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October 26th, 2009
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White House spokesman Robert Gibbs fires back at Cheney over troop levels in Afghanistan

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs fired back at former Vice President Dick Cheney over troop levels in Afghanistan."]

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs fired back at former Vice President Dick Cheney the day after Cheney said President Obama "seems afraid to make a decision" about a general's public plea for 40,000 more U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

"The White House must stop dithering while America's armed forces are in danger," Cheney said in a speech at the Center for Security Policy on Oct. 21.

In his daily press briefing the next day, Gibbs said Cheney's comments were "curious" given that "the vice president was for seven years not focused on Afghanistan."

And, Gibbs said, the comments were "even more curious given the fact that (a request for) an increase in troops sat on desks in this White House, including the vice president's, for more than eight months, a resource request filled by President Obama in March."

Gibbs is referring here to a request for additional troops made by the previous top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David McKiernan, during President George W. Bush's final year in office.

The Truth-O-Meter says: TRUE


Read more: Gen. McKiernan wanted more troops for Afghanistan

Cheney accuses Obama of telling allies of canceled projects in "midnight" calls

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Former Vice President Dick Cheney rapped the White House for sloppy diplomacy in its decision to cancel a planned missile defense radar in the Czech Republic"]

Former Vice President Dick Cheney made news on Oct. 21, 2009, when he accused the White House of "dithering while America's armed forces are in danger" in Afghanistan. That was just one of many fireballs he lobbed at the Obama administration’s policies with Iran, Iraq and the interrogation of suspected terrorists.

Cheney also rapped the White House for sloppy diplomacy in its decision to cancel a planned missile-defense radar in the Czech Republic and planned missile interceptors in Poland. The administration decided that the facilities were designed with a less-severe threat – long range missiles – in mind, and that missile-defense efforts should instead be focused on countering short- and medium-range missiles.

Work on the missile-defense facilities – which had prompted strenuous opposition from Russia and mixed feelings by residents of the two Eastern European countries – was conceived during the tenure of Cheney and President George W. Bush. So Cheney’s opposition to Obama’s canceling the project was not surprising.

The Truth-O-Meter says: TRUE


Read more: Yes, late-night calls

Crist makes a misleading claim about a Florida health care plan

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Florida Gov. Charlie Crist boasted about Cover Florida Health Care in a recent Fox News interview."]

In a recent Fox News interview, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist boasted about Cover Florida Health Care, an effort to provide low-cost health care coverage to the nearly 4 million uninsured in the state.

"There are no government mandates to it, no tax dollars utilized for it," Crist said on Oct. 21, 2009. "Just good, aggressive negotiating by our administration with health insurance companies. ... And, really, the problem with health care is that it's expensive. And so what we've attempted to do is reduce the cost by reducing the expense and the premium of health insurance, and we've had success doing so. Usually it's about $900 a month to get health coverage. We've reduced that, on average, to about $150 a month."

Given all the debate over the high cost of health care, we wondered if the Florida plan could be as inexpensive as Crist claims. We found he was distorting the savings by mixing apples and oranges.

The Truth-O-Meter says: FALSE


Read more: It's an apples to oranges comparison

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. ronvan

    Mitchell brings up a good point. However, it goes both ways. Now you have the republicans trying to block anything the democrats do.
    So the end result is "politics as usual" and the heck with what is good for the people. Bush/Cheney had the power, abused it, even had laws changed to meet their needs, and constantly lied to all of us.
    For Cheney to "dog" President Obama for not rushing into sending more troops into Afganisatan, after he and Bush "started" a "trumped up" war in Iraq is sickening. But then again doesn't "Dick" have a personal interest in keeping things going so he & haloburten can continue to stuff their pockets with money? If ANYONE deserves to serve some jail time it is CHENEY!

    October 27, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  2. Bob in Florida

    I still find it strange that anyone would pay attention to anything Cheney has to say. However, I hope the Justice Dept. pays attention to what he has done.

    October 27, 2009 at 6:27 am |
  3. Mitchell

    Does not anyone remember that there was an election while Bush was still president. Does not anyone remember that the democrats then controlled congress for around 15 months before Obama was elected. Does not anyone remember how things started to really get bad during that period. Check the things that the democrats blocked during that period. Check the things that they directly were the cause of going wrong. The economy was rocking under Bush. That 15 months of democrat control of congress is where things really started going down.

    October 26, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  4. ronvan

    Bush/Cheney: Lies, threats, imtidation, war mongers, and just plain crooks, that continue to live the good life and brought a once great nation to its knees! And yet people STILL continue to beleive them, how sad.

    October 26, 2009 at 8:47 am |
  5. Wayne

    Last time I checked. The Bush/Cheney team was in retirement. Mr. Cheney needs to thank his luck stars that retirement is still an option for him. The rest of the country is struggling with the domestic mess that he and the former president left for focusing on other countries.

    He needs to be careful criticizing the current administration about policy. He is opening an avenue to foes critical of the absent domestic policy that has put the small businesses and corporations in jeopardy. Most are struggling, just trying to survive on the burning exhaust fumes spewed from the George W. Bush Administration on it way to Retirement Land.

    There are no book deals, no trust funds for small businesses trying to make payroll and keep the doors open.

    October 26, 2009 at 8:31 am |
  6. Robert Olson

    The question is this. Why are we only hearing from Dick Cheney about supposed White House issues with President Obama's administration?
    Although President Bush may not have been perfect, he is definately showing he is a true professional with excellent character.

    Dick Cheney your tenure is over, enough already. You are showing your true crooked character.

    October 26, 2009 at 7:43 am |