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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. edfrommiami

    Cheney should be sitting in a cage in The Hague as any other war criminal. If justice existed, of course...

    September 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  2. jimjim

    His arrogance in face of the truth is why Obama let the country down when he refused to prosecute Cheney, notwithstanding the overwhelming support for his prosecution from every corner of the legal community. By giving Cheney a pass, Obama cleared the way for Cheney to launch his disinformation and revisionist history campaign. However, Obama did not grant amnesty, he simply declined to prosecute. He has the right to change his write. Write him and let him know you want the war criminal brought to justice.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • Aaron

      This man will be brought to Justice for war crimes he is a disgrace to the human race.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • john

      nobody in the bush administration can be prosecuted for any war crimes relating to post 9-11 events. during holiday break, bush and his cronies passed a bill absolving them of any wrongdoings and it was signed in. they cannot now, nor ever, be charged or held liable. the entire thing is criminal and embarrassing bruise on this country

      September 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
      • jimjim

        got a cite?

        September 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  3. fritz

    It's easy to be tough when you're sending others to do your bidding. Yet another shameful, embarrassing politician.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  4. Truthistruth

    He is a completely amoral person who has no regards for human life.
    He can always say that “the world is better off without Saddam” but any moral person knows that the end doesn’t justify the means when the lives of millions of people are lost in the process.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  5. Pinku

    This guy is a total scumbag, a sophisticated liar, a professional thug working for the oil companies and banks, a cloaked racist, a browny noser for Israel. His list of priorities comes like – Oil Companies, Banks, Israel, USA.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  6. biggins08

    Since when does the anti-Christ make mistakes? I agree, the only mistake was that he was born in the first place......

    September 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  7. Hillaree

    I cannot read anymore of these comments. I must get the book and see for myself. I do believe that the vermin who post mean spirited remarks really have no respect for humanity otherwise they would not be posting such vile comments about Mr. Cheney. What did he do to you?

    September 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • Emerald Laughter

      He ruined my country, and he is a war criminal.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • William Marlowe

      Are you really serious? This thing, not a man, committed basic Treason as an acting Vice President, used everything at his disposal to wreck and slander Valerie Plame Wilson and husband, got us into an Iraq war that cost us over a Trillion dollars under false pretense, and basically did more harm to US Foreign Policty in 8 years then was possible to do in 200.

      Do you live underneath a rock or are you just stupid as one?

      September 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • rizzo

      Thousands of innocent people are dead and it's at least partially his fault, that's what he did.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Jacob

      why don't you ask the families that lost loved ones....don't ask us

      September 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • sheppard

      That cannot be a serious question – what he has done to the American people and what he has done to our reputation abroad isn't reason enough? Do you live in a bubble? Instead of putting money in his pocket by buying this self-serving book, why don't you do a study of American history – perhaps then you would find some perspective....

      September 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • M. Stroope

      Thank you, Hillaree. That needed to be said. How ridiculous. I would not want most of these commenters in office, either.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  8. W

    who cares about how he feels, he just created more hatred to America than any person in the world. He created Terrorist more than Bin Laden!!!!!!

    September 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  9. Trey

    Just be quiet and go away, we put up with you for eight years and I think that was quite enough. Nobody wants your doorstop of a book either.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  10. Jacob

    this is NOT a man people!!!!!!. Any good man admits mistakes. this is a scoundrel hired by the Bush family new world order agende. Christains were hoodwinked by both Bushes. They hired this man to do the dirty work of the Republican party. He belongs behind bars along with his Boss & sidekick Dubya. But the Republans will protect them both all the way to the ground.These are the people who cause revolutions. The Tea party is NOT a Revolution. It is a gang of rich High rollers made up of money grubbers like the Koch brothers. remarks made by union Boss Hoffa has just stirred up the Democratic middle class base. thats where you will see a real revolution if one happens. These Republican crooks have beaten this country down to the pont where Humpty dumpty can't be put back together again.....and thats a GOOD thing!..... there will be a New America amerge from the destruction of the Cheney/Bush mess and it won't be led by the Tea party .

