WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Former Vice President Dick Cheney stated that the Obama administration’s targeting of suspected international terrorists is “a good policy.”
Despite major disagreements with Obama’s national security policy and “dismal” cabinet appointments, Cheney dismissed a need for a checks and balances system for the drone program. Speaking on Tuesday’s edition of “CBS This Morning,” Cheney said that the president should have the drone authority because he is “getting paid to make difficult, difficult decisions.”
However, recently, Cheney has not been in agreement with President Obama on many of his administration’s decisions.
On Monday, Cheney stated in front of about 300 members of the Wyoming Republican Party that, “The performance now of Barack Obama as he staffs up the national security team for the second term is dismal,” The Associated Press reported.
Cheney, a Wyoming native, said it was vital to the nation’s national security that “good folks” hold the positions of secretary of state, CIA director and secretary of defense. “Frankly, what he has appointed are second-rate people,” he said in reference to defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel and John Brennan for CIA director.
Brennan faces questions from the GOP about White House leaks of classified information and from Democrats about the administration’s use of drones.
As a whole, Cheney called Obama’s foreign policy “terribly flawed.” He says Obama came to office looking “to reduce U.S. influence in the world.”