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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52 Responses to “Dick “greeted as liberators” Cheney schools Obama on Iraq”

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  2. Naja pallida says:

    A line first stated by the Ottoman Emperor Suleiman, in around 1540. I’m sure the insurgency will end any day now.

  3. BeccaM says:

    Yeah, it’s dreaming. I myself was once naive enough to believe that this country would one day — before an entire decade had come and gone — recover its sanity and react with appropriate horror and revulsion to what had been done by our former leaders and in our name.

    But then the Democratic House Speaker took impeachment off the table and the previous president’s successor made it clear that justice was unimportant and actually to be avoided.

    Just the other day Harry Reid tweeted something about wanting an apology from Dick Cheney. I retweeted it as, “And I want a guilty plea from him, in the Haig. Followed by life in prison.”

    I’m not fond of calling stuff “post-X” era, but in this case this country really does seem to have entered a post-rule of law era.

  4. The_Fixer says:

    It’s “Access Journalism.”

    Judith Miller of the New York Times was a prime example of a “star” reporter who enjoyed her connections, enjoyed being “in the loop” and knew that if she wanted to continue having that access, she had to help push out the lies. The Bush administration warmongers knew this, and not only planted stories in the Times, but later referred to them in an attempt to make their point. A perfect circle-jerk. There were others, but her hands are as dirty as a mechanic’s after an oil change.

    Then there was “Curveball”, who was known to be unreliable by the real intelligence professionals. He was pumped up and pimped out to the media to make their case. Of course, Cheney’s guy Douglas Feith was in charge of the alternate intelligence service that made stuff up out of whole cloth in order to feed this crap to the press, in addition to giving us Curveball.

    As funny as the comedians who appear there are, the Washington Press Club is the finest example of the press schmoozing with those on whom they are supposed to be reporting. How can reporters maintain any sort of Fourth-Estate objectivity when they are partying with the people on whom they are supposed to be reporting?

    The sad fact is that the media is all too willing to be manipulated for a variety of reasons. One is to support the agendas of their corporate owners. Another is to maintain that access in hopes of “the big get” coming their way.

    In the process, the American people are really the ones who’ve been gotten – and gotten good. And that pushes aside the rather inconvenient truth that an uncountable number of Iraqis, soldiers from coalition countries and others who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time all died in the name of a few corporations making some huge dollars.

    Cheney needs to be shown as what he is – an evil man who was complicit in dragging this country into one of the most blatant imperial endeavors it has ever undertaken. He should be vilified and exposed for what he is, not presented as some genuine authority on policy.

    The press has failed us, continues to fail us and will continue to fail us until Access Journalism ends. These people are supposed to be public servants; it is their duty to talk to the press and explain themselves, and do so truthfully.

    But I guess that’s dreaming, isn’t it?

  5. therling says:

    “I think they’re in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.”

  6. Nicholas A Kocal says:

    The War criminal Dick Cheney is just worried that the oil fields he invaded another country to obtain are getting away.

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  8. BeccaM says:

    Hundreds of thousands, if not millions.

    Their blood will stain his hands for all of eternity.

  9. Richard_thunderbay says:

    How many thousands died to prop up Cheney’s Haliburton stock?

  10. BigGuy says:

    If Dick Cheney is subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques at Gitmo will he tell us who was at his energy policy meeting in 2001? Would he confess to the lies that he stated and abetted that resulted in our going to war in Iraq? Would he prove he is not the devil incarnate?

    He is responsible with GWB for the death of more than 100,000 in Iraq. Is he proud of that? Is Liz Cheney proud of her dad for enabling those deaths?

  11. mark_in_toronto says:

    Short memories and lack of accountability pave the way for the Oligarchs.

    A controlled media doesn’t help either. Whoever gives air time to these war criminals is likely controlled or owned by them. In these cases, it is OK to blame the messenger.

  12. Monte Logan says:

    this man is truly a sick individual. I’m more insulted by the fact that there are people who actually believe him.

  13. sonoitabear says:

    One only has to remember who now owns the Wall Street Journal…

  14. BeccaM says:

    There’s a reason why so much of the mass media — TV “news” shows, newspapers, etc. — are willing to invite sociopathic liars like Cheney to speak, and don’t even bother to refute his baldfaced lies.

    They were complicit in the illegal war and subsequent occupation.

    In the run up to the Iraq invasion, all the stations and outlets were touting the retired generals and other experts they’d hired to provide “expert analysis.” They wanted war. And now, they want their support for these crimes against humanity not have been wrong, and so they give blood-jizzing scum like Cheney equal (or higher) billing than those who said it was a mistake to go at all and that the reasons given were ALL LIES. (And let’s be clear here: The Iraq war wasn’t a mistake. It was a lie.)

    That way, just like the way the Bush administration made war crimes legal just by having a lawyer say they weren’t war crimes such as torture, but rather “freedom tickles”, the media outlets hope to excuse their own participation and indeed eager cheerleading — because war equals ratings.

