A 2009 video has emerged of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., accusing former Vice President Dick Cheney of pushing for the Iraq war in order to net money for his former employer Halliburton.
Speaking at a private conservative meeting in Las Vegas on March 29, Cheney was critical of potential 2016 GOP candidates, whom he referred to as "isolationist."
"One of the things that concerns me first about the campaign, that I'm worried about is what I sense to be an increasing strain of isolationism, if I can put it in those terms, in our own party," Cheney said.
Likely viewed as a slight to the presidential hopeful, this isn’t the first dustup between the two conservatives. In the video below, from April 7, 2009, before Paul announced his senatorial bid, he quoted President Dwight Eisenhower's cautionary speech on corporations.
"Beware of the military industrial complex,” Paul paraphrased Eisenhower [6:23 mark]. “We need to be fearful of companies that get so big that they can actually be directing policy. When the Iraq war started Halliburton got a billion-dollar no-bid contract. Some of the stuff has been so shoddy and so sloppy that our soldiers are over their dying in the shower from electrocution.”
Paul said Cheney had a long excuse for why former President George H.W. Bush shouldn’t invade Iraq in 1995.
He recalled Cheney saying, “it would be a disaster, it would be vastly expensive, it'd be civil war, we would have no exit strategy."
“Dick Cheney then goes to work for Halliburton,” Paul said. “Makes hundreds of millions of dollars, their CEO. Next thing you know, he's back in government and it's a good idea to go into Iraq."
"It became an excuse, 9/11 became an exuse for a war that they already wanted in Iraq," he added.
Paul has previously been critical of the notion of, in his words, "neo-isolationism, in which diplomacy is distrusted and war is, if not the first choice, the preferred option."