The war in Iraq cost 4,489 American servicemen their lives. More than 32,000 were wounded. More than 100,000 Iraqi citizens died. Remember those numbers.
In recent days, as the situation in Iraq has deteriorated, you haven't been able swing a dead cat without hitting one of the architects or cheerleaders of the war in Iraq, declaring that President Obama had snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. And today, it's former Vice President Dick Cheney's turn, penning an op-ed (with the help of his second draft deferment, Liz) in the Wall Street Journal:
Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.Let's replay just a few of Cheney's greatest hits:
- "And he [Saddam Hussein] is actively pursuing nuclear weapons at this time." (March, 2002)
- "I think it will go relatively quickly. Weeks rather than months." (March, 2003)
- "My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators." (March, 2003)
- I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency." (July, 2005)
Seriously, Dick, shut up.