Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday that he was "stunned" President Obama mentioned last month's police shooting in Ferguson, Mo. in the same breath as the conflict in the Middle East during his United Nations speech. "I was stunned," Cheney told Fox News' Sean Hannity.... Cheney thought Obama was falsely comparing the United States' racial tensions with the struggle to combat extremism in the Middle East. "I mean, to compare the two as though somehow there is moral equivalence there is I think outrageous," he told Hannity.
"I realize that America's critics will be quick to point out that at times we too have failed to live up to our ideals; that America has plenty of problems within our own borders. This is true. In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri -- where a young man was killed, and a community was divided. So yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions. And like every country, we continually wrestle with how to reconcile the vast changes wrought by globalization and greater diversity with the traditions that we hold dear. "But we welcome the scrutiny of the world -- because what you see in America is a country that has steadily worked to address our problems and make our union more perfect. America is not the same as it was 100 years ago, 50 years ago, or even a decade ago. Because we fight for our ideals, and are willing to criticize ourselves when we fall short. Because we hold our leaders accountable, and insist on a free press and independent judiciary. Because we address our differences in the open space of democracy -- with respect for the rule of law; with a place for people of every race and religion; and with an unyielding belief in the ability of individual men and women to change their communities and countries for the better. "After nearly six years as President, I believe that this promise can help light the world."