Dick Cheney: Expect 'Far Deadlier' Terror Attack Within Decade

Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 08:41 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney predicts there will be a terrorist attack on the United States within the next decade and that it will be "far deadlier" than the attacks of 9/11.

"I doubt it," Cheney told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt when asked if he thinks America will "get through this decade" without another "massive attack on the homeland," in audio posted by Business Insider.

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"I think there will be another attack," Cheney told Hewitt, "and the next time, I think it's going to be far deadlier than the last one. Imagine what would happen if somebody could smuggle a nuclear device, put it in a shipping container, and drive it down the Beltway outside Washington, D.C."

Cheney also was asked if another attack would lead to "military rule" and the reconstitution of the U.S. government, but he responded by detailing the "continuity of government" program, which he said was set up during the Cold War so a "government in waiting" could be in place if necessary.

Cheney's radio interview comes on the heels of his sharp criticism of President Barack Obama's foreign policy in a co-bylined op-ed in The Wall Street Journal with his daughter, Liz Cheney, saying the president is "so wrong about so much at the expense of so many."

But the former vice president has sounded the worse-than-9/11 warning before, including during an appearance last weekend on ABC's "This Week," when he criticized Obama's announcement that all but 9,800 troops would be out of Afghanistan by year's end.

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"One of the things I worried about 12 years ago, and that I worry about today, is that there will be another 9/11 attack and that the next time, it'll be with weapons far deadlier than airline tickets and box cutters," he said.

"And when we have a situation developing in Pakistan, for example, where there are nuclear weapons, where supposedly that technology has been sold to the North Koreans, at the same time, the president announces the complete withdrawal from Afghanistan right next door, that we're missing the boat."

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