Dick “greeted as liberators” Cheney schools Obama on Iraq

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney, the man who called the invasion of Iraq an “enormous success story,” criticized President Obama’s handling of the never-ending conflict in that country.

Cheney, you’ll remember, was an early and vocal advocate of going to war with Iraq because, Cheney claimed, Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction (he didn’t) and was in league with Al Qaeda (he wasn’t).

Cheney, you’ll remember, was the man who said about the invasion of Iraq, “My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.”

Thus, it’s with more than a bit of irony that Dick Cheney, the man who lied his, and our, way, in to a disastrous, and disastrously expensive, war is now lecturing President Obama on how to do it right.

Yes, Obama’s only mistake was not lying enough.

I really have to share a few of lines from Cheney’s op ed in the Wall Street Journal. They’re real beauts:

Our president doesn’t seem to. Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror group and Mr. Obama is talking climate change.

How dare the President focus on the extinction of all life as we know it when he could be worried instead with cleaning up Mr. Cheney’s youthful indiscretions.

Then there’s this:

"Now watch this drive."

Bush: “Now watch this drive.”

Terrorists take control of more territory and resources than ever before in history, and he goes golfing. He seems blithely unaware, or indifferent to the fact, that a resurgent al Qaeda presents a clear and present danger to the United States of America.

Yes, those darn presidents who do frivolous things while the nation is in peril:

During the worst of Hurricane Katrina, George Bush celebrated John McCain's birthday in California.

During the worst of Hurricane Katrina, George Bush celebrated John McCain’s birthday in
California, Aug. 29, 2005.

Where did Bush go next, while New Orleans was being destroyed? The Pueblo El Mirage RV and Golf Resort in El Mirage, Arizona. It looks like this:

Pueblo El Mirage RV and Golf Resort in El Mirage, Arizona

Pueblo El Mirage RV and Golf Resort in El Mirage, Arizona

I mean, seriously, what kind of president would play golf while weighty matters like terrorism are to be dealt with?

Keep in mind that only last year, Cheney was still peddling the “weapons of mass destruction” lie about Iraq:

O’REILLY: But what — right now, what do we — what do we get of Iraq for all of that blood and treasure? What do we get out of it?

CHENEY: What we gain and my concern was then and it remains today is that the biggest threat we face is the possibility of terrorist groups like al Qaeda equipped with weapons of mass destruction, with nukes, bugs or gas. That was the threat after 9/11 and when we took down Saddam Hussein we eliminated Iraq as a potential source of that.

Yeah, you just keep telling yourself that.

Michael Cohen perhaps said it best:


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