Bill Clinton Tears Dick Cheney a New One For Trying To Blame Iraq Violence On Obama



Former President Bill Clinton delivered a charmingly devastating blow to former Vice President Dick Cheney today as he pushed back hard on Cheney’s criticism of Obama’s Iraq policy.



David Gregory asked Clinton about former VP Dick Cheney’s recent criticism of President Obama over the violence in Iraq. Former President Clinton answered, “Well, I believe, you know, if they hadn’t gone to war in Iraq, none of this would be happening…Well, it might be happening in Syria, but what happened in Syria wouldn’t have happened in Iraq. Iraq would not have been, in effect, altered as it has been, but Mr. Cheney has been incredibly adroit for the last six years or so attacking the administration for not doing an adequate job of cleaning up the mess that he made. And I think it’s unseemly. And I give President Bush, by the way, a lot of credit for trying to stay out of this debate and letting other people work through it.”

One of the interesting things about former President Clinton’s take down of Dick Cheney is that it represents what is likely to be Hillary Clinton’s 2016 position on the issue. Former Sec. of State Clinton did vote for authorizing the use of force in Iraq while she was a senator, but it is clear that she and her husband are going have moved toward the Obama position on Iraq.

As far as Dick Cheney is concerned, Clinton was correct. Cheney was one of the primary voices who caused the mess in Iraq, so it is absurdly hypocritical for the former vice president to go on television and criticize the way that President Obama has gone about cleaning it up. Clinton was also right that the current violence in Iraq is lingering effect of the Bush/Cheney decision to invade a country that had nothing to do with 9/11.

As usual, Bill Clinton delivered the blow to Cheney with his usual down-home charm and style. Clinton sent a very clear message. If Republicans want to go there on Iraq, Clinton is ready to remind everybody of just who got the country into this mess in the first place.

46 Replies to “Bill Clinton Tears Dick Cheney a New One For Trying To Blame Iraq Violence On Obama”

  1. It galls me no end to know that Dick Cheney personally profited — and enormously so — directly from the war effort in Iraq. I can’t believe that such profits were illegally gained through a pretty obvious conflict of interest. That old warrior should destroy his arsenal of weapons and quietly retire to some very rural place where he can no longer have a devastating effect on American foreign policy.

  2. It rubs me the wrong way when pundits point out that Hillary was all for the invasion of Iraq. Her decision was based on lies presented to congress by the likes of Cheney. You cannot fault any of the congressman who approved the Iraq debacle when it was based on lies fed to them by that corrupt administration. Most of them should be in jail.

  3. ummm… Cheney is old but he’s no warrior… the only shots he’s ever heard fired in anger are the ones from his shotgun fired at quail…

    and maybe his hunting partner…

  4. The whole Iraq war was dollar signs in Cheney’s eyes. In the end, hows he going to explain that to his maker, I sure wouldn’t want to be in his shoes.

  5. The last thin Cheney wants to do is get in a word fight with Bill Clinton. That won’t even be a fair fight. I always liked how Bill could talk like he was complimenting while in all reality digging it in, go Bill.

  6. I think you CAN separate fault between those who voted to approve based on false evidence and those who were cheerleaders for war.

  7. The Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 is a United States Congressional statement of policy calling for regime change in Iraq. It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, and states that it is the policy of the United States to support democratic movements within Iraq.

    What part of supporting democratic movements and invasion based on lies to grab Iraqi resources you don’t understand

  8. I have wondered the same thing, Richard, ever since Halliburton received their no-bid contracts way back in 2003. How is this not illegal? Can a lawyer please explain to me why it was legal for him and his company to enrich themselves from the war in Iraq?

  9. Remember the Industrial Complex Eisenhower warned us about?
    Dick Cheney and his sidekicks have been orchestrating it!
    And want to continue sucking the wealth and life of this nation for the already top 1%, while the rest of us scramble to make ends meet

  10. My most-est precious moment in
    my week was the look on Lizzie’s
    face when Megyn Kelly called out
    ‘Big Dik Cheney’ suggesting HE had
    made mistakes regarding Iraq.
    My 2nd most-est favorite was when
    the ‘Instigator in Chief’ Hannity
    tried to get Rand Paul to agree we
    should attack ISIS and Mr. Paul
    disagreed, essentially saying we
    should ‘stay the hell out!
    And of course, since Tuesday, sitting
    back and watching the GOP, Republicans,
    & T-Baggers eat there own!
    I’m gonna need more popcorn!!

