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Cheney Tries to Whitewash Warnings About Iraqi Insurgency

Posted on Jun 19, 2006
Cheney whitewashes history

Vice President Dick Cheney, fielding reporters’ questions at the National Press Club, claimed that nobody anticipated the strength of the Iraqi insurgency. That claim, like the White House’s earlier claim that no one predicted that Hussein wouldn’t have any WMDs, seems completely false.

Speaking at a press conference today about the Iraqi uprising, the vice president said, “I don’t think anybody anticipated the level of violence that we’ve encountered….”

Problem is, Cheney’s statement seems patently false.

In January 2003 (two months before the invasion) President Bush received a report from the National Intelligence Council that “warned of a possible insurgency against the new Iraqi government or American-led forces, saying that rogue elements from Saddam Hussein’s government could work with existing terrorist groups or act independently to wage guerrilla warfare,” according to the New York Times.

Watch the video of Cheney’s admission and subsequent attempts at whitewash of history.


Crooks and Liars:

Q: Do you think that you underestimated the insurgency’s strength?

Cheney: I think so, umm I guess, the uh, if I look back on it now. I don’t think anybody anticipated the level of violence that we’ve encountered….

In 1992 Dick Cheney said this after the first Gulf War:

“And the question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth?” Cheney said then in response to a question.

“And the answer is not very damned many. So I think we got it right, both when we decided to expel him from Kuwait, but also when the president made the decision that we’d achieved our objectives and we were not going to go get bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq…



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By angelo, June 20, 2006 at 6:48 pm Link to this comment
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America’s motto under white Christian control: “It’s fun to shoot (brown) people.”

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By felicity smith, June 20, 2006 at 1:14 pm Link to this comment
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Politically correct is the fascism of the last 25 years.  Politicians don’t lie anymore - they misspeak.  Politicians don’t commit crimes - they misjudge. Criticize a government policy -  you’re a terrorist.  Question the veracity of the Vice President - you hate Bush.  And the most offensive?  The media whose responsibility it is to confront and air the lies, the crimes, the fraud. They have the access, they have the information and they have the airwaves and it is their responsibility to disabuse the American public when injustices and crimes against the state occur. In no other profession is there such widespread dereliction of duty.

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By William Day, June 20, 2006 at 10:13 am Link to this comment
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Cheny was not trying to whitewash anything.  He was just plain out lying! There is a difference: a half truth can be prettied up a little by whitewash; a downright lie is just that…a damn lie.

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By Mace Price, June 20, 2006 at 9:59 am Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter) be a public servant like Hillary?

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By C Quil, June 20, 2006 at 9:04 am Link to this comment
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Earth to Cheney: just about everybody predicted that things would get worse.

Even his own experts told him, but he refused to listen, preferring to fire them and hire someone who told him what he wanted to hear.

Why let the truth get in the way of a good story?

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By leilani, June 20, 2006 at 8:52 am Link to this comment
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By George S Semsel, June 20, 2006 at 6:31 am Link to this comment
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Why does anyone think we can expect honesty and truth from those in power? Have we learned nothing over the past ten years or so? Be warned - the opposition party does not offer anything different in its thinking. It is in the nature of politics to lie and cheat as one fills one’s coffers. Why else get into it?

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By Vic Anderson, June 20, 2006 at 6:28 am Link to this comment
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Just like Bush, a phony, a bully and a cheat.

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By Tom, June 20, 2006 at 6:18 am Link to this comment
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Exactly, Hilding.  This was my first reaction.  Didn’t Dick Cheney talk about this insurgency with Bush 41, and didn’t they use the fact of a rebellion against occupation as the reason not to occupy Iraq and Bagdad 15 years ago? To judge whether these “people” are either incompetent or untruthful to a criminal degree,
we should get a list of the things that “nobody anticipated”  which in fact were absolutely anticipated ( jets into buildings, NOLA levies breaking, violent opposition to occupation, war crimes trial in the Hague, etc. )

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By Mace Price, June 20, 2006 at 5:01 am Link to this comment
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It’s one thing to lie, and given the context of all this we have even come to expect it, if not be entertained by a kind of warped black humor it poses. But now for the first time, does Richard Cheney’s face relate a much, much different narrative. Namely the one you knew all along. This as you watch him labor for breath, and attempt to cough the fluid from a pair of congested lungs that his dying heart cannot, and his faded face sags and his exhausted eyes wander away from The Press in futility. It is the subdued face of a decrepit man whose arrogance has finally been betrayed by stark reality, yet fails to register a particle of regret…Fine Mr. Vice President. But remember, in due time and course the actual design and intent of this, the worst American Foreign Policy disaster since Vietnam, and all it has so God damned unnecessarily cost will come to light and I hope he lives to see it…In the end, no one can kill the truth without killing the last selective part of themselves. There is no dominion to lord over the dead.

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By Druthers, June 20, 2006 at 12:14 am Link to this comment
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This Cheney-Bish administration is composed of pathological liers.  Why should they anticipate anything?  All they have to do is lie their way out.  It is as though life is just a big wish list.
The real problem is why do citizens let them do it?

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By madeline boyle, June 19, 2006 at 10:42 pm Link to this comment
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Cheney is without heart as G. Anderson says. He and Bush and all their ilk are soul-less. How have they been able to sleep all these many nights knowing human beings are suffering and dying in agony because of their orders? They are madmen, psychopaths. I wish we could all march on WA, millions of us, like the Vietnam protests, camp on OUR White House lawn and stay there until idiot-dolt cries “Uncle” and brings our troops home.

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By G. Anderson, June 19, 2006 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment
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This is almost exactly what Mr. Cheney said last year..

We paid a bloody price to find out what you didn’t “anticipate”.. Mr. Cheney…. 2500 of America’s sons and daughters… and thousands of Iraqi innoscents….and billions of dollars for haliburton…..

It’s no coincidence that you wear a pacemaker, your own heart rebelled against your inhumanity years ago, now it’s kept ticking against it’s own will…

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By Joe, June 19, 2006 at 4:00 pm Link to this comment
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<<Why does a man like Cheney keep thinking he can keep lying to us? >>

Because our lapdog US Corporate Mainstream Media allows him and the rest of these slime balls to continue to lie to us and doesn’t expose them for the liars they are. Cheney knows he owns most of the press in the US and so he lies like a cheap rug.

<< Why is it that a 15-year-old gets it (Ava Lowery) and MSM talking heads don’t?>>

Because she isn’t run by huge corporations that make billions of dollars producing lazy infotainment instead of true journalism and they are.

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By Lance, June 19, 2006 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment
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Here are two working definitions for “patholgical liar:”

1)  Someone who truly believes whatever lies come out of his mouth to get through the moment.

2)  Dick Cheney

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By Hilding Lindquist, June 19, 2006 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment
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Isn`t what we are now facing in Iraq the very set of IDENTIFIED problems that President Bush #41 effectively avoided by not overthrowing Saddam Hussein in that first Gulf War? Why am I restating the obvious?

Why does a man like Cheney keep thinking he can keep lying to us?

And Bush, Cheney, Rice, and Rumsfeld are in charge of staying the course? The course THEY put us on? Isn`t there something totally absurd about letting failed leaders continue to lead? Where else would we do that?

Why is it that a 15-year-old gets it (Ava Lowery) and MSM talking heads don’t?

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