Dick Cheney: Obama Left Syria ‘High & Dry,’ U.S. Credibility Undermined
Dick and Lynne Cheney were on “Fox News Sunday” this weekend, where they discussed Benghazi, the Lewinsky scandal, Syria, and more.
When asked if he thinks Hillary Clinton is responsible for Benghazi, Cheney told Chris Wallace, “She was secretary of state at the time that it happened. She was one of the first in Washington to know about it. I think she clearly bears responsibility for whatever the State Department did or didn't do with respect to that – that crisis.”
Lynne explained comments she had made that the Clintons must be pleased that ''Vanity Fair” ran an article written by Monica Lewinsky.
“Well, I was really paying the Clintons a large compliment,” she said. “I was saying how clever they are politically, and that it seems to me, if you had something that might come up during the campaign that would be damaging, it was very smart to get it out of the way early.”
Cheney weighed in on the situation in Ukraine, saying that he thinks Obama can be pushed around by Putin.
“I think he's taken advantage of this opportunity when he thinks we have a weak president to try to restore some of the old Soviet Union,” he said.
The former vice president also touched on Syria, where France’s foreign minister claims that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons more than a dozen times since signing the treaty. Cheney said he traveled through the area in March and said that everyone he met expressed concern over U.S. policy, using the situation in Syria as an example that the U.S. can’t be trusted.
Cheney said Obama “gave a lot of bold talk, drew a red line, said he was going to act and then, in the end, didn't act and left them high and dry.”
“So the Syrian situation has significantly undermined our credibility in the region. I think it's also the kind of thing that leads Putin and others to believe this is a time for adventurism on their part,” he said.
Lynne also discussed her new book, “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered.” Hear more about it in the video above.