Dick Cheney

(Richard Bruce Cheney)

Dick Cheney
Dick Cheney
  • Born: January 30, 1941
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Vice President









Richard Bruce Cheney is an American politician and businessman who served as the 46th vice president of the United States from 2001 to 2009. He has been cited as the most powerful vice president in American history. At the same time he has been among the least favored politicians in the history of the US: His approval rating when leaving office was only 13%.

Quotes About
Author Quote
Lawrence Wilkerson What I saw was a cabal between the vice president of the United States, Richard Cheney, and the secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld, on critical issues that made decisions that the bureaucracy did not know were being made. Now it is paying the consequences of making those decisions in secret, but far more telling to me is America is paying the consequences.
Lawrence Wilkerson I see them as messianic advocates of American power from one end of the globe, much as the Jacobins in France were messianic advocates of the French Revolution. I don't care whether utopians are Vladimir Lenin on a sealed train to Moscow or Paul Wolfowitz. You're never going to bring utopia, and you're going to hurt a lot of people in the process.
Colin Powell This is bullshit. I'm not doing this.
John Murtha If Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and George W. Bush had ever been in combat themselves, they might not have sent troops to Iraq.
George W. Bush We’re going to find out who did this, and we’re going to kick their asses.
Alec Baldwin Cheney is a terrorist. He terrorizes our enemies abroad and innocent citizens here at home indiscriminately
Joe Conason Although the original Constitutional Convention met behind closed doors, the founders immediately published every document associated with the drafting of the Constitution, revealed the names of everyone who had been involved in its creation, and kept nothing secret, including the minutes of the debate over its provision.
Ari Fleischer The very document that protects our liberties more than anything else, the Constitution, was, of course, drafted in total secrecy.
Quote Topics Cited
[Congressional] investigations only make it look like legislators have a solution. Legislating & Legislative Process
[Discussing specific weapons systems:] I voted for them when I was in Congress. Now that I'm secretary [of defense] I have to figure out a way to pay for them. Management & Managing Government
Are you going to take care of this guy or not? War & Peace
As in other times, we are in a war we did not start but have no choice but to win. War & Peace
As Secretary of Defense I have to be cautious and prudent. Military & Veterans
As Secretary of Defense my job would be much easier if I didn't have to put up with [budget] cuts. Budgets & Budgeting
Being cast in marble is something that every Vice President looks forward to. It’s not only a high honor, but it’s our only shot at being remembered. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Containment may have worked in the Cold War, but is not possible when dictators obtain weapons of mass destruction and are prepared to share them with terrorists who intend to inflict catastrophic casualties on the United States. Terrorism ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Freedom is the best antidote to terror. Freedom & Liberty
History had unexpected duties in store for us. History
I did it in my capacity as president of the Senate. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I don't think we should be in the business of proliferating arms sales just to protect our industrial base. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
I would guess that he [Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev] would ultimately fail—that is to say, that he will not be able to reform the Soviet economy. And when that happens, he's likely to be replaced by somebody who will be far more hostile [to the U. S.]. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
In Congress we face the possibility of radical cuts based on nothing save grand compromises over what parochial interests need to be satisfied. Budgets & Budgeting
In the tough and dangerous world in which we live a President must always say what he means and mean what he says. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It is not important what the other side says or means. What is important are the military capabilities of the other side. Defense & National Security
It’s difficult to find a conflict in Africa where we have a stake in who wins the conflict. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Just because we have made a bad commitment doesn't mean we should make the mistake of trying to carry it out. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Now we are going to have to be a government of men rather than a government of law. Leaders & Leadership
People should be free to enter into any type of human relationship that they want. Freedom & Liberty
Public opinion is very important in the United States. It affects the way Congress deals with issues. Legislating & Legislative Process
Secrecy is a necessary part of doing business in the modern world. Secrecy & Transparency
Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt that he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us. Terrorism
The deficit is potentially Ronald Reagan’s Vietnam. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The greatest threat to our freedom is an all powerful federal government. Freedom & Liberty
The last thing you want to do is read the latest poll and then make policy. Policy & Policy Making
The mission of our military is to fight and win wars. Military & Veterans
The problem is that the good Lord didn’t see fit to put oil and gas reserves where there are democratic governments. Energy ;Public Works & Natural Resources
