Dick Cheney Blasts Obama for Cutting Defense to Fund Food Stamps

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Friday, 27 Jun 2014 10:46 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney has slammed President Barack Obama for cutting the defense budget to spend the savings on food stamps.

He made the comment while attacking the president’s plan to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan in 2016 during a speech on Thursday night at an energy industry trade show in Billings, Montana, NBC News reports.

He said, "When I was secretary, we had basically a two-war strategy. We had to maintain sufficient forces to be able to fight two wars at once. He (Obama) switched that.

"Now we’re going to have a one-war strategy. And that’s all being done as a rationale to justify further deep cuts in the defense budget so he can allocate that money to food stamps or whatever else he wants to spend it on."

In February, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed a reduction in the size of the U.S. military to its smallest size since before the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The plans were aimed at reducing defense spending in the face of government austerity after a pledge by the president to end U.S. involvement in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. pulled its forces out of Iraq in 2011.

Earlier this month, Cheney wrote in a commentary for The Wall Street Journal that America's enemies have been "emboldened" by Obama's decision to pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and they are now a major threat to the U.S.

The latest estimates put the number of Americans on food stamps at 46.1 million.

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