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Dick Cheney Blasts President Obama’s “Second-Rate” National Security Team

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Former Vice President Dick  Cheney said Saturday night that President Barack Obama has jeopardized U.S. national  security by nominating substandard candidates for key cabinet posts and by  degrading the U.S. military.

“The performance now of Barack Obama as  he staffs up the national security team for the second term is dismal,” Cheney  said in comments to about 300 members of the Wyoming  Republican Party.

Cheney, a Wyoming native, said it was  vital to the nation’s national security that “good folks” hold the positions of  secretary of state, CIA director and  secretary of defense.

“Frankly, what he has appointed are second-rate people,” he said.

John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic  presidential nominee, has been confirmed as secretary of state. CIA  designate John Brennan and defense secretary  nominee Chuck Hagel are still awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation.

Wyoming’s two U.S. senators, Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, voted for Kerry’s  confirmation. Both Enzi and Barrasso  gave introductory speeches for Cheney Saturday night.

Cheney said Hagel, a former Nebraska U.S. senator, was  chosen because Obama “wants to have a  Republican that he can use to take the heat for what he plans to do to the  Department of Defense.”

He said Obama’s plans are to allow severe  cuts in U.S. defense spending, which would limit the capability of the U.S.  military to respond to future foreign crises well after Obama  has left office.

“He is today … establishing what limitations will be on future presidents,” Cheney said.

Cheney noted that the security situation  in the Middle East and North Africa has worsened under Obama’s  watch with Iran actively pursuing nuclear weapons and with turmoil in Egypt,  Syria, Mali and elsewhere.

“That part of the world is as dangerous now as it has ever been,” he  said.

The Obama administration’s response has been to pull back U.S.  military presence and influence, resulting in rising mistrust of the U.S.  from allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, he said.

Despite Obama’s re-election victory, Cheney said he hopes Republicans can revive  their political fortunes by holding to conservative principles.

“I believe we’re all going to pull together, work hard, dig in and do what  needs to be done,” he said.

Cheney, who received a heart transplant  about a year ago, appeared fit, although his voice turned hoarse on occasion  during his half-hour speech.

Source: The Washington Times

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