Friday, May 22, 2009
Ridge Breaks With Cheney On Obama Criticism
The first national homeland security secretary says he disagrees with former Vice President Dick Cheney's assertion that President Obama has made the nation less safe.
Tom Ridge's comments came in an interview with CNN's John King that will air this Sunday. In it, Ridge says he doesn't believe that Obama's decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and his rejection of enhanced interrogation techniques makes the United States any less safe.
What makes this disagreement with Cheney so significant is that Ridge - a Republican - served in the Bush-Cheney administration and was recruited for the job by Cheney. And, presumably, as a former homeland security secretary, Ridge would know a little bit about what it takes to keep the nation safe.