I listened to an interview of Dick Cheney this morning given by Jonathan Karl of ABC News in which he criticized President Obama’s foreign policy. I couldn’t help feel a bit angry at this failure of a man criticizing anyone, let alone our current president.
I for one well remember the condition that the Bush Administration left this country economically and with our foreign policy. He especially has no business criticizing Obama on foreign policy since he as the vice president for the Bush Administration, was behind much of what went wrong with Iraq and Afghanistan.
Cheney started his criticism out by saying:
“I obviously am not a big fan of President Obama. I think he’s been one of our weakest presidents. I just fundamentally disagree with him philosophically. I’d be hard put to find any Democratic president that I’ve disagreed with more.”
As far as I’m concerned, Cheney’s criticism of the president means Obama is doing something right. Dick Cheney to me was one of the worse vice presidents we’ve ever had and we were only fortunate that he wasn’t the president instead, not that it probably made that much difference with President Bush in charge, who surely was led around by the nose by Cheney.
Even though the former vice president gave Obama credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden, he also in turn gave credit to the previous administration – in which he was a part of – for the “intelligence that laid the groundwork” that ultimately killed Osama bin Laden. I wonder if that was some of the same intelligence that led us into a preemptive war with Iraq – you know –the cherry-picked kind.
Dick Cheney also had criticism for President Obama’s pullout of Iraq and eventual pullout of Afghanistan, saying:
“We should not be running for the exits. We should not be turning our backs on our friends in that part of the world.”
I really just don’t see that. We are not running for the exits out of Afghanistan and we didn’t run for the exits out of Iraq. I assume Cheney thinks we should just stay in those countries indefinitely and while Republicans like Dick Cheney sit here in the U.S. and criticize our economy while we continue to pour hundreds of billions of dollars into those two wars.
And the reason why? The Bush administration’s reasoning was because Al Qaeda might set up shop and operate out of those two countries against the United States and its allies. I’m also certain that there are other places that terrorist group can build from if they could only produce the resources and the manpower they need to accomplish it. Thanks to President Obama, they’re having a serious problem with doing that now.
The truth is President Obama has been a very successful president when it comes to foreign policy. He has closed us out of a war that should have never been started in the first place; Iraq. He also intends on ending our war in Afghanistan by 2014 with a slow draw-down. The ending of Iraq and the draw-down of troops in Afghanistan are also very popular with the American people.
The Obama Administration has also killed more terrorist that the Bush Administration ever did, killing major targets and all but destroying the terror group’s ability to wage jihad.
Dick Cheney’s opinion is only good for one thing and that is to ignore. It’s unfortunate that President George W. Bush didn’t have the foresight to ignore him too. What Cheney should do is just stay out of foreign policy because the administration he was a part of, was a complete failure. It was that foreign policy that cost us close to $3.7 trillion which could really be useful right now with our economy sluggishly moving along, also thanks in no small part to the Bush Administration.
The former vice president and his former boss, George W. Bush cannot hold a candle to President Obama when it comes to good judgment and character. Cheney had his chance to do this country right and instead he and the administration he belonged to, left it in shambles. So spare us the criticism Cheney, if anyone should be criticized – no actually imprisoned for war crimes would be better – it should be you.
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