McCain to CIA Chief Panetta: Retract Cheney Slam Now
Panetta said Cheney almost seemed to want attack on US
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 15, 2009 1:16 PM CDT
Former Vice President Dick Cheney attends the Gerald R. Ford Foundation Journalism Awards luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, June 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Sen. John McCain called today on CIA director Leon Panetta to “retract immediately” his suggestion that Dick Cheney might want another attack on the US, the Hill reports. Panetta told the New Yorker that “it’s almost as if” Cheney is “wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point” that the Obama administration has made America less safe.

“I disagreed with the Cheney policy on interrogation techniques, but never did it cross my mind that Dick Cheney would ever want an attack on the United States of America," McCain told Fox News. "It's unfair, and I think that Mr. Panetta should retract, and retract immediately."