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Cheney Foreign Policy Talk Leaves Some Conservatives Cold

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By    |   Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 09:04 PM

Some conservative Republican lawmakers gave Dick Cheney the cold shoulder after a hawkish talk about dealing with the ISIS threat – including Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, who said the GOP ought to stop listening to the former vice president.

The Washington Post reported that the "young and dovish libertarians" listened quietly as Cheney delivered a scheduled address to Republicans on Capitol Hill, but left the meeting without asking any questions.

Amash smiled when asked whether Republicans should stop listening to Cheney, replying: "Yeah."

"His worldview is that we should be in countries around the world and have armed forces everywhere -- and most Republicans don't agree with that," Amash said.

He conceded that limited airstrikes might be something Republicans could support.

"Well, again it goes down into details of what you are describing, there are libertarians that might support limited military strikes, so it depends on what you're describing and what the threat is," he said, Breitbart reported.

But the libertarian-leaning Amash scoffed at suggestions that Republican hawks were coming back into the party.

"Did you see my election?" he replied.

Amash, best known for legislation to ban the National Security Agency's collection of telephone records of Americans, rolled up 57 percent of the vote in Michigan's 3rd Congressional District against lawyer and business favorite Brian Ellis.

Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie initially declined to say anything about the Cheney talk on Capitol Hill, but then told The Post that the "primary thrust" concerned increasing the U.S. defense budget.

"We need to spend to less money on everything," Massie said.

He also decried the use of the slayings of two American journalists as a war cry.

"I don't think two beheadings justifies a war," he said, Breitbart reported. "I think that justice is warranted, but I don't think a war is warranted over two YouTube videos."

The cool response from Amash and Massie contrasted with that of Oregon Rep. and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden's "warm" introduction of Cheney and the praise others heaped on him, The Post reported.

One senior House Republican aide told The Post that Cheney's talk was a "prelude" to his speech Wednesday at the American Enterprise Institute, where he's expected to talk about President Barack Obama's handling of Middle East policy.

"Oh, he's back, he clearly loves being back, and we don't mind having him," the aide told the newspaper. "Not one hostile question, and I think that says a lot."

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Some conservative Republican lawmakers gave Dick Cheney the cold shoulder after a hawkish talk about dealing with the ISIS threat – including Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, who said the GOP ought to stop listening to the former vice president.
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