“Congressional leaders left the White House on Wednesday ‘deeply frustrated’ that President Obama had not found a swift resolution to the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites that began in the seventh century A.D…. ‘All we ask of this President is that he do one thing: settle a religious conflict that has been going on for a millennium and a half,’ [Senator] McConnell said. ‘What did he offer today? Nothing.’ Speaker of the House John Boehner … [added], ‘This struggle between Sunnis and Shiites has been going on for almost fifteen hundred years … [which] means President Obama has had ample time to fix it.”
The passage above is a spoof written by the political comedian Andy Borowitz.
The following quote, on the other hand, was very seriously put forth by Dick Cheney in an article he co-authored with his daughter, Liz: “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many…. President Obama seems determined to leave office ensuring he has taken America down a notch.… [He] is on track to securing his legacy as the man who betrayed our past and squandered our freedom.”
The irony that Cheney is one of the main architects of the disastrous invasion of Iraq is only surpassed by his audacity. Above all else, the article and the avalanche of reactions it has provoked serve to remind the world of the former vice president’s tragically mistaken assertions and predictions: “There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction”; “We will, in fact, be greeted as liberators”; “extremists in the region would have to rethink their strategy of jihad.” Of course, the Cheney duo has less interest in influencing the politics of the Middle East than in stirring the political pot at home; their op-ed is designed to further infuriate those who are already convinced that Obama is an awful president who’s prone to make decisions that hurt America. Dick and Liz Cheney join the long list of those offering 'solutions' to the crises in Syria and Iraq—solutions that, according to the critics, the president and his team haven’t thought of, don’t understand, can’t execute, or, as Cheney puts it, reject because they’re determined to “take America down a notch.”