Dick Cheney on the Attack

The criticism of Obama's policies has become a family affair. Liz Cheney, the daughter of the former vice president and a former State Department official, joined the bandwagon Tuesday, lashing out at the administration on its decision to release detainee abuse photos as "siding with terrorists."

"It is really appalling that the administration is taking this step. … I have heard from families of sevice members, from families of 9/11 victims, this question about, you know, 'When did it become so fashionable for us to side, really, with the terrorists?'" Liz Cheney said on Fox News. "You know, for us to put information out that hurts American soldiers?"

"They seem only to be interested in releasing things that really paint America in a negative light and don't give the American people a full picture of what went on," she said.

The White House has responded by saying its predecessor's policies inflamed the Muslim world against the United States, and by sending more troops to Afghanistan and focusing more on Pakistan, the president is taking on al Qaeda more aggressively.

White House Defends Policies

"Without putting words in everyone's mouth, I think there's been some agreement across party lines that Guantanamo Bay has not made us a safer country," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday, referring to the fact that Obama's election opponent, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., also pledged to shutter Gitmo.

Gibbs also said that by increasing the troop level in Afghanistan, Obama is more aggressively fighting the terrorists who attacked the U.S. on 9/11. "I think the best way to keep this country safe is to go at the terrorist threat, something that the previous administration didn't do," Gibbs said.

While the idea of a former vice president criticizing the current administration is not new -- Al Gore delivered scathing anti-Bush speeches and was a leading critic of Bush's policies in Iraq -- it is unusual for a former veep to be so publicly critical this early in a new president's term.

In March -- just weeks into the new administration -- Cheney provoked the White House by stating on CNN's State of the Union: "He [Obama] is making some choices that, in my mind, will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another attack.

The administration's response: "I guess Rush Limbaugh was busy so they trotted out the next most popular member of the Republican cabal," Gibbs said, adding that "not taking economic advice from Dick Cheney could be the best possible outcome of yesterday's interview."

Vice President Joe Biden has also made it clear his predecessor is "dead wrong" on Obama's foreign policies.

"The last administration left us in a weaker posture than we've been any time since World War II: less regarded in the world, stretched more thinly than we ever have been in the past, two wars under way, virtually no respect in entire parts of the world," Biden said in an interview with CNN.

Hillary Clinton took it one step further and questioned Cheney's credibility altogether.

When asked at a congressional hearing in April whether the secretary of state was in favor of releasing documents Cheney has requested, Clinton responded: "Well, it won't surprise you, I don't consider him a particularly reliable source of information."

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