Friday, January 21, 2005

Cheney: It's the Dead People's Fault (oh, and Saddam's Too)

Cheney Blames 'Miscalculation' for Slow Iraq Recovery

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday that he overestimated the pace of Iraq's recovery from the U.S.-led invasion because he didn't realize the lasting devastation wrought by Saddam Hussein on his people after the first Gulf War.

Asked to name his mistakes in planning the war in Iraq, Cheney said he had not anticipated how long it would take the Iraqis to begin running their own country.... "I think the hundreds of thousands of people who were slaughtered at the time [1991], including anybody who had the gumption to stand up and challenge him, made the situation tougher than I would have thought," he said on "The Don Imus Show" on the radio.

"I would chalk that one up as a miscalculation...." Cheney said.

So Cheney's sole error was in underestimating the devastation wrought by Hussein. How can a man with such a poor heart take on such a heavy burden? -- Grace.

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