Cheney: "Uh...Yeah... I Guess We F----d Up..."
I’m still working on the local Congressional race, but here is the latest horror story about the Iraq occupation. It’s ostensibly a story about Condi Rice, but buried in it is something far more important: the closest Dick Cheney’s ever gotten to a mea culpa on the Iraq fiasco:
“Vice President Dick Cheney defended the invasion of Iraq but acknowledged that the insurgency was not "in its last throes," as he said in May 2005. "I think there is no question but that we did not anticipate an insurgency that would last this long," he said.”
This remark puts Cheney in a very strange position, politically, because he is now a critic of the Iraq War. I'll tell you truthfully, that last person I expected to side with me on this Iraq War thing was Dick Cheney, but there it is; he said it for the record..."We just plain didn't know what we were getting into; hate to say it, but we just plain got the whole thing wrong. Didn't understand the situation. Thought I did; didn't. I thought it was in its 'last throes' last year, I really did. Well, that's one on me. (smiles) Duhhh! Heh, heh."
So what should he do now, having made that admission? Well, a person of conscience would resign. So we know he’s not going to do that.
But really—if you finally admit that you got it that wrong, that you talked your country into a bloody, seemingly endless foreign war, and that even up to a year ago you still didn’t understand the consequences or situation—isn’t it time to jump overboard and let someone else steer the ship of state for a while?
Who needs you guys in charge, if you freely admit that you were that wrong about something that important?