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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated 4 days ago

Kerry Rebuts Cheney: No Grounds To Criticize On Afghanistan (VIDEO)

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is the latest Democrat to push back against an attack from former Vice President Dick Cheney on the White House's Afghanistan decision-making.

"After eight years of neglecting Afghanistan as vice president, Dick Cheney is coming out of retirement to criticize President Obama ... This from the man who in 2002 told America, 'The Taliban regime is out of business permanently.' I think this is one time I wish Dick Cheney had been right, but tragically he wasn't, and he isn't today, and that's why we have to make the tough choices about Afghanistan now," Kerry told the Council on Foreign Relations.

"Make no mistake, because of the gross mishandling of this war by past civilian leadership, there are no great options for its handling today."

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) made a similar argument on Sunday, saying it was "outrageous."

"To listen to Dick Cheney, who was the mastermind of the most failed decade of foreign policy that this country's had at least in my political lifetime, perhaps my whole lifetime, perhaps my parents' lifetime too, to listen to him when they talk about dithering... when their mistake was to attack Iraq and lose sight of Afghanistan... eight years of failure of [Hamid] Karzai, implicitly is eight years of failure and dithering by that administration," Brown told CNN.

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