Dick Cheney appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News the other day and was asked to justify the Iraq war. After well over a million dollars spent, hundreds of thousands dead and millions of refugees created, what did we actually get out of it? His answer shows just how irrational we can be when justifying out choices.
O’REiLLY: But what — right now, what do we — what do we get of Iraq for all of that blood and treasure? What do we get out of it?
CHENEY: What we gain and my concern was then and it remains today is that the biggest threat we face is the possibility of terrorist groups like al Qaeda equipped with weapons of mass destruction, with nukes, bugs or gas. That was the threat after 9/11 and when we took down Saddam Hussein we eliminated Iraq as a potential source of that.
Wrong on every point. First, we know that Hussein did not have WMDs, nor did he have the capability of producing them with the sanctions on. Second, Al Qaeda did not exist in Iraq before the invasion, but they certainly do now. Al Qaeda viewed Hussein as their enemy, condemning him for his socialism and his apostasy. We took out their enemy and gave them an entry into a country they coveted. We’ve made is more likely that they get their hands on WMD, not less.