    September 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  11. h

    As an American i am speech less to see Cheney even dosn't have gut to say i made mistakes. How in the hell he can live with him self when he still sees all our young children are getting killed eveyday just because he wants to make money, shame on you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  12. zandari

    We all make mistakes? Excuse me? No, we all don't start unnecessary wars, murder hundreds of thousands of innocent people, destroy the soil for generations to come, deceive the world, torture when it is illegal, ruin and destroy a culture a people and a nation. Sometimes I say things I regret but these things I don't do. However Dick Cheney does. A sociopath gets away with murder and no one knows how to question him or stand up to him. Sir why did you go to war when the experts all said that Hussein DID not have weapons or weapons programs? This man should be in jail but he never will be because he Dick Cheney. He's above the law.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  13. muftae balloon

    America is a country comprised of ignorance, greed and cowardess, which is why we are reading garbage such as this...

    September 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  14. Sam

    Cheney is so self-rightous. I'm sure he also sees no problem with his former Halliburton Corp. listing 21,000 workers as being employed by two Cayman Island subsidiaries, but neither branch had an actual office or phone number there. Can you say "tax shelter". They are only one of 12,000 U.S. based corporations that are supposedly set up in the Cayman Islands. Unbelieveable! You are so patriotic Mr. Cheney! We greatly appreciate everything you have done for this country.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  15. Martin

    Has the Anti-Christ ever apologized for anything?

    September 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • JonSpadeX

      No, the anti-christ does not need to apologize and lets be brutally honest here; over one million women and children needed to die in Iraq. They were getting smarter than everyone else...

      September 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  16. Denis Egan

    The first seven comments I read on the Cheney view smacked of anti-Cheney hate. Please allow a small word of dissent. I found Cheney's long career admirable. I consider him to be clear, consistent and refreshingly frank and unpolitical. If anyone wishes to defame him, he answers them simply without any display of the hateful contempt which flows so easily in today's world..

    September 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • realitycheck

      Call it "defame" him if you want I am not exactly sure if that gets him any cudos for his actions and words. All said I think Cheney sums up his belief that "the ends justify's the means" in all of his actions in life. To me (thats right my opinion) that reeks of a spoiled child raised in a rich family, never taught respect except through bullying. Furthermore the blatant refusal to self examine in hindsight shows insecurity at the depest level of his soul. I should feel sorry for DC but I don't his Karma has been cast.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Harry Wortz

      Cheney was/is a coward. How many deferrals did he beg for to avoid Vietnam?

      September 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Tim

      "I found Cheney's long career admirable. I consider him to be clear, consistent and refreshingly frank and unpolitical."

      Yeah, like that time he outed a CIA agent exposing her undercover operations and contacts in retaliation for her husband not upholding his lies used to get us into the war in Iraq..... he was clear, consistent, refreshingly frank, and most of all completely "unpolitical."

      September 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • jimjim

      You really haven't been paying attention to his career. Cheney has been the consummate politician dating back to his days working as part of Nixon's criminal administration. The anti-Cheney hate you deride is the natural consequence of examining a life of a man who holds democracy in contempt and the rule of law as antiquated. He is known as vindictive, dishonest and corrupt for a reason – because that is the legacy his acts support.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • W

      People are judged by their actions: if you can't see how much harm he did to the US, you will never understand why people hate us around the world. It is because of people so arrogant as Cheney and bad decision maker as Cheney that we are turning people against us. Just compare how regime change took place in Libya versus Iraq. Same dictators, less US casualties, less economic distress....

