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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. Blackman in America

    SAD..................how is it an out right Thief and LIER gets soooooooooooooooooo much media coverage? What a joke the American media is.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  2. ART

    Dick chaney is a festering boil on the butt of humanity

    September 7, 2011 at 10:00 am |
  3. WRMaurer

    No mea culpas; no wea surprises.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:59 am |
  4. the bonner

    too bad. That interview should have taken place behind bars, for all this guy's confessed crimes.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  5. Mansoor Remtulla

    The question I would like to ask Dick is was the war with Iraq worth the 4000 lives of the US men and women and the hunderds of thousands of lives of the Iraqis ?
    Mr. Blitzer asked him about the US loss of lives but not a word about the Iraqis. I guess to the Americans that is not important.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  6. HockeyMinny

    What a tool Hell is going to be crowded

    September 7, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  7. Voiceinthewind

    How much longer do I have to look at the Son of Satan on this site? Put the SOB in Prison where he beoings with The Shrub along with Rice and the rest of thier crew.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  8. Toje

    This is news? What did you expect him to say?

    September 7, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  9. Tyler

    I seriously hope that artificial heart of his stops beating. I *almost* feel bad for saying that. The man has destroyed millions of lives, home and abroad.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  10. Robin Bray

    So if Cheney wants to tell his side he can start with telling us who was in those "Energy" meetings with him at the White House. If it was all above board he should have released this information a decade ago.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  11. nightsun2k7

    And yet your country for some reason want's to blame all this on Obama. Why isn't Bush, Cheney and Rummy in prison? Wake up America, it's going to take many, many years to fix this, not 2 and not while your president is handcuffed by the republican congress you voted back in when things weren't fixed immediately. Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? Stop trying to be the tortoise. Take off the handcuffs and let this president do what he needs to do.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  12. larvadog

    Beware of anyone who never admits to a mistake. He or she is lying. Beware especially when they justify the means by the ends. Cheney has no concept of ethics, morality, or justice. If he likes the end(s) he has achieved, it is irrelevent how he achieved them.

    That concept is pure evil, and one that we didn't accept from others we have deemed to be evil.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  13. Brenda

    This cretin is a perfect representation of "onager".

    September 7, 2011 at 9:47 am |
  14. Chris

    Of course he won't apologize. It was not his own kids killed!

    September 7, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  15. Pat - Illinois

    In diluting the value of Obama's success in taking out Bin Laden, Cheney make comments crediting the work of the CIA during the Bush's administration. Obviously there is some truth to that statement because most successes are built on the shoulders of ones predecessors. However, he certainly does not accept any blame for our Nation's debt crisis today because of the cost of two wars. Nor, does he ever acknowledge lining his own pockets through Haliburton and other service contractors' corruption and greed in Iraq and Afghanastan. What a hypocrit!!!!

    September 7, 2011 at 9:38 am |
  16. disco_fever

    Wolf, Wolf, Wolf... You have got to be kidding me – Someone with your experience, background, and resources. EVERYONE was reporting on the looming recession in the last summer of the Clinton administration. PLEASE go back and look at CNNs own reports on the matter to confirm. THIS WAS KNOWN!

    September 7, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  17. josh rogen

    get ready to be hearing a lot about the bush years, it's going to be a big part of the Obama re-election campaign.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:32 am |
  18. ASTROBOI

    Reading the description of Cheneys statements and behavior one has to wonder if he is, in fact, a psychopath. Or perhaps, like Al Dunlap, a man with just about all the characteristics of one except sexual promiscuity. And who knows; perhaps he just covered up some of his past.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:24 am |
  19. augustghost

    Such incredible arrogance...typical republican attitude...not to mention a thief and a liar.......even hell won't take him

    September 7, 2011 at 9:23 am |
  20. Tyler

    Dick Cheney is a sociopath and belongs in prison. Literally every decision he made as VP was for personal profit, the fact that young men and women had to be sent to war for him to make money he didn't care. It's a crime in itself that he was allowed to be VP with such a blatant stake in expanding the military industrial complex for personal profit. It's a shame that braindead shills like Wolf Blitzer work in the media and handle a guy like this with kid gloves. The least that could be done is for the media to constantly grill him to his face for the rest of his pathetic life.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:21 am |
  21. Peter

