- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers:

June 20

Greenwood (Mississippi) Commonwealth on Cheney criticizing President Obama:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney isn’t the best person to criticize President Obama’s foreign policy, or the lack thereof.

After all, it was Cheney who helped get us into the war in Iraq under the false pretense that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction during the George W. Bush administration.

That said, Cheney, who recently wrote an op-ed piece with his daughter Liz for the Wall Street Journal, is correct in his criticism of Obama. “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many,” they wrote.

“Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror group and Mr. Obama is talking climate change. Terrorists take control of more territory and resources than ever before in history, and he goes golfing,” said another paragraph in the article.

It’s apparent that Obama’s foreign policy is indecisive and ineffective. It is driven too much by opinion polls that can change within days.

Iraq is a mess and a danger. Oil supplies can be disrupted, and it can become a breeding ground for international terrorists unless some order is restored there.

The Obama administration was wrong to completely pull out U.S. forces after the long, expensive struggle to secure the country.

But the Bush administration - in which Cheney had far more influence than the current vice president - was wrong to start that war in the first place.

Cheney, who also served in the first President Bush’s administration, had a clearer vision of Iraq in 1994 than he did a decade later. “Once you got to Iraq and took it over, and took down Saddam Hussein’s government, then what are you going to put in its place? That’s a very volatile part of the world, and if you take down the central government of Iraq, you can easily end up seeing pieces of Iraq fly off,” he said back then.

Looks like that may happen, and it’s scary.



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