Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz have recently managed to resurrect the decade old debate about whether the 9/11 al Qaeda attacks where justification for an invasion of Iraq. While it’s become pretty clear over the years that the connection was a farce, the Cheneys are still insisting that the connection is an “undisputed” fact.
In a recent effort by the Right to blame problems in Iraq on President Obama, Cheney was awakened from stasis to once more spread lies and discontent among the American people. His most recent effort was an op-ed column he wrote with Liz for The Standard, inappropriately titled The Truth About Iraq, which discusses how the Bush administration did everything right in Iraq and yet Obama is doing everything wrong.
The most boldfaced lie in the piece though is the claim that started the whole Iraq fiasco over a decade ago: that Iraq and Hussein were linked to Al Qaeda. Cheney doesn’t just claim it to be true, he states that “it is undisputed…that Saddam had deep, longstanding, far-reaching relationships with terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda and its affiliates.”
Of course it has been heavily disputed, starting way back in 2002 when the New York Times claimed that Bush was “sowing a dangerous confusion about the relationship between Al Qaeda and the regime of Saddam Hussein”. In 2004 the 9/11 Commission reported that there was no collaboration between the two groups. And in 2008 the Pentagon itself said “it found no ‘smoking gun’ after reviewing about 600,000 Iraqi documents captured in the invasion” regarding the link between Iraq and Al Qaeda.
After 13 years Cheney is still spouting the same lies. Does anyone actually still take this warmongering sociopath serious?
Here’s Dick and Liz Cheney’s lie-filled Iraq editorial for The Standard.
As the jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) capture territory and establish a caliphate stretching across the now-eradicated Syria-Iraq border, hard-won gains secured with American blood and treasure are being lost. We are watching the rise of potentially the gravest threat to our national security in a generation, one that surpasses even the threat we faced on 9/11. Against this backdrop, as we debate what our response should be, it has become fashionable in some quarters to say, “Let’s not relitigate Iraq.” It’s not politically expedient, this line of argument goes, to discuss why we invaded Iraq in the first place, or the lessons we learned. This view is wrong on the history, misguided on the politics, and dangerous as a matter of policy.
The larger war, of which the liberation of Iraq was part, is still ongoing. Winning it requires that we understand the truth about the liberation of Iraq, the challenges America faced in the aftermath of the invasion, how we overcame them with the 2007-08 surge, how we defeated Al Qaeda in Iraq and established a stable, functioning nation allied with America in the heart of the Middle East. We must understand how President Obama squandered it all, creating a vacuum in which ISIS, the richest terrorist organization in history, now thrives.
Here are Dick and Liz Cheney lying in the Wall Street Journal.
Here’s a video with Dick and Liz Cheney lying on Fox News.
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