Dick Cheney: Interviews & Speeches: Transcripts & Citations

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This article is part of SourceWatch's coverage of Dick Cheney, Vice President during the George W. Bush administration:
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The following are transcripts and citations for interviews and speeches by Dick Cheney.








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  • "What we did in Iraq was exactly the right thing to do. If I had it to recommend all over again, I would recommend exactly the same course of action."—Cheney, during the Vice Presidential Debate, October 5, 2004. [1] [2]
  • "We know (Saddam Hussein)'s been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons, and we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons."—Cheney on ­ Meet the Press, March 16, 2003.
  • "And the question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth? And the answer is not very damned many."—Cheney, at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington, August 1992. [3]
  • "I think that the proposition of going to Baghdad is also fallacious. I think if we were going to remove Saddam Hussein we would have had to go all the way to Baghdad, we would have to commit a lot of force because I do not believe he would wait in the Presidential Palace for us to arrive. I think we'd have had to hunt him down. And once we'd done that and we'd gotten rid of Saddam Hussein and his government, then we'd have had to put another government in its place. What kind of government? Should it be a Sunni government or Shi'i government or a Kurdish government or Ba'athist regime? Or maybe we want to bring in some of the Islamic fundamentalists? How long would we have had to stay in Baghdad to keep that government in place? What would happen to the government once U.S. forces withdrew? How many casualties should the United States accept in that effort to try to create clarity and stability in a situation that is inherently unstable? I think it is vitally important for a President to know when to use military force. I think it is also very important for him to know when not to commit U.S. military force. And it's my view that the President got it right both times, that it would have been a mistake for us to get bogged down in the quagmire inside Iraq."—Cheney at the Washington Institute's Soref Symposium, April 29, 1991. (archive.org)