B. Christopher Agee — April 8, 2015
He’s just not sure whether it’s intentional or not.
In response to the controversial deal underway between the U.S. and Iran over the latter’s nuclear pursuit, former Vice President Dick Cheney concluded that – intentionally or not – Barack Obama is working to weaken and destroy America.
He appeared on radio host Hugh Hewitt’s program Tuesday and declared that he is uncertain whether Obama is naïve or intentionally pursuing a larger ideological goal in the Middle East.
“I vacillate between the various theories I’ve heard,” Cheney admitted. “But you know, if you had somebody as president who wanted to take America down, who wanted to fundamentally weaken our position in the world and reduce our capacity to influence events, turn our back on our allies, and encourage our adversaries, it would look exactly like what Barack Obama is doing.”
After asserting his policies qualify him as “the worst president we’ve ever had,” Cheney reacted to Obama’s recent public criticism of potential GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker.
The Republican governor of Wisconsin has been critical of the Iran deal, prompting Obama to suggest he needs “some time to bone up” on foreign policy issues.
Cheney cited the common complaint among opponents of the deal, which is that Obama is pursuing a unilateral agreement in contradiction to the attitude of his predecessors.
“For most of the last 70 years since World War II,” he said, “we’ve had a bipartisan accord in this country between Democrat and Republican … [who] believed that America had to play a leading role in the world, that we needed to maintain a first class military capability to do that, and occasionally use it, that the world works best with U.S. leadership. The first president, really, who doesn’t, no longer believes that fundamental truth, is Barack Obama.”
Recent reports indicate Cheney’s forthcoming book, Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America, will feature more extensive criticism of the Obama administration.