Former Vice President Dick Cheney said the Obama administration's actions in the war on terror have been just as aggressive as those under George W. Bush, despite Obama's criticisms of his predecessor's tactics.
In a conversation with his daughter and coauthor Liz Cheney at the Washington Ideas Forum, Cheney also revealed vice president isn't his favorite job he's held, left the door open to an endorsement of a GOP primary candidate, and denied he was secretly in charge in the Bush administration.
Cheney recently said on CNN that President Obama should apologize for criticizing he Bush administration's national security policies. What he meant by that, he said Thursday, was that the drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki was at least as tough and potentially objectionable as Bush's use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques and domestic surveillance.
"When [Obama] went to Cairo, he did announce that we'd sort of overreacted to 9/11," Cheney said of the president's 2009 speech to the Arab world. Obama, he said, claimed "that President Obama had been the one who'd sort of brought an end to torture -- implying that we were torturing, and we weren't."
But in killing al-Awlaki in Yemen last week, "they executed, in effect, an American citizen with a missile strike," Cheney said. "When you lay that alongside our enhanced interrogation program, I thought they might want to reconsider the criticisms they leveled at us back when they went to Cairo in 2009."