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BLITZER'S BLOG: Cheney, Iraq and WMD
September 1st, 2011
03:08 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Cheney, Iraq and WMD

By CNN's Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney is now in an open debate with both of President George W. Bush’s secretaries of state – Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. They sharply dispute what he writes about them in his new book, “In My Time.”

President Bush is taking the high road. He’s simply suggesting that everyone in his administration has his or her own recollections about what happened and that “objective historians” eventually will get to the truth.

I suspect President Bush is right. That’s usually what happens, since memoirs almost always are self-serving.

But beyond all that, Cheney’s book has clearly re-opened the debate over the president’s order to invade Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in March 2003. The reaction that I’ve been getting from readers and viewers has been intense, and most of it centers on whether Cheney “lied” to the American people when he said the following in August 2002:

“Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us.”

Those were strong words that in the months leading up to the war were echoed by Bush, Powell, Rice and most of the other senior administration officials. It was the thrust of Powell’s presentation before the U.N. Security Council.

Cheney denies he lied. He says the intelligence was “flawed.” He says the CIA and other intelligence agencies got it wrong.

But he’s still not backing away from the war. He continues to insist that Saddam Hussein was a menace, and that the world is better off without him in power.

Cheney’s critics say the vice president “cherry picked” only the intelligence that pointed to Iraqi WMD. They say he ignored those skeptics inside and outside the government who raised serious questions. Among those skeptics: U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix and International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei.

I will interview Cheney on Tuesday. We will certainly get into this question. You will be able to see the interview on “The Situation Room,” 5-7 p.m. ET.

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  1. Oldie in TampaBay

    CHENEY .. BUSH ... RUMSFELD ... ALL 3 should be indicted for war crimes! They are war criminals and should be tried as such.

    September 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
  2. SierraHennessy

    Cheney is an evil man who arranged for this war to bring money to his personal contributors. He has lied to Americans and to the world and should be called to judge for it in a War Crimes trial. Why don't you ask him about the UN's Jack McGeorge and what happened to him when his report showed there were no WMDs prior to Cheney's lie? I can't wait to here his response.

    September 1, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
  3. hih

    wolf you seem to forget all of congress elected to invade Iraq...unlike what is going on in Libya.

    September 1, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • Steve

      Your response is about as childish as your screen name.

      September 1, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    "He made millions and millions of dollars, yet all that gold is worthless, because he's got a bad heart."

    And like the rest of us, he's going to die. If the process does include standing before God in judgment, Cheney will go straight down so fast it'll make his head spin. Hope he gets a good view of all the death and destruction he caused on the way.

    Come to think of it, that would be a fitting punishment for Cheney: To spend eternity feeling the physical, mental and emotional pain his policies caused Americans and Iraqis.

    September 1, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Cheney: The ultimate Chicken Hawk. Never served, loved sending others to die for the sake of economic gain (Haliburton and the war machine).

    September 1, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    I will not shed one tear when this miserable old conniving traitorous son of a b .... leaves this mortal coil. I'm even to the point where I don't care that his children and grandchildren will miss him.

    September 1, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
  7. Steve

    Thanks for nothing we haven't already heard, Wolf. And you pump it up as if it will be compelling TV when you "interview" Cheney so he get's free publicity for his re-write of the truth. You and yours are as culpable for not demanding the truth when it mattered. Tony Blair said Bush "wanted to remove Saddam through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy” We were lied too, the intel was made up to justify the war. And no one was held accountable. America: the best "democracy" business can buy.

    September 1, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  8. Joe D.

    Ask Cheney how he reconciles his statements about the invasion and occupation of Iraq with the mission of PNAC, which he was affiliated with before the White House:

    September 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  9. usafmsgt

    I wonder how all you Bush/Cheney haters felt about Clinton attacking Yugoslavia. Milosevic was commiting genocide same as Hussein. Clinton's fear was a larger European war with the possibility of Russia becoming involved(WWIII). Not a pretty thought. Clinton, Bush, Cheney, the damn UN and all the intelligence agencies of the world knew that Hussein had used chemical weapons against Iran and his own people and still had them. Hussein was a know supporter of terrorism(Al Aqsa and Hesbollah and other terrorist organizations) against Israel. Israel had already destroyed Iraq's nuclear reactor and would probably attack Iraq again if they felt directly threatened. So the fear of a larger Middle East war was actually more heighten than with Yugoslavia. Yes oil and the continued flow of it out of the Middle East was, and still is important. Imagine a Middle East war with most if not all Arab countries involved including Israel(WWIII). So take your pick. WWIII or the defusing, at least temporarily, of a very dangerous situtation.

    September 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • Steve

      You have really no idea what you're talking about do you

      September 1, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
  10. Linda

    Cheney should be in prison- for torture and for treason and outing Valerie Plane- a CIA agent working undercover in the world of weapons of mass destruction, and for war profiteering!
    Arrest him- he is a criminal!

    September 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  11. Dick ist nicht mein Führer!

    This disgusting example of humanity(and I use the term quite loosely) would have had a perfect fit in the Third Reich. Combined with the clever use of the Ministry of Propaganda (FOX's own Roger "Geobbels" Ailes) this Ameri-facsist wove a dark legacy. Somewhere in GOPland, I am sure someone is thinking about starting a Cheney Youth peogram.

    September 1, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  12. chet

    The orders that allowed the 80 members of the Bin Ladin family to fly out of the US on Sept 12, 2001 came from Cheney. The CIA later determined that a Saudi diplomat on board the plane was funneling money to the 9/11 hijackers while they were in America. This is a known fact. Why is he never asked about this during interviews??

    September 1, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
    • Steven

      Of course, cause Bin Laden was working for the CIA, just as he always has. We NNNEEEEEEDDD to keep his family safe, or they will spill the beans on us to the rest of the world. We don't want that to happen!!

      September 1, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • rudy cope

      You're falling for the same balderdash that Michael Moore's been dishing out. It's sad that you can't be your own person instead of being a slave to an outdated way of thought. Liberalism is dying. Get over it..

      September 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
      • peanut brittle

        "Liberalism is dead" is no grounds for sending 6,000 American fathers and mothers to their deaths for some fake War!!! Get a life, dude!

