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Washington Times | Cheney: Obama’s national security team ‘second-rate’

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said  Saturday night that President Obama has  jeopardized U.S. national security by nominating substandard candidates for key  Cabinet posts and by degrading the U.S.  military.

“The performance now of Barack Obama as  he staffs up the national security team for the second term is dismal,” Mr.  Cheney said in comments to about 300 members of the Wyoming  Republican Party.

Mr. Cheney, a Wyoming native, said it was  vital to the nation’s national security that “good folks” hold the positions of  secretary of state, CIA director and  secretary of defense.

“Frankly, what he has appointed are second-rate people,” he said.

John F. Kerry, the 2004 Democratic  presidential nominee, has been confirmed as secretary of state. CIA-designate John Brennan and Defense Secretary-nominee Chuck Hagel are still awaiting U.S.  Senate confirmation.


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