Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz Cheney, targeted President Barack Obama in their new book, questioning his leadership and foreign policy decisions.
The book, “Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America”, is set for a Sept. 1 release, according to a statement by its publisher, Threshold Editions.
The book will reportedly attack Obama’s foreign policy positions, stating that the president has “significantly diminished” the influence and power of the U.S. right at the time when the threats of terrorism are “rapidly growing.”
Cheney also writes about his optimism for the next president, saying, “Reversing course on (President Obama’s) devastating policies must be the top priority for America’s next president.”
The former vice president has made his disdain for the Obama administration clear over the years, including attacking the president personally. In an interview with Playboy magazine earlier this year, he suggested that Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder were “playing the race card” when they hinted at their belief that their critics’ positions were fueled by race, not policy.
In the same interview, he also criticized Obama for what he believed to be the destruction of the U.S. military.
“I think what’s happened to the military in terms of morale, in terms of financing, budget and so forth is just devastating,” said Cheney. “The way Obama is functioning now, he’s crippling the capacity of future presidents to deal with future crises.”
Previously serving as the White House chief of staff from 1975 to 1977 and U.S. Secretary of Defense from 1989 to 1993, Cheney’s presence in politics has now expanded for decades. He is widely seen as the main influencer in President George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003 to overthrow Saddam Hussein and search for chemical weapons, of which none were found. Despite many calls to apologize for his involvement, he has denied each request.
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