    Wow, talk about bias. I'm pretty sure I won't ever see a headline like that to an interview with Obama or Clinton, or even old Jimmy Carter.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:19 am |
    • Mary

      What did Jimmy Carter ever do to warrant that headline? I suppose you would have preferred a war with Iran, which would have guaranteed dead bodies in the American embassy. I suppose, too, that you want to blame him for the rampant inflation of the '70s. As if a president can turn the economy around by a snap of his fingers. At least a breadwinner could keep a family on one income during the 70s.

      Of course, that changed with Ronald Reagan's indifference to the steel and auto industries in the 80s, and his confidence that America could succeed in a "service" economy. "Service" as in working fast food and retail for minimum wage. How did that work out for you, America?

      September 7, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  22. Stacie

    It is absolutely sick to watch this piece of human garbage running around free instead of spending the rest of his life in a gulag – accompanied by Bush – for his war crimes and crimes against humanity. This is the ultimate face of evil. Give me an Al Qaeda terrorist anyday – at least they'll tell you what they're about. This monster is grinning at the camera with a decomposing body in the closet.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  23. Sagebrush Shorty

    Well at least they didn't keep "reaching out to Islam". They saw where the problem was and acted on it. No fence sitting like we have now.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:04 am |
  24. Wanderer in a lost world

    I have often wondered where we would be today as a country if Bush and Cheney had not been elected?

    September 7, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • jim

      Way ahead of where we are now. For one thing, we would still have the billions of dollars this sleazy thug channeled into Halliburton!

      September 7, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • Mary Mary

      What election? Al Gore won the popular vote remember in 2000? And the right wing supreme court handed Bush the election 😦

      Sigh,

      September 7, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  25. Madtown

    War criminal.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  26. Truthseeker

    If there was a proper system of justice, This criminal and bush both should be put on trial for murder of over 6000 American service men & Women. They should also be charged with murder of over 200,000 Iraqi citizens. but then our system is so that criminals like him can get elected.. OK.. never mind.. there is No hope

    September 7, 2011 at 8:52 am |
    • Mary

      You're right: There is no hope. The American empire is in decline and the American republic has been destroyed. No thanks to these posturing clowns.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  27. harry

    Please .....Please ......do not buy his book. how can you even think of helping him?

    September 7, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  28. billy davis

    His an arrogant SOB. That enriched his buddies with the bogus war in Iraq and elsewhere.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:48 am |
  29. tcaros

    Cheney loved Nixon. He was so broken hearted when Nixon was forced to resign. Cheney believes that the sheriff should be able to break the laws since the sherirr worked his way up the ladder. That's how this poor excuse for a public servant led his life.. breaking laws, lying, cheating, and justifying his immoral behaviour.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:43 am |
  30. Dave

    The WORST administration in the history of the country !!!

    September 7, 2011 at 8:41 am |
  31. tcaros

    He's a traitor and despot. This man deserves to be in prison.Most will celebrate his passing.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:40 am |
  32. hades65

    Cheney is correct to not accept blame for the Economy. I don't blame Obama or Bush for the Economy as also I don't worship any government leader that can supposedly fix the economy. Minimal regulation is important but the economy goes where it does with a mind of it's own. People get too caught up in government being responsible for economic conditions. You do realize that from a scientific perspective there isn't any evidence to show that governments have big influences on the economy other they could create a disaster by doing extreme measures.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:38 am |
    • Mary

      Absolutely right. Government interference usually makes the situation worse. What the heck does a government flunky know about jobs creation, especially since so many of them never worked in the private sector in their lives.

