Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney visited The Kelly File tonight where they talked up their anti-Obama screed in the Wall Street Journal and doubled down as Iraq war apologists. Host Megyn Kelly did a good job of challenging the former vice president in the first half of the interview. But in the second part, she handed them their talking points on a silver platter.
Early in the interview, Kelly said to Dick Cheney, “Time and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong… in Iraq, sir. You said there was no doubt Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass distraction. You said we would be greeted as liberators. You said the Iraq insurgency was in the last throes, back in 2005. And you said that after our intervention, extremists would have to ‘rethink their strategy of jihad.’ Now, with almost a trillion spent there, with 4,500 American lives lost there, what do you say to those who say you were so wrong about so much?”
We’ll give Kelly her due props for that one. I can’t imagine anyone else on Fox asking such a question – even if it is almost certain she cleared this in some way with her higher ups beforehand.
Shorter Dick Cheney response: It’s all Obama’s fault.
Earlier in the segment, Cheney had said, “I think we went into Iraq for very good reasons.” And Kelly never really challenged that other than her question, above. And she challenged none of the self-serving crap that Cheney now emitted:
You’ve got to go back and look at the track record. We inherited a situation where there was no doubt in anybody’s mind about the extent of Saddam’s involvement in weapons of mass destruction. (Just forget how President Obama doubted it. Megyn Kelly certainly did.)
We had a situation where ...after 9/11, we were concerned about a follow-on attack… (with) something far deadlier, perhaps even a nuclear weapon. Saddam Hussein had a track record that nearly everybody agreed to. We had an overwhelming vote of approval from the Congress… Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, numerous others spoke to the difficulties of the intelligence that all of us saw with respect to this threat that Saddam Hussein represented. It would have been irresponsible for us not to act.
We did do the right thing and I think the troops performed magnificently. And now we are in a situation where what Liz and I posted in our op Ed this morning is it’s not just Iraq but it’s a whole pattern of behavior over the last six years that has refused to recognize that there is a war on terror, that we’ve got to move very aggressively to be able to deal with that. And this administration has repeatedly demonstrated that they don’t believe it. Barack Obama has stated repeatedly the terrorist threat’s gone, we got Bin Laden. That’s clearly …not the truth.
In fact, President Obama did not say the terrorist threat is gone. But Kelly let that go, too.
Then, at about 6:30 in the 11:14 video, Kelly began feeding the Cheneys attack openings. First, she said Vice President Joseph Biden was “celebratory about the situation in Iraq” and then asked Liz Cheney if she thought that was a “game changer in terms of the political way this is playing out from all the people who want to blame the Cheneys and the Bushes.” In other words, despite all those mistakes during the Bush administration, Kelly was suggesting that Obama would or should wind up as the political scapegoat.
With unintentional hilarity, Dick Cheney said he was glad to have “the opportunity to get out and talk about these issues in a very objective fashion.” Then, after some more Obama bashing, Kelly “asked,” “Do you think that President Obama is dangerous?”
Liz Cheney answered:
Yes… I think there’s no question. I think that he is unique in terms of a president who is sitting in the Oval Office who has made very clear that his desire is to weaken the nation. And whether you say it’s his intent, whether it’s naïveté, you can now look at the results of the policies of the last 6 ½ years. …There is no question but that he’s a dangerous president and that we’ve got to fight back.
Watch the interview below, if you’ve got the stomach.
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So she is the perfect Fox pundit. And Dick cannot resist the limelight because he knows he can garner attention for a day or so.
But the current administration ins’t going to pay much attention to them. And the public gives it the same importance as it would for, say, the Kardashians.
So they are basically harmless and, more importantly, cannot affect change. I suspect that drives them crazy.
“Dickey holds the title of The Most Dangerous Man in America. He’s not about to relinquish his title to anyone.”
Hmmmmmmmmmmm, with all due respect Antoinette, what about RUPERT MURDOCH (aka Herr Goebbels II), CEO of News Corporation, the parent company of Faux Spews Channel? Remember this ancient proverb? :
HE WHO CONTROLS THE MEDIA CONTROLS THE MASSES!
And mark my words Antoinette: Herr Goebbels II’s media empire is ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY ENORMOUS! It reaches about 80% of the world’s population. Here is a link that backs this up: