During comments at the 2012 Herman Khan Award Dinner in New York last night, former VP Dick Cheney criticized Obama’s Middle East policy and what he perceives as the projection of U.S. weakness instead of U.S. strength.
Cheney said the Middle East is moving in a direction “fundamentally hostile to U.S. interests” and “the U.S. is increasingly unable to influence events there.” Cheney believes our inability to influence is largely tied to the fact that Obama is “headed for the exit” in Afghanistan.
The former VP then reminded his audience of Obama’s “apology” tour to the Middle East in 2009, and said Obama’s approach to Syria has been indicative of our projection of weakness over the last four years.
Specifically, regarding Syria, he said it appears Obama “will take [no] actions besides hope.”
In concluding his remarks, Cheney made it clear that even now, we have people who are planning to attack us “with deadlier weapons that 19 hijackers and boxcutters.”
He said “our allies don’t trust us and our enemies don’t fear us.” And that just about sums it up.