Dick Cheney: ‘Rarely Has a US President Been So Wrong About So Much’
Former Vice President Dick Cheney, along with his daughter Liz, have penned a new Wall Street Journal op-ed slamming President Obama’s handling of the violence in Iraq.
“As the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) threaten Baghdad, thousands of slaughtered Iraqis in their wake, it is worth recalling a few of President Obama’s past statements about ISIS and al-Qaeda,” Cheney writes. “’If a J.V. team puts on Lakers’ uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant’ (January 2014). ‘Core al-Qaeda is on its heels, has been decimated’ (August 2013). ‘So let there be no doubt: The tide of war is receding’ (September 2011).”
Cheney writes “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.”
Rather than fight the enemy, Cheney opines that “Mr. Obama’s actions – before and after the ISIS’ recent advances in Iraq, have the effect of increasing that threat.”
Cheney asserts, as countless others have, that Obama isn’t focusing on the right things.
“Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror group and Mr. Obama is talking climate change. Terrorists take control of more territory and resources than ever before in history, and he goes golfing,” Cheney writes.
So what does this all mean? Cheney, predictably, concludes with a Ronald Reagan quote.
“In 1983, President Ronald Reagan said, ‘If history teaches anything, it teaches that simple-minded appeasement or wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly. It means the betrayal of our past, the squandering of our freedom.’ President Obama is on track to securing his legacy as the man who betrayed our past and squandered our freedom.”