Former Vice President Dick Cheney praised the Obama administration for taking out high-ranking Al-Qaeda member Anwar al-Awlaki this week, but said President Barack Obama should now apologize to former President George W. Bush for his past criticism of Bush’s actions on the war on terror.
Cheney recalled Obama’s previous condemnation of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” and said the strike against al-Awlaki, an American citizen, shows the administration has “moved in the direction of taking robust action when they feel it is justified.”
“I think it was a very good strike. I think it was justified,” Cheney said in an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.“ ”I‘m waiting for the administration to go back and correct something they said two years ago when they criticized us for quote ’overreacting’ to the events of 9/11.”
They in effect said we had walked away from our ideals, taking policy contrary to our ideals when we had enhanced interrogation techniques,” Cheney said. “What he said then was inaccurate especially now in light of what they are doing with policy.”
In addition to al-Awlaki, the strike also killed Samir Khan — also an American — and two others traveling in al-Awlaki’s car.
Obama has been criticized for approving the killing of an American citizen without due process. Republican presidential contenders Ron Paul and Gary Johnson were particularly critical of the strike, with Paul referring to it as “assassination.”
Cheney dismissed those notions, calling it “the difference between a law enforcement action and a war, and we are at war.”
The former vice president also praised Obama’s repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy banning gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
“I think the decision that’s been made with respect to allowing gays to serve openly in the military is a good one” Cheney said. “It’s the right thing to do.”
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