On This Week with George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning, ABC News Chief White House correspondent Jon Karl asked former Vice President Dick Cheney if his op-ed in the Wall Street Journal last week, in which Cheney and daughter Liz accused President Barack Obama of wanting to take America “down a notch,” was tantamount to calling Obama a traitor.
“It almost seems like you’re accusing the president of treason here,” Karl said, “saying he’s intentionally bringing America down a notch.”
While adding that he intended “no disrespect” to Obama, Cheney launched into a comprehensive critique of the president’s foreign policy, which he alleged had created vacuums in Iraq and Afghanistan for terrorists to fill.
“He is dramatically limiting the capability of future presidents to deal with crises by virtue of the policies he’s taken,” Cheney said. “The scope of the problem in part is based upon the unwillingness of the president to recognize we have a problem. They’re still living back in the day when they claimed, ‘We got bin Laden, terrorist problem solved.’ That wasn’t true then, it’s even less true today.”
Watch the clip below, via ABC News:
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