        September 3, 2011 at 12:57 am |
      • ex-Republican

        And, because you read it on there, it has to be true, right? Gimme a break. You're actually worse than the Michael Moore followers with your head in the sand.

        September 6, 2011 at 2:04 am |
  13. Brian

    He's a war criminal

    September 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  14. George

    I watched Cheney's interview on Morning Joe(NBC) and was dismayed how Mika Brzezinski and some Morning Joe's crew just looked like Puppy Dogs, afraid to ask Cheney the tough questions that America wants to know. Links between Iraq war, Halliburton and other private defense contractors related to Cheney, Waste of American lives for corporate profits.

    September 1, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  15. Justin

    Bush & Cheney should have been prosecuted for lying to the american people about Iraq. Impeachment would have been great, getting sent to prison for war crimes would have just done fine.

    September 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • Safaer

      GK wrote:The other reason is that the bulk of poliitcal power is in pro-Iranian hands. The main poliitcal parties were paid and sponsored in Iran and by Iran. For example the prime minister, Maliki, is in the Dawa Party, which used to be known as a Shiite terrorist group closely aligned with Hezbollah. The other big Shiite party is "the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq"; the name by itself pretty much tells you what that party is about.Yes, there are Shiites in both Iran and Iraq. But why does it follow that Iraqi Shiites are working for Iran? It doesn't. Iraqi Shiites were willing to fight Iranian Shiites in the Iran-Iraq war. More recently the Iraqi Shiite mainstream has resisted Iranian attempts to control it. There is obviously much more to the situation than your simplistic analysis suggests. One rule of thumb is that it shouldn't cost more to keep people free than they make themselves. Why is this a rule of thumb? And why do you ignore the costs of alternatives? For example, what would it have cost us if we didn't invade Iraq, and as a consequence were hit with additional mass-terror attacks? You can't validate or invalidate a war by counting only the monetary costs, much less by ignoring costs that we might have incurred by not going to war.All of this reminds me of your argument about gun control, where you asserted the existence of "risk factors" without defining terms or explaining the connection between facts and your conclusions. Here you state various facts about Shiites and the monetary costs of war without explaining how these facts undermine the case for the war.

      November 11, 2012 at 4:56 am |
  16. Fred

    Here's a theory...Cheney when he was Defense Secretary for the first Bush prez, was upset that Bush didn't allow him to finish off Sadamm in the Gulf War. So, he manipulated the second Bush prez and all the others to complete the job.

    September 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  17. TripleA

    If there was any such thing as justice, Cheney would be doing double life at San Quentin.

    September 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  18. 18C40vet

    I findit interesting how years of war did not yield the Buh administration Osama Bin Laden. But in less than 3 years, the obama administration was able to precisely strike and take him out, much like what happened to the people we captured for the WTC bombing in the 90's. Bush and Cheney just wanted to go to war, simple. But what I find amazing is that it took us less than 5 years to end WWII on two fronts again two whole nations. Eight years later we are still chasing a bunch of crazy, mis-guided zealots which represent such a small fraction of their society?

    I think one reason the Bush administration did not proceed into Pakistan was because they had threatened retaliation if we crossed their border, and we all know Pakistan has nukes. But we still crossed their border, so we all need to be prepared for retaliation, especially in the upcoming weeks. Those zealots are still out there, and they want revenge for taking their leader.

    September 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  19. truth is a good thing

    Is there a more hated ex public servant than Cheney? Is there a more vile human being than this man?

    September 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  20. matt

    Man he looks like Smithers in this photo. Richard Bog!

    September 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  21. huxley

    Ask him about the war profiteering. How much did the US Government pay Halliburton during his term in office? How much did his personal holdings in Halliburton increase in value during his term in office?

    September 1, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  22. Karen

    War criminal, war profiteer. So many dead from the war. Unbelievable that he and the whole W administration have not been charged with war crimes. I guess you can get away with murder.

    September 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  23. dlskdjf

    Shedding light on his lies resulted in his outting CIA agent Plame.

    And tea birthers say Obama is the terrorist?. Who votes for traitors like this?

    September 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
  24. john ramt

    Wow, I love the uneducated folks coming down on Cheney when our country is the way that it is right now...and you can only blame Bush for so long....this my friends is a democratic congress for over 4 years with a democratic president. Read a paper.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
    • Farse

      Illegal waterboarding. Illegal wiretapping. Illegal bypassing as well as disregard of the Geneva Conventions. Illegal outting of an official CIA operative, and then blaming it on a subordinate & letting him fry for it. Illegal invasion of a sovereign nation, when Kofi Annan said it's illegal, Mohhamed ElBaredei said it's illegal, Hans Blix said it's illegal. The current & former Pope said it's illegal....need I go on, I've got about 8 more pages I can write without even a pause. My brother-in-law and my neighbor's son both were killed as a result of this Fake & phoney war. Why don't you go pick up a rifle and fight for a fake war!!!!

      September 3, 2011 at 1:03 am |
      • Peter Pumkin

        Typical Liberal, not wanting war. Let's all kiss and make love. Flowers for everyone!

        September 4, 2011 at 5:30 am |
  25. Freddie

    How come nobody talks about illegal wiretaps on U.S. citizens anymore.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  26. Roberto

    Ask him some really hardball questions, like where he plans to spend his next vacation. Make him promise it won't be at Martha's Vineyard, I want to watch him squirm.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  27. jenncoolva

    TRAITOR! WAR CRIMINAL! The blood of millions of innocent people is on his hands.

    I pray that when he finally does die he comes to the harsh realization that the hell that he created on Earth is his for eternity!

    September 1, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  28. Peter

    The reason why Dick Cheney and George W. Bush will never be indicted on War Crimes is simple. The government DOESN'T CARE ABOUT US at all and our voices will never be heard. Same reason why we never attacked the country that sent all the 9-11 highjackers over here, instead we attacked a sovereign country that had once tried to make an assassination attempt on Bush's father.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  29. barbequebob

    Cheney is a war criminal and belongs in jail being waterboarded daily

    September 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  30. Craig from Pa.

