The Washington Times - December 9, 2013, 09:10AM

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said the biggest difference between the way President Obama and his predecessor George W. Bush approached foreign affairs is that the Democrat does not believe in American exceptionalism.

“I do not believe that Barack Obama believes that the U.S. is an exceptional nation, and the whole concept that the world is a safer place, a more peaceful place, when the U.S. is powerful, able to in fact project its will in various places around the world,” Mr. Cheney said on “Fox & Friends.”

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Mr. Cheney was a leading supporter of the “war on terror” and the military efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, efforts which the Congress Research Service said in a 2011 report cost the nation nearly $1.3 trillion.

Mr. Cheney has been a frequent critic of Mr. Obama and noted Monday that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Middle East and that Congress is cutting defense spending “to the bone.” He said the nation’s enemies no longer fear the U.S., while the nation’s allies no longer trust the U.S.

“The bottom line is nobody cares much — at least anymore — what the U.S. thinks because we don’t keep our commitments,” he said.

Mr. Cheney also said that he doesn’t trust the deal that the world powers in the P5 + 1 reached with Iran over its disputed nuclear program is a good one for the U.S.

“The same people that brought us the, ‘You can keep your [health] insurance if you want,’ are telling us that have cut a great deal with Iran with respect to their nuclei program,” he said. “I don’t believe it.”