Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ex-Veep throws down hours before Obama ISIS speech!

Cheney's Re-emergence Complicates Things For Obama

Former Vice President Dick Cheney / AP
By Stephen Dinan, Sept. 10, 2014,

Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s re-emergence in Washington this week to talk about fighting terrorists in Iraq must have seemed like a bad nightmare for President Obama, who is trying to make a case to skittish voters that the U.S. can expand its military action in the Middle East without repeating the mistakes of his predecessor’s war on terror.

For Mr. Obama and his allies on Capitol Hill, the specter of Mr. Cheney and his boss, President George W. Bush, continues to hang over them as they try to grapple with the ascendent insurgents of the Islamic State, also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL.

“This effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil,” Mr. Obama vowed — a point the White House was so intent on making that it gave reporters a sneak peak at that specific quote hours ahead of the president’s speech.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went further, delivering a stinging rebuke of Mr. Cheney on the Senate floor, and seeking to reinforce the point that Mr. Obama won’t fall into the same traps.

Dick Cheney is more responsible than anyone else for the worst foreign policy decision in the history of the country: the invasion of Iraq,” said Mr. Reid. The Nevada Democrat had voted for the 2002 resolution authorizing the war in Iraq, but has said it was a mistake in hindsight and challenged colleagues Wednesday to “do it the right way this time.”

Where Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney committed tens of thousands of ground troops to oust Saddam Hussein, then had to keep them in place for years to hold the country together afterward, Mr. Obama said he wants to empower Iraqis to lead the fight themselves.

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