Cheney predicts 'far deadlier' attack against U.S. in next decade

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Tuesday he expects another terrorist attack on U.S. soil within the next 10 years.

"I think there will be another attack, and next time I think it's likely to be far deadlier than the last one," he said on the conservative Hugh Hewitt radio program when asked if the United States could get through another decade without another "massive attack on the homeland."

Cheney continued: "You can 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.

He made similar comments Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

"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.

His predictions come as the former vice president, who was highly involved in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars during the George W. Bush administration, is now pressing hard against President Barack Obama's foreign policy.

Cheney penned a blistering opinion piece with his daughter, Liz Cheney, for the Wall Street Journal, last week.

"Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many," they wrote. "Instead, he abandoned Iraq and we are watching American defeat snatched from the jaws of victory."

They also announced the launch of a new group, "The Alliance for a Strong America," a non-profit advocacy organization that will surely keep them in the political fray on issues involving foreign policy.

In the interview Tuesday, Cheney was asked if the United States would likely go under military rule in the case of a nuclear attack.

Cheney pointed to programs that existed during the Cold War and were designed to keep in place a system of government that would prevent such a scenario.

He cited the continuity of government program, saying it "involved having a government-in-waiting, if you will, ready to go in the event of a nuclear that we could always maintain the constitutional-based, governmental authority."

"I was part of that program for several years, and a lot of it I'm sure is probably still classified. But it was very, very important," he continued. "We operated and actually trained under the circumstance of how would we go about making, providing for a government to survive if we were having nuclear weapons from the Soviet Union falling all over the country."

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