Cheney Accuses Obama of 'Weakening' the Country

President Obama has failed to adequately protect the United States from the threat of terrorism, Dick Cheney alleges in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal.

Winning the fight against ISIS “will require an effort of greater scale and commitment than anything we have seen since World War II,” the former vice president wrote, adding: “Defeating our enemies has been made significantly more difficult by the policies of Barack Obama. No American president has done more to weaken the U.S., hobble our defenses or aid our adversaries.”

Newsmax reported that Cheney accused Obama of having “overseen a decline of our own military capabilities as our adversaries’ strength has grown.” He wrote that the president “doesn’t seem to understand that the credible threat of military force gives substance and meaning to our diplomacy.”

The op-ed, co-authored by Cheney's daughter Liz, continued: “It didn’t matter that the Enhanced Interrogation Program produced information that prevented attacks, saved American lives and, we now know, contributed to the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. Mr. Obama ended the program, publicly revealed its techniques, and failed to put any effective terrorist-interrogation program in its place. We are no longer interrogating terrorists in part because we are no longer capturing terrorists.”

“Since taking office, the president has recklessly pursued his objective of closing the detention facility at Guantanamo by releasing current detainees — regardless of the likelihood they will return to the field of battle against us,” Cheney wrote. “Today, Iraq’s border with Syria has been erased by the most successful and dangerous terrorist organization in history.”

Source: Newsmax
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