti-war movement people. The names of the dead scrolling the screen every single night. People parked on the road to Bush's retreat, code Pink, people throwing shoes. But now that their Democrat sits in the office...nothing. Silence SILENCE. Attack libya too. No problem ...SILENCE. Just goes to show that most of the rhetoric is nothing but local politics. Proof in fact.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
      • Joe

        Are you comparing Lybia to Iraq?

        September 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
      • onhols

        Yes to make it fair, they should definitely scroll the names of american soldiers who have died in Libya. All ZERO of them.

        September 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  60. cal usa

    Now we know that it wasn't just waterboarding. We apprehended people around the world and put them in the tender care of Egyptian and Libyan interrogators. Can we ask Mr. Cheney if these sessions were all conducted under medical supervision? Did we also have a Justice Department opinon making them legal? Are we going to issue retroactive pardons to the Japanese officers we convicted for waterboarding our POW's? And finally, at which point did Mr. Cheney decide that those deficits that Reagan proved did not matter now do?

    September 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  61. Mr

    Too bad there Wolfman. You just cannot paint or taint the Vice President to what YOU want him to say. I think the VP is an honest man and they NEVER claimed a direct cnnection to 9-11. Neither Did Congress or UN or Clinton. Other than al-queida going to hospital in Iraq, there was not much. But weapons of mass destruction to the nations around him, mustard, etc. EVERYONE knew he had them. nd just so you know Wolf, there are murderers on our streets they could not convict...

    September 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  62. Bridget Flaherty

    What a liar. They based their decision that Iraq had wmd on the basis of a forged document (read Seymour Hersch in the New Yorker: "Stovepipe." ) This document claimed that Iraq had yellowcake urranium from an African country. The signature was of a man who had died two years before the date of the document. How could this high level of power be fooled by something so elementary? I am convinced that the single most important goal of this war was to grab Iraqi oil, a hidden agenda concealed by the flag and the jingoistic whipping up of the populace aided and abetted by a compliant press.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  63. midnitejax

    The three stooges Bush, Cheney, and Rumseld are all coincidently on book signing tours or doing interviews all at the same time. In typical Carl Rove fasion, they will now attempt to re-write history. A long stretch at the end of a short rope is what I would like to see. I can't recall in my lifetime, any criminal organization as blatant as this group of murderers.They have brought shame on this nation, and polarized Americans politically. "Divide and Conquer" is their motto!!

    September 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  64. Dennis

    Of all the screw ups that Bush made, this is the one I will never forgive him for. I would bet the farm that he regrets choosing Cheney as his VP to this day.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  65. Santa Fean

    Proof that war profiteer and draft dodger Cheney does not believe in Heaven or Hell. America is a banana republic ruled by corporations and Cheney was their "president" for a while.

    Term limits? Real campaign finance reform? Stopping the revolving door for those that pass favorable legislation for corporations only to join these same corporations at HIGH salaries? Just about time for a real revolution and starting all over. At one time it was TREASON to fight against the British. Violence against the British worked.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  66. LH

    Amazing! Eight years in office, a zillion decisions made, and not a SINGLE one turned out in retrospect to be wrong? Doing what one THINKS is right at the time is fine, but when history shows it was wrong, there is no shame in saying so. The shame is in continuing to deny that everything that was done was the correct thing.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  67. MeLoN

    Have you people ever considered the other side of the coin as in what would people be whining about NOW if the intel the Bush Administration recieved was TRUE but they refused to act on it and another attack happened that killed as many or more Americans than 9/11? I can just imagine. I rather the mistake be made that was – then the other way around.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
    • Usman

      Over 100000 people innocent people have been killed in iraq, that quite a mistake don't you think?

      September 6, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
      • pdou

        Where did you get your statistic? From "Al Qaeda Today" magazine?

        September 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • Arran

      MelOn: There might be a Terrorist plan coming up right now in USA's friend Saudi Arabia, Why not attack it right now?

      September 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
      • Mr

        Now that the apology tour has gone on vacation to the Vineyard, isn't anyone concerned with the vacuum of leadership in the Mideast? Do we really think this is all perfectly normal? EVERY single country in turmoil at once.

        Thanks for taking a vacation from world leadership Mr. president.