      People in America have been taught in their public (government-run) schools that government is magic and is always a benefactor. They have been taught to admire strong presidents who ran the country like tyrants, got us involved in wars, and shredded the Constitution. No wonder this country has so many cowards who want government to protect them! They aren't worthy of their ancestors, who risked death by traveling at the bottom of stuffy cargo ships to get here, and risked death again to go west in search of opportunity. Their fat, lazy descendants want 0% risk in a risky world. They aren't worthy of the freedom that their ancestors sought.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  33. fuzzbox

    it takes a special kind of arrogance to send other people's kids to a war you never should have started. cheney shows he's got what it takes.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  34. Dave, CA

    Only a fool does not learn from their mistakes.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:34 am |
  35. Mary

    It is obvious why he is in heart failure, he doesn't have one. He is a disgrace as a public figure,

    September 7, 2011 at 8:34 am |
  36. Carl

    Bush inherited a strong economy from Clinton? It was an unsustainable bubble economy rife with corruption from the likes of WorldCom, Enron and Tyco. The Clinton era economy was an illusion, where capital was raised for internet start ups, which in turn created a temporary bubble in tax revenues. The internet crash ended the bubble.. Add Clinton's own corrupt behavior, from selling the Lincoln bedroom, to Monica and finally to the pardon of Marc Rich in his last day of office. Bush inherited an internally rotting economy and rotten moral ethis from Clinton. Then he went on with his own unsustainable spending, as is pointed out correctly in the artice. Cheney was creepy, but loyal.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:34 am |
    • Jacob

      loyal to whom

      September 7, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • Mary

      Or was Cheney the tail wagging the dog? As the former CEO of Haliburton, how did he manage to become Vice President when it is obvious that he had a conflict of interest?

      September 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  37. jt_flyer

    Chaney is the WORST VICE PRESIDENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE USA. The man is a criminal who should be jailed. He manipulated that little idiot Bush like a child. Well my corrupt rich friend, history will judge you- not us. You brought disgrace on yourself, the little idiot and you families. Your ancestors will face YOUR legacy everyday they wake up for all of eternity.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  38. Silence

    Is the Christian right in league with the devil? Sometimes I listen to right wing radio sometimes and it is just full of hate speech and personal attacks. Then I see that all these dragon ladies and American dogs eat it up.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  39. DaveM

    The inability to admit mistakes says a lot about this man's character. A man with a conscience would be able to say they were sorry. This arrogant evil man is without a conscience or character. He is a sociopath that basically ran this country for eight dark years. We live with the destructive legacy of that time every day now. Why is he not in jail?

    September 7, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  40. Bobby

    Deficits do not matter???????????????????????????????????????

    September 7, 2011 at 8:24 am |
  41. SPC Taxpayer

    And, don't forget that it was BUSH that gave almost 750 billion to banks that had nothing to do with saving Americans, their jobs, the economy, then he passed a 750 billion stimulus package to help, then he gave money back in taxes to help the economy. Blame only OBAMA, nooooo Bush poured out billions too. At least the first stimulus was for America and American jobs, like education and construction and rebuilding America. What happened after BUSH gave out the first trillion to banks, they cut americans credit card limits even if they had excellent credit and stop lending. Thanks BUSH for saving your friends AGAIN!

    September 7, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  42. JOE

    Just imagine Dick Cheyney has no regrets over the Iraqi war. "NO REGRETS!" Well, tell that to the families of the thousands of US troops who have died in Iraq over blatant and deliberate lies over bogus and non existent weapons of mass destruction. And Mr. Cheyney, tell that to the families of the hundreds of US troops who have died in Afghanistan when you and GWB abandoned and prolonged the Afghan war to fight your illegitimate Iraqi war. Tell that to the ten year old boy who just lost his heroic Navy Seals dad in Afghanistan. And tell that to the families of the US troops who continue to die today in Afghanistan and Iraq because of your failed and misguided foreign policies. "NO REGRETS" Mr. Cheyney? I believe you need to rethink and restate your comment and I believe you owe these families an apology.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  43. Len

    Cheney is not dead yet? By all accounts....he should be!

