Former Vice President Dick Cheney in an interview this weekend pushed back against critics of former President George W. Bush, arguing that the White House can’t keep blaming its many failings on the previous administration.
Among President Obama’s many shortcomings as president, Cheney argued, is the “weakness” he projects abroad.
In fact, he continued, the blame for “most” of the problems in Washington rests squarely on Obama’s shoulders.
"They can't blame George Bush anymore," Cheney said during a radio interview Sunday. "I think he's been a failure as a president. I think the scandals, with respect to the Veterans Administration, with respect to the IRS, these are bad situations."
And it gets worse from there, according to the former vice president. The Obama administration’s cuts to the defense budget have created a situation where the U.S. is now weaker than ever as its enemies look to grow in power and influence.
"There are even worse things going on in my mind. One is the absolute gutting of the United States military. I just read a piece this morning in the Stars and Stripes that they're getting ready to lay off 500 majors in the U.S. Army," he said. "Not long ago they did the same thing with a large group of captains."
The next president of the United States, Cheney warned, will have his hands full undoing all the damage caused by Obama’s cuts to the defense budget.
"They're dramatically cutting back the defense budget, year after year after year," he said.
"That's a terrible precedent to set because it's going to cripple us in future years. When you make decisions about the defense budget, and especially when you're cutting back on it, you are crippling your successors as president,” he added.
Since leaving the White House in 2009, his approval rating in the tank, George W. Bush has maintained a low profile, refraining from criticizing the current president.
Bush’s second-in-command, on the other hand, has in recent years become one of Obama’s most vocal critics, repeatedly blaming the 44th president of the United States for diminishing America’s standing in the world.
(H/T: Business Insider)