        September 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • David in Cincinnati

      No, MeLoN. You can think forever about things that could have happened. What did happen was American acceptance of t*rture and 10 years of the Bush tax cuts, extended inexplicably by Obama, leading to at least a $ 3 trillion loss together with unfunded wars of unknown but huge losses.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • David in Cincinnati

      You can think forever about things that could have happened. What did happen was American acceptance of torture and 10 years of the Bush tax cuts, extended inexplicably by Obama, leading to at least a $ 3 trillion loss together with unfunded wars of unknown but huge losses.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • ShingoEX

      This is almost like advocating the arresting of someone and throwing them in prison because you think they may have the potential to commit a crime.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • David in Cincinnati

      You can think forever about things that could have happened.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • Ya No

      These wild flights of fancy – what point, exactly are you trying to make here? If Lloyd Ledbetter were to be elected to the Presidency, I'd bet my flip-flops he'd invade Fargo, ND. What is this all about?

      September 7, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  68. lisa2010

    my main gripe is that Bush and Cheney knew about Al-Qaida attacking america.. why didn't they up the security...those innocent people all died in vain...IT WAS PREVENTABLE!!!! and leaving his office with a 10 trillion dollars deficit with no revenues to fund the 2wars... what he expect the next president to spend with FOOD STAMPS!!! the economy was already going downhill when Obama came in, unemployment was also starting to dwindle, did Bush expect the next president to do a miracle...and when Obama was elected , Bush figured that since a black man was elected, OBAMA WOULD BE BLAMED!!!! and the previous president will be erased from everybody's mind...of course we see today that everybody blamed Obama...and whenever he brings up the previous administration, everybody says that he's doing the blaming game again...HOW STUPID ARE WE, WE'RE SO USE TO TAKING LISTENING TO EVERYBODY ELSE, BUT OURSELVES..(to thine own self be true) I'm voting for Obama again, no more republicans...the Iraq war was a wasted war and money.. Osama Bin Laden could've been caught earlier, but they backed out....NO MORE AGAIN...

    September 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • Dan

      He wanted 9/11 to happen: it was a piece of good luck for him. (a): Before 9/11 half the population was baying to throw Bush out of office for stealing the election: 9/11 allowed them to consolidate power. (b) Six months before 9/11, Cheney asked the Taliban for permission to build an oil pipeline through Afghanistan from Turkmenistan to Pakistan – they refused. After 9/11, when the invasion of Afghanistan was complete, the pipeline was built. Imagine that.

      Remember that every decision a politician makes is going to kill people, whether by affecting cashflow and causing people to starve, or by more direct methods. To be a politician you have to be either stupid enough not to realise that on a good day, you don't manage to kill anyone, or else you have to be a complete sociopath. Could you be a politician? If you were, and I were to line up 100 people in front of you and say, "As a result of the decision you've just made, these people are going to die. Now explain to them why," could you do it? People who can, or who are too stupid to realise that this is really what they do for a living, are what politicians are. This is the mindset we're talking about here.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
      • lisa2010

        i guess with every politician's decision, there's always a sacrificial lamb... sad, so sad..

        September 6, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
      • Dan

        Further to this comment: All politicians are disgusting. Their food and drink are misery and suffering, and if they can increase this in the population, it will sustain them for years as they pretend to do something about it. Whether one believes that the country needs politicians is incidental to the point, which is that anyone who chooses freely to do the job is, by any meaningful definition, the person least suited to the task.

        Cheney is the epitome of this type of foulness: a kind of reptilian Darth Sidious making no secret of what he is: it's astounding that the population went along with that government's increasingly insane methodology for so long.

        I have a feeling that government would function far better if politicians were selected at random and against their will from the general population – rather like jury service. Meanwhile, anyone found actually trying to become a politician should be quietly carted off to a maximum security facility for the criminally insane.

        September 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
      • onhols

        I think that's giving bush waay to much credit. He was incompetent, but his biggest problem was that he got somebody who wasn't for his VP. And it took him way too long to figure out that he didn't have to do whatever Cheney said.

