Americans breathe sigh of relief.
If one picture is worth a thousand words, then a 1994 video of Dick Cheney that’s zooming around the Internet is priceless.
Actually, Cheney makes the point in less than 300 words that an invasion of Iraq wouldn’t be worth it. Remember, this is back in 1994, and Cheney is being questioned about the first Gulf War.
Here’s the video on YouTube. And here’s the transcript, thanks to the people at Associated Content:
Q: Do you think the U.S., or U.N. forces, should have moved into Baghdad?
Q: Why not?
Cheney: Because if we’d gone to Baghdad we would have been all alone. There wouldn’t have been anybody else with us. There would have been a U.S. occupation of Iraq. None of the Arab forces that were willing to fight with us in Kuwait were willing to invade Iraq.
Once you got to Iraq and took it over, took down Saddam Hussein‘s government, then what are you going to put in its place? That’s a very volatile part of the world, and if you take down the central government of Iraq, you could very easily end up seeing pieces of Iraq fly off: part of it, the Syrians would like to have to the west, part of it — eastern Iraq — the Iranians would like to claim, they fought over it for eight years. In the north you’ve got the Kurds, and if the Kurds spin loose and join with the Kurds in Turkey, then you threaten the territorial integrity of Turkey.
It’s a quagmire if you go that far and try to take over Iraq.
The other thing was casualties. Everyone was impressed with the fact we were able to do our job with as few casualties as we had. But for the 146 Americans killed in action, and for their families — it wasn’t a cheap war. And the question for the president, in terms of whether or not we went on to Baghdad, took additional casualties in an effort to get Saddam Hussein, was how many additional dead Americans is Saddam worth? Our judgment was, not very many, and I think we got it right.
This video is definitely worth 300 words, and though it’s deadly funny, it’s not worth 3,000 dead Americans.
Toppling Saddam was one thing. But Associated Content also has an intriguing 2006 piece about Cheney topping his wife.
Under the unimaginative headline “Did Dick Cheney Have Sex with His Wife One Night in October of 1965 Simply to Get Out of Vietnam?” Timothy Sexton notes this:
On October 26, 1965, the Selective Service changed its mind about married men being drafted. It would now accept married men without children, though married men with children would remain exempt.
At the time, Cheney was classified 1-A, eligible to be drafted. If he had children, he’d be reclassified 3-A.
Sexton counts backward from the birth of Cheney’s daughter Liz on July 28, 1966. Whadda you know: There’s almost exactly nine months’ difference. Sexton, in his mean-spirited piece, figures that Dick impregnated wife Lynne in late October 1965, right when he learned that married men without children were going to be drafted.
And Sexton points out that Cheney was re-classified from 1-A to 3-A in January 1966. That would be shortly after it was confirmed that Lynne was pregnant.
That spared Dick Cheney from Vietnam. I was a psychiatric 4-F during that war, and I’m still nuts, but that doesn’t mean I was crazy enough to have sex with Lynne Cheney in 1965 or invade Iraq in 2003.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 16, 2007