    September 7, 2011 at 8:17 am |
  44. A Joke

    Some people find it impossible to hold themselves accountable for anything. He doesn't even think he made a mistake by shooting a man. I believe that some people are born unto this world inherently evil. I believe Dick Cheney to be one of these people. I wouldn't put Dick Cheney above eating live babies.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:16 am |
  45. Jeff

    I don't see how anyone with 1/2 a brain could possibly call Bush and Cheney heroes. They trashed this country, driving it into debt and recession, and unnecessarily sent thousands of men and women to their deaths in Iraq over Bush's personal vendetta. At the end of Bush's 8 years, any American who could have honestly have answered "yes" to the question "are you better off they you were 8 years ago," was delusional. Bottom line is they're criminals and need to be called to answer for their crimes.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:16 am |
  46. SPC Taxpayer

    Don't forget his most famous unsympathetic comment, when asked in an interview a few years ago about soldiers dying overseas for a cause of never finding weapons of mass destruction. His answer was 'they signed up for it'. Scumbag, he should burn in hell. Of course, he doesn't regret anything from his vice presidency, he left stink-in' rich, and all of his rich friends of Haliburton. They got rich and sacrificed American soldiers lives to do it. That is why Republicans are fighting so hard not to have the Bush bill overturned concerning taxation of the rich, because it affects all of them.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:15 am |
    • USA USA

      We are preaching Democracy to other nations putting feet on our own Democracy's chest. USA (We Real People) is still not awaken after all this happened, Are we waiting for the complete collapse or what?? Takeover hurry we have no time at all.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
  47. Joe

    This slimey coward makes me sick !!!!

    September 7, 2011 at 8:14 am |
  48. Truth

    He should be in prison for perjury to the American people and fabricating the basis of war with Iraq.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  49. debch

    Blitzer never shot Cheney when he had him imn his sights. It's like he asked the question, allowed Cheney to spout off his usual lies, then Blitzer backed away. Darthvader should be in a war crimkes prison along with Bush, his talking monkey. Cheney was, is and will always be a SOB of the first magnitude - he is not news. He has not had an original thought in 30 years or more. It's really sad to see such a sorry despicable excuse for a human being on the television tubes. One day, one day God will hold Cheney accountable with Bush for the deaths of thousands of America's finest kids because of their oil-hungry plans for Iraq. It's sad to see such a decrepid, hateful, sad, heartless person still clinging to his stupid view of the past. The man still takes up good space on earth by breathing oxygen someone more deserving could use.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  50. QZ

    I think he and Bush are liars.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:07 am |
  51. Jeff from Columbus

    This interview perfectly illustrates Cheney's major weakness. He simply cannot admit he's wrong. As Vice President, he lacked either the willingness or ability (most likely willingness) to take a step back and evaluate his decisions. Once he decided on a course of action, he went fullsteam ahead and ignored any evidence that might show his initial decision was wrong.

    There's a difference between decisiveness and just being pigheaded. Cheney was pigheaded and this philosophy obviously wore off on President Bush. I think Bush was initially more reasonable but he also had the inclination to not look back on his decisions. With Cheney's influence, he also became pigheaded.

    Obama's at the other end of the spectrum. He's so paralyzed by indecisiveness and inexperience he leaves it to others, mainly Congress, to make the tough decisions that should be made by the President.

    We need a President once again like Bill Clinton who's capable of making decisive decision but also has the necessary self-esteem to reevaluate his decisions and change course where necessary.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  52. Dave

    Cheney is a faulty but typical product of our current business and political system. His legacy is that of remaining a wart on America's backside for all of history. However, if you look at his recent photos, his visible presence may be more fleeting than many many of us know.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  53. John

    Of course he won't admit mistakes...he didn't make any...the screwing of the American people went exactly as planned...

    September 7, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  54. Shawn Irwin

    One of the mistakes this clown made was cowardlyness. It was cowardly to let fear grip them, and it is this that caused so much damage to this nation. They over-react (by starting unjustified wars, etc.) and did not think logically about battling the terrorists, because instead of respecting the enemy, they are to caught up in fearing the enemy. Our American leadership was childish to say the least. Bin Ladin openly stated that his goal was to break the American economy, and as a result of those who feared rather than listened, we are there. America needs leaders with guts and brains, not cowards who react emotionally or with knee-jerk reactions every time something bad happens. Cheney and his crew were all cowards who had no respect for the enemy, all they did was fear the enemy, and as a result, they never listened to what the enemy was saying, and, as a result, we have a nation that is exactly where Bin Ladin wanted it to be. So mr. no mea culpas, think again!

