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…