Cheney: Obama has ‘surrendered’ America’s global power

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz Cheney, say President Obama has “dangerously surrendered” U.S. global leadership during his time in office.

In an adapted excerpt published by The Wall Street Journal from their upcoming book, “Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America,” the two write that until Obama became president, Republican and Democratic presidents understood the “indispensable nature of American power.”

{mosads}“For the most part, until the administration of Barack Obama, we delivered,” they wrote, arguing that Obama has “departed from this 75-year, largely bipartisan tradition of ensuring America’s pre-eminence and strength.”

The Cheneys said Obama has “abandoned Iraq” and is “on course” to do the same in Afghanistan.

Republicans largely blame the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on the Obama administration’s pullout from Iraq in 2011. Former President George W. Bush — under whom Dick Cheney served as vice president — was commander-in-chief when that deadline was agreed to, though.

The excerpt claims Obama has made “dangerous cuts” to the U.S. military through sequestration — a series of budget caps agreed to by both parties in a 2011 deal. Those spending ceilings are expected to return in full force this fall unless lawmakers strike another deal that eases those limits.

The Cheneys accused Obama of making “false” statements about the Iran nuclear deal, and they urged lawmakers to vote against the agreement when the House and Senate will consider it next month.

They wrote that U.S. global leadership “can be ours again” if voters choose the next president “wisely.”

The book will hit shelves Tuesday.

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