In a rare and stunning moment, the truth was revealed on Fox News Sunday as host Chris Wallace exposed Dick Cheney’s record of failure on stopping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.
WALLACE: Mr. Vice President, you say that President Obama never put a serious nuclear option on the table, but you and President Bush, the Bush/Cheney administration dealt with Iran for eight years. And I think it’s fair to say that there was never any real serious military threat. And during your time, let’s put these numbers up on the screen, Iran went from zero known centrifuges in operation to more than 5,000. So in fairness, didn’t you leave the Bush Cheney administration leave President Obama with a mess?
D. CHENEY: Well, I don’t think of it that way. In fact, there was military action that had an impact on the Iranians, when we took down Saddam Hussein. There was a period of time when they stopped their program because they were afraid of what we did to Saddam we were going to do to them next. We also, when we took down Saddam, Moammar Gadhafi surrendered up his nuclear program. When we got that, then went and got his suppler, Mr. A.Q. Khan. We did a lot to limit nuclear proliferation in the region while we were there.
WALLACE: But the centrifuges went from zero to 5,000.
D. CHENEY: Well, and they well have gone, but that happened on Obama’s watch, not on our watch.
WALLACE: No, no, by 2009, they were at 5,000.
D. CHENEY: Right. But I think we did a lot to deal with the arms control problem in the Middle East….
There was still plenty of Obama bashing in the interview as the Cheneys, and Fox News agreed that the President is to blame for the Syrian refugee crisis, and the Cheneys got in all of their talking points about how President Obama has destroyed the United States by not continuing to wage endless wars in the Middle East.
For a few moments, the truth got out.
Dick Cheney’s real record as Vice President is one of foreign policy disaster and failure. Cheney was part of an administration that falsely connected 9/11 to Iraq. The Bush administration’s policy towards N. Korea was a complete disaster. Bush and Cheney lied about weapons of mass destruction and promoted an ineffective policy of torture. The Bush administration had no plans for the wars that they started and even less of a desire to pay for them.
George W. Bush and Dick Cheney left Barack Obama with a huge mess to clean up when he took office. President Obama has responded by doing the things that Bush/Cheney failed to do. Bin Laden is dead. Diplomacy is alive. The nuclear program that Iran accelerated under Bush and Cheney will be stopped under Obama.
Dick Cheney hates President Obama because the Obama administration has proven that Cheney was wrong about everything.
The facts are so obvious that occasionally even Fox News can see them.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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