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An American political analyst has blasted former US Vice President Dick Cheney as a “primary instigator” of the “destructive” invasion of Iraq and says he “should be treated as a war criminal.”

“Cheney was a primary instigator of the destabilizing and destructive war in Iraq,” said Carla Howell, political director for the Libertarian National Committee.

“Cheney was the man who insisted there were weapons of mass destruction, WMD’s, that he claimed presented a threat to the United States, which his administration had to sheepishly recant within a few years after a thorough investigation showed that no such threat existed,” Howell told Press TV on Wednesday.

The claim by Cheney that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction “was an excuse to invade Iraq,” she noted. “He should be treated as a war criminal, not a foreign policy pundit.”

Cheney, who served as vice president under President George W. Bush was one of the key architects of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. He helped shape Bush's approach to the so-called "war on terror", making numerous public statements alleging Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.

In recent months, Cheney has increased his criticism of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Cheney once again criticized President Barack Obama’s policies, calling him the worst president of his lifetime. "Jimmy Carter might have been a better president than Barack Obama, and I didn't think I would ever say that," he said.

“He was grossly unqualified to be vice president of the United States and has no legs to stand on to judge presidents Carter or Obama,” Howell said. “It should be noted, however, that Obama is equally guilty for staying in Iraq [and] for surging in Afghanistan.”