Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on Monday that what the United States gained as a result of the war in Iraq was that Iraq now does not have weapons of mass destruction.
While professing that he’s not trying to blame Cheney or President Bush for doing anything wrong by invading Iraq, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly wondered what the U.S. got out of the whole thing. “They finger pointed you and Bush and I don’t want to do that,” O’Reilly said, “But we spent a $1 trillion on this with a lot of pain and suffering on the American military. What did we get out of it? Beside Saddam being out of there?”
While Cheney meandered for a few minutes, he finally settled on the main prize: an Iraq without weapons of mass destruction:
O’REiLLY: But what — right now, what do we — what do we get of Iraq for all of that blood and treasure? What do we get out of it?
CHENEY: What we gain and my concern was then and it remains today is that the biggest threat we face is the possibility of terrorist groups like al Qaeda equipped with weapons of mass destruction, with nukes, bugs or gas. That was the threat after 9/11 and when we took down Saddam Hussein we eliminated Iraq as a potential source of that.
Media Matters has the clip:
For Cheney And O’Reilly, The WMD Myth Is Alive And WellEdit descriptionmediamatters.orgOf course, Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction to eliminate. Hundreds of thousands dead or wounded and trillions of dollars spent later and, according to Cheney’s own metric, the U.S. ended up right back where it started in Iraq or maybe even worse.