- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 18, 2014

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday that the president’s perceived weakness around the world has convinced Russian President Vladimir Putin that now is the time to try to piece some of the Soviet Union back together.

“There has developed during the Obama administration a sense ,I think, from others that we have a weak government,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “He’s demonstrated repeatedly he can be pushed around, if you will, by the Putins.”

Mr. Cheney also said the president has handled the situation in Syria poorly, and that, during a recent trip to the area, many complained about President Obama’s repeated promises of help only to watch him do nothing.

“They hold up the Syrian example as a classic case of U.S. can’t be trusted,” he said. “The Syrian situation has significantly undermined our credibility in the region.”

Mr. Cheney said former members of the administration also haven’t heard the last of another foreign policy failure – the handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Bengahzi. As secretary of state at the time of the attack, Mr. Cheney said Hillary Clinton will have to answer for it if she chooses to run for president.

“I do think it’s a major issue,” he said. ” I would expect that she would be held accountable during the campaign.”

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