    The last I heard, this scumbag asked for, and got ,an extension of Secret Service protection a few years ago. Now this is still being paid for by we taxpayers. They need budget cuts?? Here is some fat that needs trimmed. It is bad enough that this worthless piece of evil gets a pension and benefits for the rest of his miserable life, and now continuing Secret Service protection bought and paid for by us?? Didn't he make enough money off all his dealings to be able to afford this protection out of his own pocket??? Who in the hell is really on welfare?? This Ba$$tard should be in prison for the rest of his life...Now that, I wouldn't mind paying for!!

    September 1, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
    • Republican in Rehabilitation

      Wouldn't you think YOU would need Secret Service Protection, too, if you started a FAKE WAR?!!?!?!???

      September 4, 2011 at 6:19 am |
  31. Grand Oil Party

    The sad truth is that America is about to vote these clowns back into power. Perry chose Rumsfeld to be his foreign policy advisor for all the upcoming debates. Republicans either have the shortest memories or the longest necks to stick their heads in sand. For example, Palin forgot the Bush Doctrine of preemptive war the second we invade Iraq.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  32. POD

    WMD -– Weapons of Mass Deception-–made billions for Halliburton

    September 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  33. Foreverwar

    He is a souless, foul war criminal, has the manners (and maybe the looks as well) of a buzzard and oh, also he really sucks at handling a shotgun.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  34. Quyen Vu

    Cheney has a dead brain. His mind frozen, determined to invade Iraq from the days he served the Bush Senior. He blinded on anything that did not fit this vision when he served Bush Junior. How many lives lost due this maniac guy's vision, how much money spent in this stupid war which gets this nation into a deeper hole of debt.

    He is indeed a war criminal, and a traitor. The world is much better without this guy.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  35. Rick

    Bush and Cheney should be in prison. Look what they did to this nation.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
  36. JoJo in Boston

    "I had other priorities in the '60s than military service." Dick Cheney, war profiteer and strong advocate of preemptive/preventative war and the use of torture, when asked about his multiple draft deferments during the Vietnam War.

    “I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.” Alan Greenspan, 2007, Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve 1987-2006.

    "I have indicated it was not in conformity with the U.N. Charter. From our point of view, from the charter point of view, it was illegal." Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, speaking on the American invasion of Iraq, September 16, 2004.

    "There were NOT sufficient reasons to unleash a war against Iraq. ……It was right to resist the war.” Pope Benedict XVI .

    “It is essential not to lose sight of the moral dimension of war. ……..The War in Iraq did not even come close to satisfying the requirements of a just war.” Ron Paul

    “Waterboarding is torture, period". Senator John McCain, American war hero and victim of torture during the Vietnam War.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • David

      God Bless you. May my dad rest in peace when these people are brought in cuffs to the Hague International tribunal

      September 1, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  37. Steve

    What the US should do is come clean.

    We supplied Saddam with precursors if not ought right chemical gas weapons in 1981. Why does it remain classified?

    September 1, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  38. Reggie

    Criminality decided by "objective historians"? OK, we need 12 of them. Prepare for opening arguements.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  39. Trevor

    Because of Dick Cheney and George W. Bush my Dad is dead. Not, to negate from the 5 or 6 thousand other Americans who's place is missing from the family Dinner table.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  40. socal

    Cheney is a criminal. We needlessly invaded a country, got Americans killed and all because Cheney and Bush were/are lying sacks of excrement.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
  41. JoJo in Boston

    Waterboard Chickenhawk Cheney until he confesses his lies and gives back his war profits to help us pay the trillion dollar debt for the Iraq War. That's NOT torture according to him.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
  42. Wired

    The CIA disagreed with the Bush administration 100% right up until the public reorganization of the CIA.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
    • David

      Haha. Hey, good point!!

      September 1, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  43. Mike A. , CO

    War criminal! One of the most patently evil men to ever hold high public office in this country.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • Tony


      September 1, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • parker

      I have said it once and I will say it again, Cheney, Bush and Rumsfeld should be tried as war criminals. All the evidnece points to blatant lying for self serving interests, yet NO ONE with voice or power is taking the steps and making the moves to try these murderers. Where is Dexter when you need him?

      September 1, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • Hawk

      I just wish that he had screwed up and addimitted his part in the planning and execution of 911.

      September 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
      • Gweneth

        You are absolutely right Sir!

        September 4, 2011 at 6:07 am |
    • philip

      Absolutely! Bring this demon to trial and make him not only pay with his time in prison but also with the millions upon millions of dollars that he and his family have rewarded themselves with as a result of their greed and utter disregard for humankind. They are loathesome

      September 1, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • Coug9

      Our involvement in Iraq was the correct action to take, period. The removal of the Hussein regime was going to happen sooner or later, either with him posessing WMD or not. I for one am glad he had not yet obtained working stockpiles of WMD. He used them on the Kurds, and he sure would have used them again as soon as he was able. At his trial, Hussein said "I didn't actually beleive the United States would invade". That mentality is extremelly dangerous! Countries around the world are now adopting this same position, developing WMD programs, assuming that the U.S. will take no action against them (see Iran, N. Korea, Syria). If we wait for these countries to develop working WMD, we will be too late. Security requires sacrafice, and its far better to be faught on OUR terms, instead of theirs.

      September 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
      • David

        Yeah, my Dad was killed as a result of his lies, and this fake War. Come to my family during dinnertime and try to explain your cause....I dare ya@!

        September 1, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
    • Peter

      A lot of finger pointing going on among ex-Bush White House occupants. And Republicans say that Obama blames others!

      September 1, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
    • Robert Akers

      Could not agree more with Mike A. Cheney should be in a docket in the Hague. Were he from any other country, he would be. Shame on the US for not prosecuting him.

      September 1, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
    • J

      They left out that the middle eastern intelligence services also pointed to WMD in Iraq as well. Not just US.

      September 1, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
      • Peter Pumkin Muncher

        Most eastern as well as british and western diplomats refuted the U.S. official stance that Iraq posed a threat. A few of them agreed, but undeterred diplomats within even those countries spoke out against the facade and deception, after they had left Office. Both the former and current Pope said we have no business invading Iraq and it is not a wise thing or appropriate.