    September 7, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  55. Milton

    In his bathroom, Dick Cheney has the constitution printed on his toilet paper and an altar to Halliburton in his living room. Sociopathy is a mental disorder in most lines of work, but a marketable skill in politics.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  56. paul

    Cheney...Is this Evil man's heart still beating?

    September 7, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  57. JW

    People dream of being able to afford Yale. Yet this guy didn't give a ____ and flunked out twice.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  58. kebos

    If Cheney admitted to mistakes then this article would be 10 times longer. People with no social conscious would have no regrets over Iraq. Cheney is an evil man, a greedy man, and represents everything that is wrong with America today. He ought to be ashamed of himself but again, no conscious, so that will never happen.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:51 am |
  59. JPX

    It's been a while since that vile man with the (appropriately) crroked smile was in the news. His narcissism astounds me. He still refuses to accept any responsibility for ruining the economy. It's no wonder that he resembles the Emperor from the Star Wars films. What an awful human being.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:51 am |
  60. Johnjon

    I've been waiting since president Obama took office for cheney's book to come out. After the book tour maybe he'll finally fade into the past and shut his yap.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:51 am |
  61. skynyrt

    Liberals preach civility to conservatives & then use bullying phrases to make a point not worth making. It is standard CNN policy to always try to get a conservative to say that he or she made a mistake without ever putting the same questions to libs. Cheney was not going to have any of that to his credit. Liberals need to get over Bush & Cheney, they are not in power any more. Man up & tell your daddy Barry to do the same & acknowledge that it is the present administration that is trying to ruin this great country. Also, Wolf pushed Cheney on the TARP bill, omitting the fact that Bush made a point of saying that he would only do it if the incoming administration wanted it done. Some more of this girlie journalism of inferring by omision from Mr Wolfie.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:50 am |
  62. Phil

    A robust economy when he [BUSH] took over....what fantasy land is he living in? The tech bubble had already burst and the country was in the downslide of the economy fueled by Enron and Worldcom scandals. I do belieive it was Clinton that was giving away mortgages to people who couldn't afford them which led to the eventual downfall of Freddie and Frannie. By the way, the democrats had the majority in Congress during the most of Bush's eight years. All you liberals out there complaining that the republicans are slowing down Congress....now you know how it feels. By the way, I don't disagree that there are 537 people in Washington FAILING the American people. they put political ideology above what is best for the other 300 Million people. I'm glad they took a full month off. How many of us would like that? Most business you have to work for 20 years before you get your fourth week of vacation, not our government. But then again , this is the same group of people who won't have to use the crappy healthcare program they passed but the country can't afford.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:49 am |
    • Steve in Colorado

      Phil
      You are right in saying that the bubble had burst. Incoming Treasurer Paul O'Neill and others such as Greenspan opposed the Bush Tax Cut for the rich as dangerous, warned that the economy was spiraling down after the DotCom bubble burst and the budget surplus of $15 trillion was complete fantasy. Cheney responded that "... people in Peoria don't care about a balanced budget..." or something like that. Bush went ahead with the tax cut recommendation to Congress, controlled by Republicans.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  63. Always

    This dude should be on trial not on TV

    September 7, 2011 at 7:48 am |
  64. rcpr

    Cheney may not admit to any wrong doings. those that buy the scumbag's book are as bad as he is. the blood of thousands and the hunger of millions is his legacy. He can wash his hands in public all he wants, but the blood will not come off...

    Dick Cheney is a coward that hides behind honor and sacrifice of others.

    Hang him! hang him high!

