In an exclusive interview on “This Week” former Vice President Dick Cheney took issue with Sarah Palin’s suggestion that President Obama could help himself politically if he declared war on Iran.
“I don't think a president can make a judgment like that on the basis of politics. The stakes are too high, the consequences too significant to be treating those as simple political calculations,” Cheney said. “When you begin to talk about war, talk about crossing international borders, you talk about committing American men and women to combat, that takes place on a plane clear above any political consideration,” he said in an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl.
In an interview last week on Fox News Sunday, Palin said that if Obama "toughen[ed] up" and "secured our nation" people might think differently about him. "Say he decided to declare war on Iran or decide to really come out and do whatever he could to support Israel, which I would like him to do. …[I]f he decided to toughen up…I think people would perhaps shift their thinking a little bit and decide well, maybe he’s tougher than we think he's – than he is today."
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