“If you take down the central gov’t…you could… see… pieces of Iraq fly off”- Dick Cheney 1994

Dick Cheney on why the US shouldn’t invade Iraq (1994):

And if you take down the central government in Iraq, you could easily end up seeing pieces of Iraq fly off.

“Because if we had gone to Baghdad we would have been all alone. There wouldn’t have been anybody else with us. It would have been a U.S. occupation of Iraq. None of the Arab forces that were willing to fight with us in Kuwait were willing to invade Iraq. Once you got to Iraq and took it over and took down Saddam Hussein’s government, then what are you going to put in its place? That’s a very volatile part of the world. And if you take down the central government in Iraq, you could easily end up seeing pieces of Iraq fly off. Part of it the Syrians would like to have, the west. Part of eastern Iraq the Iranians would like to claim. Fought over for eight years. In the north, you’ve got the Kurds. And if the Kurds spin loose and join with Kurds in Turkey, then you threaten the territorial integrity of Turkey. It’s a quagmire if you go that far and try to take over Iraq.”

C-Span: “1994 Clip of a C-SPAN Interview with Dick Cheney”

3 Responses

  1. Professor Cole, thank you for you updates and insights on this unfolding crisis. They underscore how superficial/weak/slanted major media sources have been so far.

  2. When is he and the gang going to be charged with war crimes? First world privilege….

  3. NOTE: 1995
    Without any previous business experience, Cheney leaves the Department of Defense to become the CEO of Halliburton Co., one of the biggest oil-services companies in the world. He will be chairman of the company from 1996 to October 1998 and from February to August 2000. Under Cheney’s leadership, Halliburton moves up from 73rd to 18th on the Pentagon’s list of top contractors. The company garners $2.3 billion in U.S. government contracts, which almost doubles the $1.2 billion it earned from the government previously.

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