Dick Cheney: Iran Deal Will Likely Lead to First Nuclear Weapon Use Since WWII

In op-ed published Friday in Wall Street Journal, former vice president and daughter compare Iran deal to Munich pact, accuse Obama of lying about facts surrounding deal.

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney
Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. AP

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz slammed President Barack Obama and his Iran nuclear deal in one of the harshest criticisms offered to date by Republican figures.

In an excerpt of their forthcoming book "Exceptional: Why the world needs a powerful America" published in the Wall Street Journal on Friday, the Cheneys compared the Iran 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."

The Cheneys accused Obama of lying about the facts surrounding the Iran 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."

The former vice president and his daughter further blasted the inspections detailed in the agreement, which "are covered in secret deals, which is historic, though not in the way the president claims," as well as the removed restrictions on Iran's ballistic missile program and the lifted sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps and on the Quds Force, which "sows violence and supports terror across the Middle East."

The Cheneys also implicitly blamed the rise of ISIS on Obama 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 repudiated the 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."