The daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney criticized several elements of the Bush administrationâ€™s Middle East policy.
Liz Cheney, speaking Monday before thousands of AIPAC activists, said, “I think the United States was fundamentally mistaken to push for those Palestinian elections in Gaza.â€
At the time, she said, Israeli and Palestinian officials did not think those elections, which resulted in Hamas taking power, were a good idea.
â€œThere were few in the United States who thought that they were a good idea,â€ added Cheney, who served in the Bush administration as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs.
Two of the U.S. officials who believed the elections were a good idea were Cheneyâ€™s boss, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and her fatherâ€™s boss, President Bush.
Cheney also criticized another U.S. policy enthusiastically backed by Bush and Rice: the current push for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement.
She described the effort as â€œmisguided,â€ asserting that Middle East policy is a â€œzero-sum gameâ€ in which U.S. resources spent trying to achieve a peace deal for which the Palestinians arenâ€™t ready will ultimately come at the expense of confronting Iran.