The vice president denied that the conflict in Iraq was fast developing into a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
"That's not the way I perceive it," he said in an interview with Fox News.
Still, he said, Iranians "are obviously a major source of concern not only for the United States but also for most of our friends in the area, who are worried when they see an Iranian government that appears to be operating in a threatening manner."
"So, you know, it's the Middle East. It's always complicated," said Cheney. "There are always complex relationships between the nations involved, between the people involved, between the leaders, sometimes complex relationships inside the countries themselves."
Yes, that's true. The Middle East is always a complicated place.
That's why so many people were opposed to invading Iraq. That's why so many people were appalled that we apparently invaded a country in the "always complicated" Middle East with no plan for what happens when the shooting stops.
People who had never spent a day of their lives in government, people who had absolutely zero experience with foreign policy or diplomacy, people who didn't know anything about Arab culture or history or religion, people who had never even visited the Mid East--never mind having ever lived there--understood that the Middle East is a complicated place.
And therefore, they understood, it would be a bad idea to topple a Middle Eastern government and assume control of it from six thousand miles away.
Just regular ordinary people understood this, almost instinctively, in the same way that they understand it would be a bad idea to shove a pointy stick in their eye.
Regular, ordinary people don't actually have to shove a pointy stick in their eye to understand that it's a bad idea.
But Dick Cheney does.