Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney says that “American disengagement” in the Middle East will benefit only Iran and Russia.

Cheney spoke in Dubai at the annual Arab Strategy Forum, and though he stressed he's no longer in government, the comments cut to the core of several policies taken by President Donald Trump, including the sudden withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria.

Cheney's backing of a muscular military response in the Mideast starkly contrasts Trump's promises to pull America from what he calls the Mideast's “blood-stained sands.”

Cheney also said of the U.S. withdrawal from Syria: "Nobody will remember it as our finest hour.”

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