So, yesterday, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Ex_Vice President Dick Cheney, blasting now President Barrack Obama for screwing up the middle East, saying about Obama:
“Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many,”
“Instead, he abandoned Iraq and we are watching American defeat snatched from the jaws of victory.”
When FOX News talking head Megyn Kelly calls him on this silliness, you know things are not great in Cheney-land.
Since the rest of the interview was all cotton candy and lollipops for Mr Cheney, I suspect one of Mrs Morgan’s producers chewed her out through her ear-piece to cut it out… He’s one of ours!
As many have already noted, I’ll remind the distinguished Ex-Vice President that his boss, George W. Bush, signed the papers that pulled the US Military out of the Iraq theater, not Mr Obama. And Iraqi Prime minister explicitly demanded that the pullout be complete, and no US forces were to remain in country.
I’m going to reply to Dick Cheney’s response here:
To Ex-Vice President Dick Cheney.
I just saw your response to Megyn Kelly on a FOX News interview… And I must say… I’m appalled.
You said this in reply to her statement that you got a lot of things wrong concerning Iraq:
“Well, I just fundamentally disagree, Megyn. You’ve got to go back and look at the track record. We inherited a situation where there was no doubt in anybody’s mind about the extent of Saddam’s involvement in weapons of mass destruction. We had a situation where if we — after 9/11, we were concerned about a follow-up attack, it would involve not just airline tickets and box cutters as the weapons, but rather something far deadlier, perhaps even a nuclear weapon.
Saddam Hussein had a track record that nearly everybody agreed to. We had an overwhelming vote of approval from the Congress. More votes for the action than we’d had in Desert Storm some ten years before. Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, numerous others, spoke to the difficulties of the intelligence that all of us saw with respect to the threat that Saddam Hussein represented.
It would have been irresponsible for us not to act. We did do the right thing…”
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“We inherited a situation where there was no doubt in anybody’s mind about the extent of Saddam’s involvement in weapons of mass destruction. ”
Are you KIDDING ME?????
You were the Vice President Of the United States! You don’t act on rumors of what Saddam might have, or what this Congressman or that Congressman say… YOUR EXECUTIVE BRANCH is in charge of the CIA, NSA, and other intelligence gathering agencies. It’s your job to make sure that the rumors about Saddam and Weapons of Mass Destruction and his involvement with al-Qaeda are actually correct!
You failed sir!
In fact, several personnel within the intelligence agencies that were ALL saying “Whoa! We’re not finding evidence of you are claiming”. You, Mr Ex Vice President, didn’t like those answers, so you forged ahead and built your own pile of evidence, cherry-picking things and excluded anything that would throw doubt on your case for war. There was LOTS in intel that cast serious doubt on many of the assertions you and the administration were making at the time. But anyone who spoke out to try and show your evidence wasn’t concrete was quickly quieted through various means of intimidation.
You set up a false narrative.
AND you made damned sure that that was the ONLY narrative that Congress would get. You Sir, acted as a gatekeeper to filter out any information that would foster doubt on the rational behind the Iraq invasion that you and your fellow Conservatives SO DESPERATELY WANTED.
Saddam was a bad guy. No question there. Iraq was indeed broken before we got there.
But you broke it even more. You say this in your op-ed:
“When Mr. Obama and his team came into office in 2009, al Qaeda in Iraq had been largely defeated, thanks primarily to the heroic efforts of U.S. armed forces during the surge,”.
On the first part – Al-Qaeda in Iraq…
I guess someone should remind you of another one of your “been so wrong” assertions… Al-Qaeda did NOT have much of a presence in Iraq! At least until our invasion drew them there to fight us!
Al-Qaeda does not belong to any one state Sir! There is no such thing as the Iraq al-Qaeda! They don’t call one place home. Home for them is temporary; it’s where the opportunity is. In 2009 and 2010, they were more active in Algeria and Yemen and even Jordan. Then when the Syrian protests became a civil war, that is where they went. And now, they’ve circled back, NOT because of Obama’s “weakness”, as Cheney and others assert, but because the guy who actually runs the place, Maliki, the guy who demanded that we not have a presence there, has created a power vacuum and fomented anger against his own government by sidelining Sunni populations, a practice YOUR ADMINISTRATION endorsed by the de-Bathification of the Iraq government and military after YOU invaded and took over the country!
And, oh, look! The ink on the withdrawal agreements had barely dried before the supposed defeated al-Qaeda in Iraq reared it’s ugly head!
“June 20, 2009 – A suicide bomber detonates a truck filled with explosives as crowds of worshipers leave the Shi’ite al-Rasul mosque in Taza, near Kirkuk. At least 73 people are killed and more than 250 wounded.
June 24 – A bomb kills 72 people at a busy market in eastern Baghdad’s Sadr City. At least 127 people are wounded.
August 19 – At least six blasts strike near government ministries and other targets in Baghdad, killing 95 people and wounding 536.
October 25 – Twin car bombs target the Justice Ministry and the Baghdad provincial government building, killing at least 155 people and wounding more than 500 in central Baghdad.
December 8 – At least four car bombs explode in Iraq’s capital, near a courthouse, a judges’ training center, a Finance Ministry building and a police checkpoint in a district of southern Baghdad. At least 112 people are killed and hundreds wounded.”
Defeated huh…. Does this look like al-Qaeda was defeated to anyone????
Thy weren’t “defeated”. They just did what all terrorist groups do, they went a bit more underground.
And note: Our military WAS STILL THERE.
On the second part – Your trillion dollar adventure, in which almost 4500 soldiers died, and many many more came back wounded and will be scarred and / or disabled for life, completely destroyed the delicate , if ugly, balance that was the Middle East. And we shock-and-awe’d that to death!
You guys wanted to be the catalyst for change in the Middle East….
Mission Accomplished Dick!
PS. Interesting to note… There is always a lot of criticism of Barrack Obama bypassing Congress to get things done, something that is considered illegal. You hear about this all the time on Conservative talk radio, and that this should be grounds for impeachment.
But why wasn’t the same thing grounds for impeachment when former President George W Bush illegaly bypassed Cangress when he signed the Iraq withdrawal agreement with Maliki in December of 2008.