Dick Cheney on the Attack

Republican Response

While Cheney may be on the forefront, defending his position and decision during his time in office, other Bush-era officials have stayed relatively quiet. Even some Republican supporters are not on his side.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., who has been critical of the president's national security policies and endorsed McCain last year, said Cheney is wrong on this subject.

"We're not less safe," Lieberman said on MSNBC. "On balance, we remain as safe as we can possibly be in a world in which there is Islamist extremists who want to attack us."

For now, the president has steered clear of making any direct comments about Cheney's spot in the limelight, except for a joking stab at the White House Correspondents Dinner: "Dick Cheney was supposed to be here, but he is very busy working on his memoirs, tentatively titled 'How to Shoot Friends and Interrogate People,'" the president said jokingly.

As for Republicans, many of them say they wish the former vice president -- one of the least popular figures in the party -- would go back into an undisclosed location.

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