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Cheney gives Obama some credit (sort of) on national security

Former Vice President Cheney applauded Obama for his Afghanistan strategy and acknowledged he 'inherited' a difficult situation with Iran's nuclear program. But those arrows are still flying.

In this photo, Vice President Dick Cheney is shown during an interview on ABC's 'This Week' in Washington Sunday.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney, lead defender of the Bush legacy and critic-in-chief of President Obama, lambasted the Democratic administration again Sunday, saying it underestimates the terrorist threat and has no process for dealing with terrorism suspects in its custody. And those were just a few of the arrows he let fly during his appearance on ABC's "This Week."

But this conclusion can't be avoided: Apparently, the Obama administration is not completely bumbling in the eyes of Mr. Cheney.

First, George W. Bush's vice president commended Obama for his handling of the war in Afghanistan – with barely a whiff of criticism.

"I'm a complete supporter of what they're doing in Afghanistan," Cheney told "This Week" host Jonathan Karl. (For a complete transcript, click here.) "I think the president made the right decision to send troops into Afghanistan. I thought it took him a while to get there."

He also praised Obama's choice of putting Gen. Stanley McChrystal in charge of the Afghanistan operation.

"Having Stan McChrystal now in charge in Afghanistan I think is an excellent choice. ... I'm not a critic of what they're doing, in terms of how they're dealing with that situation."

Of one accord on Christmas Day bombing suspect?

Of course, praise from Cheney is, for Obama's liberal base of supporters, akin to praise from Darth Vader. So few could be ecstatic with Cheney's characterization of the president's evolving view toward the accused Christmas Day bomber.


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