Former Vice President Cheney, Sen. Paul trade criticism over Iraq
WASHINGTON — Two prominent Republicans exchanged criticism over the United States' involvement in Iraq on dueling Sunday news shows.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., criticized those who pushed the military invasion in Iraq and are blaming the Obama administration for the aftermath it is dealing with.
“What's going on now, I don't blame on President Obama,” Paul said on NBC's “Meet the Press.” “But I do blame the Iraq War on the chaos that is in the Middle East.”
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on ABC's “This Week” that he was a strong supporter of going into Iraq during the George W. Bush administration and remains so. Cheney dismissed Paul as an “isolationist” who “doesn't believe we ought to be involved in that part of the world. I think it's absolutely essential.”
Cheney said the United States needs to be realistic about the threat of Sunni insurgents in Iraq.
“We need an administration to recognize the fact that we've got this huge problem, quit peddling the notion that they got core al-Qaida and therefore there's no problem out there.”
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