Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

Cheney flipflops on Iraq, initially opposed invasion.

Turns out that Dick Cheney, who recently called the Democrats "dishonest, reprehensible, politically ambitious hypocrites" for changing positions on the war in Iraq, is also guilty of the same charge.

"If we'd gone to Baghdad and got rid of Saddam Hussein — assuming we could have found him — we'd have had to put a lot of forces in and run him to ground some place. He would not have been easy to capture. Then you've got to put a new government in his place and then you're faced with the question of what kind of government are you going to establish in Iraq? Is it going to be a Kurdish government or a Shi'a government or a Sunni government? How many forces are you going to have to leave there to keep it propped up, how many casualties are you going to take through the course of this operation?"
- Dick Cheney, during a 1992 interview with the BBC, on the topic of why the US didn't invade Iraq and depose Saddam Hussein in the first Gulf War.

Sounds like Michael Moore. Tastes like Dick.

Then again, this is the same Dick who, once Gulf War I was won, created the plan to cut 234,000 National Guard and Reserve troops and 270,000 active duty military personnel, dropping the Army from 28 divisions to 18, who took away free access to over-the-counter medicines from soldiers, who shut down bases and VA hospitals, and who, despite a personal pledge that the defense budget would not become a jobs program, used defense funds to shore up Bush's political support by backing numerous unwanted, unneeded weapon systems. He gutted our military, while still finding billions to pump into "Star Wars", so that we could defend ourself against a threat that no longer existed. This is the same Dick Cheney who repeatedly voted against Veterans Administration funding. Yes... that Dick Cheney.

No knowing what he'll want to do with today's military once this war is all wrapped up.

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