    September 7, 2011 at 7:42 am |
  65. frank

    We the People need to take our country back and put people like Cheney on trial for treason. We should then seize their assets to pay down the debt they created and deport them.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:41 am |
  66. keystnst

    No mistakes were made except for two unfunded wars, unfunded tax cuts, unfunded medicare mandate which total trillions. But no mistakes were made? We should not be suprised at this attitude, it is wide spread among the GOP and tea party, even their hero Rush has stated that he is right,(about everything). I wish the Dems had the guts to be that arrogant for a little while anyway.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:40 am |
  67. Justice

    If taxpayers didn't have to foot the bill for Cheney's multiple surgeries and he had to pay for his own healthcare, we wouldn't be talking about him because he'd be long gone.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:35 am |
  68. Jim

    MR. HAMILTON: We thank you for that. I wanted to focus just a moment on the Presidential Emergency Operating Center. You were there for a good part of the day. I think you were there with the vice president. And when you had that order given, I think it was by the president, that authorized the shooting down of commercial aircraft that were suspected to be controlled by terrorists, were you there when that order was given?

    MR. MINETA: No, I was not. I was made aware of it during the time that the airplane coming into the Pentagon. There was a young man who had come in and said to the vice president, "The plane is 50 miles out. The plane is 30 miles out." And when it got down to, "The plane is 10 miles out," the young man also said to the vice president, "Do the orders still stand?" And the vice president turned and whipped his neck around and said, "Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?"

    September 7, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  69. Rob

    Jay Leno interviewed this war criminal last week.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:23 am |
  70. Alex

    "Meh...I just ran our country to the ground. Used a tragedy to find an excuse to start a war gain profits from it. All in a days work" Cheney is a POS along with Bush. Only reason Obama is having such a hard time is these two clowns decided to party up and screw the country.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  71. Dorkus Maximus

    Being the Devil means never having to say you're sorry.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:20 am |
  72. Donald in CA

    I rate cheney right up there with charles manson in the evil department. This is a vile and nasty guy who is being punished with a bad heart. I hear GOD dont like ugly.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:19 am |
  73. Tom

    Jesus, the stones on this guy. Cheney stumbled our nation into 2 wars based on poor intelligence and worse advice, just to line his buddies' pockets. And he refuses to admit any mistakes?? He belongs in prison.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  74. Josh

    A fool and his puppet.

    The only trouble is, which one was the fool and which one was the puppet? Bush or Cheney?

    September 7, 2011 at 7:02 am |
  75. MDCambridge

    The plank of torture needs to be removed from the eye of America before we question a splinter in the eye of our neighbors.

    How can we look any other country, friend or foe, in the eye and stand against terrorism and torture, when we harbor Dick Cheney. He should face an international court; if he, as he says, was justified, let it fall on the court to decide, not hegemonic hypocrisy.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:00 am |
  76. BigRed

    Liar, Murderers, Thief, War Criminal

    September 7, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  77. hih

    come on Wolfie...what did you want him to do cry for you, and throw the president he served under the bus.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:54 am |
    • sheppard

      Come on – cheney thought HE was the president! He had no problem throwing anyone & everyone who dared to question HIS authority under the bus. This guy is no prince.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  78. Steve

    Since he was just VP, he doesn't think he has any responsibility. Mea culpa means his mistake, not others.

    He also can blame Bush

    September 7, 2011 at 6:40 am |
  79. Stephanie Palmer

    No mea culpas? This guy who never actually served his country but let others go in his stead, this man who took us into a war based on fraud and setting our economy on a downward spiral, this man who permitted a trillion dollars go out of the treasury without any stipulations; what the heck it wasn't his money. He's just another one of those people who actually believe they are always right. What a creep. But the voters didn't think so, they were too busy worrying about abortion and welfare recipients. He's a creep alright, but successful at manipulating the populace.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:37 am |
  80. Mitch Hatheway

    I am a conservative Canadian but Cheney's personna astounds me. Not only was he part of some of the worst American decisions in history (1: imperialistic invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan when the evidence showed there were NO WMDs resulting in the death of thousands of American soldiers , 2: promoting deregulation, resulting in the collapse of a strong American economy that has been downgraded for the first time EVER and depends on the Chinese and Saudis for investments.) His lack of remorse exemplifies an ignorant, red-necked personality that should never have access to the oval office !

