At a gala dinner in New York on December 6, 2012, Hudson Institute presented its annual Herman Kahn Award to former Vice President Dick Cheney in recognition of his extraordinary career of service to the United States and its government. Introduced by Hudson Senior Vice President Lewis Libby, his longtime friend and colleague, Cheney accepted the Kahn Award with kind and generous remarks about the Institute—and with a special tribute to another longtime friend, Hudson Board Chairman Emeritus Allan R. Tessler.
During his talk, the former vice president also offered an extended critique of current Obama administration national security and nuclear nonproliferation policy:
When I hear our president announce that we got Bin Laden, problem solved; that Al Qaeda is toast; that they are significantly diminished; and that we can pivot now, because the United States no longer has to be concerned about developments in that part of the world, and focus our efforts on Asia—I am, on the one hand, appalled. Secondly, I fear for future developments if, in fact, they’re going to continue to pursue the policies that this administration has pursued.
Cheney’s remarks were almost immediately picked up by Fox News Channel and other national media outlets.