Dick Cheney Thinks His Early Iraq Statements Reflect Reality

On Face the Nation Sunday, Dick Cheney had a few very interesting things to say. Using a phrase borrowed from a formerly disgraced WH press reporter-


On Face the Nation Sunday, Dick Cheney had a few very interesting things to say. Using a phrase borrowed from a formerly disgraced WH press reporter-they might even be characterized as being" divorced from reality."

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SCHIEFFER: Mr. Vice President, all along the government has been very optimistic. You remain optimistic. But I remember when you were saying we'd be greeted as liberators, you played down the insurgency ten months ago. You said it was in its last throes. Do you believe that these optimistic statements may be one of the reasons that people seem to be more skeptical in this country about whether we ought to be in Iraq?

CHENEY: No, I think it has less to do with the statements we've made, which I think were basically accurate and reflect reality, than it does the fact that there is a constant sort of perception if you will that's created because what is newsworthy is the carbomb in Baghdad, it’s not all the work that went on that day in 15 other provinces in terms of making progress in rebuilding Iraq. (transcript via TP)

OK, which part of his early ruminations on MTP in the run up to the war have ever proven correct? Have a field day.

Update: Bob Geiger reports: Kennedy Blasts Cheney on Latest Iraq War Assertions

"Vice President Cheney has been consistently wrong about the war in Iraq. He's called the shots on a dangerously incompetent strategy," said Kennedy. "He was wrong about the link between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. He was wrong about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. He was wrong about America being greeted as liberators. He was wrong about the insurgency being in its last throes. Now he rejects the idea of civil war."...read on"


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