Dick Cheney and his equally loathsome daughter Liz have started yet another organization to push the neo-conservative agenda and are on a publicity blitz to promote it. Naturally, Dick wants to blame the situation in Iraq on Obama, ignoring his own role in the debacle.
Appearing on ABC’s This Week, Cheney was asked about his scathing Wall Street Journal op-ed criticizing Obama for withdrawing troops from Iraq and failing to adopt a more muscular foreign policy in response to the crisis in the Middle East.
Cheney is old, so perhaps he doesn’t remember that it was the Bush administration that negotiated the Status of Forces Agreement that required that we withdraw our troops by the end of 2011. Obama was following the agreement that Bush and Cheney put in place. Nah, he remembers. He’s just lying. And he does it again on the defense budget:
“We need to dramatically reverse course on our defense budget,” Cheney said. “We’re decimating the defense budget, not Al Qaeda. We need to go back to a two-war strategy, not the one-war strategy he has in place.”
Oh yes, the poor defense budget is “decimated.” Here’s a chart that shows where defense spending is and is projected to be:
Oh, so terribly “decimated.” All of this is controlled by the revised Budget Control Act caps that were insisted on by Republicans in congress as part of the sequestration deal. That deal required small cuts to defense spending (and equal cuts to non-defense spending). Obama’s proposed defense budget this year is higher than those required by the 2011 sequestration deal. The notion that we are somehow slashing defense spending to the bone is absolutely ludicrous. We are still spending almost half of all military expenditures in the entire world, for crying out loud.