Dick Cheney on Ukraine: Mistake to Take Military Options Off the Table

Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Face the Nation guest host Charlie Rose that the Obama administration should not have taken military options off the table in response to Russia’s invasion of the Crimean peninsula, and that Obama had a harder task in gathering allies after reversing course on attacks in Syria.

“I worry when we begin to address the crisis, the first thing we do is take options off the table,” Cheney said. “In the sense of saying ‘no military.’ [Obama] seems to operate that way most of the time. There are military options that don’t involve putting groups on the ground in Crimea.”

Cheney suggested restarting work on ICBM missle defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic, which the U.S. shelved a few years ago in a concession to Russia, as well as joint military exercises in the region, and offering equipment and training to Ukrainian forces.

He also warned that the Obama administration’s “indecisiveness,” especially in Syria, had caused allies to be less eager to join us in international efforts.

“We have created an image around the world, not just to the Russians, of weakness and indecisiveness,” Cheney said. “The Syrian situation is a classic. We got all ready to do something, a lot of the allies signed on, at the last minute Obama backed off.”

Watch the clip below, via CBS News:

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