Watch Dick Cheney call Iraq a quagmire

H/T to Robert Elisberg at Huffington Post.

Watch the video, done April, 1994.

“Do you think the U.S. or U.N. forces should have moved into Baghdad?” the unseen questioner asks.

“No,” Mr. Cheney replies, forcing even the most uninterested observes to sight up like a lightning bolt and take note. “If we would have gone into Baghdad, we would have been all alone. It would have been a U.S. occupation of 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 can easily end up seeing parts of Iraq fly off.”

“It’s a quagmire. If you go that far, and try to take over Iraq.”

“The other thing is casualties,” … 146 American killed in action. …-

“The question for the president in terms of whether or not we went on to Baghdad and took additional casualties in an effort to get Saddam was how many additional dead Americans was Saddam worth, and our judgment was not very many. And I think we got it right.”

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