Former Vice President Dick Cheney reinforced his belief on Wednesday that President Barack Obama is a "weak" commander-in-chief.
In an interview with Fox News' "Hannity," Cheney hit Obama for announcing his plans to draw down U.S. troops from Afghanistan. He characterized the president as "certainly the weakest" he has seen in his lifetime.
“He’s prepared to pull out, at this point, all of our capability in Afghanistan and not negotiate a stay behind agreement,” Cheney said. “That’s stupid, unwise and will in fact just reinforce the notion that we’re weak and that we have a president that doesn’t understand his obligations.”
Those comments mark little change from Cheney's Dec. 2009 views on Obama's foreign policy. In a 90-minute interview with then-CNN host Larry King, Cheney accused Obama of projecting "weakness" by outlining a timetable for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“Here’s a guy without much experience, who campaigned against much of what we put in place ... and who now travels around the world apologizing,” Cheney said at the time. “I think our adversaries — especially when that’s preceded by a deep bow ... — see that as a sign of weakness.”
Wednesday's "Hannity" appearance marked the second time in as many weeks that Cheney hurled the "w" word in Obama's direction. In a May 18 interview with "Fox News Sunday," Cheney said Russia's actions with Ukraine show how Vladimir Putin is "taking advantage of this opportunity when he thinks we have a weak president to try to restore the old Soviet Union."
"He's demonstrated repeatedly, I think, that he in fact can be pushed around, if you will, by Putin," Cheney said of Obama.