Cheney Almost Wants Attack on US Soil: CIA Head
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 14, 2009 5:41 PM CDT
President Obama and Dick Cheney speak on national security issues on May 21, 2009.   (AP Photos/FILE)
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(Newser) – CIA Director Leon Panetta says former Vice President Dick Cheney's criticism of the Obama administration's approach to terrorism almost suggests "he's wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point." Panetta told The New Yorker that Cheney "smells some blood in the water" on the issue of national security.

Cheney has said in several interviews that he thinks Obama is making the US less safe by ordering the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and halting enhanced interrogations of suspected terrorists. "It's almost, a little bit, gallows politics," said Panetta. "When you read behind it, it's almost as if he's wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point. I think that's dangerous politics."