The question in my mind then is how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth? And the answer is not very damned many. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The risks of inaction are far greater than the risks of action. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
There are always things that you want to know more about. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us. Propaganda & Disinformation
They’re going to welcome us. It’ll be like the American Army going through the streets of Paris. War & Peace
They’re very well treated down there. They’re living in the tropics. They’re well fed. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
To suggest that we need several hundred thousand troops there after military operations ceased, I don’t think is accurate…. We will in fact be greeted as liberators. War & Peace
We also have to work through … the dark side, if you will. We’ve got to spend time in the shadows in the intelligence world. A lot of what needs to be done here will be done quietly without any discussion. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
We realize that wars are never won on the defensive. We must take the battle to the enemy War & Peace
We should not act as if we were an imperialist power, willy-nilly moving into capitals in that part of the world, taking down governments. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
We will not hesitate to discredit you. Diplomacy & Diplomats
We’re a democracy and we’re defended by volunteers. Military & Veterans
What do they want us to do? Kiss them [suspected terrorists] on both cheeks.... The report is full of crap. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
While everybody was tremendously impressed with the low cost of the conflict, for the 146 Americans who were killed in action and for their families, it wasn't a cheap war. And the question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth? And the answer is not very damned many War & Peace
You don’t know what you don’t know. That’s the nature of the intelligence business. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
You have an obligation to try and make news. I have an obligation not to make news. Media, Journalism & The Press
You have to put together bits and pieces of information before you can draw overall conclusions. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
A little tough talk in the midst of a campaign or as part of a presidential debate cannot obscure a record of 30 years of being on the wrong side of defense issues.
And the fact of the matter is there were thousands of people that went through those training camps in Afghanistan. We know they are seeking deadlier weapons - chemical, biological and nuclear weapons if they can get it.
As I think about the future, I'm back where most people live their lives. Which is, death is not imminent, and that's different. Future ;Death
Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy.
Direct threats require decisive action.
Except for the occasional heart attack, I never felt better.
From kindergarten to graduation, I went to public schools, and I know that they are a key to being sure that every child has a chance to succeed and to rise in the world. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
From our perspective, trying to deal with this continuing campaign of terror, if you will, the war on terror that we're engaged in, this is a continuing enterprise. The people that were involved in some of those activities before 9/11 are still out there. War & Peace
Had the decision belonged to Senator Kerry, Saddam hussein would still be in power today in Iraq. In fact, Saddam Hussein would almost certainly still be in control of Kuwait. Power
I - obviously, I'm not a big fan of President Obama. I think he's been one of our weakest presidents. I just fundamentally disagree with him philosophically.
I am a deficit hawk.
I believe that we were not as effective in the second term dealing with this issue of nuclear none proliferation as we had been during the first term when we stripped Libya and Iraq and A.Q. Khan and their capacity to proliferate nuclear technology. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I believe very deeply in the proposition that what we did in Iraq was the right thing to do. It was hard to do. It took a long time. There were significant costs involved. Time
I can think of a lot of words to describe Senator Kerry's position on Iraq; 'consistent' is not one of them.
I did my 40 years in Washington, 40-plus, and it's time to pause and reflect and think about what I've seen and done. Time
I do find that the mainstream media oftentimes is what I would consider off base or has a bias.
I don't pay a lot of attention, frankly, to what Barack Obama says.
I got to be White House chief of staff, ten years of congressman, secretary of defense, vice-president. If you're a political junkie like I obviously am - that was - every one of those was just a tremendous experience. I'm very comfortable with what I did and why I did it and how I did it. And I'll let others judge whether they liked it or not.
I had a reputation of being somewhat moderate, partly, I think, because I wasn't a 'bomb thrower' like some of my conservative colleagues, and partly because I got along with people all across the political spectrum.
I mean, it's not just one day you get up, bang, and you got Osama bin Laden. It's the kind of thing where an awful lot of people over a long period of time - thousands have worked this case and these issues and followed on the leads and captured bad guys and interrogated them and so-forth. Time
I reached a point towards the end on the old heart where I had trouble getting out of a chair. All I wanted to do was get out of bed in the morning and walk to my office and sit back down in the chair. Now I throw 50 pound bags of horse feed in the back of my pickup truck and I don't even think about it. I'm back doing those things. Morning
I think Barack Obama is a one-term President.
I think I was able to survive five heart attacks because I never postponed going to the hospital when something didn't feel right.
