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Prez: 'Cheney Stirred US Hatred'

Cheney's philosophy hasn't made America safer, he says
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2009 6:11 AM CDT
Prez: 'Cheney Stirred US Hatred'
Steve Kroft of '60 Minutes' interviews President Obama at the Oval Office on Friday. The interview airs tonight.   (AP Photo/CBS News-60 Minutes, Aaron Tomlinson)

(Newser) – Barack Obama yesterday returned a jab from Dick Cheney on terrorism by accusing the former vice president of putting the US at risk by revving up anti-American sentiment, reports Politico. Cheney charged last week that the president's plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility increased the risk of a terrorist attack. "How many terrorists have been brought to justice under the philosophy that is being promoted by former Vice President Cheney?” Obama asks in a 60 Minutes interview to air tonight.

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"It hasn't made us safer. What it has been is a great advertisement for anti-American sentiment," Obama adds.  He dismissed the Bush administration's Guantanamo policy as "unsustainable." (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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