On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace had an exclusive interview with Vice President Dick Cheney. For a moment it looked like he might not squander it. Wallace challenged Cheney:
A number of statements that you made in the run-up to the war in Iraq turned out not to be accurate, the administration argues, because of a worldwide intelligence failure. But I just want to ask you something about them.
You said, in the run-up to the war, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. You said we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons, and then clarified that to be “nuclear weapons capability.” You said U.S. forces will be greeted as liberators.
But then Wallace’s Fox News instincts kicked in:
I’m less interested, because I think it’s somewhat plowed ground, what you said and what you knew and all of that. I’m more interested in what you took away from the experience.
In other words, Wallace is saying: I’m not interested in whether you knowingly misled the American people. I’m interested in how you grew as a person from the experience.