    Mark my words, ever since Iraq and Afghanistan began winding down, they’ve been jonesing for another war, more violence-porn to feed to the ravening masses. Syria, Ukraine, Iran, and now back to Iraq again — they want more blood to peddle.

  15. Monte Logan says:

    I know right.

    Personally, I’ve gotten tired of not just Cheney, but a whole mess of ***holes speaking and media outlets treating their bull**** with the same respect as something that is factual.

  16. woodroad34 says:

    Says the man who shot his friend in the face or who benefited from Halliburton’s no-bid contract to operate with impunity and without oversight in Iraq or who was so afraid that the terrorists would somehow trigger his mechanical heart like a bomb. Even Rand Paul found Cheney to be dubious: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/04/rand-paul-dick-cheney-exploited-911-iraq-halliburton

  17. Thom Allen says:

    Oh, he wouldn’t “have someone killed.” No, the potential donor would just happen to be standing at the wrong end of Dick’s shotgun when there was a misfire.

  18. lynchie says:

    But he was covered under the government health plan and that is the best.

  19. BeccaM says:

    The primary reason for Dubya’s Iraqi war of choice was oil.

    These rebels are sure to put oil fields at risk.

    There’ll be huge pressure from the real Powers That Be — the BigOil oligarchs — to invade and occupy again.

  20. BeccaM says:

    In a way, he was right. The ‘war’ itself — the invasion part and the toppling of Hussein’s government — only took a few weeks.

    It was the bloody occupation that lasted for most of a decade. And occupation was the entire point, so as to control access to and security for the oil.

  21. BeccaM says:

    Cheney is proof that one can be a soulless sociopath and still technically ‘live.’

  22. BeccaM says:

    There was one before that: “George Dubya Bush won the presidential election fair and square.”

  23. Naja pallida says:

    If it was just money, or if he could have just flown to Dubai and have someone killed to take their heart, or if it was some kind of vast right-wing conspiracy, I find it hard to believe he would have gone for nearly two years on an LVAD… considering the high risk of complication from that device, which could have easily precluded transplantation entirely. I certainly don’t doubt he got care that you and I most likely would never ever get, that’s just how the American heath care system works, but overall, I’m actually quite stunned at how he worked within the medical rules to get his treatment.

  24. The_Fixer says:

    Which I would also love.

  25. Naja pallida says:

    Every transplant costs about a million dollars. It’s a miracle anyone ever gets one, if the insurance industry had their way nobody would. Not worth the cost.

  26. lynchie says:

    But there goes all O’Highness’ directorships and donations to his Presidential Library.

  27. 2karmanot says:

    Cheney died decades ago.

  28. 2karmanot says:

    “and had a high chance of success” and a million dollars in blood money to pay for it.

  29. 2karmanot says:

    If Cheney had died thirty years ago, the world would have been a brighter place.

  30. lynchie says:

    I would like to believe you but we all know you can by organs from China or Russia or even in the States if you have money. Money is the magic elixer. Hell they could have invoked “in the interests of National Security”. God knows there are lots of right wing surgeons. They are constantly whining they don’t get paid enough.

  31. dcinsider says:

    Well, if the only thing that can kill you is a silver stake through the heart, then of course he’s in good health.

  32. The_Fixer says:

    Only one quibble with what you said.

    Cheney sold his soul to the devil long before 1994.

  33. The_Fixer says:

    I’d love to hear Obama say: “People often say that politicians flip-flop. Today, I will prove them right by changing my position – we will investigate all members of the Bush administration for their leading us into an unnecessary war in Iraq while letting bin Laden escape at Tora Bora”.

    Then watch Cheney shit bricks.

  34. Is he still undead?

  35. Naja pallida says:

    There is no official cut off age, hundreds of transplants are done every year in people older than 65. The problem is, most people who need transplants at that age are in such poor health that a good outcome is unlikely, so are bumped from the list. Cheney, aside from his heart, apparently was in good health and had a high chance of success.

  36. Naja pallida says:

    He was on the list for nearly two years, significantly longer than average. The organ donor system doesn’t factor in political affiliations, and there is no official age cut off. The just look for who is a biological match, in the healthiest condition with the greatest chance for a successful outcome, and most closely available for transplant. In short, he lucked out. The rest of us didn’t.

  37. Bill_Perdue says:

    Cheney is a war criminal. So are the Clintons, the Bushes and Obama. And their cabinets and heads of military and ‘security’ agencies.

    We need an International War Crimes Tribunal to investigate them.

  38. RobT says:

    Remember. Dick Cheney is opposite man. So just take whatever he says and consider the opposite and voila. So this op ed is actually all rosy and heartfelt.

  39. nicho says:

    Especially since the cutoff age for a heart transplant is about 59.

