"Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many," Dick and Liz Cheney write in a criticism of the American policy toward Iraq in the Wall Street Journal. No, they are not talking about George W. Bush.
The op-ed appearing in Wednesday's paper attacks President Obama for withdrawing American troops from Iraq and blamed his foreign policy weakness for the renewed strength of ISIS insurgents, which took over several Iraqi cities in recent weeks. "He seems blithely unaware, or indifferent to the fact, that a resurgent al Qaeda presents a clear and present danger to the United States of America," the Cheneys write. "President Obama seems determined to leave office ensuring he has taken America down a notch."
Notably, the piece is heavy on criticism of Obama "abandonment" of Iraq, but light on touting Cheney's own role in launching the war that put the U.S. there in the first place. The piece does mention the success of the surge in battling back vicious sectarian fighting: "When Mr. Obama and his team came into office in 2009, al Qaeda in Iraq had been largely defeated, thanks primarily to the heroic efforts of U.S. armed forces during the surge," the Cheneys write. However, they claim Obama bungled the withdrawal, undoing those gains.