In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz Cheney offered a blistering review of Barack Obama’s foreign policy legacy, warning readers that America’s enemies were stronger than ever on the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
“Defeating our enemies has been made significantly more difficult by the policies of Barack Obama,” Cheney wrote. “He has enhanced the abilities, reach and finances of our adversaries, including the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, at the expense of our allies and our own national security. He has overseen a decline of our own military capabilities as our adversaries’ strength has grown.”
Cheney took Obama to task on all fronts, particularly emphasizing the administration’s regrettable nuclear agreement with Iran.
“President Obama and Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry were so concerned with pleasing Iran’s ruling mullahs that they were willing to overlook the American blood on Iranian hands and decades of Iran’s activities as the world’s leading state sponsor of terror,” he wrote. “In pursuit of the nuclear deal, they made concession after dangerous concession.”
Cheney noted that, in the vacuum of leadership created by Obama and Clinton, America’s allies were now looking to Russia’s Vladimir Putin for strength and stability – a turn of history that can only mean trouble for the United States in the future.
“Across the region, nations that previously were strong American allies are making different calculations,” Cheney observed. “Russia is seen as a reliable ally standing with Mr. Assad, while the U.S. walks away from its friends. The steady stream of visitors from the Middle East to Moscow, including most recently Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is evidence of Moscow’s growing role in the region. Neither Russia nor Vladimir Putin shares America’s interests.”
Cheney called on the next president to reverse the Obama administration’s policies on almost all foreign policy fronts. From the return of the Enhanced Interrogation program to the ongoing maintenance of Guantanamo Bay to the destruction of the Iranian nuclear deal, Cheney said the next president must pursue a different path.
“It will be up to today’s generation to restore American pre-eminence so that we can defend our freedom and defeat Islamic terror,” he wrote.
And while Cheney stopped short of telling readers how to go about doing that, electing Obama’s former secretary of state is probably not the way.