In his recent remarks to the Center for Security Policy, former Vice President Dick Cheney implied that the Bush Administration was responsible for President Barack Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan.
In the fall of 2008, fully aware of the need to meet new challenges being posed by the Taliban, we dug into every aspect of Afghanistan policy, assembling a team that repeatedly went into the country, reviewing options and recommendations, and briefing President-elect Obama’s team. They asked us not to announce our findings publicly, and we agreed, giving them the benefit of our work and the benefit of the doubt.
But Cheney may be taking too much credit for the current strategy. Center for American Progress President and CEO John Podesta revealed that the Bush Administration had only spent on hour on the report. “I have it from reliable sources that the principals in the Bush administration spent one hour on that report before they handed it off to Obama,” Podesta told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Sunday.
This video is from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Oct. 25, 2009.