      September 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • ThaGerm

      Everything you just described is true; however, it is also true of many psychotics. What you described was detachment, the kind that comes with a loss of contact with reality. Did you know that the rate of Psychosis in CEOs is 400% higher than in the general population? It's that very detachment that allows them to succeed where others would whither.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  17. mike

    This guy is a total scum bag and the world knows it this isn't about what goes on in our own back yards were we can hided the fools that we elect this is about electing people that are able to respect other countries that may not have the same views as we do we live in a world that every piece of news goes global so next time you pull that lever to elect someone think about who they are electing and there views about other human beings

    September 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  18. Aeromechanic

    That about sums that up. He is delusional.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  19. Tom Byrnes

    The sadness of Dick Cheney and similar such personalities (Meyer Briggs ISTJ or INTJ) is that they are totally unable to admit fault and can only tolerate perfection in themselves. I have known and interacted with several such people, and they are tortured by their personalities which isolate them from any open and honest relationships. They are often very bright ( as is Cheney) and often get to positions of leadership where they reek havoc because of their rigid views. They deserve pity more than anything else.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • ThaGerm

      It's called Psychosis and you are right.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  20. Carla

    He is right. Muslims should apologize to Americans and the anti-government Americans should shut up.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • Nevis

      Cheney is a scumbag and I hope he burns in hell for his actions.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • Paul Jackson

      No apologies are necessary, only tolerance from both sides. We as Americans also need to apologize for some things we've done in this world.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • sheppard

      Excuse me, but MY government allows me to speak my mind without being called 'anti' anything or being told to 'shut up'..... even by folks as uneducated and rude as you.....

      September 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  21. Gumby

    Say goodnight Dick!! And goodbye. He needs to see a plumber because sewage is coming out of his mouth.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  22. Leafonthewind

    "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!"

    IMO Blitzer soft-balled Cheney. I would have asked completely different questions, such as:
    1. Did the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's name come directly from his office?
    2. Was Plame's named leaked in retaliation for her husband's strong stance against the
    so-called intelligence regarding WMDs in Iraq? He was certainly in a position to know it was
    all a sham, an excuse to go to war.
    3. How much money did his company, Halliburton, make via non-bid government contracts in
    Iraq? Isn't it true that if we had not gone to war in Iraq, he and his Halliburton cronies would
    have a lot less money and power now?

    Quite frankly, I believe Cheney may be guilty of treason. Operatives and assests of the CIA were killed because of that leak, but we'll never hear the truth from Cheney. He's the flim-flam man who got away with it. And we allowed him to get away with it. People like Cheney disgust me.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  23. jayh

    Lock him up.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  24. Horace

    Please. That fake and oh-so empty heart of this pathetic wretch of human dung should have its circuit board malfunction, stop working for good, and finally rid of this scourge. Enough!

    September 7, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  25. Kjcube

    What? You expected him to Apologize?

    September 7, 2011 at 11:54 am |
    • W

      yes! he needs to apologize for 300 000 iraqis killed in a useless war. such wars creates terrorists!!!!!!

      September 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Kjcube

      Didn't say he shouldn't. I just asked if anyone seriously thought he was going to.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  26. Roscoe Chait

    The Devil never apologizes. Haven't you wondered why he has survived multiple heart attacks? He can't die. That is his punishment. His soul lives in a pickle jar at the back of his fridge.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  27. JessyCA

    Cheney is a criminal. He sent many Americans to death for gaining his personal profit. He will go to hell and be punished by God.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • Martin

      But even then he won't say he's sorry!

      September 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  28. Natick

    I'm not surprised to hear the man has no conscience. He’s enslaved the lower classes to the mega-corporations and killed off the rights of this republic. I would say he is the most powerful man in the country … but I am eager to know who signs his paychecks. The signature of that man will lead us to who owns us all.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  29. AnnieM

    Being a Republican means you never have to say you're sorry...

    September 7, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  30. Neil G

    I would like to interview Dick Cheney. Here are some things I'd like to ask him:

    1. How much money has Halliburton made off of contracts related to the war in Iraq?

    2. How much compensation has Mr Cheney personally received from Halliburton as a direct result of Halliburton's Iraq profits?

    3. Who made the decision to expose Valerie Plame as a CIA operative?

    4. Who should be executed for treason as a result of exposing Valerie Plame?

    5. Considering that the Bush administration turned a historic budget surplus into a historically high deficit, how is Republican fiscal policy good for America?