        September 4, 2011 at 5:38 am |
    • GREG

      don't ya think ol wolf is part of the secrecy propaganda also, of course he is, ol Wolf doesn't let on as much as ol Wolf knows, time will expose all of these crimminals...

      September 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
    • Dr.K.

      Could not agree more. This man is a poisonous snake, a leader we should be deeply ashamed to have ever given power to.

      September 1, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  44. Jay

    How is this legal in any way for them to give the order to invade another country without cause? If ANY other country would have done the same it would be called War Crimes. That goes without hestiation. They lied to the people of the US trying to scare everyone saying the attack will come in a form of a mushroom cloud and attack Iraq. Don't even try the terrorist thing because there are more terrorist in countries like Saudi Arabia or Pakistan than Iraq.

    All of them are war criminals and our thousands of troops that died over there, died for nothing. Not only did we lose a lot of great soldiers and family members but the Iraqi civilians lost hundreds of thousands if not in the million range for deaths. But hey, at least the Bush entourage and their friends made a lot of money from this. Happy ending for them.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • Clarity007

      The Bush administration and all of congress who voted for the action should be held accountable. Are there any in the congress today?

      September 1, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • Roberto

      Um, let's see...YOU LIE!

      September 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
      • Penny

        You're outnumbered by at least 50-1. lol.

        September 1, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • Tony

      True, and from a bum who got 5 deferrments during the Vietnam war because he had "other priorities", like getting rich and powerful so he could help sell our country on an internation garage sale. He is too typical today.

      September 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • usafmsgt

      Ask Clinton about Yugoslavia.

      September 1, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • Mr. CSR

      War crimes? War Crimes!? We are the world's most powerful country. We pull the strings on our puppets in The Hague. To qualify for war crimes, OR crimes against humanity, you MUST be nearly powerless. Take a look at the history of war crimes and crimes against humanity. 'Justice' only comes knocking on the doors of the weak. When America collapses, when we have to decommission all of our super carriers and close our 700 military bases occupying foreign lands, only then will our righteous leaders be hunted.

      September 1, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
      • Penny

        I can see George Bush being hunted one day, just like his boy Saddam, door-to-door till they find him....AFTER the economic collapse and fall of the Fiat-based currency & economy!!

        September 1, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • Heh

      @ Jay, do you know what a 'cease-fire' is? Do you know what 'unconditional cease-fire' means? What happens if you BREAK a cease fire? You are again, at war.
      Iraq invades Kuwait. The world forms a coalition, and ousts them from Kuwait. Right then and there, in the middle of the desert, HALFWAY to Baghdad (where the coalition stopped advancing) Saddam agrees to the conditions set forth by the coalition, one of which is the dismantling of any and all weapons programs that he might have, with U.N. approved inspections for verification. (This was important then because he had already used chemicals against Iran, and the Kurds in the north prior to the Gulf War)
      So he agrees, the coalition disbands, and for the next 10 years he violates this agreement probably 100 times. Denying inspectors access to facilities, troops FIRING at clearly labeled U.N. aircraft carrying inspectors, ejecting the inspectors from the country time and time again. Even Clinton ordered numerous airstrikes to attempt to disable any possible production when these inspectors were not allowed to do their work.
      Technically, we were at War again with Iraq before Bush/Cheney ever even thought about running for office, due to Saddam breaking the 'unconditional cease-fire' agreement so many times.
      Fast forward, 9/11 happens, we go to Afghanistan, and what does Saddam do? Kicks the inspectors out AGAIN.

      Fact: We KNOW Saddam had used chemical weapons before.
      Fact: We know many were destroyed by inspectors.
      Fact: We had no way of knowing if ALL of them were destroyed by inspectors, due to Saddam's behavior over the previous 10 years with the weapons inspectors.
      Fact: We were already justified in going back, due to the repeated and blatant violations of the cease-fire agreement, without focusing on WMD's.
      If Saddam would have adhered to the agreement and allowed the inspections, he would still be alive, and we would have never gone back.
      I personally think Bush is a Moron. But there is only ONE person on this planet to blame for the Second Gulf War, and that person is Saddam Hussein.

      September 1, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
      • Penny

        Thanks, Dick, for your insights, as always, and, good luck on your book!!

        September 1, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
    • Mongo

      If I'm not mistaken, didn't almost every member of congress vote to enter this "fake" war? They were so afraid of being labeled as weak or as traitors, in the wake of 9/11, that they went along with it, knowing that the CIA report about the Iraqi 'yellow brick' uranium was false. Even the Wall Street Journal ran a story soon after the Iraqi invasion that stated that the US oil companies wanted Iraq to privatize their oil and the US companies would run the operations. How convenient.

      September 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  45. Senses

    Looking at his face and demeanour I see evil incarnated.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • POD

      'please allow me to introduce myself...I'm a man of wealth and taste......pleased to meet you.....won't you guess my name'

      September 1, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
    • Chainyanker

      And selfishness to the supreme mixed with greed and arrogance.

      September 1, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
  46. huxley

    The CIA told Cheney that the sources were unreliable, and that they did NOT believe Saddam had access to WMDs or nuclear materials. Thats on the record. It was well reported at the time. Cheney is just lieing even more when he tries to pin any discrepancies on the CIA or others in the US intelligence services.

    The problem was Cheney wanted to go to war. So he was willing to believe dubious sources outside our government, rather than listen to his own intelligence people, if it meant he had an excuse to take the US to war with Saddam Hussein.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
    • Chainyanker

      The conservatives, like Cheney saw spooky ghosts where there were none. For instance the 'mobile bio-warfare labs' were in fact mobile weather stations. But Cheney and his ilk saw germ warfare where there was none ... no proof, no evidence...nothing except their FEARS...cowards plain and simple every last one of them. And anyone that said differently got canned.

      September 1, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
    • Robrob

      Yep, that's why they went with the discredited source "HARDBALL" even though the Germans had discarded him as a nutcase.

      September 1, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
  47. John W

    Brilliant move, getting rid of Iran's biggest nemesis–Saddam and his Sunni minority. Since Iraq, like Iran is mostly Shiite, they will become ever friendlier. Iran is now free to devote it's energy to do what Saddam did not–develop WMD. And, we can't afford to do much about it. Greatest blunder since Viet Nam.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • ldean

      good point. I never even thought about that.

