Cheney: Iran deal may lead to first nuke since WWII

Former U.S. vice president and his daughter also indirectly blamed the rise of ISIS on Obama. (File photo: AP)

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney has criticized President Barack Obama and the nuclear deal with Iran in what has been deemed one of the harshest statements made by Republican figures following the agreement.

In an op-ed recently published in the Wall Street Journal, an excerpt from Cheney’s upcoming book “Exceptional: Why the world needs a powerful America,” the former vice president compares the Iran nuclear deal to the 1938 Munich pact that led to World War II.

“The Obama agreement will lead to a nuclear-armed Iran, a nuclear-arms race in the Middle East and, more than likely, the first use of a nuclear weapon since Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” he wrote.

Cheney, who has written the book with his daughter Liz, has accused Obama not being truthful about the facts surrounding the deal, saying that “nearly everything the president has told us about his Iranian agreement is false. He has said it will prevent the Iranians from acquiring nuclear weapons, but it will actually facilitate and legitimize an Iranian nuclear arsenal.”

Apart from criticizing the deal, both Cheneys also blamed Obama for the rise of ISIS after he “abandoned Iraq, leaving a vacuum that is being tragically and ominously filled by our enemies. He is on course to forsake Afghanistan as well.”

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest rejected Cheney’s criticism at a press briefing on Friday, saying that “the same people making the same arguments against the Iran deal were the people who advocated for getting us into the war of Iraq in 2002 and 2003.”

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