    6. How do you live with yourself?

    September 7, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • Dick

      Well Neil,

      1. Private companies don't have to disclose financial information.
      2. Me and the Wifey get by.
      3. That was Dick Armitage, not me.
      4. See my answer for #3.
      5. What's good for me, is good for America.
      6. I sleep well at night.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
  31. One Sad U.S. Citizen

    He is a disgrace to public service I blame him, and GW for the death of my son's best friend – killed in Fallujah in 2004 at age 19. The "war" (actually warS) have killed thousands over false intelligence, and basically it was a fight for oil. The Bush Administration lowered taxes while borrowing for wars (and remember, Cheney said "deficits don't matter" ), and basically sent us off to the GREAT Recession – and now Repugs are saying Obama is to blame. I can't stand to listen to Cheney, let alone see him attack honorable pubic service people like Colin Powell, Condi Rice.....I just have to believe karma happens....

    September 7, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • Sigrid Egan

      People like YOU, the far-left liberals and the so-called mainstream media are disgrace to America. You may not know that you fit perfectly into what used to be the politics of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. I was born in Germany in 1940 and emigrated to the US in 1977, in other words, I lived half of my life in that part of the world and know what I am talking about. I am now a proud American citizen and I am VERY SAD and concerned about what this country is coming to.

      ALL OF YOU CANNOT LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO MEASURE UP TO WHAT DICK CHENEY HAS ACHIEVED.

      I really don't know what world you are living in.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
      • Steve in Colorado

        Dear Sigrid,
        Having lived in Europe for half of your life maybe you do not understand that in America, at least at present, people have not only the right but the duty to dissent when one feels that wrong is being perpetrated. Cheney is the equivalent of Goebbels and other side-kicks of Hitler. It is difficult to be as bad as Hitler, even Cheney falls short of that high bar for evil.

        And you are right, it would be impossible for almost any of us to achieve what Cheney has, divided America, caused gross unnecessary death and destruction, and threatened the very fabric of America's constitution.

        September 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  32. Allen Roundtree

    AAH, you are the reason I regret ever fighting for this country! Cheney and Bush used us soilders to finish a fight that his Dad had started over what,"OIL". No weapons of mass distruction were ever found!!!! They lied and had soilders killed and now Im back home with alot of complications from my time fighting in the Desert and know I have passed along my illness to my wife who is in the hospital now trying to get better. You make me sick defending these guys even after they told you they lied!!!!!!!! Some of you may say it was or job as soliders, well I think the $18,000 I made each years was not worth me and my wife being told we can't have kids, we can live a normal life! All because of two Rich Americans with some power Lied to America and sent us soliders over to die for nothing!!! You make me sick AAH!!!!

    September 7, 2011 at 11:46 am |
  33. John

    Ol' Chain Dickey just keeps rollin' on!

    September 7, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  34. Mark

    All of you who are posting in anger, shock, disgust, disbelief, and other states of righteous moral outrage in regards to Mr. Cheney's refusal to accept culpability for irrational or destructive decisions made during his tenure in office need to recall this one simple fact: Mr. Cheney has no soul. It's hard to feel human emotional reactions like guilt, shame, and remorse when you lack the proper equipment.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  35. Kevin

    Admit it Cheney, you have one regret: That you didn't have the chance to personally torture anyone. You just had your military and intelligence agencies do it for you. No be a good little Sith Lord & go away.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  36. Oz

    and because Mr. Obama hasn't been able to fix this disaster in 3 short years, tens of millions of FOX News watching, low-information voters are ready to put this country back into the hands of another generation of the same Republican foolishness. People, you have to be kidding! Just because the party of Cheney has hijacked religion and the flag, doesn't mean they will do any better this time! Unfathomable!

    September 7, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  37. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    I don't apologize for anything bad I've said about him, either.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  38. Ang

    Why do I hear music from "The Omen" every time I see a pic of him? It's interesting that a lot of people perceive him the same way regardless of political affiliation.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  39. sanantonioslim

    lots of wild claims in these posts, but no facts to back them up - just the say old hate from the tolerant left

    September 7, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • Aeromechanic

      Facts? Like the fact that there has been more money spent during the Bush/Cheney administration than during Obama's?

