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Former Vice President Dick Cheney continued to heap criticism on President Obama's cabinet nominees, including defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, accusing the President in an interview that aired Tuesday of picking "people who won't argue with him."
During his interview with Charlie Rose on "CBS This Morning," Cheney said Obama's record on national security is much worse than his domestic policies. The former vice president — a powerful presence in former President George W. Bush's administration — said the performance by Hagel and CIA nominee John Brennan in their respective confirmation hearings underscores that they aren't qualified.
"With respect to -- Chuck Hagel and -- and Brennan, the Defense and C.I.A., just in the last week, their performance in front of the committees that have to confirm them has been pretty poor. And that's, you know, not my judgment. That's the judgment, as well, of senators on both sides of the aisle," Cheney said. "My guess is, if you look at what the President's motives are for picking Chuck Hagel, I think he wants a Republican to go be the -- the foil, if you will, for what he wants to do to the Defense Department, which is I think to do serious, serious damage to our military capabilities. It looks to me that the president has made choices in part-- based on people who won't argue with him."