Levin: Cheney has 'no credibility left'

Oct. 25, 2009 at 1:12 PM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney has doesn't have "any credibility left" with the American people, a senior Democrat said Sunday.

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., attacking comments made by Cheney this week that President Barack Obama is "dithering" and "seems afraid to make a decision" on sending more troops to Afghanistan, told "Fox News Sunday" that Cheney's comments "were totally out of bounds. I don't think he has any credibility left with the American people in any event."

Levin, who heads the Senate Armed Services Committee, pointed out former U.S. President George Bush wasn't unduly pressured by Democrats to make a quick decision on whether to send a troop surge into Iraq in 2007. "I think it's really wrong for the former vice president of the United States to be talking as he did about the president dithering, because the president needs to reach the right decision," Levin added.

Levin said Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has said "it's appropriate to deliberate and to change, as he put it, the strategy to one which is more workable than the one that is currently in place."

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