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The former vice president said the current situation in Iraq is a grave security threat.  (Source: CNN) The former vice president said the current situation in Iraq is a grave security threat. (Source: CNN)
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(CNN) - A scathing father-daughter opinion-editorial criticizes the way the president has handled the escalating crisis in Iraq.

It comes from former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz who write that "rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many."

Even as ISIS brutally rolls through Iraq, the piece by the former vice president and his daughter is slamming Obama for allowing "a security threat not seen since the Cold War" saying, "Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror threat and Mr. Obama is talking climate change."

On Capitol Hill, a swift counterattack from Democrats.

"If there is one thing this country does not need is that we should be taking advice from Dick Cheney on wars," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV.

To be sure in the war to overthrow Saddam Hussein, the George W. Bush White House, where Cheney was a huge player, made many miscalculations.

The war was initially expected to cost $50 billion to $60 billion and be relatively short.

Instead, it lasted nine years and cost at least $800 billion.

The administration thought a reinvigorated Iraqi economy and oil trade would help pay for the war. That didn't happen.

"My belief is we will in fact be greeted as liberators," Cheney said.

And that didn't happen either.

Instead, insurgents began attacking viciously, and even after Cheney said in 2005,

"...in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency."

It went on, and still does.

No wonder some of Obama's defenders are pleased to see Cheney take the spotlight for a bit.

"It's always obviously good to hear from former Vice President Cheney," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

But killing the messenger does nothing to help the White House deal with the message that in short, that the current president has made some dire miscalculations of his own.

"I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo," Obama said early in his first term.

Early on, President Obama preached better relations in the Middle East, which has not paid off. He's captured and killed some big terrorists.

But events in Libya and Syria have raised questions of commitment. And there are broad fears that groups, like ISIS, are enjoying new momentum on the very ground where Americans died to defeat them.

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