I think that freedom means freedom for everyone. As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay, and it is something we have lived with for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish. Any kind of arrangement they wish. Time ;Families, Children & Parenting ;Freedom & Liberty
I think the key that happened on 9/11 is we went from considering terrorist attacks as a law enforcement problem to considering terrorist attacks, especially on the scale we have on 9/11, as being an act of war. War & Peace
I think the record speaks for itself. These are two individuals who have been for the war when the headlines were good and against it when their poll ratings were bad. War & Peace
I think there's no question but what the tail end of the Bush administration, Bush-Cheney administration, that we took steps specifically geared to try and free up the financial sector.
I think we need a very, very serious effort, primarily through tax policy to provide incentives and encouragement for people to save and invest and expand their businesses and to create more jobs. The kind of thing we did in the early Reagan years, 30 years ago. I think that's essential.
I think we need to significantly reduce the regulatory burden on the private sector. The Obama administration is doing the opposite. They're loading on more and more regulation on the private respect to how the economy functions. Respect
I wake up every morning literally with a smile on my face, grateful for another day I never thought I'd see. Morning
I was convinced that eventually I would die of heart disease, that we'd run out of time and out of treatment, the technology wouldn't keep ahead of my disease. And now all of the sudden, when you get the new heart, your life opens up before you again. Life ;Time ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I worked for George Bush. I'm proud to have worked for him. I think that a lot of the most controversial things we did, that people didn't like and - and criticized us for, things like the terror surveillance program or the enhanced interrogation techniques, were things that allowed us to save lives.
I'd spent 25 years in government when I left the Defense Department back in '93, decided I'd go spend the rest of my career in the private sector, and then the president tapped me to come be his running mate. And it's been a remarkable experience. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Government
If we have reason to believe someone is preparing an attack against the U.S., has developed that capability, harbours those aspirations, then I think the U.S. is justified in dealing with that, if necessary, by military force.
If you're going to go increase taxes on small businesses, you're going to slow down the extent to which we're able to reduce unemployment. So I think it's a serious mistake; the wrong time to raise taxes. Time
I'm absolutely convinced that the threat we face now, the idea of a terrorist in the middle of one of our cities with a nuclear weapon, is very real and that we have to use extraordinary measures to deal with it.
I'm not apologetic with respect to the policies of the Bush administration. I think we basically got it right. Respect
I'm one of those people who believes that part of the greatness of the United States is our private sector. It's what we do as private citizens for ourselves and our companies. And our economy is essentially the wonder of the world because, in fact, it's produced so much for us over the years. That's not government that does that. Government
In his years in Washington, Senator Kerry has been one vote of a hundred in the United States Senate - and fortunately on matters of national security he was very often in the minority.
In terms of asking questions, I plead guilty. I ask a hell of a lot of questions. That's my job.
It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.
It used to be you needed to have a very large sophisticated state before you could even have a nuclear weapon... Now the technology is widespread enough. It doesn't take very many people to be able to cobble together a devastating attack, and all it takes is one. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
It's not just Bin Laden or just those that are involved in the counterterrorism effort. We've gotta cast the net broader than that. But I think it's a - very special tribute that we all owe to the bravery and courage of the men and women in the intelligence and military business who performed so well to finally get it done. Women ;Business, Commerce & Finance
It's very important to go back and keep in mind the distinction between handling these events as criminal acts, which was the way we did before 9/11, and then looking at 9/11 and saying, 'This is not a criminal act,' not when you destroy 16 acres of Manhattan, kill 3,000 Americans, blow a big hole in the Pentagon. That's an act of war. War & Peace
I've been criticized because I've had the temerity to speak out and done a couple of interviews since I left office. I don't find anything surprising about that.
I've been extraordinarily fortunate that I've been able to go live a very active, stressful life. And I don't believe that my heart disease changed me for the worst. Life
I've worked for four presidents and watched two others up close, and I know that there's no such thing as a routine day in the Oval Office.
Like many Americans, I've always been intrigued by Bill Clinton. I obviously didn't always agree with him - enjoyed running against his legacy in 2000, when Al Gore was his designated successor, but I don't have anything negative I would say about Bill Clinton.
My own belief is that the way we grow the economy, create jobs, create wealth is in the private sector. The government doesn't do that. Government
No matter what kind of problem I've run into, there's always been a solution for it. Now, obviously, there will be a point where there aren't any more solutions, and I'll have used up my time. We all do. Time
No, I've always been impressed with the tremendous resilience of the American economy. I think over the years, over the decades, it's demonstrated this tremendous ability to take severe body blows, if you will, and bounce back.