      I think Wolf spelled it out pretty clear. You just refuse to accept facts. That is a trait of most republicans/tea partiers. Facts don't work on 'em. They need to hear something from Fox before they accept it.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  40. rw

    Great, we got rid of the only regional power that was no real threat to the US and was proven to stand up to the Iranians. In doing so we invaded a country that had not attacked us, killed a lot of people and spent a ton of resources including American lives. I hope that Cheney knows a lot that we don't know because from my perspective it looks like a total screw up. The fact that he can't admit that they sold the war on WMD and then flip-flopped to the "Saddam is a bad guy and needed to go" explanation is proof enough that this guy is just arrogant and self important.

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

      I wonder what Saddam actually did to piss Cheney off so much? I doubt that Cheney cared if Saddam threatened old man Bush and I know that he couldn't have cared less about the Kurds who got gassed.

      What was it?

      September 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  41. sanantonioslim

    it willl be interesting to read wolf's blog after he interviews former president obama to see if he admits to any mistakes, more than halfway through his term we have heard no such revelation

    September 7, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • Aeromechanic

      I know what his one and only mistake was. Not ramming through progressive legislation when his party held the house and senate.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
  42. Tom in NY

    I watched "Situation Room" when Cheney was interviewed and wondered, "What is the point of this?" Whether you love Chaney, hate him, agree with him or disagree with him it does no good at this point to let the media try to force out of Chaney (or anyone else) what they want to hear. I wish programs that call themselves "news programs" would get out of the entertainment business and into reporting news objectively.

    For example, Blitzer kept saying, "The national debt doubled in the Bush Administration." This is meaningless. The size of the national debt is only meaningful in terms of the percentage of the overall economy. This is another example of putting spin on the news that competent reporters have no business doing.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  43. New Mexico Dave

    The world would also be a better place without Dick Cheney

    September 7, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  44. MET

    Cheney is a egomaniac! Bush was just a puppet! Cheney was running the country and he's the one that almost destroyed it! He didn't want to be president, he just needed a dummy to fullfil his plans....enter GWB! How much money did that SOB pocket from Haliburton????? You know what they say....good men die young....that's why this creep has managed to survive all those heart attacks!! The devil don't even want him!

    September 7, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  45. John

    Like pulling a badger out of the ground and asking it to feel sorry.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  46. matt houston

    Man I would like to see this guy in a tribunal and hung for treason...instead he's living off his millions from Halliburton's bonus and selling books. He and Bush are just sitting back now watching troops still get killed from their mistakes. Oh justice where art Thou?

    September 7, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • Martin

      Let's be fair. Obama shares the blame for the plight of our military in Afghanistan. These folks aren't stupid, they just never level with us and tell us the real reasons we are there fighting what from all appearances is a stupid, pointless war. I double if I would agree with their agenda. But they definitely have one.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  47. Maximus

    Dick Cheney is an evil person. His refusal to admit the many errors that his administration committed that cost so many young, brave Americans their lives is nothing short of the mindset of a sociopath. Folks, he made America the bad guy. And the worst part? He got away with it.......he got away........

    September 7, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  48. Aaronraider13

    America, home of the lazy and gullable. Thank you sir, may I have another. Just take it America. Don't stand up. Go watch the Kardashians and pretend our great country has not been violated and ruined by Cheney and the corporate criminals who back him. Americans used to have courage. Now americans have the internet and playstation. God help us all.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  49. LongRaleigh

    Did he at least apologize to the dude for getting drunk and shooting him in the back?

    September 7, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Aeromechanic

      That wasn't his fault. At least according to him.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Steve in Colorado

      Oh, come on now. It was not Cheney's fault. The idiot that Cheney shot was standing in front of Cheney. What was Cheney to do but shoot him to get him out of the way.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  50. Frankly Speaking..

    Mean POS! Any punishment meted out would be too mild for you..

