Dick Cheney quotes

  • Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many,
    -- Dick Cheney

    #President #Expenses

  • We need from time to time to use military force or all of the resources at our command in order to defend the nation and defend our friends. Sometimes that requires us to take actions that generate controversy. I think there probably are some who actually believe if we just go talk nice to these folks, everything's going to be OK. I don't think the world works that way.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Military #Nice #Believe

  • It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Taken #4th Of July #Patriotic

  • You wake up every morning with a smile on your face because you've got a new day you never expected to have. And there's a sense of wonderment. Nothing short of magical.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Morning #New Day #Wake Up

  • I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #War #Thinking #Lasts

  • We've had experiences where the president's been shot, but never had a situation where the vice president shot somebody.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #President #Vices #Shots

  • I had other priorities in the sixties than military service.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Military #Priorities #Military Service

  • Obviously, it's a big problem how do we provide quality care to the maximum number of people. And it's not an easy problem to solve.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Numbers #People #Quality

  • We've never made the case, or argued the case, that somehow Osama Bin Laden was directly involved in 9/11. That evidence has never been forthcoming.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Osama Bin Laden #Made #Cases

  • I got sick, hospitalized, had no insurance. And the money I had saved for our honeymoon went to pay medical bills. So I had been in the position of not having insurance when I needed health care.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Sick #Care #Pay

  • I wake up every morning literally with a smile on my face, grateful for another day I never thought I'd see.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Morning #Grateful #Wake Up

  • After 9/11, it became clear that we [the United States] had to do several things to have a successful strategy to win the global war on terror, specifically that we had to go after the terrorists wherever we might find them, that we also had to go after state sponsors of terror, those who might provide sanctuary or safe harbor for terror.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #War #Successful #Winning

  • 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.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Military #Believe #Thinking

  • It's awfully hard to convey a sense of credibility to allies when you [the Congress] voted for the war and then you declared: Wrong war, wrong place, wrong time.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #War #Allies #Congress

  • 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.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Hype #Gathering #Deceit

  • I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. But I also believe that gay and lesbians and gay and lesbian couples, those who have been in long-term relationships, deserve to be treated respectfully, they deserve to have benefits.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Couple #Believe #Gay

  • I feel very strongly that the significance of 9/11 cannot be underestimated. It forces us to think in new ways about strategy, about national security, about how we structure our forces and about how we use U.S. military power.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Military #Thinking #Use

  • The issue is that [Saddam] has chemical weapons.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Issues #Weapons #Chemicals

  • I have not suggested there's a connection between Iraq and 9/11, but there's clearly an established Iraqi track record with terror.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Iraq #Track #Connections

  • ...And 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.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Military #War #Mind

  • You really do think about it institutionally; this is your job, and to some extent you benefit from having a job to do at a moment like this. You have things that you have to make happen. And you don't have time for the emotional reaction that might otherwise occur if somebody was just sitting there watching these events unfold and had no responsibilities.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Jobs #Responsibility #Emotional

  • Well, we've got a major effort under way to try to educate everybody, to let them know we have a zero tolerance policy where sexual assault is involved.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Zero #Military #Effort

  • 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.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Thinking #People #Different

  • Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Environmental #Energy #Sound

  • The greatest threat now is a 9/11 occurring with a group of terrorists armed not with airline tickets and box cutters, but with a nuclear weapon in the middle of one of our own cities...there's a high probability of such an attempt.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Cities #Groups #Nuclear

  • Under our plan you can build wealth, even if you don't have a dollar to spare.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Dollars #Wealth #Plans

  • 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.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Military #Tvs #Embedded

  • 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.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Attitude #Issues #Doubt

  • 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.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Believe #United States #Needs

  • 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.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Believe #Missing #Tragedy

  • 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.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Opportunity #Years #Two

  • 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.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Iraq #People #Support

  • 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.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Sky #People #Trying

  • 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.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Iran #Order #Korea

  • 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.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Wyoming #Important #Three

  • 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.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Fall #Agency #Government

  • 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.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Want #Driven #Polls

  • People tell me that Senator Edwards got picked for his good looks, his sex appeal, and his great hair. I say to them: How do you think I got the job?
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Jobs #Sex #Thinking

  • I want to avoid personal attacks, ... I promise not to make fun of your singing.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Fun #Promise #Singing

  • We have no intention of ignoring or appeasing history's latest gang of fanatics trying to murder their way to power.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #September 11 #Trying #Way

  • I was a big supporter of waterboarding. I was a big supporter of the enhanced interrogation techniques ...
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Technique #Bigs #Interrogation

  • We have to deal with this new type of threat in a way we haven’t yet defined. . . . With a low-probability, high-impact event like this . . . If there’s a one percent chance that Pakistani scientists are helping al Qaeda build or develop a nuclear weapon, we have to treat it as a certainty in terms of our response.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Impact #Events #Nuclear

  • 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.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Years #Issues #Presidential

  • The Middle East, with two-thirds of the world's oil and lowest cost, is still where the prize ultimately lies.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Lying #Two #Oil

  • I have not seen Al Gore's movie.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Als #Global Warming

  • If the Democratic policies had been pursued over the last two or three years...we would not have had the kind of job growth we've had.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Jobs #Years #Two

  • With respect to the question of relationships, my general view is that freedom means freedom for everyone. People...ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Mean #Views #People

  • Because if we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that we'll get hit again, that we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States, and that we'll fall back into the pre-9/11 mind set if you will, that in fact these terrorist attacks are just criminal acts, and that we're not really at war. I think that would be a terrible mistake for us.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #War #Mistake #Fall

  • The important thing here to understand is that the people that are at Guantanamo are bad people. I mean, these are terrorists for the most part.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Mean #People #Important

  • We also have to work, though, sort of 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 have to be done quietly, without any discussion, using sources and methods that are available to our intelligence agencies... That's the world these folks operate in, and so it's going to be vital for us to use any means at our disposal, basically, to achieve our objective.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Mean #Dark #Agency

  • I think you can not be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Thinking #Public Opinion #Opinion Polls

  • I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about my faults,
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Thinking #Faults

  • When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then I worry,
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Reading #Rights #People

  • In Iraq, a ruthless dictator cultivated weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them. He gave support to terrorists, had an established relationship with al Qaeda, and his regime is no more.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Stupid #Mean #Iraq

  • As Vice President one of the things I spend time on is the continuity of government; that's the main reason I'm here is a back up for the President if anything happens to him.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Time #Government #President

  • I worship the ground Paul Ryan walks on.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Worship #Walks

  • I learned early on that if you don't want your memos to get you in trouble someday, just don't write any.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Writing #Want #Trouble

  • Cheney, Cheney, you can't hide, we charge you with genocide.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Genocide

  • We know he's been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons, and we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Stupid #Believe #Iraq

  • Whoever controls the flow of Persian Gulf oil has a stranglehold not only on our economy but also on the other countries of the world as well.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Country #Usa #Oil

  • The good Lord didn't see fit to put oil and gas only where there are democratic regimes friendly to the United States.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Usa #Oil #Iraq

  • We believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Believe #Iraq #Nuclear

  • I'm more concerned with bad guys who got out and released than I am with a few that in fact were innocent.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Guy #Facts #Innocent

  • 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.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Daughter #Mean #Gay

  • 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.
    -- Dick Cheney

    #Heart #Three #Gone

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