War Criminal Dick Cheney to play major role in Republican presidential race

Cheney to play major role in Republican presidential race

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Former US Vice President Dick Cheney will likely play a major role in the forthcoming Republican presidential race, even as he remains one of the most unfavorable figures in American politics.

Cheney is looking to make a splash on the US political stage with a new book to be published in September, although many Republican presidential candidates are looking to distance their own foreign policy from that of his former boss, President George W. Bush.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal in Casper, Wyoming, the former vice president said the US needs to assert itself more on the world stage.

“We thought, looking forward to 2016, it was very important to make sure those issues were front and center in the campaign,” he said.

Cheney exerts a sizeable influence over his party, making semiregular trips to Congress to address Republican lawmakers and advise some GOP White House hopefuls.

However, he still remains one of the most controversial figures in American politics six years after leaving office.

A majority of Americans viewed him unfavorably, according to a YouGov/Economist poll taken in June 2014.

Critics have accused him of war crimes for his role in the US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as establishing torture and surveillance techniques.

Cheney, one of the key architects of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq has increased his criticism of American foreign policy in recent months. White House officials have shrugged off Cheney’s criticism and have faulted him for misjudgments on the Iraq war.

Cheney’s comments with The Wall Street Journal were sharply criticized by Shawn Brimley, a former director for strategic planning on the National Security Council under President Barack Obama.

“We initiated a war of choice—Dick Cheney initiated a war of choice—under entirely false pretenses, upending the entire geopolitical architecture of the Middle East,” Brimley said.

“We have been collectively dealing with the aftermath of that decision for the six years since (President Obama) took office.”

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