Former Vice-President Dick Cheney said that Hillary Clinton was a “disappointment” to him as Secretary of State, according to ABC News on Sunday. In his interview with Jonathan Karl on the show, “This Week,” Cheney said that he was “impressed” with Clinton’s “potential” when she became Secretary of State, but that because of Obama’s “philosophy,” Clinton was not operating according to the ideology of a strong country that is “prepared to use that strength when necessary.” Cheney also stated that he believed that President Obama’s policies of withdraw from Iraq as opposed to active engagement in that region.
When asked about his own decisions pertaining to Iraq and the Middle East during his tenure as Vice-President, Cheney stated that there are no “good” or “easy” answers to the Iraq crisis and that spending time debating over events that are eleven or twelve years old will detract attention away from the crisis in Iraq as it is unfolding now.
Cheney was highly critical of Senator Rand Paul (R,Ky), stating the Senator basically is an “isolationist,” and warning that such policies not only did not work in the 1930’s but also will work today in the post 9-1-1 world after “19 guys armed with airline tickets and box cutters came all the way from Afghanistan and killed 3,000 of our citizens.” Cheney stated that Paul:
“…Doesn’t believe we ought to be involved in that part of the world.”
Cheney also stated that although he has not yet chosen a candidate to endorse for the GOP (Grand Old Party), that the candidate he does select will be able:
“……to provide the leadership in the world, basically, to maintain the peace and to take on the al Qaeda types wherever they show up.”
Richard Bruce “Dick” Cheney was born on January 30, 1941 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He attended the University of Wyoming where he acquired both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in political science. He was elected to Congress in 1978 from the state of Wyoming and was elected House Minority Whip in 1989. He was appointed Secretary of Defense by President George H.W. Bush and served for the duration of his term, from 1989 to 1993. He administered America’s engagement in Operation Desert Storm in 1991, and served as the Chairman and CEO of Halliburton during the Presidency of Bill Clinton, from 1995 to 2000.
Both during and after Cheney’s Vice-Presidency, he was criticized greatly by thousands of liberals, moderates and even some conservatives, for his policy of implementing the water boarding method of interrogation which is widely considered to be a horrendous form of torture.
Despite relentless criticism of his own policies, Cheney has been a very outspoken critic of President Obama, Hillary Clinton and other members of the Obama Administration.