Secretary of State John Kerry took former vice president Dick Cheney to task over his recent criticism of the Obama administration’s Afghanistan withdrawal plan during a PBS “Newshour” interview Thursday, criticizing Cheney for the repercussions of his “deeply wrong” foreign policy decisions.
“I’m not surprised to hear from Dick Cheney something that’s obviously, number one, negative, and number two, wrong,” Kerry said Friday. “Dick Cheney was completely wrong about Iraq, and we are still struggling with the aftermath of what Dick Cheney and his crew thought was the right policy to go in and start a war of choice for the wrong reasons.”
Earlier this week, Cheney characterized President Barack Obama's recent announcement to withdraw virtually all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 as “stupid” and “unwise” during a Fox News interview, calling Obama "the weakest" president he has seen in his lifetime.
“They turned topsy-turvy the entire region with respect to Sunni and Shia and the relationships there," Kerry responded. "So the fact is that they have been deeply, deeply wrong in the policy that they pursued, and any advice from him really has no meaning to me with respect to what we’re doing today.”