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Dick Cheney: "How many additional dead americans is Saddam worth?"

It's crystal ball time. In 1994, while explaining why George Bush senior didn't invade Iraq during the Gulf War in 1991, Dick Cheney predicted what would happen when we invaded Iraq in 2003.

"It's a quagmire if you go that far and try to take over Iraq."

Here's a transcript:

C-Span's Brian Lamb: Do you think the U.S., or U.N. forces, should have moved into Baghdad?

Dick Cheney: No.

Brian Lamb: Why not?

Dick Cheney: Because if we'd gone to Baghdad we would have been all alone. There wouldn't have been anybody else with us. There would have been a U.S. occupation of Iraq. None of the Arab forces that were willing to fight with us in Kuwait were willing to invade Iraq.

Once you got to Iraq and took it over, took down Saddam Hussein's government, then what are you going to put in its place? That's a very volatile part of the world, and if you take down the central government of Iraq, you could very easily end up seeing pieces of Iraq fly off: part of it, the Syrians would like to have to the west, part of it -- eastern Iraq -- the Iranians would like to claim, they fought over it for eight years. In the north you've got the Kurds, and if the Kurds spin loose and join with the Kurds in Turkey, then you threaten the territorial integrity of Turkey.

It's a quagmire if you go that far and try to take over Iraq.

The other thing was casualties. Everyone was impressed with the fact we were able to do our job with as few casualties as we had. But for the 146 Americans killed in action, and for their families -- it wasn't a cheap war. And the question for the president, in terms of whether or not we went on to Baghdad, took additional casualties in an effort to get Saddam Hussein, was how many additional dead Americans is Saddam worth?

Our judgment was, not very many, and I think we got it right.

ORIGINAL SOURCE: C-Span, 1994.

::::: | Thursday, Aug 16 2007 at 12:35 PM
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Comments:


sally said:

brian lamb is my hero. he's quite the guy.

::::: | August 17, 2007 10:23 AM


Sazz said:

The war against Iraq is as disastrous as it is unnecessary: perhaps in terms of its wisdom, purpose and motives, the worst war in American history. Our military men and women were not call to defend America but rather attack Iraq. They were not called to die for, but rather to kill for, their country. What more unpatriotic thing could we have asked of our sons and daughters?
Wm. Sloane Coffin

::::: | August 17, 2007 3:44 PM




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