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Cheney continues war of words

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is back at it, calling the Obama administration's abandonment of a missile-defense program in Eastern Europe "a strategic blunder," criticizing diplomatic outreach efforts to Iran, and disparaging complaints about torture as "a libel against dedicated professionals." During a speech Wednesday to the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., Cheney also accused President Obama of "dithering" on Afghanistan "while America's armed forces are in danger." Cheney said that Obama "seems afraid to make a decision, and unable to provide his commander on the ground with the troops he needs to complete his mission."But retired Gen. Paul Eaton, who used to oversee training of the Iraqi military, responded that Cheney and other Bush administration officials were "incompetent war fighters" who left a mess that Obama must clean up. He said they "ignored Afghanistan for seven years with a crude approach to counterinsurgency warfare best illustrated by: 1. Deny it. 2. Ignore it. 3. Bomb it."