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Dick and Liz Cheney Accuse Obama of Allowing the Rise of Sunni Militants in Iraq

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:49:39 +0000

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz Cheney, have written a scathing op-ed in The Wall Street Journal in which they allege President Obama is to blame for the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

The Cheneys write, “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many…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.”

Dick and Liz Cheney go on to say that during a trip to the Middle East last spring, they were constantly asked why Obama is “so blithely sacrificing the hard fought gains you secured in Iraq?" and "Why is he doing deals with your enemies?"

According to the Cheneys, the president could have secured Iraq’s future by agreeing to leave a residual force of troops behind after the military withdrawal in 2011. They write, “Instead, he abandoned Iraq and we are watching American defeat snatched from the jaws of victory.”

They also contend “American freedom will not be secured by empty threats, meaningless red lines, leading from behind, appeasing our enemies, abandoning our allies, or apologizing for our great nation—all hallmarks to date of the Obama doctrine. Our security, and the security of our friends around the world, can only be guaranteed with a fundamental reversal of the policies of the past six years.”

The former vice president was one of the architects of the Iraq war. In addition to questioning the motivation for seeking weapons of mass destruction that were proven never to have existed, Cheney’s critics say that concentrating the Pentagon's focus on Iraq destabilized the entire Middle East and enabled the Taliban to regroup in Afghanistan where they had seemingly been defeated by U.S. and coalition forces following the 9/11 attacks.

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