Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Tuesday he believes the United States will, before the end of the decade, suffer a terrorist attack worse than the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
Cheney made the comments during an interview on conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt’s talk show. The Daily Mail reports Hewitt asked him if he thought the country would “get through this decade without another massive attack on the homeland.”
“I doubt it,” Cheney said. “I think there will be another attack and the next time I think it’s likely to be far deadlier than the last one. You can just imagine what would happen if somebody could smuggle a nuclear device, put it in a shipping container, and drive it down the beltway outside Washington D.C.”
Hewitt then wondered aloud how the government could continue under such circumstances. Cheney told his interviewer that the federal government had plans during the Cold War to keep constitutional government working in the event of a nuclear attack.
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“Basically, it involved having a government in waiting, if you will, ready to go in the event of nuclear attack on the United States so that we could always maintain the constitutional-based governmental authority,” Cheney explained. “We operated and actually trained under circumstances of how would we go about providing for a government to survive if we were having nuclear weapons from the Soviet Union falling all over the country.”
The radio interview came less than a week after the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed column, written by Cheney and his daughter, Liz Cheney, attacking the the Obama administration’s foreign policy and blaming it for the rapidly deteriorating situation in Iraq.
“The fall of the Iraqi cities of Fallujah, Tikrit, Mosul and Tel Afar, and the establishment of terrorist safe havens across a large swath of the Arab world, present a strategic threat to the security of the United States,” the Cheneys allege in the column. “Mr. Obama's actions — before and after ISIS's recent advances in Iraq — have the effect of increasing that threat.
“Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many,” the column also says.
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When asked to respond to the criticism at a White House press briefing last week, Bloomberg reports that Obama spokesman Jay Carney shot back a rhetorical “Which president was he talking about?”
This recent media push by the Cheneys is meant to draw attention to their new organization, The Alliance for a Strong America, that they describe as a “grassroots organization that will advocate for a restoration of American strength and power.”