...could make me honestly concerned that something might happen to George Bush.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, you know, this is a argument that there wouldn't be any problem if we hadn't gone into Iraq. Now --
Q Saddam Hussein would still be in power.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Saddam Hussein would still be in power. He would, at this point, be engaged in a nuclear arms race with Ahmadinejad, his blood enemy next door in Iran –
Q But he was being contained as we all know --
THE VICE PRESIDENT: He was not being contained. He was not being contained, Wolf.
Good Christ, Cheney’s still pushing the Saddam had WMDs!
Dick Cheney, this is Earth calling! Saddam didn’t have any WMDs! Hans Blix didn’t find any. The Iraq Survey Team didn’t find any. Kay didn’t find any. Duelfer didn’t find any. One hundred and forty thousand Americans in three years haven’t found any. Hell, even Crazy Curt Weldon couldn’t find any.
That’s contained, muthafucker.
The funniest thing is that Republicans still think Al Gore is a crazy liar because all that stuff that Gore didn’t say wasn’t true.
But they’re okay with this lunatic.
One second he’s claiming Saddam, who three years ago hardly had conventional arms, would be in a nuclear arms race and the next moment he says:
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Wolf, you can come up with all kinds of what-ifs. You've got to deal with the reality on the ground.
Dick Cheney: Dealing With Reality.
This is the guy who was still peddling the totally, exhaustedly debunked Atta/Iraqi meeting in Prague even after Bush, on television, admitted it never happened. This is a guy who a year and a half ago was saying the insurgency was in its last throes. This is a guy who about a year ago said that “last throes” often go on for years, and years, and years. This is a guy who accused John Kerry of undermining our military by voting for Defense spending cuts that Cheney, as Secretary of Defense, proposed!
And his motto is: You’ve got to deal with reality!
It’s almost worth having him in the government just for the belly laughs.
My favorite part of the interview, though, is this:
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Remember, remember me -- remember with me what happened in Afghanistan. The United States was actively involved in Afghanistan in the '80s supporting the effort against the Soviets. The Mujahideen prevailed, everybody walked away. And in Afghanistan, within relatively short order, the Taliban came to power, they created a safe haven for al Qaeda, training camps were established where some 20,000 terrorists trained in the late '90s. And out of that, out of Afghanistan, because we walked away and ignored it, we had the attack on the USS Cole, the attack on the embassies in East Africa, and 9/11, where the people trained and planned in Afghanistan for that attack and killed 3,000 Americans. That is what happens when we walk away from a situation like that in the Middle East.
Everyone walked away from Afghanistan and, because of that, 3000 Americans were killed.
So, in Dick Cheney’s mind, who’s ultimately responsible?
Well, it couldn’t be the Soviets—they were supposed to walk away. That’s why we armed and trained the Mujahideen.
So it must be someone else.
Who could it be?
Let me think…when did the Soviets finally leave Afghanistan? Oh, that’s right! February of 1989…and we walked away…and that led to warlords fighting for control of Afghanistan which eventually resulted in our good friends and allies in the War On Terror, the Pakistanis, aiding the rise of the Taliban.
Which led to September 11th.
Well, Jesus! Who was the jackass Secretary of Defense in 1989 who failed to recognize the strategic importance of denying Islamic fundamentalists a nation of their own???
Oh, yeah. I forgot. That would be Dick Cheney.
Quick! Someone call Dinesh D’Souza! We now know who really caused September 11th!
It was Dick Cheney.
At least as far as Dick Cheney is concerned.
Only Dick “Go Fuck Yourself” Cheney could possibly try to prove his point by drawing a stark contrast between what Dick Cheney has done as opposed to what Dick Cheney has done.
(as for Cheney's insane assertion that numerous blunders have hurt the administration's credibility on Iraq are simply "hogwash", I would invite everyone to read Imperial Life In the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone and State of Denial: Bush At War, Part III. Read them. Weep for a while. And then decide for yourself if them ol' blunders aren't just a big ol' bunch of hogwash.)