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Cheney slams Obama for Iraq, starts new group to oppose him

  • McClatchy Washington Bureau
  • Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at 11:56 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at 5:41 p.m.

Former vice president Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz, are ripping into President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy with a blast in the Wall Street Journal and the launch of a new group they say “will advocate for a restoration of American strength and power.”

In the editorial -- the former vice president who championed the Iraq War in 2002 -- writes that “rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.”

Asked to respond, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney deadpanned: “Which president was he talking about?”

Carney, delivering his last White House press briefing, noted that “it's pretty clear that President Obama and our team here have distinctly different views on Iraq from the team that led the United States to invade Iraq back in 2003. So, he's entitled to his opinion.”

Cheney and his daughter also released a video announcing The Alliance for a Strong America, a 501(c)4 grassroots organization that Cheney will lead as chairman, and Liz Cheney, as president.

The committee, the two say, “is supported by citizens who are dedicated to the hard but necessary task of preserving freedom and restoring American strength and power in the wake of the Obama administration’s national security failures.”

“Empty threats, meaningless redlines, leading from behind, retreat, and “engagement” with rogue regimes have put America on a path of decline,” Dick Cheney says in the video. “Threats to America are on the rise, and, yet, President Obama has repeatedly misled the American people about the attacks in Benghazi and the true nature of the threats we face.”

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