Cheney praises Obama for bin Laden raid

Dick Cheney is still critical of some Obama policies. Dick Cheney is still critical of some Obama policies.
Bloomberg News / May 9, 2011

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WASHINGTON — Former vice president Dick Cheney, who has been a critic of President Obama’s foreign policy, praised him yesterday for ordering the operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

“There’s no question that was his responsibility, and I think he handled it well,’’ Cheney said in an interview aired today on the “Fox News Sunday’’ program. “I give him high marks for making that decision.’’

Cheney remained critical of the administration’s role in the conflict in Libya and the future of the war in Afghanistan, and of its stance on interrogation techniques.

“I’ve been confused by it,’’ Cheney said. “It’s not clear what the policy is.’’

“NATO only functions effectively when the United States is involved to lead NATO,’’ he said. “It looks as though what the policy of the administration has been is to hope for Khadafy’s departure, but not be prepared to do enough to make it happen.’’

Cheney also said he had concerns that the administration may use bin Laden’s death as a reason to pull out of the war in Afghanistan.

“I’m a bit concerned that we’re now going to see a situation where because we’ve got bin Laden, there will be a rush to get out of Afghanistan,’’ Cheney said. “I’m not sure that’s wise at all.’’