Thursday, January 20, 2005


Never one to admit to making a mistake, Cheney lays the fault for Iraq's slow recovery at the feet of--who else?--Saddam Hussein:

Asked to name his mistakes in planning the war in Iraq, Cheney said he had not anticipated how long it would take the Iraqis to begin running their own country. Not until after Saddam was ousted did the United States realize the extent of the Iraqi leader's brutality in putting down revolt in 1991, Cheney said.

Never mind that anyone at all familiar with the Middle East could have predicted the results of our invasion down to a 't'. Never mind that plans that predicted hard times in Iraq were put down and ignored in favor of a strategy that would show the world just how tough we are--just look how quickly we can invade and crush this country! No, from his jail cell Saddam Hussein continues to retroactively thwart us.

And later, in that same interview, the subject of Iran comes up, and Cheney actually says that "We don't want a war in the Middle East."

Except for, you know, Iraq and Afghanistan, and maybe just a little war in Iran.

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