Looking like a potential candidate for office herself, Liz Cheney kicked off a three-day Republican conference Thursday evening with a blistering indictment of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.
“There are three prongs to the Obama doctrine,” Cheney told about 3,000 cheering attendees at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. “Apologize for America, abandon our allies and appease our enemies.”
The daughter of former Vice President Richard Cheney also lambasted Obama’s domestic agenda, particularly the recently enacted health care law. Like other speakers at the meeting, she urged Republicans to win back Congress this fall, then repeal the act.
“We still have time to stop this dangerous power play, she said.
But it was foreign policy where Cheney listed her detailed critique of Obama’s record, from threatening to prosecute CIA officers for torturing suspected terrorists, to hiring lawyers for the Justice Department who had represented suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
“The American people have a right to know if lawyers who previously represented terrorists…are now setting American policy with respect to detention of terrorists,” she said.
“We know that one of the lawyers who represented detainees at Guantanamo was caught drawing a map of the detention facility complete with the location of the guard posts in order to give it to his terrorist clients.
“We know that other lawyers who call themselves …the John Adams project have been tracking and stalking CIA officers. They have learned their names and they’ve been taking their pictures” and sending the information to “their terrorist clients at Guantanamo,” Cheney said.
She said Obama’s new nuclear strategy ruling out the use of nuclear weapons to retaliate against biological, chemical or cyber attack from some countries showed his “naïveté.”
She also lambasted his approach to Iran. “All those deadlines that have been put on the Iranian government have been ignored again and again,” she said. “In this administration’s dealings with Iran, the deadlines are meaningless, the sanctions worthless and the speeches pointless.”
She ripped Obama for criticizing Israel over its insistence on building new settlements in the occupied West Bank. “The world is safer when there is no daylight between the United States and Israel,” she said.
She also said it was “juvenile” for Obama to publicly suggest distance between the U.S. and Afghan President Hamid Karzai over corruption in his government, calling Karzai an ally “whose support we need.”
(Obama on Friday said that Karzai remains a critical partner in U.S. efforts against terrorism.)
Cheney, who opened the conference that will include such high profile speakers as Sarah Palin, is being mentioned as a possible candidate for office, perhaps the Senate from her home state of Virginia.
She did not address her own ambitions, but did say, “Like my father and mother before me, I am proud to be in the arena.”