Instead of pulling out of Afghanistan, the United States needs to flex its military muscles throughout the Islamic world to combat attacks on America, former Vice President Dick Cheney told nearly 2,000 movers, shakers, students and policy makers Thursday at Perspectives 2012.

“I want them to know if they’re going to kill a U.S. ambassador, they’re going to hear from us,” said Cheney at the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s annual speakers forum…

In Pakistan, where a nationwide anti-U.S. protest is planned today, the people “don’t respect us either – that’s the most important thing,” Cheney said. Since the United States has reduced its military presence in the region, he said, “they’ve just seen the U.S. pull out, we’re bailing … our friends in the region no longer trust us.”