Two letters in yesterday’s War Street Journal

Cheney Was Right, But Long Ago in 1994

The headline of your editorial “Dick Cheney Is Still Right” (Sept. 10) is absolutely correct if one is referring to his 1994 statement.

The headline of your editorial “Dick Cheney Is Still Right” (Sept. 10) is absolutely correct if one is referring to his 1994 statement. In response to the question of why the U.S. didn’t push ahead to Baghdad after the liberation of Kuwait he said: “It’s a quagmire if you go that far and try to take over Iraq.” Many other statements in this 1994 interview were spot on and in hindsight are prophetic. One hundred forty-six Americans were killed in the 1994 conflict. In further justifying not pushing on to Baghdad, he asked “how many additional dead Americans is Saddam worth?” Again, Mr. Cheney was right in his answer “not very many.”

To now say he is right about the most recent strategy and tactics totally ignores his direct involvement in creating the situation after 9/11.

Mr. Cheney was right in 1994, but since then he has made horrific mistakes and chosen his own facts which too many Americans are willing to accept. “Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it” is a lesson we continue to forget.

John Miller

Dallas

The Middle East is a complicated place that breeds unintended consequences. Various factions have been warring for centuries. The countries that are directly affected like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan and Iran will never take responsibility for their own defense as long as we are there to spend our blood and treasure.

John Melin

Seattle

2 responses to “Two letters in yesterday’s War Street Journal

  1. Why are remarks from Dick Cheney of interest today? Except for his occasional appearance on TV or in radio interviews, or writing an opinion piece now and then, Cheney is not involved today in setting policy or counseling a president. In fact, most of his recent interviews/opinions have been either to hawk his wife’s book about James Madison (an over-priced, tedious bore and nothing in it that hadn’t been written before – Richard Beeman’s “Plain, Honest Men” was much more informative and interesting) or to continue to validate/justify his lousy advice to President Bush (he, along with Karl Rove, spent the better part of seven years reading the tea leaves of international intrigues totally wrong and thus providing Bush with astoundingly self-defeating policy advice). Cheney’s only counsel today is to continue to do the same things that, in large part, created today’s U.S. relationships in the Middle East – a great success were Cheney’s policies, he said with great sarcasm.

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