Speaking to a room of Republicans at a private dinner in New Jersey on Tuesday night, former Vice President Dick Cheney heavily criticized President Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House and his administration’s ongoing talks with Iran.
Referring to Obama’s presidency overall, Cheney said that the administration is “the most damaging, certainly, since World War II.”
Specifically addressing the current negotiations between the United States and Iran over the latter nation’s nuclear energy program, Cheney stated that the talks are “almost certainly doomed to fail.”
Cheney, who also served as U.S. Secretary of Defense during the George H.W. Bush Administration from 1989 to 1993, advocated for the use of military forces to destroy Iran instead of negotiating with them.
"There have been a number of times when we’ve been faced with the potential threat of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East," Cheney quipped. "What’s worked is military force. Unfortunately, Barack Obama doesn’t seem to understand that."
Cheney also criticized the Iranian government, saying that trusting them will hurt the United States in the end.
"They have lied and cheated and deceived continuously," he said. "They’re motivated and led by a man who believes in a radical view of Islam. I don’t see any good that can come out of this current effort."
The Wall Street Journal reported that Cheney also stated that he believed America’s traditional allies, such as Israel, have distanced themselves away from the United States, especially since tensions between the two allies has grown over the last few months.
President Obama announced earlier today that negotiations are nearly complete with Iran and will be finalized before a deadline of June 30.