Biden and Cheney

By United Press International  |  Feb. 15, 2010 at 8:21 AM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden claimed his predecessor ignored facts when he criticized anti-terror and security measures taken by the Obama administration.

Biden was ordered to the Sunday talk show airwaves after last week's announcement that former Vice President Dick Cheney, a frequent sharp critic of the Obama administration, was going to be speaking Sunday.

While the pair didn't directly address each other, Biden claimed Cheney was "misinformed" on the current White House's strategy on security measures.

"I don't know where Dick Cheney has been," Biden told NBC News. "Look, it's one thing, again, to criticize. It's another thing to sort of rewrite history. What is he talking about?"

Cheney challenged Biden's claim that a large-scale terror attack on the United States was unlikely.

Cheney said the Bush White House had disagreements with how to deal with suspected terrorists, with some calling for them to be dealt with in military tribunals and others wanting to go the civilian court route. That has been an argument against Obama policies in the wake of an attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound jetliner on Christmas Day. That suspect has been charged in civilian courts.

"We never clearly or totally resolved those issues," Cheney told ABC News of the Bush White House debates on civilian versus military court issue. "These are tough questions, no doubt about it."

Cheney rapped Biden for the Obama administration taking credit for the fighting in Iraq winding down, saying, "For them to try to take credit for what happened in Iraq is a little strange. It ought to go with a healthy dose of 'thank you, George Bush.'"

The former vice president, however, did allow the Obama White House was making the right choice in increasing U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

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