Former Vice President Dick Cheney is warning that terrorists are likely to launch a nuclear or biological attack in the near future.
In an interview Tuesday with Politico, Cheney said he thinks the Obama administration's policies will make it more likely such an attack on Americans will succeed.
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The former vice president said "the ultimate threat to the country" is "a 9/11-type event where the terrorists are armed with something much more dangerous than an airline ticket and a box cutter - a nuclear weapon or a biological agent of some kind" that is deployed in the middle of an American city.
Cheney says he believes there's a high probability of such an attempt.
"Whether or not they can pull it off depends whether or not we keep in place policies that have allowed us to defeat all further attempts, since 9/11, to launch mass-casualty attacks against the United States," he said.
Cheney's warning follows President Obama's decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. He said the 200 prisoners there are "hard core" and will likely return to terrorism.
"When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then I worry," Cheney said.
Protecting the country's security is "a tough, mean, dirty, nasty business," he said. "These are evil people. And we're not going to win this fight by turning the other cheek."
Cheney says the Obama administration should carefully evaluate policies rather than follow campaign rhetoric.
Sources: Associated Press, Politico.com