The White House is going to war with Dick Cheney

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The White House is firing back at former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Cheney has long been a fierce critic of President Barack Obama. But in recent days, he has been publicly savaging the administration's Iran nuclear deal with new intensity while promoting his new book.

In a seemingly unusual reaction, the White House on Tuesday used its official social-media accounts to promote a video blasting Cheney for his comments.

The video stressed that Cheney was a leading proponent of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. It also noted that the former vice president continued to argue that he was "right" to back the invasion even though intelligence agencies never found the weapons of mass destruction that were used to justify the war.

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CASPER, WY - UNDATED: Congressman Dick Cheney and wife Lynne pose for a photo with their two children Liz (L) and Mary and Basset Hound Cyrano at their home March 1978 in Casper, Wyoming. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)
Lynne Cheney tastes husband Dick''s stew in the kitchen of their McLean, Virginia home May 1980. Richard Cheney was nominated as George W. Bush''s running mate July 25, 2000. He also served as Secretary of Defense for former President George Bush. (Photo by Getty)
Dick and Lynne Cheney plant a tree May 1980 in the yard of their suburban McLean, Virginia home while daughter Mary, 10, holds up an earthworm. Richard Cheney was nominated as George W. Bush''s running mate July 25, 2000. He also served as Secretary of Defense for former President George Bush. (Photo by Getty)
The Cheney family (from left, Dick, Elizabeth,12, Mary 10, with dog Cyrano, and Lynne) admire a tree they planted in the yard of the family home May 1980 in McLean, Virginia. Richard Cheney was nominated as George W. Bush''s running mate July 25, 2000. He also served as Secretary of Defense for former President George Bush. (Photo by Getty)
The Cheney family (from left) Lynne, Dick, Elizabeth,12, and Mary,10, run in the yard of their family home in McLean, Virginia May 1980. Richard Cheney was nominated as George W. Bush''s running mate July 25, 2000. He also served as Secretary of Defense for former President George Bush. (Photo by Getty)
U.S. President Ronald Reagan attends a meeting of the Republican leadership at the White House March 22, 1983 in Washington, D.C. with Republican Minority Leader Bob Michael (L) and Congressman Dick Cheney. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: This file photo taken 14 March 1989 shows former US Defense Secretary-designate Dick Cheney as he appears before the Senate Armed Services Committee, on the first day of hearings on his nomination on Capitol Hill, in Washington,DC. (Photo credit should read JAMES COLBURN/AFP/Getty Images)
Dick Cheney walks with President George Bush and an entourage March 21, 1989 in Washington, DC. Cheney was elected to Congress from Wyoming in 1978 and served ten years prior to his selection as Secretary of Defense under President George Bush. (Photo by Getty)
Dick Cheney speaks at his swearing-in March 21, 1989 in Washington, DC. Cheney was elected to Congress from Wyoming in 1978 and served ten years prior to his selection as Secretary of Defense under President George Bush. (Photo by Getty)
PANAMA CITY, PANAMA: US Defense Secretary Dick Cheney (R) stands by as General Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, briefs reporters at the Pentagon 20 December 1989 about the military operation to remove Panama's General Manuel Antonio Noriega from power and bring him to the US for trial on drug charges. (Photo credit should read BOB PEARSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President George Bush (C) addresses reporters 22 August 1990 in Kennebunkport flanked by Defense Secretary of State Dick Cheney (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powel, following a meeting dedicated to the military situation in the Gulf. AFP PHOTO JEREME DELAY (Photo credit should read JEROME DELAY/AFP/Getty Images)
Dick Cheney (L), CEO of the Halliburton Company and former Chief of Staff for President Gerald Ford, talks to former President Ford during a party for their mutual friend, Richard Growald, 1994 in San Diego, California. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: GOP vice presidential nominee Dick Cheney waves to the crowd during the third night of the Republican National Convention at First Union Center in Philadephia. (Photo by Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, : Republican Vice Presidential candidate Dick Cheney (L) and his wife Lynne (R) wave to the crowd after his acceptance speech at the 2000 Republican National Convention at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 02 August 2000. (Photo credit STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Vice President-elect Dick Cheney and President-elect George W. Bush attend an event saluting America's veterans in Washington. (Photo by David Handschuh/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 04: Vice presidential candidate Dick Cheney and wife Lynne are on hand for rally at a campaign train stop in Akron, Ohio. (Photo by Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 04: George W. and Laura Bush and Dick and Lynne Cheney wave at rally in Pittsburgh as they boarded a train for a whistle-stop trip through western Pennsylvania and Ohio. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge is behind Bush. (Photo by Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Former US Vice President Dick Cheney speaks against the Iranian nuclear deal at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, DC, on September 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Fmr. Vice President Dick Cheney appears on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday Dec. 14, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
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"Right? About the Iraq War?" the video asked in all capital letters while playing a series of clips from interviews in which Cheney's credibility was challenged.

In one clip, Fox News commentator Juan Williams pressed Cheney on why anyone should listen to him on the Iran issue given the botched WMD evidence in 2003.

"People say, 'Well, Dick Cheney was wrong about Iraq. Why should they listen to you on Iran?'" Williams said.

The video concluded by declaring, again in all-caps, that Cheney was, "Wrong then, wrong now."

Obama has sought to paint critics of the Iran deal as supporters of more US-led wars in the Middle East. In an August speech defending the agreement, Obama said that if the deal did not go through, the alternative was "some form of war."

See a protester interrupt Cheney during a speech on the Iran deal:

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"Let's not mince words: The choice we face is ultimately between diplomacy and some form of war — maybe not tomorrow, maybe not three months from now, but soon," Obama said, according to The New York Times. "How can we in good conscience justify war before we've tested a diplomatic agreement that achieves our objectives?"

Critics of the Iran deal have balked at Obama's suggestion that they are indirectly advocating military conflict and that the choice is that simple. The opposition, spearheaded by congressional Republicans, frequently argues that the agreement will actually lead to a more unstable Middle East with even more conflict.

The nuclear deal was struck in July by the US, Iran, and other world powers. Among other things, it grants billions of dollars of sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear ambitions while allowing increased inspections. Congress is expected to soon vote against the agreement but without the votes to override Obama's promised veto.

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