Former Vice President Dick Cheney called into question President Barack Obama’s credibility this weekend when asked about the president and the NSA surveillance program.
“I don’t pay a lot of attention, frankly, to what Barack Obama says,” Cheney said on Sunday. “I find a lot of it in other areas–for example, IRS, Benghazi–not credible. I’m obviously not a fan of the incumbent president.”
“I don’t think he has credibility,” he added. “And the problem is the guy has failed to be forthright and honest and credible on things like Benghazi and the IRS. So he’s got no credibility.”
Cheney’s credibility has taken more hits than Barack Obama’s. The former vice president was one of the chief architects of the justification of the Iraq War, trumping up claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was connected to 9/11.
Former Congressman Patrick Murphy–the first Iraq War veteran elected to Congress–questioned Cheney’s standing to criticize the president’s credibility. “You would think 10 years after Dick Cheney got us into an unnecessary war in Iraq, that cost 4,486 American lives, and tens of thousands injured,” he said on Monday’s PoliticsNation, “You’d think 10 years later that he’d have the decency to keep his mouth shut about the credibility of elected leaders.”
Murphy compared the “shell game” Cheney used in linking Iraq, Saddam Hussein, and WMD’s to 9/11 to the shell game that’s being used by the whole Republican party as they attempt to conflate various issues ranging from the attacks in Benghazi to IRS targeting.
“The president had nothing to do with either one of those, every single testimony has shown that,” he said.
Murphy also slammed Cheney for his attacks on Susan Rice, whom he accused of having “peddled misinformation.”
“It really goes after the character of a truly great public servant,” Murphy said of the attacks. “To call her character in question – from someone like Dick Cheney who had no problem cherry-picking the intelligence when our own intelligence agencies were going forward and saying ‘Hey - we don’t know where he got this. This is against what we’re telling the Commander-in-Chief.’ And he’s going off a different sheet of music? I have a real issue with that.”