"MR. RUSSERT: During the 2000 campaign you were on the program when we were talking about the Persian Gulf War and looking back and I asked whether you had any regrets about taking Saddam out at that time. And you said no. And then you added this, and I want to talk about it. Let’s watch:
(Videotape, August 27, 2000):
MR. CHENEY: Conversations I had with leaders in the region afterwards, they all supported the decision that was made not to go to Baghdad. They were concerned that we not get into a position where we shifted, instead of being the leader of an international coalition to roll back Iraqi aggression, to one in which we were an imperialist power willy-nilly moving into capitals in that part of the world taking down governments.
MR. RUSSERT: “Imperialist power,” “moving willy-nilly,” “taking down governments.” Is that how we’re going to be perceived this time?
VICE PRES. CHENEY: Well, I hope not,
Tim. " (my italics)Interview with Vice-President Dick Cheney, NBC, "Meet the Press," Transcript for March 16, 2003Yeah, right ! ....
(White House Scraps 'Coalition of the Willing' List
January 21, 2005)
"When pressed on mistakes he had made over Iraq, Mr Cheney said he had "miscalculated" the speed of the country's recovery. This he blamed on the brutality Saddam Hussein had wielded against his own people, emphasising in particular the suppression of the Kurdish and Shia uprisings that followed the 1991 Gulf war. "The brutality that he used in 1991 to put down the revolt at the time I think just had devastating consequences in terms of the ability of the Iraqi people to recover from his rule," he said. "It's taken a very long time for them to come back, to take control of their own affairs... I think the hundreds of thousands of people, literally, that were slaughtered during that period of time, including anybody who had the gumption to stand up and challenge him, made the situation tougher than I would have thought."Cheney 'misjudged' Iraq recovery
January 20, 2005American intelligent 'Intelligence' unfortunately failed yet again to enlighten Cheney by misreading the mind of the Iraqi people and for not realizing their lack of gumption.Ergo, it is not the misinformation and lies concerning Iraqi WMDs or the lack of ties to Al-Qaida; it is the fault of the Iraqi people themselves for not accomodating Cheney in being in the correct mind-set, after 13 years of criminal US imposed economic sanctions, to welcome the American occupation and open their hearts and minds to their bombing with American Freedom and Democracy.As the Arabic proverb goes: "The excuse is worse than the crime", in this case a war crime.And perhaps one should take a closer look at Cheney's own 'gumption':
The Unauthorized Biography of Dick Cheney CBC-TV
October 6, 2004 Aside from his favorite 'Intelligence' source on Iraqi sentiments