- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Democratic National Committee suggested Wednesday that former Vice President Dick Cheney’s attempt to blame the Obama administration for the unfolding chaos in Iraq shows that the Republican is living in a fantasy world.

The DNC said a Wall Street Journal op-ed penned by Mr. Cheney and his daughter Liz is filled with fallacies and ignores how the Bush administration led the United States military into the Iraq war in 2003 under false pretenses.

“How about the administration that Mr. Cheney served in that justified sending thousands of service members into harm’s way in Iraq by claiming Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction when he actually had none?” the DNC said in an email blast. “How about an administration that exerted go it alone, cowboy diplomacy that hurt America’s reputation and standing abroad — which had to be rebuilt by the current administration?”

The DNC also said, “How about the Bush Administration’s claims made by Mr. Cheney and others that American forces would be ‘greeted as liberators’ — we were not. Or that the insurgency was in its ‘last throes’ in 2005 — they were not.”

In the op-ed, the Cheneys said Mr. Obama has embolden Islamic militants in the Middle East by “withdrawing troops from the field of battle while our enemies stay in the fight.”

“Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many,” they said.



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