What Indeed?

This is probably old news, but I just saw it: in 1994, Dick Cheney was interviewed and asked if the United States should have continued its Desert Storm march all the way to Baghdad.

In the interview, he says no, and one of his reasons relies on a very prescient question:

“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?”

What indeed? It seems you gave very little thought to this question in the near decade that passed between the interview and the invasion, Vice-President Cheney. Perhaps if you had, I would not feel that my support for the war was placed with fools.

Other reasons given? “Quagmire” and “casualties.”

When he’s out of office, maybe Cheney can charge $15 a pop to tell others the future. He seems pretty good at it.

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