  11. Lest we forget that war criminal got a $23 million severance package from Halliburton before he left for the White House. I am certain that was a good faith payment for the $9 billion in no bid contracts that the firm got and the $9 billion that mysteriously disappeared in Baghdad while being transported on flatbed trucks with no security detail that was to have been provided by Halliburton subcontractors.

  12. CHENEY replied: “If there’s somebody who knows something about unseemly, it’s Bill Clinton”

    Well, be that as it may – Bill Clinton can freely travel to foreign countries with NO fear of being arrested as a war criminal.

    That, Mr. Cheney, is something you will NEVER be able to do.

    Historically speaking, shouldn’t Dick Cheney’s head sit atop a pike somewhere to remind all Americans of how wrong it is to try and profit from war?

  13. Clinton is saying what every dem who appears on TV should be saying–if the Bushites hadn’t decided to invade Iraq in 2003 for no reason, the sectarian violence we’re witnessing there today probably wouldn’t be happening or wouldn’t be happening to the extent it’s happening. Dem pols need to be saying this over and over again until it sinks into the brains of every American who hears it. Members of the MSM should be ashamed of themselves for asking those who got us into this mess to “advise” Pres. Obama on what he should be doing. If there were any real professionalism left among the ranks of the MSM, nothing the Cheneys, Bolton, Wolfowitz, McCain, Graham, and the other neo-cons have to say would be reported. They’re a disgrace, and the only reason we’re hearing from them is because of the MSM’s penchant for creating conflict and dissension to increase networks’ profit margins. Our MSM isn’t sh*t because it places profits over truth and accuracy in reporting.

  14. I can’t think of a more effective Democrat to publicly discredit Dick Cheney than William Jefferson Clinton, AKA “Bubba.” As a former president and an extremely astute politician, he’s in the perfect position to debunk all of Cheney’s lies and attempts to blame President Obama, who has to at least appear above the fray. Clinton is the LAST person that Cheney wants to go up against. Also, Cheney is the last person who should be blaming this administration for Iraq when we was one of the main architects of the disastrous Iraqi war. He needs to slither back under the rock he crawled from under with his greedy, warmongering, chicken-hawk self.


  16. No one can say Bill Clinton isn’t a GREAT man! He has told the Truth when it matters most! That is something you can’t say about any other president!! ANY sitting president would have tried to avoid the whole Lewinsky fiasco…. And MANY presidents are/were guilty in THAT arena!

  17. I suspect the reason that Obama didn’t go after Bush, Cheney, Gonzalez, et al is he feared the rioting in the streets that would ensue. That is exactly the same reason why LBJ didn’t announce Nixon’s treason regarding the Paris Peace Talks and Carter didn’t announce Reagan’s treason regarding the Iranian hostage situation. You think that what Nixon and Reagan did was not treason? Do some googling and do some reading. Then maybe you will understand.

  18. You Libs saying Cheney’s severence package was payment for future no bid contracts would be like me claiming Clinton’s 100 million in speech payments since leaving the presidency were payments for all of his no bid contracts!

  19. why cant that troll war criminal just stfu and die? He made his millions of the suffering of humanity so why cant he just crawl back under his bridge and cackle while he counts his ill gotten booty?

  20. Dick cheney thinks everybody do have short memory as he and his conservative supporters did, Dick cheney and his boss fought in Iraq for 8 years,without success,now he wants people to believe like his Tom,dick and harry did that the failure in Iraq is president Obama’s fault,com’on mr.cheney are you having memorial problem? yes you did, you need Obamacare now before is too late

  21. I support Hillary, but the “I was lied to” defense is lame. I remember that time very clearly, and little ole me, down here in the Florida swamp, could see very easily we were being lied to, and told everyone within the sound of my voice that we were, and the war was a huge mistake.

    Why? Because the hated French were exactly right — we should have waited because Saddam was letting the inspectors back in and if the weapons were there, they would have found them. And relying on some Iraqi shill telling tales to eager Republicans was equally stupid. And the twisting of intelligence by Cheney and Rumsfeld was being reported on.

    It was a time for Democrats to have screamed in unison, “Oh, no you don’t!” But Hillary, leading others, frankly lacked the guts to do it. It was a political calculation, not a principled stand. And she has taken far too long to repent. She can be forgiven, but she needs to make it good now. Big time.

