The White House on Thursday dismissed a claim former Vice President Dick Cheney made saying President Obama was indecisive about sending more troops to fight the war in Afghanistan.
"It's time for President Obama to make good on his promise," Cheney said during a Wednesday night speech. "The White House must stop dithering while America's armed forces are in danger."
"Make no mistake," he added. "Signals of indecision out of Washington hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries, waffling while our troops on the ground face an emboldened enemy endangers them and hurts our cause."
The White House quickly fired back.
"What Vice President Cheney calls 'dithering', President Obama calls his solemn responsibility to the men and women in uniform, and to the American public," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. "I think we've all seen what happens when somebody doesn't take that responsibility seriously."
The White House says Obama will announce his decision on U.S. troop levels in the coming weeks.
There is still no word if President Obama's decision will come before or after Afghanistan's presidential runoff on Nov 7.