        September 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  69. edsr

    There is no doubt that Cheney made personal wealth off the Iraq crisis..............whether or not it was planned this way was never considered since he was the VP..........his ties with certain private American companies working in Iraq came to light but they were quickly extinguished...........I listen..........many Americans often wondered why Cheney was never charged with suspected offenses...........myself I don't know..........but there are a lot of Americans who certainly do not like this gentleman and many suspect him of wrong doing while in office. Only time will tell and probably after he is gone.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  70. ctbeckyw

    Of course he's not going to say he's sorry or admit he did anything wrong. He's a delusional old war-monger son-of-a-biscuit who, if he admits wrong doing, could potentially be brought up in world criminal court. His motives were PURELY economical with his ties to Halliburton. They (and he) are in the business of blowing up countries, then stepping in to secure them, then rebuild them. He still is citing the gassing of Kurds which happened in the early 90s - ten years before. Stop giving him airtime, Wolf. This is below you.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  71. Romulus

    Bush-Cheney,The Real Criminals Behind 911,Question Is Who has The GaLLs To Prosecute Them?

    September 6, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  72. WoI Admin

    Only an arrogant man would refuse to consider he made any mistakes.
    Cheney is the worst kind of coward, a draft-dodger and a war profiteer.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
    • The World Court

      Cheney is the worst America has to offer the world. He has cause the deaths of over 3000 American soldiers, tens of thousands of Iraqis and yet, NO MISTAKES.

      HE IS A SOCIOPATH. NO QUESTION ABOUT IT!!!

      The World Court needs to get this guy.

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

      I don't blame him one bit for going down that road with Wolf, so Wolf can twist it to make it exactly what he wants to hear. Can't wait to hear Wolf make Obama admit how he has ACTUALLY destroyed our nation.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
      • David in Cincinnati

        Where have you been the last 10 year Mr?

        September 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
    • Goat

      Cheney, will not admit mistakes because he (Bush Admin) feels his decisions were correct. It's common sense that you don't take on a problem if you don't have to. There is no other way to say that, the Iraq invasion was a bad idea. It was wrong to invade that nation. For Cheney or anyone else to say other wise are liars or refusing to accept reality. America would not stand for that, no one regardless of the differences will just invade the U.S. Why should the U.S be allowed to do that to someone else? As for draft dodging or whatever happened then, is irrelevant to me. You do not have to serve in the military to be a public official. It is not a prerequisite, and those that disagree, vote and try to get the Rules changed. Lastly, this is coming from someone who is in the military right now, and recently returned from Afghanistan. Bush/Cheney made a bad decisions to invade Iraq, there is no excuse or reason of any legitimacy that says otherwise....period, point, blank. Powell, and Tenet "Slam Dunk" were the scapegpats. However that's how the military trains you, not to go against the hierarchy. Unfortunately that cost lives, and I hold Powell just as responsible because he knew it was wrong as well.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
      • Mr

        Since Social Security is going bankrupt, should I now blame the ones who offered it to a vote? I don't remember anyone saying It was a mistake to go into IRAQ as we were going in. In fact most of the press at that time were chiding President Bush for not stopping Sadam from shooting at our jets in the no-fly zone. REMEMBER?

        It is not possible to know what might have occurred had they not stopped Sadam. Do you ever consider that? ever?

        September 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  73. blf83

    Cheney not being willing to admit to any mistakes is indeed vintage Cheney, but his denials do not make him any less guilty. The man should be tried as a war criminal. His arrogance, and misdeeds, are on a par with Gaddhafi, Saddam Hussein, and Mubarek.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  74. TRH

    The arrogance of a criminal.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  75. olivia

    How much can your company, Mr. Cheney, charge American taxpayers for a nut, a bolt, and a screw before you feel guilty?

    September 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  76. WETFUSE13485

    Wolfe,

    What he said was a lie when it came to WMD... I work at the DTRA Agency and I know that we were floored when they said that there where WMD because we hold the inspectors in our agency and we were told that this was not the case. He bald faced Lied... Period...

    September 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • flyingram

      While there were many mistakes made by Bush/Cheney, accusations that "Bush" (or in this case, Cheney) lied are themselves, a lie.

      For starters, it is a proven fact that Saddam had WMD...my God, he killed an estimated 40,000-50,000 Kurds using them.

      Moreover, every major Democratic figure, including William Jefferson Clinton and politicos in the House and Senate are on record with dire warnings about Iraq's WMD.

      So, please save us the hand-wringing about WMD. Was it a mistake...in retrospect, sure it was. But to say that this adminstration lied or the hackneyed smear tactics about oil for blood has long since worn thin.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
      • Santa Fean

        Worn thin but still true. They lied to everyone so everyone believed it.

        September 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
      • Arran

        Well FlyingRam: In that case even a good ole Klashnikov rifle is a WMD, it consumed 58,000 US soldiers in Vietnam.

