Cheney says US military unprepared for ISIL

Cheney says US military unprepared for ISIL

Wed Sep 10, 2014 5:15AM GMT

Former vice president Dick Cheney has warned that the US military is not prepared for engagement against the ISIL terrorist group.

Addressing a gathering of House Republicans on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Cheney talked about “how unprepared the US military is for any kind of medium- or large-scale engagement against ISIS because the administration is cutting the military so much,” one source told Washington Examiner.

He also attacked President Barack Obama’s strategy for dealing with the group, saying his isolationism tendencies caused the rise of militants in Iraq and Syria.

The key architect of the 2003 Iraq War said the Obama administration failed to reach a deal with Baghdad to keep American troops there and the current instability is the result of that failure.

Cheney’s comments are familiar to most people who have listened to Republicans’ rhetoric for decades.

“What he talked about was we’ve, Republicans, have had a position on peace through strength,” said Rep. Buck McKeon, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee who recently returned from the Middle East.

“You look at all the Republican presidents we’ve had back to [Dwight] Eisenhower. You know they all understand, if you’re not strong, then you invite aggression. When you invite aggression, you end up with people getting killed,” he added.

During a Tuesday briefing, White House press secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged that “the United States is not aware of any active plotting that is underway to attack the homeland.”

“We have seen ISIL perpetrate terrible acts of violence against American citizens. I’m sure that is part of what is contributing to the information that you’re seeing in the polls,” Earnest said.

“The other thing that is undoubtedly true is that there are American interests in the region that are under a pretty direct threat from ISIL.”

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