      September 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • Will

      Probably even worse than Vietnam. America could have shored up Afghanistan, but focused on opening a second front in Iraq. Now both nations are in complete anarchy a decade later. Iran and North Korea also ratcheted up their nuclear programs, knowing America was preoccupied with their other wars and wouldn't be able to do anything about it. Iraq was one of the worst blunders in world military history.

      September 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
      • Freddie

        This is true.

        September 1, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
  48. Enrique

    Simple: Cheney is a (neo)fascist. Period. Lies don't exist for such people since they already suffer delusions of grandeur. War criminal? Perhaps. Only he will ultimately know when he knocks on St. Pete's door and is refused entry. Then he better learn Spanish, 'cause el Diablo will be in charge of his soul.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  49. Xchrom

    Thanks to Dick Cheney and GW Bush for the 6000+ Americans soldiers murdered in the Oil War in Iraq and the Lithium War in Afghanistan!

    September 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  50. Robfrom MO

    It's amusing to see all these members of W's infamous administration blaming the other guy for the administration's awful debacles. It's a great example of no honor among thiefs. They are all liars and criminals.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • Grand Oil Party

      It seems like the GOP is really good at "blame the black guy (and gal)."

      September 1, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
    • newsreel

      It also clearly shows a very weak leader in Bush. A idiot politician who doesn't know much and has no great ambition. He was just happy to be able to steal the elction from Gore, then decided to just sit there enjoying the title president, and hire a bunch of hawks to run things for him. That is why he has no respect from them, and they are now openly fighting in public eyes. A very stupid leader who will go down badly in history.

      September 1, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  51. Happinessis

    Why are the words "Cheney" and "Treason" synonymous?

    September 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
    • John/kc

      At least Colin Powell was smart enough to see the lies and he resigned from that criminal administration. Cheney is the a low snake in the grass. I hope he doesn't think the gates of heaven await him, or is he one of those politicians that talks to God on a daily bases?

      September 1, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
  52. Sid Prejean

    If, "the world is better off without him in power" were the generally-accepted yardstick for commencing military action, no wonder this bum spent eight years in a "secure undisclosed location."

    By the way, I'm a criminal defense lawyer and, in my experience, "everybody's lying but me" is rarely a winning strategy.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  53. Gene Brady

    Why are these dogs still free? Why haven't they been charged with hundreds of crimes? What traitor would give these dogs a book deal? What fool would buy it? I could do this all night....

    September 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • Roberto

      Because Obama decided we need to look ahead, not back. What a jerk, the first thing he should have done was start an investigation and throw the book at these traitors. Can't say as I blame him though, they probably promised to kill his family if he didn't just sweep it all under the rug.

      September 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
  54. jsquires

    Cheney is a liar and war criminal, plain and simple. This man deserves to be thrown in a cell and left to rot their for the erst of his miserable life. Instead, his rotten old heart keeps beating at taxpayer expense and he's living high off the hog due to his war profiteering work for Halliburton. He's a national disgrace.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  55. Tom

    Cheney is unquestionably one of the most vile and reprehensible people ever to serve in our government. Bush made one of his biggest mistakes right off the bat when he picked that despicable cretin as VP.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
    • Hawk

      Go back and read history. bush didn't choose cheney. cheney chose his self.

      September 1, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  56. Brett

    Iraq had WMD's as a direct result of Cheney & Rumsfeld GIVING them to him to kill the Iranians!! Do we really need to bring up the pictures? Is our recollection of history THAT narrow? How soon, we forget. We should be going to war with ourselves, if anything. That would make more sense...I'm not saying that it DOES make any sense though.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  57. Brett

    Iraq had WMD's as a direct result of Cheney & Rumsfeld GIVING them to him to kill the Iranians!! Do we really need to bring up the pictures? Is our recollection of history THAT narrow? How soon, we forget. We should be going to war with ourselves, if anything. That would make more sense. I'm not saying that it DOES make any sense.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  58. Timetraveler

    "It appears the 'intelligence' we fabricated out of thin air, sold as truth and immediately acted upon toward our own interests was... flawed. Oh well, what are ya gonna do."

    September 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  59. Glenn

    Honestly Mr. Blitzer, I wonder who really cares what Mr. Cheney has to say! He has shown his true colors. The real question is whether the world will hold him accountable for his acts of lawlessness? Why would George Bush give him 2 presidential pardons when the man was never indicted? They might keep him out of US jails, but he should be tried in the Haag for international war crimes. Cheney is a politician that has tarnished the office of the Vice Presidency, we should be glad he no longer is in office and has virtually no chance of ever holding a top US office again. It is time to move on and make this a great country again, by not allowing a person like Mr. Cheney to lie to us putting us in a position of international disfavor.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
    • Peter

      What Pardons? What is this you speak about. I have never heard about this *once* from the mainstream newsmedia, and I watch several different channels a day. Is this really true??

      September 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  60. SoSad

    Cheney is just a SICK individual. He actually believe's he's right! It's because he f'd in the head. He made millions and millions of dollars, yet all that gold is worthless, because he's got a bad heart. Those that will profit by his blood money, illegal gains, will be his family. They in turn will suffer because of this Blood Money. The cycle will end with him!

    September 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  61. Thomas

    Hi Wolf, I just heard you make that statement about condemning outrageous language amongst congressmen and such. Thank you for having the cojones to say the thing that needs said at such a moment.
    I can appreciate the ill will and rancor of the various parties, we have reached that level now. the world is full of fear and hate and war and devastations of nature. These fools in congress, who hold the reins of our world in their greasy palms, can hardly wait to destroy themselves in ugly little skirmish's for power. They disgust me, all of them. I believe Obama is trying to help the great masses of poor here in the USA, while those others associated with the republican and tea party are being obstructionist and difficult cause they dont like a black man in the office, and they're stupid, other then that im sure they are fine, but driving the country to its knees with the debt debate fiasco, thats wrong.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  62. Lagos

    The book isn't re-opening the debate, people in the media who care about completely irrelevant people are re-opening the debate.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  63. telrider

    Intelligence was “flawed! Is this ananswer you will give for over 3000 American troops lifes lost? He is not only a lier, but an imposter as well. World might be better off without Saddam but it would have been much better off without Bush and you Mr. Chaeney.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
    • Allen

      Er...try over 6000 dead and 40000+ wounded. And that doesn't count allied deaths, contractor deaths, or civilian deaths in the countries we invaded. It also doesn't count the 3000 killed on 9/11 because Bush ignored Clinton's warnings about Al Qaeda and Rice ignored the warnings about people learning to fly planes without landing them.