  22. Bill Clinton’s misdeeds are unforgivable! They include the following: NAFTA, GATT, GLB, TCA, PRWORA, CFMA, ILA!

  23. Those lying immorally greedy low down scowns Cheney and Bush should be tried for war crimes for lying on Saddam to invade Iraq for an Oil War that unnecessarily cause the deaths and disabilities of US Service Personnel and destabilized the entire Middle East. Cheney should show how many millions US Taxpayers have paid His Doctors and Medical Teams to keep His mechanical heart beating. They should be tried along with Florida Republicans for rigging the 2000 election.

  24. With all due respects, no-bid contracts are not illegal, especially when they involve some special expertise or familiarity with the job or its location.

    Secondly, Bill Clinton has pulled yet another fast one on the American people. It was Bill Clinton who made a case for a regime change in Iraq well before George Bush became President:

    Today I am signing into law H.R. 4655, the “Iraq Liberation Act of 1998.” This Act makes clear that it is the sense of the Congress that the United States should support those elements of the Iraqi opposition that advocate a very different future for Iraq than the bitter reality of internal repression and external aggression that the current regime in Baghdad now offers.

    Why David Gregory didn’t know this would be a good question. How anyone decides when to believe anything Bill Clinton says and when not to is another good question.

  25. I have no idea what you are talking about. There were no lies told by either Cheney or Bush. What they said was what every western intelligence service said. In addition there were SEVENTEEN unanimous UNSC resolutions from 1991 to 2003 demanding an accounting for Iraq’s WMDS, which Saddam admitted having after he was ejected from Kuwait and had used against Iran and his own people, which resulted in the UN imposing two no-fly zones. He promised to destroy them and provide a detailed accounting which he never did, ostensibly because he never destroyed them. The missing stockpiles have never been found. Israel’s Mossad says they were moved to Syria.

    Anyway, the treatments for Dick Cheney’s heart were paid for under the benefits he was entitled to plus his personal fortune.

    Re. the 2000 election, every post-election study that was done showed that George Bush would have won regardless of the Supreme Court ruling, just based on a full re-count.

  26. Big Al, please get a grip. There were no lies told by either Cheney or Bush. They repeated what every western intelligence service was reporting at the time. In addition, the UNSC passed SEVENTEEN unanimous resolutions from 1991 through early 2003 demanding an accounting by Iraq of its WMDs. Why would the entire UNSC, which included several mortal enemies of the US do so if they did not believe that Iraq had not destroyed their WMDs as Saddam had agreed to do in the cease-fire agreement he signed in 1991 after being booted from Kuwait?

  27. With all due respects, the US controlled Iraq for most of the last decade but did not ask for a single drop of oil, when they could have annexed some oil wells just to pay us back for the money spent by American taxpayers. The Iraqi oil-fields are controlled by Iraq and all oil revenues go to them. BTW, the US has more oil and gas reserves that the entire middle-east combined. Some day we will have an administration that will use our own reserves to make us energy independent and bring the Saudis and Venezuela to their knees.

  28. However you will remember Clintons last war evaluation with Iraq, he estimated it would take over 500,000 men and cost way too much. He said dont go BEFORE he was out of office. His statement in no way said he supported going to war, just supporting those who were against Saddam

  29. Bill Clinton suggested a regime change in Iraq way before Bush became President, but was too busy staining a certain blue dress to do anything about it.

    Bill Clinton also emboldened Osama Bin Laden by his failure to respond to numerous attacks against us throughout the 90’s. He refused to take Bin Laden from Sudan because he said we did not have any “probable cause” to hold him – AFTER Bin Laden had taken credit for the attacks.

    How do you decide to believe ANYTHING Bill Clinton says and when not to? The guy makes Pinocchio look like Honest Abe and had to plead guilty and lost his law license as a result for lying under oath and obstructing justice as the chief law enforcement officer in the land.

  30. Emma, Joe Biden and Barack Obama said in 2009 that Iraq was going to be a huge success as a democracy because they were in charge. That made Iraq Obama’s baby and cancelled Bush’s warranty. The mess thereafter is because Obama decided to pull all our troops out of Iraq, over the objection of the Generals who wanted us to leave 20,000 troops behind to keep the peace. That left a power vacuum that caused the mess. In the meantime, we have kept thousands of troops in S. Korea and Germany decades after hostilities ended in those countries. Since there’s no trouble in those countries Obama could easily have transferred 20,000 over to Iraq to help them stabilize their nascent democracy, don’t you think, which was won at great cost to us?

  31. I guess being the great American eagle you forgot that without a SOFA there was no way troops could have stayed. The stupid continues

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