Dick Cheney was revived from his Crypt to join Maria Bartiromo on Thursday to discuss his views on war, weapons of mass destruction and the United States' continued presence in the Middle East. He talked, at length, about his desire for peace, an immediate removal of all troops and apologized for his lies about the weapons of mass destruction that he knew were not in the region.
JUST KIDDING. He is all in for a continued troop presence in the region. War, yay!
MARIA BARTIROMO: Isn't that why many of our friends in the Middle East were alienated? I'm talking about the Saudis, the Israelis, they were upset after we pulled out of Iraq, isn't that right?
DICK CHENEY: That's true. And it left a vacuum, and the Iranians have tried to fill it.
BARTIROMO: Should we pull out of Syria? Because a lot of people are saying, if we were to pull out of Syria, then that just strengthens ISIS that much more. It creates the vacuum that we saw created in Iraq.
CHENEY: I am a firm believer, and it's not a popular position to take, everybody thinks we've been there 17 years and we need to get out kind of thing, that's not the way I look at it. I think we have to be present in that part of the world.
You look at 9/11, how did 9/11 come about? Well, you had Osama Bin Laden operating in that part of the world, ultimately putting his team together in Afghanistan. Afghanistan's important to us, who controls Afghanistan. It's important to us how those other nations fall out there, and we can't afford to turn our back and walk away and say, "Well, it's nasty business, we're not going to be involved anymore."
I think that's a dead end for us and I think we cannot afford, given the importance of the United States, the importance of that part of the world, we have to been engaged, we have to be involved, we have to know who our friends and allies are, we've got to work with them, and we need to make certain that we don't have the kind of proliferation of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, the kind of problems that are potentially ours if we withdraw.
Of course he is talking about weapons of mass destruction as further justification for staying in the region. Just like he did when we went into the region 17 years ago.
Follow the oil and you'll pull Dick Cheney right up.