Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Wednesday that he believes President Obama is a “very, very weak president” who does not understand America's obligations around the world.
Cheney said on “Hannity” he has spoken with many people in the Middle East who believe Obama’s leadership has reduced American’s influence overseas.
“They all are absolutely convinced that the American capacity to lead and influence in that part of the world has been dramatically reduced by this president,” he said. “We’ve got a problem with weakness, and it’s centered right in the White House.”
Cheney said Obama’s plan to remove all troops from Afghanistan by 2016, instead of negotiating an agreement to keep some troops in the country, is an example of his weakness.
“That’s stupid, it’s unwise, and it will in fact just reinforce the notion that we’re weak, that we’ve got a leader who doesn’t understand U.S. obligations and commitments around the world and is not prepared to act on them,” he said.
Cheney said Obama is “totally ignoring” why the U.S. invaded Afghanistan.
“It’s as though he wasn’t even around when 9/11 happened,” he said.
Cheney said Obama’s choice to not continue the presence in Afghanistan was also disrespectful to the military members who served there.
The former vice president also turned to the VA scandal, calling it an “outrage.” He said the Obama administration needs to take responsibility, despite the fact that some prominent Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have blamed the agency’s problems on the Bush administration.
“Six years out since we left office and we are still blamed by Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama for their current troubles,” he said.