One of the reasons the deficit got as big as it did, frankly, was because of the economic slowdown, the fall-off in deficits, the terrorist attacks. A significant chunk was taken out of the economy by what happened after the attacks of 9/11.
One of the worst things we could do is start to act now as though the attack of 9/11 is a thing of the past and will never be repeated. That's just not true.
Our adversaries - our Democratic adversaries - like to be able to portray the Republican Party as a bunch of wingnuts - narrow based, always have some agenda that's not attractive to the public... That's easier for them, and more fun, than dealing with their own problems. And I think their problems are significant.
President Bush gave me a tremendous opportunity to serve as the vice president. I enjoyed very much having the opportunity to be a part of his team. He told me at the outset, he wanted me to sign on to be a part of his team - and he was true to his word, kept it. He was tough. He was decisive. He was also a pretty good politician.
Reagan proved deficits don't matter.
Senator Kerry says he sees two Americas. It makes the whole thing mutual - America sees two John Kerrys.
The Columbia is lost, but the dreams that inspired its crew remain with us.
The Federal Reserve, the Treasury, all the regulator agencies - if there's a problem of the financial mechanism in society, the only one to fix it is government. They've got a legitimate role. Society ;Government
The good Lord didn't see fit to put oil and gas only where there are democratically elected regimes friendly to the United States. Occasionally we have to operate in places where, all considered, one would not normally choose to go. But we go where the business is. Business, Commerce & Finance
The Iraqi forces are conducting the Mother of all Retreats.
The only thing left that shows I was a heart patient is I have a scar down the middle of my chest where they went in three times to do open heart surgery. I have a brand new heart inside, and all the mechanical and electronic gear and so forth is all gone.
The plan was criticized by some retired military officers embedded in TV studios. But with every advance by our coalition forces, the wisdom of that plan becomes more apparent.
The relevance for 9/11 is that what 9/11 marked was the beginning of a struggle in which the terrorists come at us and strike us here on our home territory. And it's a global operation. It doesn't know national boundaries or national borders.
The Senator from Massachusetts has given us ample grounds to doubt the judgment and the attitude he brings to bear on vital issues of national security.
The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected. Sometimes, that requires us to take actions that generate controversy. I'm not at all sure that that's what the Obama administration believes.
There comes a time when deceit and defiance must be seen for what they are. At that point, a gathering danger must be directly confronted. At that point, we must show that beyond our resolutions is actual resolve. Time
There's every reason to believe there will be further attacks attempted against the United States. For us to spend so much time patting ourselves on the back because we got bin Laden that we miss the next attack would be a terrible tragedy. Time
We have to make America the best place in the world to do business. Business, Commerce & Finance
We must be prepared to face our responsibilities and be willing to use force if necessary.
We need to have a pro-growth policy put in place that offers people hope and offers the opportunity for businesses to expand and for them to have confidence in what the world is going to look like for the next two or three or four years with respect to economic policy. Respect ;Hope
We urge all democratic nations and the United Nations to answer the Iraqi Governing Council's call for support for the people of Iraq in making the transition to democracy.
We were trying to get all of the planes down out of the sky. And we watched as the towers of the World Trade Center collapsed - something no one expected and anticipated. And you could sit there and see and be aware that thousands of people were at that moment being killed as a result of the terrorist attacks that struck the United States.
Westerners know the difference between a talker and the real deal. If Rick Perry wasn't right to be governor of Texas, why should he be president?
We've gotten a long way on missile defense. We know how to do it. We know how to take down incoming warheads, but we need to do a lot more work in order to be - to deploy a system that'll defend the United States against those kinds of limited strikes that might be possible by a nuclear armed North Korea or Iran. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When George Bush asked me to sign on, it obviously wasn't because he was worried about carrying Wyoming. We got 70 percent of the vote in Wyoming, although those three electoral votes turned out to be pretty important last time around. Time
You cannot be driven by the polls. The polls change all the time; they're easily manipulated by whoever wants to ask those poll questions; they go up; they go down. Time
You can't fall back on the private sector and say, 'You take care of the nation's banking system.' That's a fundamental function of the government, the Federal Reserve, the Treasury and the FDIC, etc. All of those agencies have a major role to play there. Government
You got to have people at the top who respond to and are selected by presidents.
You know, I've got experiences going back to the wage price controls in the Nixon administration where, in effect, we had what I think was a terrible mistake, in that case a Republican administration, where moved in and tried to control the wages, prices and profits of every enterprise in America. It was a huge mistake.