      September 1, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
  64. Richard Bell

    It is a known fact that the Clinton administration had the same flawed intelligence and stated the same things:

    I am not a big Cheney fan, but saying he "lied" about this subject is not true and to pursue it denigrates your journalistic integrity.

    One could also argue that the intelligence was flawed was due to the cuts and reorg to the intel community.


    September 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Peter

      Thanks Dick...Cheney. Peekaboo icu. lol. Don't worry, you'll get your chance when you're interviewed tomorrow.

      September 1, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
    • standingwave

      But somehow the Clinton administration managed NOT to go to war over it.

      September 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • Jan Payne

      The Snopes article also said that the some of the quotes were truncated and should be considered in context – as in, the Dems were against unilateral military intervention as a first response. There is a difference between an enemy who is boasting that they may develop these weapons and actually doing it.

      September 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
    • Mac Qurashi

      Clinton did not attack a country at a cost of trillions dollars and destroyed the lives of hunderes of thousands of people, not only in Iraq but also the of our troops. In the case of Cheney and others who were involved in this conspiracy they had many sources refuting the flawed intelligence. They were driven by a flawed ideology that blinded them to any information that did not fit into their schemes. Of course it does not hurt if thier buddies made billions in providing the contract services.

      September 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • philip

      Tell me about it Richard... having lost two brothers in a war created by this satanic individual, perhaps I could have you call their children and wives to explain. Shame on him and shame on you

      September 1, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
    • Glenn

      It's amazing that noone is commenting on your posts, much less disputing what you say. They just don't want to face the truth.

      September 1, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
    • Nick

      The gist of those quotes is mostly that they were concerned about the potential development of WMD's in Iraq, not the current existence of them. And the reality was that they neutralized that development quite effectively with targeted airstrikes, and likely could have continued to do so. And this at a savings of billions of dollars and 1000's of American lives! When adults are in power, ground wars are an absolute last resort. Not so with Bush and Cheney.

      September 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
    • Inglourious

      Remind me, how many troops did Clinton send in to Iraq?

      September 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  65. Dave in Canada

    Whats the difference between Cheney and all other war criminals, None at all,You freedom loving Americans should demand he is put on trial and every family that lossed a loved one in Irag should be allowed to testify

    September 1, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
    • Roberto

      Stay out of this you socialist!

      September 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
  66. Bob Straight

    This is nothing more than a side show that continues to distract US citizens from demanding an unvarnished assessment of how G.W. Bush and his supporters guided (better termed misguided) the nation into a war that was neither necessary nor justified for all the reasons cited by Bush, Rumsfield, Powell, Rice, and Wolfowitz. Lies, half-truths, and fear tactics were employed to scare the American people into supporting the invasion of Iraq. That is the truth, and that truth was voiced by numerous government officials and former government officials, both civilian government and military.

    And the sideshow will continue until Bush and these other figures are deceased and can no longer be held responsible for their actions.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
    • telrider

      If you check into Wolfowitz's religion! You will findout out the reason behind all this interests!!

      September 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
    • Javier

      I agree with you Bob 100% But, the points you share are just the tip of the iceberg. These "Evil doers" are the real thing. They are part of the elite. These DEMONS are so powerful in fact, they literally can do anything they want without fear of retribution or incarceration. This is why they lied to us as a nation, illegally invaded and destroyed Iraq, stole their museum or should I say, SOLD their museum to the highest bidders from around the globe. Depleted Uranium has been barred from any war and agreed upon by most of the world's countries. So what did the bush admin. do? used RADIOACTIVE material on Fallujah and now this city will forever be uninhabitable forever. The crimes these idiots have done over their 8 yr. reign of terror, are unspeakable, illegal, immoral, inhumane and I can go on forever with this atrocious gaggle of cowards.

      September 1, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
      • Tad Pole

        I do not take issue with any of your political views, as they are yours to have just like anyone else. However I have to correct you on your concerns regarding depleated uranium. As a heavy metal it is indeed poisonous (not unlike lead), but the radioactive threat that results from it hitting a suitably hard metal is not really much to worry about. It does produce a small amount of radioactive dust, but the half life of those particles are quite short and would only be a threat to those in the immediate vacinity. Personally I think the bullet itself is a much much larger threat than the dust from the impact.

        September 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
  67. TSK

    Although I think we jumped the gun going into Iraq, it was not just Cheney, the administration and US intelligent claiming Iraq had WMDs. It was also intelligent agencies from other countries like France and England. At least they had Saddam threatening to use these weapons he did not have. I really have no clue about why we went into Libya. Yeah people don’t like Gadhafi but he was not threatening other countries. We got involved in a civil war and picked sides. Total nation building, something he have not done overtly before.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • The last grownup has left the building

      Didn't Hillary, John and Al all have their little fingers in the mud pie, wanting to buff up their defense cred for their presidential runs?

      September 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
      • Roberto

        To answer your question, no. They were cowed into going along with it because they knew if they didn't they'd be labeled as soft on terrorism. Why the GOP'ers who were against getting involved in Libya weren't labeled as such is beyond me, seems like it would have been easy pickin's for the Dem's to use the hypocrite card. Effing wimps.

        September 1, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • Brett

      Ghaddafi was engaged in Mass Genocide there genius same as that subhuman filth president of Sudan that president Bush let kill the Christians off in his Country by the tens of thousands. I'm glad not everybody thinks like you.

      September 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • wjs

      So, TSK, if Qhadafi wasn't a threat to anyone, why did Libya invade Chad?