    September 7, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  51. NFLD Thought

    Goes to show just how out of touch he was and remains to this day. They just about bankrupted the Country; sent young men and women to their deaths via lies to invade; did very little to actually protect the US as opposed to making the US more vulnerable to attacks and the list goes on.
    Said it before that Bush, Cheaney and Rumsfield should be tried for their actions.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  52. PhillyPhan

    I agree Cheney is truly evil. No self respecting American should ever buy his book of BS lies. May he die and rot in hell

    September 7, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  53. iBabble

    What did Bush, Cheney, Gaddafi, & Saddam have in common? They were all right and none of them ever made a single mistake.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  54. T-IN-CINCY

    Dick Cheney is a truly scary person – even beyond being a Vice President.

    There has never been a more secretive VP in U.S. history. His office (proportionally) spent far more than any other VP – yet he was in seclusion for much of his 8 year term.

    I often wonder how much control he had as VP over W. I've read the first few pages in his book, and already I see a very forceful and "take no instruction from anyone" kind of person. It's curious how he became jaw dropping hard core – being raised in a very Democrat family and attending the University of Wisconsin – such a liberal school.

    I think it goes to my original statement – a scary personality and broadly "mean spirited". (Can't think of another term.)

    We need leaders with balls, but Cheney is off the charts with his forcefulness.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  55. Aaronraider13

    The worst attack on US soil happened on his watch. How does that equate to keeping us safe? Republicans never let facts get in the way of the agenda. Ever.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  56. Apartisan

    Obama revealed weakness at the start of his administration - not holding Bush-Cheney to account for high crimes and misdemeanors. It will always taint him and the country will never be cleansed of political corruption.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  57. dar

    He's not apologizing for making billions on other peoples blood and loss! He needs to be prosecuted for the war criminal that his is, and he needs do his time in prison. Somebody shut this jerk up, he is a disgrace to our country.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  58. Dano

    Mr. Blitzer,
    Are you going to ask Joe Biden or Barack Obama the same type of loaded questions when they are out of office?

    This is why I watch Fox News now instead of CNN.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  59. Michael

    When operatives like Cheney can pull the levers of power and take their personal company to war under wholesale lies and then get re-elected – be very AFRAID!

    The Bush/Cheney/WMD scam is breathtaking!

    September 7, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  60. Jacob

    Don't blame this man PLEASE! If your going to blame then blame Bush 1 AND his son Dubya. The allowed him twice to gain power within thier own screwed up administrations. These two I diot presidents couldn't run a dog kennel. They allowed this miserable looser in the white house with complete power. He would have made a good Himmler to Hitler

    September 7, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  61. rudy

    Cheney, Bush and Rumsfield should be prosecuted as war criminals.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • Leafonthewind

      Could we please add Karl Rove to that list?

      September 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  62. truth

    the man is so evil & arrogant....there is an African saying about his kind.
    "The devil does not die"

    September 7, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  63. kim

    Doesn't matter – the guy is going to Hell either way.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  64. tensai13

    You need a heart to have regrets.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • peggy

      plus humility to admit mistakes and loyalty not to throw your colleagues under the bus.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  65. Kwesoe

    Someone with a machenical chest has to heart to admit the truth. He has no moral fiber and copes by clinging to his version of the world.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  66. AZ photo

    We don't need all this angst. Everyone relax. Karma will deal with Bush and his administration. If not in this life, then the next.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  67. Jeepers

    Are there actually people out there who respect dooshbags who can't admit it when they're wrong? I know some people view it as a sign of weakness...but I view it as weakness and immaturity when you can't own up to your mistakes. This guy is eight thousand years old. I think he's past the years when it's acceptable to be immature and childish.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:09 am |
    • peggy

      There are people like that out there. The take positions early in life and never shift their position no matter what. They truly believe they are right and there is nothing one can do to change that. Many times those folks strongly believe in God.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
  68. John Ellis

    When you are too weak to admit any error, that you must be infallible, it is the hallmark of a drug dependent, alcoholic or sociopathic personality. Apparently Cheney wasn't this kind of man when he was Ford's chief of staff. I'm guessing his heart drugs completely changed his personality. He and Bush were the worst possible people to be in their positions of power during the time they held them. I remind you that the presidency was stolen to put them in office. Men who would steal power do not have the character to exercise it well.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  69. Mary

