In Global War On Terror, International politics, Iraq War, Media Criticism on August 21, 2007 at 9:14 pm

Truly incredible, from Harper’s Weekly,

A 1994 interview with Dick Cheney regarding the first Gulf war was released to the web. Asked whether U.S. forces should have invaded Baghdad in an attempt to oust Saddam Hussein, Cheney said, “No . . . we would have been all alone . . . It would have been a U.S. occupation of Iraq. Once you got to Iraq and took it over, took down Saddam Hussein’s government, then what are you going to put in its place?” Cheney described Iraq as a “quagmire,” predicting sectarian conflict and the pointless loss of American lives. “How many additional dead Americans is Saddam worth? Our judgment was, uh, not very many, and I think we got it right.”

  1. Rove’s response to that on MTP was beautiful on Sunday. Skip to 1:30 in on this one: http://youtube.com/watch?v=YVG76H1GKYM.

    (Be sure to historically remove the dact that the entire Allied North African campaign of WWII lasted from June 1940 to May 1943 and that the US involvement there was only from November of 1942 – a mere seven months compared to our still-ongoing war in Iraq that began with the invasion in March 2003.)

  2. I also saw a clip with commentary of this on the Daily Show. It was quite funny.

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