May 30, 2014, 07:58 am
Kerry slams Cheney: 'Advice from him really has no meaning to me'
By Rebecca Shabad
Secretary of State John Kerry late Thursday dismissed former Vice President Dick Cheney's comments knocking the Obama administration’s Afghanistan withdrawal plan.
“Any advice from him really has no meaning to me with respect to what we’re doing today,” Kerry said on PBS Newshour.
Kerry said he’s not surprised Cheney would say something “negative” and “wrong.”
“Dick Cheney was completely wrong about Iraq, and we are still struggling with the aftermath of what Dick Cheney and his crew thought was the right policy: To go in and start a war of choice for the wrong reasons. And they turned topsy-turvy the entire region with respect to Sunni and Shia and the relationships there,” Kerry said.
The Bush administration, Kerry said, was “deeply, deeply wrong” in the policy it pursued.
On Wednedsay, Cheney told Fox News that Obama’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 is “stupid.”
Cheney called Obama a “very, very, weak president” and “maybe the weakest, certainly in my lifetime.”
On Tuesday, Obama announced his plan to pull most troops out of Afghanistan by the end of this year, leaving only 9,800.