Former Vice President Cheney wishes for the U.S. to suffer another terror attack so as to vindicate his arguments on national security, CIA Director Leon Panetta said in an interview.

"I think he smells some blood in the water on the national-security issue," Panetta told the New Yorker in an interview. "It's almost, a little bit, gallows politics."

Cheney has been a vocal critic of the Obama administration, especially on national security issues, which the former VP has said has made the country less safe.

Panetta accused Cheney of hoping for another attack for the sake of vindication.

"When you read behind it, it's almost as if he's wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point," he said. "I think that's dangerous politics."