    September 7, 2011 at 6:35 am |
  81. studdmuffins

    Ever the Democrat shill there Wolf. The TARP package was paid back unlike the nearly $1T stimulus waste President Obama put forth. I'd like to see you just once ask a tough question of a Democrat. It would have to be entered into Guinness as some sort of record.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:28 am |
    • sheppard

      yawwwwwwwwn. You need to take off the blinders. One of the biggest failures of the the bush/cheney adMISSistration was their lack of humility. They projected a God complex – always thought they were above error. and look what that got us. They are a disgrace by their own hand.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  82. Norm - not that one

    Insane, extremist fanatics NEVER own up to making mistakes. That's one of the reasons they are so dangerous.
    Only a psycho would admit "no fault".

    September 7, 2011 at 6:19 am |
  83. Baruch

    Bush, Cheney and the rest of that sorry, greedy & incompetent team got us into an unnecessary war in Iraq, under the premise of WMD, when the idiot couldn't even pronounce "nuclear". They are WAR CRIMINALS" with the blood of thousands of brave American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens on their hands.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:16 am |
  84. Oliver Christianson

    I was a hospital corpsman during the VIetnam war and was present when a patient of mine was interrogated to the point of organ failure. No real information was gathered in this session which resulted in the man's death–hey, he probably would have died anyway! and I have to live with the sounds of his screams the rest of my life. I wasn't happy about what was going on, but a guard had a gun pointed at me the entire time. To have the Dick Cheney out there promoting his book brings this all back as if it happened yesterday. Thanks Dick. I wish that YOU and all the rest of the non-vet, legacy kids who ran that war could suffer the same fate.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:09 am |
  85. Michael Seaborne

    One more thing; was Karl Rove lurking in the shadows splendid in his Black Death rope holding his sickle? Hi Karl, remember me? Do you get on all fours when you address your GOP friends?

    September 7, 2011 at 5:56 am |
  86. Luis

    He probably has no regrets about shooting his friend either – guess when so much of you has been shored up with technology (heart) you kind of lose your humanity.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:52 am |
  87. taxpayer

    Well Dick, What happened to "this war won't cost us anything because of the oil revenues"? And, how did Halliburten make out? The innocent people who experienced shock and awh probably have regrets. How about our vets? Do they have regrets? How many Americans have regrets or shame over this? Take a survey.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:44 am |
  88. PaulC

    Of course he has no regrets. What do you expect from an egotistical. self serving political hack?

    September 7, 2011 at 5:35 am |
  89. Clephas

    It's nice to see someone actually coming out and pointing out the reality that – for all their talk of fiscal responsibility – Republicans don't have any better a record than Dems, and certain Dems have a better record than any member of the Republican party. The fact that a rather large number of the Tea party Republicans are mysteriously the same group of idiots who got us into this economic craphole in the first place is just further proof that their talk is pure crap.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:33 am |
  90. Carla

    He is right but he gets bashed because America has only a lot of women and so few men. Solomon was right – a feminized nation gets weakened. Americans should bash incompetent themselves instead of their ancestors or politicians.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:22 am |
    • Mary Mary

      Do you mean the girly behavior of Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and W Bush who didn't go to Vietnam and hid out in the US? Dick Cheney had FIVE draft deferments? Or Bush Jr. who served behind a desk in the US during the Vietnam war? Do you mean Bush, Jr and Cheney who have no regrets because they sent other people's children to fight the wars they never fought?

      September 7, 2011 at 11:46 am |
  91. Greg

    If they ever do a remake of "It's a Wonderful Life", I have an excellent candidate for the role of Mr. Potter.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:18 am |
  92. jim

    Cheney pulled Bush's strings from day one, for him not to admit that Iraq was a mistake shows what a idiot he really is.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:52 am |
  93. Weedwacker

    I miss Bush & Cheney.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:15 am |
    • why?

      I would love to hear something good that came from that duo

      September 7, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  94. Michael

    A man who almost completely destroyed US economy feel no guilt, no conscience, no remorse for thousands of murdered innocent Iraqis while filling up his bank accounts and all that based on lies, lies, lies.....he's a high-ranking criminal who should be charged with mass murder and extradited to Hague along with Bush, Blair, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and other scums...

