Dick Cheney: Barack Obama 'worst president in my lifetime'

07/16/2014 8:55 AM

07/16/2014 9:10 AM

Former Vice President Dick Cheney slammed President Barack Obama again in a new television interview, calling Obama the 'worst president in my lifetime' and blaming him for the continuing unrest and violence in Iraq.

But Cheney told CNN reporter Jake Tapper that he's not yet joining calls to impeach the president.

"I fundamentally disagree with him," Cheney said on "The Lead on Jake Tapper." "I think he's doing a lot of things wrong. I'm glad to see that the House Republicans are challenging him, at least legally, at this point. But I think (impeachment talks) gets to be a bit of a distraction, just like the impeachment of Bill Clinton did."

Tapper also asked Cheney about Iraq, including a recent Wall Street Journal poll where 71 percent of respondents said they believed the Iraq War was not worth fighting. Cheney, who served as vice president under George W. Bush and championed the war, said the Bush administration left Iraq in 'relatively good shape,' including starting work on a security agreement.

"What happened was that stay-behind agreement was never negotiated," Cheney said. He said that while Iraqi President al-Maliki bears some responsibility for the chaos in his country, "Obama's failure to provide for a stay-behind force is what created the havoc we see in Iraq today."

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