Former Vice President Dick Cheney Speaks At Luncheon On Long IslandThe military cuts announced Monday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will hurt future presidents’ ability to protect the country, says former Vice President Dick Cheney. “I’ve obviously not been a strong supporter of Barack Obama, but this really is over the top. It does enormous long-term damage to our military,” Cheney said Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity.” “They act as though it’s like highway spending in that you can turn it on and off.” The cuts, which would reduce the military to pre-World War II levels, would have a huge impact on the ability of presidents to deal with future crises, he said. Cheney was President George H.W. Bush’s secretary of defense during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, the relatively short incursion into Iraq, which had invaded U.S. ally Kuwait over oil. Cheney said the first thing he did after that victory was call former President Ronald Reagan and thank him for building up the military in the 1980s. More