By Justin Sink
White House press secretary Jay Carney slapped back at Dick Cheney's criticism of President Obama's handling of Iraq, suggesting the former vice president shouldn't be the one levying criticism.
"Which president was he talking about?" Carney quipped.
"It's obviously always good to hear from former Vice President Cheney," he continued in a sarcastic tone.
In the op-ed, the Cheneys accused Obama of being "willfully blind to the impact of his policies" and refusing to face "hard truths" about the U.S. interests tied up in Iraq.
"It will require sustained difficult military, intelligence and diplomatic efforts — not empty misleading rhetoric," they wrote. "It will require rebuilding America's military capacity — reversing the Obama policies that have weakened our armed forces and reduced our ability to influence events around the world."
Carney said it was "pretty clear President Obama and our team here have distinctly different views on Iraq" than the previous administration.
The White House spokesman also objected to the Cheneys’ criticism of Obama's Father's Day golf outing while "terrorists take control of more territory and resources than ever before in history."
"I think it's pretty clear the president has been paying attention to this," Carney said.
“If there is one thing we can all agree on here, it's that we should not be taking advice on Iraq from Dick Cheney,” Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said earlier Wednesday on the Senate floor. “We already tried it your way, and it was the biggest foreign policy blunder in United States history.”