It's an interesting accusation coming from Cheney, a man whose quick trigger finger and lack of perceptual acuity under pressure have made him a danger both to the world and to his hunting partners.
Not that prospects look good for a productively wise Obama response to the horrors in that tortured nation, which every day looks more and more like a mountainous quagmire for American hubris. It's looking clear that wrong-headed American military escalation is on the way. And it's also looking clear that furrow-browed Washington rhetoric about pairing a successful military surge with a hearts-and-minds political victory betrays a floundering cluelessness about how to actually pull this off. The honest folks in the room, I believe, already know that it cannot be achieved militarily and that it cannot be forced politically in a nation where the U.S. has cornered itself, with its drones and its dirty alliances, into the role of a hopelessly bloody-handed interloper. The growing comparisons to Vietnam are no coincidence, and Obama's nearly 300-day presidential record of spinal plasticity is no reason for confidence. Behind closed doors, the "realistic" options on the White House table may be various scenarios of good-old-college-try escalation followed, after a respectable interval, by the most face-saving winding down of U.S. intervention deemed politically possible. The Soviets tried to warn us.
But if Obama is, at worst, a weakling in the pull of a bad war, Cheney is a madman. There are reasons aplenty for deep deliberation on Afghanistan, not the least of which are the possible upcoming electoral defeat (or victory) of a corrupt and largely discredited Afghan government; the horrible prospects for the American war effort; and the hemorrhaging economy and spirit of an America caught in two bad wars and the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression.
Add to that the fact that America's most catastrophic troubles of the past decade have resulted directly from dishonest and misinformed rushes to rash action (deregulation, Iraq), and you can make a pretty good case for dithering.