Carter: Cheney is ‘a disaster for our country.’

In an recent interview with the BBC, former President Jimmy Carter slammed Vice President Cheney as a “militant” who has been “disaster” for the United States:

He’s a militant who avoided any service of his own in the military and he has been most forceful in the last 10 years or more in fulfilling some of his more ancient commitments that the United States has a right to inject its power through military means in other parts of the world. […]

You know he’s been a disaster for our country. I think he’s been overly persuasive on President George Bush and quite often he’s prevailed. It was one of his main commitments to go into Iraq under false pretenses, and he still maintains those false pretenses are accurate.

Watch it:

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