During a Fox News Sunday panel discussion, Fox News contributor Liz Cheney remarked that President Obama's re-election efforts are "ludicrous." Cheney then went on a tirade against Obama that was so extreme that Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace had to jump in and point out that U.S. armed forces took out Osama bin Laden under Obama's watch.
PRESIDENT OBAMA (video clip): [Republicans] want to go back to the same policies that stacked the deck against middle-class Americans for way too many years. And their philosophy is simple -- we are better off when everybody's left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules.
WALLACE: Liz, Could that work? Could that get him re-elected?
CHENEY: It's ludicrous. I mean, frankly, you know, you have a situation where you've got a President of the United States -- normally one seeking re-election would go to people and say here's my record, here's what I've accomplished, you know, judge me on my record. This president has got these, you know, three signature things that he's done that have made the economy worse. More regulation, Obamacare, stimulus plan, failed to do anything at all about entitlement reform which is what we really need to do -- and I also want to point out that he's gotten a pass in many ways on national security and foreign policy. He, right now, as commander in chief, is performing abysmally with respect to Afghanistan and Iraq. He's about to snatch defeat from what was a victory in Iraq, by pulling everybody out, and not being able to accomplish even a strategic agreement for a long term relationship --
WALLACE: Wait. What about his comment in the press conference when he said ask -- because there was all this stuff about him being an appeaser, and at the White House press conference, he said "ask Osama bin Laden if I'm an appeaser."
CHENEY: Right. He wants to talk about Bin Laden. It's terrific that he got Bin Laden. We all give him credit for that. But Iraq and Afghanistan are two places where this president is absolutely failing. In Afghanistan he's pulling out troops so fast that he's putting the mission at risk. We've got these two wars that have been incredibly important and in which we have sacrificed tremendous lives and treasure. This president's performance means that we may well lose both wars. And the only reason that that's not getting covered is because the performance on the economy is so abysmal.
Liz Cheney's attack on Obama as a foreign policy failure isn't even original. Conservative radio host Neal Boortz recently claimed that Obama doesn't have any "marvelous foreign policy successes." But the argument seems to be based on the hope that people forget about Bin Laden. As shown by Cheney's appearance on Fox News Sunday, once someone brings up Bin Laden, the argument becomes laughable.
Perhaps that's why, after a half-hearted attempt to rehabilitate her argument, Cheney switched gears and started regurgitating the totally incorrect conservative talking point that the stimulus failed (which has been debunked so many times that the poor horse is beyond dead).
But let's go back to foreign policy for a second. Cheney's argument that Obama is snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in Afghanistan and Iraq is odd, to say the least. After all, the previous administration, of which Cheney was a part, declared major combat operations in Iraq to be over in 2003. President George W. Bush gave a speech to that effect in May of that year under a "mission accomplished" banner. Furthermore, the timeline for withdrawal that Cheney is complaining about was put into place by Bush himself, although Obama will be the one to carry it out.
Furthermore, Cheney's comments completely ignored the fact that the Bush administration's feckless foreign policies actually made it more difficult for U.S. forces to do their mission. Indeed, during the Bush administration former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates argued that victory in Afghanistan was made more difficult by the Iraq war, a war that was sold to the public on the basis of the falsehood that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.