    Dafth doesn't tbink he has to apologize for anything and he doesn't -not in this lifetime, but God the Father may have some different ideas on the subject when Chaney appears before him for his judgement.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  70. Joe

    He even won't aplogize for being a congenital liar. He lied his way through life, even to the point of lying about his state of residence when running for VP. A pres and VP cannot be from the same state. Cheney and Bush were both legal residents of Texas. period. Cheney got one of his wyoming judge cronies to declare him a resident of wyoming, where he had not lived full time for decades. So. a born liar, still lying and will go down in history as part of the worst and most corrupt administratin the US has ever had. But lying is his core principle, so no surprises that he won't admist to lying, cheating, corruption etc. born liars never do.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • Jackson

      Apparently you aren't watching what is going on today in politics.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  71. m

    Cheney is pure evil..through and through. And anyone who thinks differently is too!

    September 7, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • s

      I must be evil too! The world is much better place without Sadam. If you don't believe this try asking the Kurds how they feel.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
      • Martin

        If you looked hard enough, you could even find positive things to say about Hitler. But that wouldn't change the fact that the overwhelming impact was negative and lamentable.

        September 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Leafonthewind

      That's a bit harsh, isn't it? Many who believe this man and others like him are not evil, they are just in evil's thrall.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  72. TonyInNYC

    When you're as rich as former Vice President Dick Cheney, you can afford to take the money and run and not offer any apology or even feel any regret. History, however, will be the judge of Cheney, and that will be long after he's gone.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  73. Sam

    Dick Cheney should be wearing an orange jumpsuit and living in Supermax so decent Americans never have to hear from or see this vile creature again, He is a pathetic excuse for a human being.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  74. St. Peter

    I am reminded of another being who felt he had nothing to apolozie for. We all referred to him as the Fallen One.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  75. kkjyhs

    4400 American servicemen dead and over 33000 wounded in an unnecessary war. And Cheney with his five deferments has no regrets. He should be in prison along with Bush, Rice, and everyone else that got us into that war. I hope he rots in hell.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  76. Certo

    "Yet Cheney refused to accept any personal responsibility."
    Very simply the behavior of a privileged white collar criminal and sociopath. Time will shut him up, history will reveal his evil deeds.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  77. SPQR

    Pinochet didn't apologize either. As many others.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  78. Bohica

    Cheney is a POS, a liar, a narcissistic sociopath, a coward and an idiot. Nothing more needs to be said.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  79. W.Bush

    Lock him up & Take his machine out.War criminal.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  80. Don1966

    No mistakes as VP? So, he shot that dude in the face with a shotgun .... on purpose?

    September 7, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  81. Epidi

    “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.

    Of course he's not sorry. I'm sure his corporate interest made lots and lots of money from his own agenda fulfilling decisions. I wish he'd just croak already and stop sucking up valuable oxygen!

    September 7, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  82. JohnCBarclow

    Did Timothy McVeigh apologize? Did Charles Manson apologize? Did John Wayne Gacy apologize? Did Ted Bundy apologize? Did Jeffrey Dahmer apologize? Where is the surprise that Dick Cheney didn't apologize? That's why we have a justice system, so we don't leave it up to each individual to punish themselves for their crimes. If we did that, no crime would ever be punished, and no criminal woud be stopped. The only way to get remorse from Cheney is for it to be applied from outside, in the form of iron bars. There will never be remorse coming from within.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  83. Bobby

    No regrets and no apologies, Dick? Not even for plugging that dude with a spray of shotgun pellets?

    September 7, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  84. sircharles19

    Former Vice President Chaney has not been truthful about his actions as VP. Conflict of interest with his company Haliburden taking most of the contract in Iraq. He dig into things that he keeps for use as a later time when he needs them and; he and Presidnet Bush often did not get along with issues that cause America to go into war uselessly! No wonder he is not truthful because he cannot actually tell what went on in his VP rolls. He too, will not be right in months to come because he should have stop a lot of the things he knew before hand. Chaney, was not even recognized as a VP for the United States of America....and that is just sad!

