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Why Do You Think They Call Him Dick?

Topics: Politics, Popular Media | Add A CommentBy admin | June 17, 2008

Dick Cheney explains why we shouldn’t invade Iraq.

Dick Cheney explains why, if the U.S. had continued to Baghdad in the first Gulf War, there “…would have been a U.S. occupation of Iraq…” and how it would have been “…a quagmire if you go that far and try to take over Iraq…”

Q: Do you think the U.S., or U.N. forces, should have moved into Baghdad?
CHENEY: No.
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 eastern Iraq the Iranians would like to claim, 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.