Dick Cheney Got It Right!

Originally posted: 2007-08-16 00:18:30

Watch Dick Cheney’s assessment of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, and the best strategies for battle in this prescient 1994 interview…


The transcript:

Q: Do you think US or UN forces ought to have moved into Baghdad?

Cheney: No.

Q: Why not?

Cheney: Because if we would have gone into Baghdad we would have been all alone, there wouldn’t have been anyone with us, it would have been a US occupation of Iraq. None of the Arab forces who were willing to fight with us in Kuwait would have been willing to invade Iraq. Once you got into Iraq and took it over, took down Saddam Hussein’s government, then what are you going to put in its place? That’s a very volatile part of the world, and if you take down the central government of Iraq, you can easily see parts of Iraq begin to fly off: part of it the Syrians would like to have in the west, part of eastern Iraq the Iranians would like to claim – fought over it for eight years. In the north you have the Kurds; if the Kurds spin loose and join with the Kurds in Turkey then you’ve threatened the territorial integrity of Turkey.

It’s a quagmire if you go that far and try to take unintelligible…

The other thing was casualties. Everyone was impressed with the fact that we were able to do our job with as few casualties as we had; but for the 146 Americans killed in action and for their families it wasn’t a cheap war. And the question for the President in terms of whether we went on to Baghdad and took additional casualties in an effort to get Saddam Hussein was how many additional dead Americans was Saddam worth? And our judgment was, not very many. And I think we got it right.

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