It takes a special kind of chutzpah for Dick Cheney to publish an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, saying things like this:
Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many. Too many times to count, Mr. Obama has told us he is “ending” the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality.
Yup, this is Dick Cheney, who famously espoused so much neo-con bullshit:
- “And he [Saddam Hussein] is actively pursuing nuclear weapons at this time.” (March, 2002)
- “I think it will go relatively quickly. Weeks rather than months.” (March, 2003)
- “My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.” (March, 2003)
- “I think they’re in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.” (July, 2005)
The editorial even claims:
Mr. Obama had only to negotiate an agreement to leave behind some residual American forces, training and intelligence capabilities to help secure the peace. Instead, he abandoned Iraq and we are watching American defeat snatched from the jaws of victory.
Except that Cheney seems to forget that it was George W. Bush who signed the agreement mandating the removal of all American forces from Iraq by the end of 2011.
UPDATE: Senate majority leader Harry Reid responds “Being on the wrong side of Dick Cheney is being on the right side of history.”
UPDATE 2: Cheney lied us into war, and he personally profited from that war by giving no-bid contracts to Halliburton. He also had his hands in illegal torture. There were no terrorists in Iraq before we invaded. I completely agree with Thom Hartmann’s opinion, “Dick Cheney should be rotting in a prison cell at The Hague, not writing editorials for the Wall Street Journal.” Yes, Obama did do something wrong. In my opinion, it was in not bringing the greedy lying perpetrators of the Iraq war to justice.