Yesterday on CNN’s Larry King Live, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) sharply criticized former Vice President Cheney — a member of his own Party — for throwing stones at President Obama on national security:
KING: All right, Congressman Paul, what about — he’s in — he’s in your party. What about Dick Cheney’s complaints?
PAUL: Well, I think he had his eight years and he’s caused a lot of trouble for our country and he perpetuated a war in Iraq that was unnecessary and wrong-headed. So I would say that it would be best he not be so critical right now. But I’m still not only critical of that policy — I think the policy remains the same and we’ve hear it on the show tonight already. They — they are going to attack us and they’ve declared war against us. And it’s always they and them. But — but who are they?
You know, after 9/11, 14 or 15 of the terrorists came from Saudi Arabia. I mean we didn’t attack Saudi Arabia, we attacked Iraq. So it — it doesn’t make sense.
On Sunday, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan said that either the “vice president or others have willfully mischaracterized President Obama’s position and actions or they’re just ignorant of the facts,” referring to Cheney’s comments that because of the failed Christmas Day bombing attempt, it was clear that Obama “is trying to pretend we are not at war.” In an op-ed today, Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) writes that it’s “Cheney, not President Obama, who has misdiagnosed the problem and gotten us off track.”