      September 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  68. DonovanM

    Cheney is a war criminal and a traitor. I hope I live long enough to someday see him stand trial for his crimes.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  69. Emerald Laughter

    I only have two words for Cheney: War Criminal.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  70. Byrd

    Cheney and Bush both lied throughout their time in office and the Press never called them on it once. They should both be sitting in cages at The Hague.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • Timetraveler

      Hear hear.

      September 1, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • The last grownup has left the building

      Eight years of constant bickering against Bush, Cheney and the lead up to the war. You seem to share the same cognitive skills revealed by those calling Cheney a war criminal. 17 UN resolution, a senate resolution authorizing force, and an international coalition which Bush / Cheney were willing to lead. The fact that the Obama administration altered the definition of waterboarding after the fact, does not a criminal make. Waterboarding is less torture than an Obamaprompted speech.

      September 1, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
      • Roberto

        N'yuk, n'yuk, you is so funny.

        September 1, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
      • standingwave

        Just because others bought the lie doesn't make it any less a lie.

        September 1, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
      • Inglourious

        Waterboarding was prosecuted by the USA as a war crime in the aftermath of WWII.

        September 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • steve

      You cannot be president of the USA without being a killer and a liar. From Washington to Obama.

      September 1, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  71. Rich

    Wolf I do not think that there was ever any doubt that Saddam Hussein had at one time been given WMD's and the means to develop his own WMD'S by America and Britain prior to
    9-11. We knew they had them at one time we just did not know that they no longer had any because they killed their own people with them. The administrations that gave Saddam WMD's were hoping that they would use them against Iran and they didn't. In that context America and Britain are both directly responsible for those killed with the WND's because they provided them.

    Then some years later after 9-11 Bush and Cheney decided to go after Saddam without properly vetting their intelligence. Remember now that Iraq did not attack us on 9-11 yet Bush and company attacked them claiming afterwards that Saddam needed to go. Sorry folks that dog will not hunt. They did not just kill Saddam they killed many innocent civilians that did absolutely nothing to America but happened to live in the same city Saddam did. Billions and billions of dollars later we are still in Iraq. Was it a mistake? You bet it was a mistake. It was a mistake of monumental proportion costing over 4000 American lives and countless of other lives piled up in it's wake. Cheney can write all the fiction he want's to but it will not change the facts.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • Correction

      Sorry, Rich, I just have to make a correction. "..billions and billions" of dollars spent on the unnecessary war, should be TRILLIONS! It's staggering just to think how much we spent and what our country would look like if we'd spent that money on ourselves instead. Every single school-age child would have a laptop, everyone would have medical coverage, and every person would have food on his table. So not only did Cheney and his puppet Bush murder thousands, they simultaneously deprived our own citizens of a pot of gold we could have used to make our country great. But no, we're in a horrible recession as a result of that and our own greed...oh well, that's a whole other subject!

      September 1, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
  72. The last grownup has left the building

    Cheney "continues to insist that Saddam Hussein was a menace, and that the world is better off without him in power.", and somehow that is in question? But we had sufficient reason to invade Libya, provided we lead from behind?
    It seems that we target only those that aren't aligned with the biggest threat in the middle east, Iran. Why do we allow the attrocities to continue in Syria? Why does the present administration placate Iran?

    September 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • applepious

      Its spelled O, I , L.

      September 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
      • Glenn

        And how have we benefited "oil-wise" from this?

        September 1, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
    • jsquires

      You forget that Gadhaffi was actually responsible for terrorism and the deaths of American citizens, as well as citizens of our allies. Saddam Hussein was not. Gadhaffi deserved to be punished for Lockerbie. Hussein had nothing to do with terrorism and, in fact, served as a natural buffer to Iran.

      September 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
    • standingwave

      We didn't invade Libya.We went there at the request of it's citizens and the Arab League as part of a NATO action.Absolutely no comparison to Iraq/Afghanistan.Furthermore we had agreements explaining exactly what each ally would do.Your logic is weak.

      September 1, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  73. Super FishFan

    Blitzer and CNN are warmongering presstitutes. Nothing but propaganda lies.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • clwyd

      You are FOX brain dead!

      September 1, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
  74. vet in tx

    “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us.”

    Until Biden or Obama make powerful statement like this, then W and Cheney were THE WORST administration in American history, PERIOD!

    I want all the TPer/GOP/conservatives to subtract the cost of this war (in the trillions) from Barry's budget and see how much he's really spent. Your lack of yelling in streets then, takes away any credibility you have regarding lower spending, and any credibility you have picking leaders. Any of you who voted for them twice............definitely do not know how to spot frauds, and based on the people leading the current polls, and their pasts that make them unelectable according to your litmus test, really shows how bad you are at choosing a good president.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  75. dinak

    Obama, a trillion dollars, and jobs. Now that should be the headline.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • Chainyanker

      On the other hand don't forget that Donald Rumsfeld said the cost of the Iraq war was going to be '50 billion tops.' Please read the book 'The Three Trillion Dollar War' by Joseph Stiglitz (2001 Nobel Prize-winner in economics, and Professor at Columbia) and Linda Bilmes, Harvard University expert on public policy and finance.
      Also the trillion that you accuse Obama of spending has a lot to do with trying to clean up the mess and near financial catastrophe George W. Bush should see the PBS Frontline documentary entitled 'The Warning' ... which of course the Bush administration totally ignored and canned the highly qualified person who gave the warning. You are mis-informed, research the WHOLE truth.

      September 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  76. Doug

    Simply put: Cheney is a liar and a pathological one at that. The man knows no truth in the normal sense and simply believes his own lies. Be gone with him.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  77. FauxNews

    Wonder who was the last President to take responsibility for their actions? George Bush gave the Military orders to invade Iraq. George Bush was in command and responsible for invading Iraq. Why is this point even being debated among his underlings?

    September 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • dinak

      Why don't u play back all of Obama's stump speeches and particularly his claims about what his trillion-dollar stimulus would do – also take a look at all of his promises about what Obama care would and would not do – looks like liars are everywhere.

      September 1, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
      • Thomas

        ... Yes buts its a bit about the numbers of dead people also.

        September 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
      • applepious

        The stimulous plan didnt send American Soldiers into an avoidable war to sacrifice thier lives so Cheney could take a bath in oil.