        September 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
      • bjk

        You and Cheney must be awfully dizzy from the spinning! We all know what transpired while Bush was in the White House. But he just can't admit to EVER having made any kind of mistake.

        September 6, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
      • David in Cincinnati

        "had" is the operative word here.

        September 6, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  77. Maria B.

    What I admire of Mr. Cheney is that he has the b-lls to stand by his decisions and does not come back saying "the devil made me do it" Every government needs a leader with a strong hand on security issues.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • Bill

      While I agree with you on the particular topics Wolfe Blitzer seems to have raised, there were many other issues during the Bush/Cheney administration that were disasters due to the poor decision making ability of those in charge. I would like to hear him admit he made some mistakes, even if it is only in hindsight and with the caveat that he would make the same decision based on the information at the time.

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

      Cheney has a bit of the devil in him, so he's truly standing by devil-derived decisions. Dictators are leaders with strong hands: good for the dictators; not good for the people.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  78. Chettahe

    This man and his neo-con friends should be sent for a trial by the war criminals court for crimes against humanity. Reason: for starting a war on false premisses and lies.
    He is a coward and a member of a team who has caused the squandering of US lives and resources in a war whose outcome produced a geopolitical nightmare for the USA in the Middle-East. I am very disappointed that Obama did not call for Congressional hearings into the decision making for going to war against Saddam's Iraq. Since the reasons for going to war against Saddam were fabricated and Saddam was hated by Al Qaeda, whose interests were served by this war? Since this arrogant man cannot deliver an intelligent reason for going to war in Iraq, the American people deserve an answer .

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

      When you are arrogant to the point of never admitting that you have ever been wrong, you prove yourself to be an extremely dangerous leader.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • Adelaide DiGiorgi

      Why are we seeing programs that are hawking Cheney's book. This is a man who should be known for the evil he has done – the Iraq war was a great way for his Halliburton company to make their many billions. I see him as an evil man who should be ignored and not published. A dreadful monster!!!

      September 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  79. tom

    He should be in the Hauge and on trial for war crimes...and then stand trial over here for the damage he did to our country, the thousands of young men and woman killed in 'HIS' war for NO damn reason and for lying to the american people for so long. He's STILL lying his nasty evil face off and totally unapologetic for any of his wrongdoings. It was ALWAYS about the money and Halliburton for him...and of course the thing he wanted most...POWER. Don't care what he says...most people will always believe he was Gepetto pulling the puppet strings of dopey Dubbya the whole time.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  80. Pat Riot

    No mea culpa??
    No surprise: if treason won't make you sorry (re: Valerie Plame) nothing would, eh?

    September 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  81. Arrowdog

    The real Men of American politics – when America was America – had such prowess as to acknowledge their faults, but say "whatever"..... because in the end their contributions as leaders were undeniable. Any of their faults were just foot notes. Its been such a long time. Reagan was the most recent of such leaders and truly qualifies. Before that Kennedy. Its been such a long drought.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  82. Mr. Bill

    One of the last real men in public service. Love or hate Cheney, you gotta admit he has the brass to do what he thinks is right. Contrast that with the current leaders...

    September 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • Isaac

      yeah what a great person.... lies, lies, and more lies but hey.... he stuck to em.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
    • JoJo in Boston

      REPLY TO BILL: So did Hitler.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
      • JEAN

        Hitler distroyed Germany, Bush, Cheney helped protect AMERICA – Thank You Mr Cheney for looking out after America, making a decision, not waiting until America was completely distroyed –having GUTS to be a LEADER.

        September 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • pk

      That was his problem. He did what HE thought was right, not what was right for this country. He thinks he could do no wrong. I think he did nothing right. I still think he had complete control over Bush; I wish the news would put him back in his box. What the two of them did to our country is unforgiveable and their buddies in Congress have decided to go after Obama at all cost. They're selling all of us out!

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

      ahhhh...no Mr. BIll...you're quite wrong. He was not doing what he thought was right for the country...he was doing what he thought was right for HIM, Halliburton and his millionaire cronies and lobbyists. He LIED to the american people the whole time...wouldn't call him a real man. He is a pathetic excuse for one...hope he enjoys all the $$$ he made off the deaths and maiming of US men and woman in the armed forces. (and apparently he's also a bad shot) Wonder where he was on Nov 22,1963?

