What Else Was Dick Cheney "Wrong" About?
One is always wrong when one is telling outright lies
Infowars.net | August 1, 2007
Dick Cheney has admitted that he was "wrong" when he said two years ago that the Iraqi insurgency was in "its last throes". The trouble is that Dick Cheney has been "wrong" about almost all his statements concerning Iraq. When does he stop being considered "wrong" and start being considered a liar?
"My estimate at the time - and it was wrong, it turned out to be incorrect - was the fact that we were in the midst of holding three elections in Iraq, elected an interim government, then ratifying a constitution, then electing a permanent government, that they had had significant success, we'd rounded up Saddam Hussein. Cheney said in an interview on CNN's "Larry King Live"
"I thought there were a series of these milestones that would in fact undermine the insurgency and make it less than it was at that point. That clearly didn't happen. I think the insurgency turned out to be more robust."
Shortly after Cheney's original remarks in 2005, the violence in Iraq sharply increased and he received criticism to which he responded :
"If you look at what the dictionary says about throes, it can still be a violent period, the throes of a revolution," he said. "The point would be that the conflict will be intense, but it's intense because the terrorists understand that if we're successful at accomplishing our objective -- standing up a democracy in Iraq -- that that's a huge defeat for them."
What else has Dick Cheney been "wrong" about concerning the war in Iraq?
"Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction."
- Dick Cheney, August 26 2002
Six days before the U.S. sent troops to Iraq, Cheney said "We believe Iraq has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons" [Meet the Press, 3/7/03]. This echoed his June, 2002 speech in which he said the same thing. He made these claims while offering no evidence, and despite the fact that "the CIA sent two memos to the White House in October voicing strong doubts about a claim President Bush made three months later in the State of the Union address that Iraq was trying to buy nuclear material in Africa" [Washington Post, 7/23/03].
As ex Cia analyst Ray McGovern has asserted , falsified documents which were meant to show that Iraq's Saddam Hussein regime had been trying to procure yellowcake uranium from Niger can be traced straight back to Cheney's office.
According to McGovern, former CIA Director George Tenet told his "coterie of malleable managers" at the CIA to create a National Intelligence Estimate "to the terms of reference of Dick Cheney's speech of August 26, 2002, where Dick Cheney said for the first time Saddam Hussein could have a nuclear weapon in a year, he's got all kinds of chemical, he's got all kinds of biological weapons."
The outing of Valerie Plame as a CIA agent and the evidence uncovered during the ensuing trial of Scooter Libby also proved a direct link from the yellowcake documents to Cheney's office.
When questioned directly about the International Atomic Energy Agency's findings that the White House falsely claimed that Iraq had bought uranium from Africa, Cheney said that "[IAEA Director] Elbaradei is, frankly, wrong." (ah someone else is "wrong" - that magic word) He said this despite the fact that the IAEA's findings were the same as the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Cheney was consulting with.
"Saddam had an established relationship with Al Qaeda, providing training to Al Qaeda members in the areas of poisons, gases, making conventional weapons."
- Cheney in October 2003.
Cheney has repeatedly asserted that the U.S. needed to go to war with Iraq because, he said, U.S. intelligence knew that Saddam was working with Al Qaeda. As he said on Meet the Press, "We know that [Saddam] has a long-standing relationship with various terrorist groups, including the al-Qaeda organization." However, in June, the U.N. formally investigated the claim and found absolutely no evidence.
As reported by the NY Times, "The chairman of the monitoring group appointed by the United Nations Security Council to track Al Qaeda told reporters that his team had found no evidence linking Al Qaeda to Saddam Hussein" [6/27/03]. Similarly, even the 9/11 commission report undercuts claims before the war that Hussein had links to Al Qaeda.
According to national security officials, "In the 14 weeks since the fall of Baghdad, coalition forces have not brought to light any significant evidence demonstrating the bond between Iraq and Al Qaeda…Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah, the two highest-ranking Qaeda operatives in custody, have told investigators that Mr. bin Laden shunned cooperation with Saddam Hussein" [NY Times, 7/20/03]
Despite all this Cheney repeated the assertion in 2004 , stating that Saddam "had long established ties with Al Qaeda."
- June 14, 2004.
Fast forward to April 2007 and even the Pentagon dismissed any link between Al Qaeda and Saddam, yet Cheney reiterated the claim AGAIN, stating:
"He took up residence there before we ever launched into Iraq, organized the al Qaeda operations inside Iraq before we even arrived on the scene and then, of course, led the charge for Iraq until we killed him last June," Cheney told radio host Rush Limbaugh during an interview Thursday. "As I say, they were present before we invaded Iraq."
And most recently in June, Cheney again repeated the claim of a Saddam-Al Qaeda link, this time to a bunch of school children, who are incidentally the only people who will still believe anything he says.
It was also recently revealed via Stephen Hayes's upcoming biography on Dick Cheney that the current Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell appears to side with “those who believe that the administration manipulated intelligence on Iraq for political purposes before the 2003 invasion.”
McConnell decried the “secondary unit” established within the Pentagon to “reinterpret information” prior to the war. An internal Pentagon investigation released in February revealed that former Undersecretary of Defense Doug Feith utilized the Counter-Terrorism Evaluation Group within the Pentagon to create and promote false links between Iraq and al Qaeda.
Specifically, then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz “asked Feith's analysts to ignore the intelligence community's belief that the militant Islamist al-Qaida and Saddam's secular dictatorship were unlikely allies.” Subsequently, Feith “disseminated alternative intelligence assessments on the Iraq and al-Qaida relationship…to senior decision-makers.”
His remarkable record of statements in contradiction to facts, when tied in with the evidence that pre-war intelligence was intentionally manipulated and fabricated, dovetailed with the fact that Cheney has consistently refused to allow his office to be accountable should lead Congress to ask the question Hasn't Dick Cheney been "wrong" about the war in Iraq on a few too many occasions by now?
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