    September 7, 2011 at 4:07 am |
    • adam

      Problem is although the US makes use of ICJ to prosecute other foreign criminals, USA herself does not recognize the ICJ.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • Dan

      You are so screwed up??! Hilarious. Everyone on this page SCREAMS out insults but not a single person can actually say what Cheney did that was 'SO AWFUL'! A connection to Haliburton!?!? Do want the list of 'connections' to illicit investments our current commander-in-cheat has. Please. Totally lame insults and rhetoric. Loser liberals.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • JessyCA

      I agree with Michael's view: Cheney is a criminal. He fabricated the Iraq had WMD, called Bush everyday to start the Iraqi war, just for his personal gains. He did not care Americans lives, the nation's economy or millions Iraqi innocent civilians. He made no mistake but all delibrated crimes. He reached his goal of ruining US economy, sending American youth to death in the war, for his ersonal profits, off course he made no mistake. The US ecnomic crisis has been all he wanted, off course he made no mistake.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  95. max_headroom

    What a sickening puff piece. GWM, Cheney and the other kleptocrats have bankrupted the nation with their wars and personally profited handsomely from the deed. Thousands of American lives have been destroyed in the process. Giving any credence to his lies demeans CNN's credibility.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:05 am |
  96. ItsMeAgain

    amazing the hague is after gaddafi's son but not this twit. don't worry hell has a empty cell waiting with cheney's name on it.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:03 am |
  97. Johnny

    Someone needs to tell Mr. Cheney that "going down with the ship" is largely just a metaphor.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:00 am |
  98. AAH

    May GOD bless him and Bush.
    They are real leaders that did their jobs of protecting America at the time.
    Now we can have a world without Saddam.
    Just imagine if they would have gotten rid of Adolf Hitler when they had the warnings. Whe would have avoided WW2.
    Just Imagine.
    Thank you Mr. Vice president and President Bush.
    Present president in the White House has too big of a shoe to fit.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:25 am |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Ok thank you for that laugh, it made my day. Comparing Saddam to Hitler was brilliantly funny.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • jim

      Thank you Barbara (or Laura) !

      September 7, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • Dan

      I totally agree with you. All these people who whine about the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan but if the Bush administration would've done nothing... they'd be whinning that they didn't do anything. Pathetic.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:39 am |
      • Steve in Colorado

        Dan, How can one complain about doing nothing if there was nothing to be done. There were no threats against America from Saddam except the rhetoric that dictators are prone to spout. Saddam and Al Qaeda were bitter enemies. Iraq and Saddam had absolutely nothing to do with 911. USA and Iraq were friends and USA supported Iraq during the Iraq/Iran war in the 1980-1988 when Reagan was president. Not much happened in Iraq during the ensuing years that warranted the USA invasion of Iraq in 2003 except of course for the excursion for the Desert Storm War under Bush Senior. Face the facts Dan, the neo-cons wanted a war, Cheney wanted a war and Bushie wanted to be stronger than his father. Several trillion $$$$ later, over 4000 dead American men and women and countless others wounded, nothing has changed. The Sunnis still hate the Shias and vice-versa. Israel still sits under the umbrella of the American foreign policy while continuing to foment unrest and war in the ME.

        By the way, Dan, did you or your kids sign up for the war??

        September 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • huh

      they protected us? 911...

      September 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  99. Pat

    I am a republican and being so does not change my morality.... I believe Cheney is, among others, responsible for trhe USA entering a war under false pretenses that have resulted in great loss of life and limb, financial losses, and loss of respect for the USA around the world. Not only was Cheney immoral but also illegal. If we use the statement that someone that turns against one's country in a time of war is a traitor then what does that make President Bush and VP CHeney who were worse in the sense that they actually began an unnecessary and fruitless war that killed Americans.... are they not treasonous then. What is the punishment for treason and traitors..... we know what it is for the common man.... and now we know what it is for Cheney... nothing except a book deal.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:48 am |
    • Mary

      Thanks for a great comment!

      September 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
  100. Capt Crunch

    Liar, liar, pants on fire.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:43 am |
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