Dick Cheney Defends Decision To Invade Iraq

| by Alexander Rubinstein

Former Vice President Dick Cheney does not regret his administration’s decision to invade Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein’s regime.

“It was the right thing to do then. I believed it then and I believe it now,” Cheney said in a Sept. 1 interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “No apologies.”

In Cheney’s new book, he argues extensively against President Barak Obama’s foreign policy, which he sees as a retreat from America’s position of global leadership.

The book, “Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America,” was written by Cheney and his daughter, Liz Cheney, who was a State Department official during the George W. Bush presidency.

In the book, Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran gets criticized for guaranteeing “an Iranian nuclear arsenal.”

The Cheneys insist that the invasion of Iraq was the right decision, and that “things were in good shape” in the country when Obama became president.

“History will be the ultimate judge of our decision to liberate Iraq,” they wrote in their book. Two pages later, they added that Hussein was a “grave threat to the United States,” and that “we were right to invade and remove him from power.”

“(After 9/11,” they wrote, “we had an obligation to do everything possible to prevent terrorists from gaining access to much worse weapons. Saddam’s Iraq was the most likely place for terrorists to gain access to and knowledge of such weapons.”

Hussein had no part in the terrorist attacks on 9/11, reported MSNBC.

The torture that took place at the American prison in Iraq, Abu Ghraib, did not represent “official policy,” they wrote, nor did it have “something to do with or was related to America’s enhanced interrogation program.”

That program worked, they wrote, adding, “As we pieced together intelligence about al-Qaida in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the enhanced interrogation program was one of the most effective tools we had. It saved lives and prevented attacks.”

They wrote that people who oppose the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program “will be accountable for explaining to the American people why they fought to make it more difficult for the United States government to effectively track communications — and therefore the plans — of terrorists inside the United States.”

The father-daughter duo also suggests Edward Snowden, who leaked National Security Agency documents detailing mass surveillance to journalist Glenn Greenwald, is probably a Russian spy.

Sources: The Huffington Post, MSNBC, Wikipedia / Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons