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“I think the perception around the world is increasingly negative, Sean,” Cheney said. “But I think the main focus is on our president. He's a very, very weak president, maybe the weakest certainly in my lifetime and I know from my own experience in a recent trip to the Middle East spending several days talking with folks I’ve dealt with back to Desert Storm, they all are absolutely convinced that the American capacity to lead and to influence events in that part of the world has been dramatically reduced by this president. We have a problem of weakness. It’s centered right in the White House.”
Cheney pointed to former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and every president up until Obama, which he said viewed the United States as a leader of in the world. According to Cheney, Obama has shied away from that view of the United States, which has come at a cost.
“You know, we talk about 70 years ago on June 6 -- a week from Friday, we invaded France at Normandy, D-day, June 6, 1944,” he said. “That was the beginning of the end for the Third Reich. It marked the last stage of World War II and the tremendous victory by the United States leading the free world against Nazi Germany and against Japan. For those 70 years, the United States has indeed been the leader of the world, the preeminent nation based in part upon our values but also upon our military capability and our willingness to back up and support our friends and allies and to wheel that military power when necessary. I think there is a general consensus by our presidents since 1945. I didn't always agree with all of them, obviously, but I think it was a general consensus that the world was more peaceful and much better organized, more orderly and millions of lives saved because of U.S. capability, especially military capability. I don't think Barack Obama believes that, I really don't think he shares that consensus view.”
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