Vice President Dick Cheney is on a tear these days, standing up for his pal Alberto Gonzales, the Bush administration’s failed Iraq policy and his place in the executive branch (or not). But just when you thought you’d heard it all, Cheney came out with a shocking admission: He now knows he was wrong about the insurgency being in its “last throes.”
“My estimate at the time—and it was wrong, it turned out to be incorrect—was the fact that we were in the midst of holding three elections in Iraq, elected an interim government, then ratifying a constitution, then electing a permanent government, that they had had significant success, we’d rounded up Saddam Hussein.
“I thought there were a series of these milestones that would in fact undermine the insurgency and make it less than it was at that point. That clearly didn’t happen. I think the insurgency turned out to be more robust.”