On CNN’s State of the Union today, former vice president Dick Cheney went out of his way to praise the drone strikes that took out a top al-Qaeda member, but asked for the Obama administration to apologize for their previous criticisms of the Bush administration’s “overreaction” to the international terrorism threat.
Host Candy Crowley asked the former vice president what he thought of the recent military strike that took out Anwar al-Awlaki. Cheney praised it as a good strategy and an effective use of the drone technology, but immediately used the opportunity to point out that the Bush administration adopted similar strategies in fighting the war on terror. Cheney found this ironic because of the Obama administration’s past comments accusing their predecessors of being too aggressive.
“I’m waiting for… the administration to go back and correct something they said two years ago when they criticized us for, quote, ‘overreacting’ to the events of 9/11. They, in effect, said we had walked away from our ideals, taking a policy contrary to our ideals. We had enhanced interrogation techniques, they clearly had moved in the direction of taking robust action if they feel it’s justified. In this case, I think it was, but I think they need to go back and reconsider what the president said when he was in Cairo.”
Crowley asked Cheney if he had absolutely no problem with an American citizen (Awlaki) being taken out overseas instead of being subjected to due process and the U.S. legal system. Cheney countered that such an action would have to be approved by the Justice Department, and in this particular case it was.
Watch the video below, courtesy of CNN:
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