  40. lynchie says:

    These bastards should all be in solitary confinement at Gitmo. They were so cavalier in ( “going to war with the army you have”….Rumsfeld) they cared no how many died, how poorly equipped they were (no body armor, no armored humvees, no one who spoke Arabic or knew any history). To actually put these pieces of shit on tv is an insult to every American who died, lost a limb or was wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. They, Bush, Cheney, Rummy, Rice, Powell, Wolfie, Bremmer, etc., were the ones who put Maliki and Karzi in power and they are they most corrupt bastards one can find. We became bankrupt as a country when Obama, Pelsoi and Reid decided not to go after them and they deserve some measure of the guilt the rest of us carry for their lack of a spine.

  41. S1AMER says:

    The problem isn’t what Cheney wrote today — that was to be expected. The problem is that the Beltway press treats this all seriously.

  42. lynchie says:

    Wonder how he went to the top of the transplant list?

  43. apostasyusa says:

    First off. I think it’s terrible how the media absolved themselves of any responsibility in the death and treasure we wasted in Iraq. The devil and his spawn (Rich and Liz Chenney) are not credible opinions on war policy.

    “If we had gone to Baghdad, we would have been all alone. It would have been a U.S. occupation of Iraq.”

    “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?”

    “That’s a very volatile part of the world, and if you take down the central government of Iraq, you can easily end up seeing pieces of Iraq fly off.”

    “It’s a quagmire if you go that far and try to take over Iraq.” – Richard Chenney 1994 (a few years before he sold his soul to the devil)

    200,000 dead Iraqis and the Republicans still say they care about life? See, the Bush Republicans thought some war spending would be good for our country, it wasn’t. Why I will never vote for a Republican as Commander in Chief. After two decades of watching Republicans it clear to me that they truly don’t care about the welfare of our nation. They only care about lining the pockets of the already rich industrialists. Republicans priorities are a total mess. The money we wasted invading Iraq could have funded Social Security for 75 years! Just think about that.

    The USA really messed things up in Iraq. It looks like a three state solution is the only way forward in Iraq. Just like in Europe centuries ago, the three groups of people in Iraq all want their own state. I say let’s work toward that goal and hopefully everything settles down. Also, it is imperative that we rid our country from the burdens of blood oil.

  44. Naja pallida says:

    I don’t mind Cheney giving his opinions on the Iraq war, I just wish it was at The Hague instead of in the Wall Street Journal.

  45. chrislib says:

    BushCo’s original three lies were:

    Saddam was behind 9/11.
    Saddam was going to give WMDs to terrorists.
    The Iraqi people would welcome us with dancing in the streets and carpets of flowers.

  46. Thom Allen says:

    Cheney “wrote” a book (and Liz gets a mention as a co-author [can she do anything on her own?]) about his long-term cardiac problems. It chronicles his decades of medical problems culminating with a transplant. It should be titled, “Heart – The Only Way I Could Get One.”

  47. dcinsider says:

    Is he still alive?

  48. gratuitous says:

    I’m sure that in Dick Cheney’s twisted little mind (oh, and don’t miss the fact that his daughter Liz is the co-author on this slimy piece of garbage column) Iraq was a total success. Before the invasion, Halliburton was in terrible financial trouble, and all that lovely, lovely deferred compensation due Mr. Cheney might have gone by the boards.

    But once the invasion was underway, a whole bunch of defense contracts miraculously appeared for Halliburton (that stoopid Jesus wasted his talents on musht and rye), and Dick’s finances were saved!

  49. Ninong says:

    Saddam Hussein hated Osama bin Laden because he considered him a threat. Al-Qaida was not tolerated in Iraq when Saddam was in charge. The so-called connection between Saddam and al-Qaida was an invention by Cheney and the neocons who wanted to invade Iraq to control its oil reserves.

    Don’t forget that it was while Cheney was CEO of Halliburton that they established an offshore subsidiary in order to open an office in Tehran in violation of the law against doing business with Iran.

    Saddam Hussein was a totalitarian dictator but he was our totalitarian dictator for years. Who can forget that photo of Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam during the Reagan administration. We knew full well that he had gassed the Kurds but we looked the other way. Saddam’s Iraq was a counter to Iran’s influence in the region.

  50. Yes, it follows the criticism Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey threw at Richard Nixon when he invaded Cambodia, leading to Kent State and Jackson State. LBJ was so furious: Why, I wanted to deescalate the war, not destabilize the area! Why are we overthrowing Sihanouk? The South Vietnamese welcomed us with open arms and bonze fires, so they should be defending their own country.
    HHH: Is this why Thieu balked to give the election to Nixon — so we can have a wider war to keep him in power? I’d be pleased as punch if RN would explain himself why he’s so inconsistent.

  51. jomicur says:

    I seem to remember Cheney also predicting confidently that the war in Iraq would only last a few weeks. As a political prognosticator, Cheney has a worse record than even Pat Buchanan.

  52. DGT says:

    I love Michael Cohen’s tweet. I was going to say it was like the captain of the Titanic writing an op-ed criticizing the Carpathia for not watching out for icebergs, but that works too.

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