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Gibbs Blasts Cheney as Reckless on Afghanistan

Thursday, 22 Oct 2009 02:41 PM

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs slammed former Vice President Dick Cheney Thursday for what he called a failed policy on Afghanistan a day after Cheney had accused the administration of “dithering” on a troop surge.

"What Vice President Cheney calls dithering, President Obama calls his solemn responsibility to the men and women in uniform," Gibbs said Thursday, Politico reported. "I think we've all seen what happens when somebody doesn't take that responsibility seriously."

Calling Cheney's comment "curious," Gibbs attacked the Bush administration for allegedly taking years to provide the support necessary for the war effort in Afghanistan.

"I think it's pretty safe to say that the vice president was, for seven years, not focused on Afghanistan," Gibbs said. "Even more curious given the fact that an increase in troops sat on desks in this White House, including the vice president's, for more than eight months."

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