Hey, neocons, Dick Cheney is irrelevant — maybe it’s time to find someone new

It has been entertaining to watch former Vice President Dick Cheney. He’s become a “thing” again as neoconservatives raise hell about the resurgence of the Islamic militants in Iraq as the latest failure of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

Cheney appeared on Fox News last week and was grilled by host Megyn Kelly over an op-ed he and his daughter, Liz, had written in the Wall Street Journal.

“[T]ime and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong as well in Iraq, sir,” Kelly told Cheney. “You said there were no doubts Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. You said we would be greeted as liberators. You said the Iraq insurgency was in the last throes back in 2005. And you said that after our intervention, extremists would have to, quote, ‘rethink their strategy of Jihad.’”

“Now with almost a trillion dollars spent there with 4,500 American lives lost there,” she continued, “what do you say to those who say, you were so wrong about so much at the expense of so many?”

Cheney, of course, didn’t back down. He defended the now-debunked intelligence showing that that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and claimed that “[i]t would have been irresponsible for us not to act” and that the Bush administration “did do the right thing” by toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime.

The former vice president showed up over the weekend on ABC News’ This Week, where he again slammed President Obama and said that the administration should put thousands of American troops back on the ground in Iraq to fight the Islamic militants that are currently wreaking havoc in the country.

Look, there are plenty of legitimate complaints of President Obama’s foreign policy. He has staked out his own brand of military intervention, taking out Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Libya, a decision that proved unwise. There are times in which the White House has looked like amateurs — the situation in Syria immediate comes to mind.

But the response shouldn’t be to trot out Dick Cheney and other Bush administration officials. George W. Bush is, apparently, too busy with his new career as an artist to defend an ill-advised war started on his watch.

Cheney’s continued presence on the national stage is only serves as a reminder to Americans that the war in Iraq is a foreign policy failure of the Bush administration. In short, President Obama doesn’t own this.

Cheney has absolutely no authority to criticize the Obama administration. Neoconservatives are bankrupt. Sure, President Obama’s poll numbers on this issue are terrible, but there aren’t many Americans who are pining for foreign policy of the Bush administration.

The American public is being presented with a false choice on foreign policy. Just because President Obama’s approach to foreign affairs is a cluster-you-know-what doesn’t mean that the only alternative is the failed foreign policy of his predecessor.

Yeah, the United States has to be acutely aware of its enemies and the threats they represent. No one disputes that. But intervention for the sake of intervention isn’t something that Americans want, nor is it something that the country can afford.

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