      September 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
    • JN

      Dear Sir: Hitler did what he thought was right, too.

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

      Dictators and mass murderers also never admit to any wrongdoing. Dictators blame the weak citizenry for their defeats and criminals blame their victims for not submitting to their will.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  83. GODZILLA1

    If there is anyone who should be standing before the Hague Court of International Justice to answer for conspiracy, aggression, war crimes and crimes against humanity it is Dark Cheney, the banality of evil.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • Khalil

      Hey Wolf...Thanks for PARADING this WAR CRIMINAL..

      ONE LAST LOOK AT A VERY SICK INDIVIDUAL...This is NOT what AMERICA STANDS for....THIS HOOLIGAN tarnished this great country...He and His NEOCON Buddies are the PRIMARY reason America lost what it had...

      September 6, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  84. Charlie

    Can you say delusional? Yeah, let's take the deficit from $5T (which took 1/2 a century to incur) to $10T in 8 short years, start one war, then abandon it for another senseless one (and leaving the primary mission unfulfilled – getting Bin Laden), and lend billions to all our buddies in the financial sector so they can go out and buy other financial institutions (consolidation making institutions too big to fail bigger). Oh yeah, and along the way, let's pick up a $150k per year salary as post CEO of the biggest defense contractor in the two wars, and some lucrative stock options as well. Did anything wrong – nonsense. Just don't ask me to go hunting with the man...

    September 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  85. Dean

    This country has gotten used to the apologizer-in-chief. If Bush and Cheney's policies were so wrong wouldn't continuing them be wrong also? The Obama administrations continuation of virtually all Bush-Cheney policies and expansion of many of them tells me that maybe there aren't as many great choices as we all would like to think. He's not an apologizer. Get over it. He is an ex-vice-president for God's sake!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • 2tor

      Good point. They criticize Bush, but continue on with his policies... guess he wasn't so bad after all 😉

      September 6, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • VetsV

      by same standards Obama did what he felt right he should not be questioned and he shd not answer to any critics he is Prezident of USA for god Sake..

      September 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  86. ro in the emerald city

    World would be better off if we don't elect any more guys like him and his puppet boss in the oval office.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  87. Heff

    People like Cheney will not go into the army and fight, but are glad to send other people's sons and daghters to fight for big oil. He feels a sense of entitlement. Therefore, it is okay for other people to die for his gains. It is okay to destroy other countries in the process, too.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • dogcaps

      exactly when did the community organizer serve?

      September 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  88. Big al

    Long Live Dick Cheney! He was the best Vice President this country ever had. The economy started to implode because we new Barack Obama was going to be president. If McCain had become president, we would not be in the mess we are in. What we need is Bush and Cheney back in office. The tax cuts, prescription drug benefit both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan helped this country so much. It was Pelosi, Reed, Schumer and Obama that have caused the mess we are in.

    Only Perry-Palin can deliver us from evil in 2012.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • Santa Fean

      That is funny!

      September 6, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
    • Jim

      Why don't you learn the truth before you start blathering ididotic statements. Just like Dick and George did, they are the only reason our nation is in such a state right now. They both made millions of dollars for themselves and their cronie friends involved with Haliburton and the company that the Bush family had ties with for decades.(forgot the name) The war was to make thier checking accounts to grow. Pure Greed!!!!!!

      September 6, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  89. Biff

    Dick Cheney was a mistake.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  90. lblfm in Spokane

    Everyone EVERYONE makes mistakes. However, those people, like Cheney, who believe they are omnipotent and superior to the rest of us peons NEVER admit mistakes. That in itself shows the true nature (malevolent) and character (none) of this individual.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • 2tor

      Yeah? what mistakes would you be referring to?

      September 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
      • Wow

        Really? What mistakes? How about the fact there were no WMDs in Iraq? You know, they mistakenly acted on wrong information. Could you imagine what would happen to President Obama if he invaded Libya on "faulty intelligence" that was later discovered was false/not true/mistaken? He would be called traitor and killer and scum and people would be screaming for his impeachment. The double standards are so laughable.

