This Monday, former Vice President Dick Cheney raised a few eyebrows when he lashed out at President Obama, saying that he’d rather pass out food stamps to Americans than have a strong military.
Appearing with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Cheney slammed Defense Secretary Check Hagel’s announcement that he intends to shrink the military to pre WWII levels.
“I’ve obviously not been a strong supporter of Barack Obama. But this really is over the top,” Cheney said. “It does enormous long-term damage to our military, and they act as though it’s highway spending you can turn on and off.”
In a slightly vague statement, Cheney added that “friends” of his in the Middle East are losing trust in the U.S., along with saying that the proposed budget cuts threaten to hurt the prestige the military.
But then in a dig that sounded like it could come have from the mouth of Ted Nugent, Cheney played that subtle race card, saying, “[Obama would] much rather spend the money on food stamps than he would on a strong military or support for our troops.”
But as ThinkProgress pointed out, Cheney’s attack on food aid programs is also an indirect attack on the men and women who serve in our nations military:
[box type=”shadow”]Despite his experience in first the Pentagon and then the White House, Cheney also seems unaware that many of the troops he supports depend on the same food stamp program once they leave military service. “Nationwide, in any given month, a total of 900,000 veterans nationwide lived in households that relied on SNAP to provide food for their families in 2011,” the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities wrote in a recent analysis. Given the high unemployment rate among post-9/11 veterans — 9.7 percent for those who served when Cheney was in office — it’s unsurprising that many of them need assistance from the government to help make ends meet.[/box]
Listen to his comments in the video below: