WASHINGTON (Agencies) - US vice presidents past and present traded blows Sunday with Joe Biden accusing predecessor Dick Cheney of trying to rewrite history by painting the current administration as soft on terror. Cheney countered that Biden was dead wrong when he said another terrorist attack on the scale of September 11, 2001 was unlikely and made out that President Barack Obamas administration were dangerously naive. The clashes, in interviews to three different US television networks, were billed as a battle royal between long-time rivals on foreign and security policy: Biden the liberal-leaning Democrat and Cheney the hawkish Republican. Cheney said the administration should have been prepared to use harsh interrogation techniques such as waterboarding on Nigerian jet bomb suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Biden hit back hard at charges that Abdulmutallab should have been handed over to the military for interrogation, saying the Bush administration had treated shoe bomber Richard Reid exactly the same way back in 2001. Dick Cheneys a fine fellow. Hes entitled to his own opinion. Hes not entitled to rewrite history. Hes not entitled to his own facts, Biden told NBC. He either is misinformed or he is misinforming. But the facts are that his assertions are not accurate. Cheney warned, though, that this was just one example of how the Obama administration was framing terror attacks against the United States as criminal acts, as opposed to acts of war. He recalled battles he had waged while vice president, describing a major shootout to convince the US Justice Department about the need to treat terrorist attacks as acts of war and put suspects before military commissions. I think we have to treat it as a war. This is a strategic threat to the United States. I think thats why we were successful for seven-and-a-half years in avoiding a further major attack against the United States. Cheney defended the notorious US detention center at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, which Obama has vowed to shut down, and attacked the presidents decision to try accused September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York. Its a big, big mistake, he said. It gives him a huge platform to promulgate his particular brand of propaganda around the world. I think he ought to be at Guantanamo. I think he ought to be tried at Guantanamo in front of a military commission. Biden, in his two interviews, repeatedly disputed Cheneys assertions and said the Obama administration was pursuing the war against Al-Qaeda with a vigor like its never been seen before. Under the Bush administration, there were three trials in military courts, he said. Two of those people are now walking the streets. They are free. On Iran, Biden said he believes China, the lone holdout, will eventually agree to sanctions, and he disputed President Ahmadinajads claim that the country is a nuclear power. It is not a nuclear power, Biden said. And I believe well get the support of China to continue to impose sanctions on Iran to isolate them, to make it clear that in fact they cannot move forward. The progress that Iran has made on the nuclear front is greatly exaggerated in my view. If you take a look at whats happened anyway, I think weve made significant progress.