In an exclusive live interview on TODAY Tuesday, former Vice President Dick Cheney disputed the notion that the invasion of Iraq has weakened America’s standing in the global community.
“I don’t think that it damaged our reputation around the world,’’ he told Matt Lauer. “I just don’t believe that. I think the critics at home want to argue that. In fact, I think it was sound policy that dealt with a very serious problem and eliminated Saddam Hussein from the kind of problem he presented before.
Lemme see...we unilaterally invaded a sovereign nation under false pretenses, then changed those false pretenses to yet another set of false pretenses, then changed THOSE pretenses to a justification that wouldn't have passed the smell test with Neville Chamberlain, then rounded up suspects among an innocent people and tortured them, and all we managed to accomplish was to eliminate a pathetically inept dictator of a fourth rate military power who had already been contained by our massive air superiority in conjunction with our allies under the auspices of a recognized international peacekeeping body, all while inflaming a region that already had reason to hate us.
So, um, what WOULD weaken our standard in the international community, Dick?