HT to the smartest guys around at PowerLine…
From FoxNews Sunday with Chris Wallace.
WALLACE: You don’t get the choice to make it 20/20 hindsight. In 2007-2008, was it a mistake not to take out [the Iranian nuclear] program?
CHENEY: I think it was very important that the military option be on the table. I thought that negotiations couldn’t possibly succeed unless the Iranians really believed we were prepared to use military force.
And to date, of course, they’re still proceeding with their nuclear program and the matter has not yet been resolved. We can speculate about what might have happened if we’d followed a different course of action.
As I say, I was an advocate of a more robust policy than any of my colleagues. But I didn’t make the decision.
WALLACE: Including the president.
CHENEY: The president made the decision, and obviously we pursued the diplomatic avenues.
WALLACE: Do you think it was a mistake to let the opportunity, when you guys were in power, go, knowing that here was Barack Obama and he was going to take a much different…
CHENEY: I’m going to — if I address that, I’ll address it in my book, Chris.
WALLACE: It’s going to be a hell of a book.
CHENEY: It’s going to be a great book.
The thought of Dick Cheney’s book at the top of the NYT Bestseller List for months on end causes electric shocks to run up my leg. Geez I wish Nancy had impeached GWB.
Here we see a real leader who cares about national security and understands that sometimes really hard decisions are the right decisions. I’ve been saying for the last couple of years that GWB spent most of the last five years of his Presidency under his desk in the Oval Office and I think that opinion is being ratified with time. Even as bad as I thing GWB was, he was a stand-up man of courage compared to the guy who’s hiding out in Martha’s Vineyard. I hope we can survive back-to-back renditions of Jimmy Carter… the “almost Jimmy” President followed by the “gee I miss Jimmy” President.
I miss Dick.