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Cheneys Aiming at Rand Paul, Not Liberals

Image: Cheneys Aiming at Rand Paul, Not Liberals Liz Cheney, left, Vice President Dick Cheney, center, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ken.

Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 08:44 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

An opinion piece by former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz slamming the Obama administration was aimed at isolationist Republicans such as Sen. Rand Paul, not liberals, say some analyzing the article.

"The Cheneys' target audience wasn't really America at large, and almost certainly wasn't liberals who are unlikely to reconsider their existing opinions of the former VP," writes Philip Bump, a political writer for The Washington Post. Bump says the Cheneys were targeting Republicans, especially those who support the Kentucky Republican's presidential aspirations in 2016.

In the article, the Cheneys, who have formed a new political group, Alliance for a Stronger America, argue that President Barack Obama has made the United States weak and that the president seems determined to "leave office ensuring he has taken America down a notch."

The Cheneys argued that the United States should not be withdrawing troops while its enemies keep fighting, as it puts the nation's security at risk.

The Cheneys offered up a direct solution, The Wall Street Journal reported: Increase the American military's involvement in the Middle East.

But it's not only the Obama administration that opposes that stance. Paul, considered by many as an isolationist, opposes that position as well.

He has made controversial statements that he does not necessarily agree military action is the best way to stop a nuclear-equipped Iran. /

Paul also has written in a Post op-ed that he does not approve of "red lines" when it comes to foreign policy.

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