        September 6, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  91. james - Twin Cities, MN

    Mr. Cheney has dishonored the nation, killed countless innocents, and stolen tax dollars for his contractor friends, but he has no regrets whatsoever. Very few other Americans can honestly claim as much responsibility as Dick Cheney for what is wrong in America today. One can only hope that we will never again allow such a sociopathic, narcissistic war criminal near the White House.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  92. JoJo in Boston

    No one will ever know now whether the same or better outcome in Iraq would have occurred without the trillion dollars spent, the thousands of brave Americans dead and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis dead. In any case, the War in Iraq did not meet Just War Criteria according to the Vatican and most Christian and Jewish hierarchies in the U.S. "It didn't come close" according to Ron Paul. To unnecessarily take a single life is immoral, and hundreds of thousands died in the Iraq War and its aftermath (so far), to say nothing of those who will indirectly die in America because of cuts in safety nets to pay for the War.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  93. amlcpamaine

    Cheney is the worst form of coward – one who's quick to use force and fighting (even among administration meetings) to pit sides against each other. This is a true sign of insecurity. But Cheney would see his own grandmother and children ground up rather than take the kind of abuse he regularly ordered on others. It may take until he passes to the netherworld but ultimately he will get his due.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  94. Howard

    Only an utter jerk could look back on eight years of policy- and decision-making and not be able to come up with a single instance where, in retrospect, some other course of action would've been advisable.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  95. Yuri at home

    Cheney's like the KGB; 'You can't be innocent because we don't arrest innocent people. but if for some possibilty you are innocent we can't release you because then people would say that we arrest innocent people'. how in the world has this man avoided any kind of prosecution?

    September 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  96. John Orr

    I don't care now if Cheney is or was right or wrong, but the media needs to stop asking every politician if they are "sorry for..." Do I ever hear CNN or other news outlets say "We are sorry for..." The only thing they seem to apologize for is a technical glitch. I'm still waiting for the "Rev." Al Sharpton to apologize for the Tawana Brawley fiasco and he has a show!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  97. Frank

    The only person in history better at denial than Cheney, was Richard Nixon. I guess that the best thing you can do if you are going to be remembered as a loser, is to reinvent the truth and die wearing a coating of teflon.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • Paganguy

      But Nixon never started a war – his war was Johnson's war.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
      • Mr

        It's perfectly acceptable to the press when a Democrat starts a war. No apology necessary.

        Talk about people making money off of war, what about the NEWS agencies! 24 hour coverage! Ratings!

        September 6, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
      • I'm not a crook

        war on drugs, war on Allende/Chile, for starters. The war on cancer, maybe the only one that will have long-term positive value. But I don't Frank is talking about wars, I think he is talking about propaganda, like Manufacturing Consent. The Vietnam war, was Korean war second round, after the French pulled out, and the US backed the CIA recommended rejection of the agreed democratic election that Ho Chi Minh probably would have fairly won. Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon all got pulled into it. Nixon toyed with the idea of using nukes to end it, it is on the WH recordings; don't think the other presidents were that insane in prosecuting a war against a non-nuclear country.

        September 6, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  98. Chaiah

    Cheney IS the definition of mea culpa.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  99. LowGear

    I don't give a darn anymore what anyone did wrong, right or indifferently in 2000s. Our president knew the nation's condition when he took office, and he promised to fix it. Let's not argue whether it needed fixing or whose fault it is that it was in the condition it was in; let's consider that we're still blaming an administration that has been out of office for over three years. Fix it, or move over and let someone in who will fix it!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • Tom

      And be completely delusional that the president has the complete power and say in the economic condition of a country, and that it can be fixed so easily, gosh you must be a genius to have such knowledge...keep popping pills, probably need some from a psychiatrist if you are to have any sense of how government really works.

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

        Although the president/governement isn't responsible for the economy they can influence it. Dems had total control over both houses and could have enacted their own policies to prevent further damage...instead they added to it by compounding more debt and not establishing long term vision which scare businesses from growth because they don't know what congress is going to pass next. They did continue previous policies (which must mean there was some merit in them) and added more burden onto this country. The country voted for change and we didn't get it, we just got more of the same. I am not a 100% Tea Party supporter...but I am for a balance budget, and long term policies and for someone in a voting seat to show some leadership and do what is right for the country and not for their relection.

        September 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  100. brian

    robots dont make mistakes

    September 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • Jeepers

      I think of Dick Cheney like an evil comic book villain...who is just a brain with a robot body. They'll keep him alive forever that way. He has much more havoc to wreak. His book probably has subliminal messages that will turn all people who read it into an army primed and ready to do his evil bidding. Beware anyone you see with a copy of that thing.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
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