Vice President Joe Biden says the Obama administration has made "progress in dismantling the hierarchy of Al-Qaeda," but he's "very concerned" about the possibility of an individual carrying out a terrorist attack in the United States.
In a wide-ranging interview with "Early Show" co-anchor Harry Smith, Biden also said the economic stimulus package is working better than people realize, adding that the best is yet to come from it - jobs creation. Biden also lamented the continuing gridlock in Washington, saying the political process there "broken."
When asked about his, Biden said he likes Cheney and doesn't question his patriotism - but that Cheney is "wrong" in repeatedly charging that the administration doesn't take terrorism seriously enough. "I just think he's wrong. He thinks I'm wrong. I think he's wrong," Biden remarked.
Does Biden think Cheney's criticism is based in politics or patriotism?
"I've never questioned another man's motive," Biden responded. " … I mean, it's almost like he forgot he left us a $1.3 trillion debt. There were two wars going on, one that was ignored, one was -- wasn't going all that well."
As for the administration not taking terrorism seriously enough, Biden asserted, "We have made more progress in dismantling the hierarchy of Al-Qaeda central. … and evidence of that is, now they're going to lone bombers as the means to get there. … I'm more worried about, and harder to detect, and I'm very concerned about a terrorist attack in the United States along the lines of the 'Christmas Day bomber.' You get a disgruntled student, someone who has some relationship with the United States who is -- able to be recruited quickly, able to be indoctrinated quickly. And they say, basically, 'Here's a bomb. Go do it,' as opposed to the kind of planning that's needed to pull off -- a very complicated 9/11.
"Am I less worried about an attack? No, I'm worried. Am I less worried about a catastrophic event? Yes."