In an interview with Politico, Cheney said he feared policies favored by President Barack Obama would make such an attack more likely to succeed.
“I think there’s a high probability of such an attempt,” Cheney said, speaking two weeks after Obama took office.
“Whether or not they can pull it off depends whether or not we keep in place policies that have allowed us to defeat all further attempts since 9/11 to launch mass-casualty attacks against the United States,” Cheney told said.
He listed Bush administration polices which he said kept the United States safe from attack.
“If it hadn’t been for what we did with respect to the terrorist surveillance program, or enhanced interrogation techniques for high-value detainees, the Patriot Act, and so forth — then we would have been attacked again,” he said.
“Those policies we put in place, in my opinion, were absolutely crucial to getting us through the last seven-plus years without a major-casualty attack on the U.S.”
Cheney also defended the Bush administration’s handling of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects.
Cheney said Obama would put the country at risk if he backtracked on Bush administration security policies.
The way I read this headline first, I thought Dick Cheney was predicting that he would have a heart attack if Obama reversed Bush’s policies.