        September 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
      • Kris

        Stump speeches were goals that were not met maybe because of the huge opposition from the other party. Lying about intelligence then outing the CIA agent that told the truth that send is a little different than a campaign promise that is blocked. How many people died because of his lies?

        September 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  78. deuce

    Better get The Imperial March from Star Wars licensed and queued up before he gets there. I can think of no more appropriate entrance for that treasonous murderous dirt bag. He should be imprisoned for life for War Crimes, after a healthy does of waterboarding, that is...

    September 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  79. Martin

    Cheney lied to start the Iraq war so he could generate vast profits for his cronies at Halliburton. Treason, war profiteering, war crimes and torture will be the only legacy of Dick Cheney.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • The last grownup has left the building

      Halliburton continues to operate at a profit, and continues to handle defense department contracts; even in the age of Obama. But and the eyes of liberals profits are a bad thing, companies like Solydra are the busness model of the future. Profits are bad, but squandering hundred of millions of dollars in an environmental smoke and mirrors scheme it good.

      September 1, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
      • Linda

        What the heck are you talking about? You sound like Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck-
        no truth, no sense, only hatred –
        God Bless America

        September 1, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
  80. jdog

    Cheney is a war criminal, plain and simple

    September 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  81. Ames IA

    Cheney deserves every characterization that has come his way. There is no amount of screaming, recrimination or true justice that will come in his life that will make him see that he is evil. He will get his reward when that ticker of his finally gives out.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  82. Jose Wan Sekiavich

    that's okay, most of the American public could care less and wouldn't know a lie if they were telling it themselves.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  83. scott

    what, a bush administration member lie to the american people...never happen...i guess this is payback for the president not issuing scoter libby a pardon. pres bush, u should watchh your back, because vp cheyneys next book will be a pop-up about how you were drunk at the wheel...

    September 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  84. Jim

    I've get to meet anyone who believes a word that comes out of Cheney's mouth.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  85. clwyd

    Prick Cheney is a lying animal! Bring him to trial as war criminal or just forget the trial and go on with the execution! Or take the batteries out of the heart pump!

    September 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  86. Joseph B

    Please ask Mr. Cheney the following question: if the CIA got it so wrong, why was the head of CIA George Tenet given the Medal of Freedom?

    September 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • The last grownup has left the building

      The same reason Melson was promoted to the Justice Department. Why was Obama given the Nobel Peace Prize?

      September 1, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  87. Mark

    Dick should be in jail and you Wolf as a caring American should be leading the charge, but you won't because CNN the once great news organization is but a shell of itself.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  88. dickho

    why is he not in jail?

    September 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  89. Bob Zmuda

    Cheney should be in JAIL. Instead he's being interviewed on TV so he can sell more books. Sad.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  90. Me

    CNN, why are you giving Cheney airtime???? He is an arrogant liar and cares for no one but Dick Cheney. He should be in jail.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  91. Keith Belk


    Why are you covering for Cheney? The interview? There is no news here except that Cheney is trying to write history.
    Many of the issues have been decided, based on facts and many people involved. Watching Mary Matalin lask week was disgudting. You think news is your making a statement and then getting both sides to comment. In many of these cases, there is only one side, the truth.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  92. kayla

    i believe the world would be a better place without you too.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  93. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    How about this, they all lied because they were in it together.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm |

    All you have to do is look at the bloodline to realize why they are contradicting Cheney. It's not hard to figure for they will stick together like glue whether right or wrong. And they're wrong because all of us in the military know that Hussain had weapons of mass destruction because America furnished them to them. However, no one knew the fool would turn around a month later and kill 3,000 Kurds in three villages in Iraq just to see how the gas worked. The people were Kurds, so expendable. Hussain didn't care. But the Iraq was very much neccessary for no one knew after that what the fool would do with the weapons. He had too much time to hide or give them away before attacked. The ignorant of military tactics need to keep their ignorant mouths shut. I thought better of Gen. Powell and that he would truth up. But oh how we can misjudge a man. Especially when one tries so hard not to classify.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • Robrob

      Sorry but you are simply wrong. Iraq had NO weapons of mass destruction. Had NO programs to develop WMD. Had NO connection to al Qada or 9/11. Hadn't left its borders in 12 years. Meanwhile our ALLY Pakistan was arming al Qada, sheltering Osama Bin Laden and selling nuclear weapons technology to North Korea.

      Iraq was the wrong war.

      September 1, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  95. I tea-bag/teabaggers

    "Cheney denies he lied. He says the intelligence was “flawed.” He says the CIA and other intelligence agencies got it wrong. " What this devil spawn doesn't get is that They were the ultimate decision makers. They are responsible for what happend, not the CIA. This is what astounds me, isn't there some sort of war crime here?? Cheney and friends are responsible for thousands of U.S. soldiers deaths and tens of thousands Iraqi deaths. Why aren't they in jail or hanging next to Saddam??!!

    September 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • Robrob

      t"he CIA and other intelligence agencies got it wrong."

      Three words you will NEVER hear coming out of Cheney's mouth, "We were wrong."

      Funny how Germany, France, Canada and most of the other developed nations knew Iraq didn't have any WMD. Wonder when Cheney will get around to appologizing to them?

      September 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
  96. Thomas

    “objective historians” eventually will get to the truth.

    They have ,
    No WMDs, Three trillion dollars in debt over ten years of war , 60 billion wasted on government contractors and corruption..

    What time frame dose this angry old man not understand about history !
    He looks like the sad man who cant save his ass and his face at the same time , yet knowing his life is coming to an end.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  97. George

    Does he merely mention Blacks as having done a "lesser" job? And does he make mention of the "secluded" meetings he admits to having had with major corporate representatives for reasons still unknown?

    September 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  98. Master Yoda

    In this one, strong, the Dark Side is

    September 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • S

      Please move out of your parents basement

      September 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  99. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Cheney is an unstable, vicious liar!

    September 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  100. Ashera(J.R.)

    Words from someone with a fork tongue: should never be trusted. Someone should sue him and those around him for the disgrace economy; for the USA. The domino effect it had on the worlds economy, is staggering. Giving him, and those like him news time, is a waste and a bad joke!

    September 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
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