'Willfully Blind': Cheneys Blast Obama Foreign Policy in Scathing Op-Ed
In a blistering Wall Street Journal op-ed, former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz, criticized the Obama administration’s handling of Iraq.
The Cheneys wrote in part:
Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many. Too many times to count, Mr. Obama has told us he is "ending" the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality. Watching the black-clad ISIS jihadists take territory once secured by American blood is final proof, if any were needed, that America's enemies are not "decimated." They are emboldened and on the march.
The fall of the Iraqi cities of Fallujah, Tikrit, Mosul and Tel Afar, and the establishment of terrorist safe havens across a large swath of the Arab world, present a strategic threat to the security of the United States. Mr. Obama's actions—before and after ISIS's recent advances in Iraq—have the effect of increasing that threat.
Charlie Hurt, columnist for The Washington Times, said on America’s Newsroom that whether Americans agree or disagree with the war in Iraq, it’s clear that the gains the U.S. made are being lost in a matter of days.
“This is a disaster that has untold ramifications,” Hurt said, adding that President Obama’s allies are going to have a difficult time defending him.
Washington Post political reporter Wesley Lowery said, “At the end of the day, a lot of the criticism coming to President Obama is about the failure to leave troops there.”
He also noted that foreign policy wins and losses stretch back to President Bush’s term as well, making it difficult to pin blame on one president.
A new NBC News/WSJ survey found that 57 percent of Americans disapprove of President Obama’s foreign policy job, while 37 percent approve.
Hurt called the numbers “truly devastating” for his presidency and said that President Obama has no one to blame but himself for these problems. He argued that the crumbling situation in Iraq also has to do with the fact that our enemies abroad don’t take America seriously.
Lowery responded, “Of course Vice President Cheney’s criticizing President Obama’s foreign policy – what kind of world would we live in if he wasn’t, no matter what the foreign policy was.”
The op-ed isn't only criticizing the president. Lowery said Cheney is also conveying that the GOP should support a strong military at a time when the libertarian movement is on the rise in the party.
Hear from Dick and Liz Cheney, tonight on The Kelly File at 9p/12a ET.