    September 7, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  85. Jeff

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

    You could make an argument that the world would be a better place without religion, drugs, caffeine, TV, stem cell research, fast food, individualism, consumerism, capitalism, and freedom as well. Thankfully there are still people in this world that believe in the ideals that this country was founded on to keep men like Cheney from forcing his beliefs on the rest of us.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  86. David Crosby

    Who would admit starting an Illegal war..And the torturing and kidnapping thing...I hope the World Court in the Netherlands gets a hold of him ..they can put him in jail where he belongs...Once a Nixon crony always a Nixon crony...

    September 7, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  87. Code

    He needs to be tried for crimes against humanity.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  88. Kyng

    He has no regrets about his actions or Iraq.

    And I have no problem repeating my belief that he did irreparable harm to this country, and should be held accountable for it.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  89. crusader12

    Can't help but laugh as our politicians use their overwhelming armed forces to bully the world, calling Bin Laden and Hussein and Gadhafi war criminals, it is laudable. Mr. Cheney is a clear and present indication of what ultra-nationalism does to a country and the consequences he and both Bush's brought onto our nation are going to be catastrophic, could be next year could be ten years but mark my words, it is going to catch up with us. No one likes a bully and there are a growing number of smaller kids on the playground who have had enough of us. We are the war criminals, we are the guilty who will get exactly what we deserve for supporting men of this small stature. A terrible interview for America, we have no freedom, we are at the mercy of our brave new democracy.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:33 am |
  90. AKinPA

    On his best day, Cheyney (or Bush) couldn't find an apology or an admission of being wrong with both hands and a flashlight.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  91. hamdemon

    Anyone expecting criminals to confess their crimes is a fool. If there's one thing Dick Cheney's good with it's tucking his chin to his chest and charging forward like a rhino with no regard for the world beyond his blinders.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  92. sambeck

    Yet Cheney refused to accept any personal responsibility.

    THAT sayes it all

    September 7, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  93. John

    Tired of this... is anyone really expecting him to say he was wrong, please. There is more chance that Hitler will rise from the dead and go to temple.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  94. alleycat239

    History will not be kind on Dick Cheney, nor will it be on the Bush administration as a whole. Their biggest mistake was a completely wrong response to 9-11. (they should have completely isolated Saudi Arabia, since THAT is where the hijackers came from – instead of attacking Iraq and Bananistan). Second biggest mistake was the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. The results of these mistakes were a 5 trillion increase in the debt and a huge increase in oil prices.
    Those facts, on their turn, pushed our economy over the cliff. Granted; the FED bears a lot of blame too for keeping interest rates too low which created the housing bubble.
    Now we find ourselves in a situation from which we will not recover for a long time to come. I have said it many times – Dubya and Cheney should both have been tried for their crimes and the destruction of our nation. The fact that Cheney now is unwilling to admit these multi-trillion mistakes shows he is nothing more than a small man. VERY small.
    Obama's reign turns out to be a huge disappointment, but I will NEVER vote for a republican any more. Contrary to so many other people, THIS voter has a very long memory.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  95. DE

    Don't you all realize that republinazis don't make mistakes; they're perfect.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • Martin

      Yes, and they have to put up the ingratitude of the masses.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  96. jon

    I'm betting the book is torture to read.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:15 am |
  97. jose San Antonio

    The man is war monger. Chenney and Rumsfield reminds me of the evil empire of Star Wars. Darth Vader & the Evil Emperor. It was Chennye who partly destroyed the U.S. economy, and Rumsfiled destroyed the dignity and total mission of the military in the Iraq war, by sending light armored and few stroops to the MidEast.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  98. FauxNews

    His record of bailing from responsibility started with 5 draft deferments.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:05 am |
  99. aginghippy

    The only thing I want to read about Bush and Cheney is that they are both in prison. Why do we keep giving these criminals media attention?

    September 7, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • donna rochester

      I so agree!

      September 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  100. Ya No

    Vintage Cheney is right. Vintage anyone with an inconceivably out-of-control ego. A slave to gut-level reflex. A truly frightening man in this era of US History. McCarthy and JE Hoover had guts and principles – the guts perhaps admirable, the principles of assassins.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:02 am |
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