Vice President Cheney said on Monday that the deal the U.S. and its international partners reached with Iran last month over its nuclear program is suspect because of some of the Obama administration’s initial missteps in implementing the president’s new health care law.
“I don’t think that Barack Obama believes that the U.S. is an exceptional nation,” Cheney complained on Fox and Friends. “Nobody cares much in the Middle East anymore what the U.S. thinks because we don’t keep our commitments.”
The former vice president moved to Iran and without mentioning any specific criticisms of the agreement, claimed it’s bad because of unrelated health care issues. “We don’t follow through and Iran we’ve got a very serious problem going forward and a deal now been cut,” he said. “The same people that brought us you can keep your insurance if you want are telling us they’ve got a great deal in Iran with respect to their nuclear program. I don’t believe it.” Watch the clip:
The agreement reached in Geneva last month will actually rein in most aspects of Iran’s nuclear program, capping uranium enrichment to low levels and eliminating its stockpile of higher enriched uranium that is closer to weapons grade material. The deal also established more intrusive inspections regime. U.N. nuclear inspectors arrived in Tehran over the weekend to visit the still unfinished heavy water reactor in Arak for the first time in two years.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Cheney and others clinging to the neocon legacy aren’t happy about the Obama administration’s diplomacy with Iran. But other various experts, lawmakers, interested parties and the American people think the first step agreement with Iran is a good one.