Liz Cheney apparently feels emboldened by criticism from a Democratic senator who opposed the Iraq War from the beginning.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) tore into Cheney and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, on Sunday for an angry op-ed that blamed the deteriorating security situation in Iraq on President Obama.
“That is sick,” Boxer said, as quoted by Politico. “When you really look back at the record, it was Vice President Cheney and [former Secretary of State] Condi Rice working for George W. Bush and [former Defense Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld, and all those folks it’s just like, you know, a nightmare come back to haunt me.”
For Liz Cheney, the criticism simply confirms the righteousness of her cause.
We’re obviously doing something right — Sen. Boxer says Cheney Op-Ed “sick.” http://t.co/eHa4E07ot6
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) June 23, 2014
In their op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, the Cheneys excoriated Obama, who they said “seems determined to leave office ensuring he has taken America down a notch.”
The re-emergence of the Iraq War’s cheerleaders has been too much for Boxer, who voted against the resolution to authorize the use of force against Saddam Hussein’s regime back in 2002. She said in a statement earlier this month that the Republican boosters of the war “are now joining the blame-America-first crowd rather than working with our Commander-in-Chief to confront this crisis.”
During an interview with MSNBC last week, Boxer recalled Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) rosy outlook for Iraq at the war’s outset.
“Listen, I’m happy to listen to John McCain because I like him as a person. But if anyone — anyone — is to tell us what to do, it’s not him,” she said. “He told me when I was very worried, after I had voted no on the Iraq War, and it was going on and on. He said to me, he was so sweet about it, he said, ‘This thing’s going to be over in three to six months.’ And that’s what Rumsfeld said. That’s what they all said. They were wrong.”