On CNN last week, former Vice President Dick Cheney said that President Obama’s national security policies, including his plan to close Guantanamo Bay, will “raise the risk to the American people of another attack.” In an interview with 60 Minutes that aired last night, Obama responded, saying, “I fundamentally disagree with Dick Cheney.” Obama added that “the philosophy that is being promoted by Vice President Cheney” hasn’t “made us safer”:
OBAMA: The facts don’t bear him out. I think he is — that attitude, that philosophy has done incredible damage — to our image and position in the world. I mean, the fact of the matter is after all these years how many convictions actually came out of Guantanamo? How many — how many terrorists have actually been brought to justice under the philosophy that is being promoted by Vice President Cheney? It hasn’t made us safer. What it has been is a great advertisement for anti-American sentiment. Which means that there is constant effective recruitment of — Arab fighters and Muslim fighters against U.S. interests all around the world.