US President Barack Obama’s decisions against Bush’s “war on terror” policies would cause another 9/11, says former vice president Dick Cheney.
“President Obama campaigned against it all across the country,” Cheney told CNN on Sunday.
“And now he is making some choices that in my mind will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another attack,” he added.
When asked if he believes Obama has made the nation less safe through his reversal of certain Bush administration anti-terror policies, Cheney said, “I do.”
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Meanwhile, Cheney criticized the new administration’s decision for shutting down the Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, closing CIA “Black Sites” abroad, and defining waterboarding as torture.
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“I think those programs were absolutely essential to the success we enjoyed of being able to collect the intelligence that let us defeat all further attempts to launch attacks against the United States since 9/11,” Cheney said.
“I think that’s a great success story. It was done legally. It was done in accordance with our constitutional practices and principles,” he noted.
Former US president George W. Bush invaded mineral-rich Afghanistan and oil-rich Iraq after September, 11 attacks in the United States in 2001 to allegedly destroy Al Qaeda and Taliban. Hundreds of thousands of civilian lives have been lost in the military adventures.
The former vice President also brought some reasons for his claims against the young administration of Obama.
“When you go back to the law enforcement mode, which is what I sense is what they’re doing they’re very much giving up that center of attention and focus … that’s essential if you’re going to successfully defend the nation against further attacks,” Cheney said.