Reid: Obama Doesn’t Need Advice On Iraq From Dick Cheney

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) blasted former Vice President Dick Cheney on the Senate floor Wednesday for penning an op-ed that torched the Obama administration’s handling of Iraq.

“If there is one thing that this country does not need, it’s that we should be taking advice from Dick Cheney on wars,” Reid said. “Being on the wrong side of Dick Cheney is to be on the right side of history.”

Reid said the Obama administration would not take advice from the architects of the Iraq War, which he called the “number one foreign policy blunder in the history of the country.” Neoconservative pundit Bill Kristol, for example, insisted this week that Americans would throw their support behind military intervention in Iraq a second time around — but the Obama administration has already taken sending combat troops back into Iraq off the table.

“I have no doubt that president Obama and America will meet this threat head on without the advice of [former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul] Wolfowitz, Cheney, Kristol, the architects of the invasion of Iraq,” he said. “President Obama will meet the threat with the same smart foreign policy that has been the hallmark of his administration.”

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