Dick Cheney on Iraq: Breakdown

"Greeted as Liberators" 0
War for "Weeks, Not Months" 587
"Last Throes of the Insurgency" 1
WMDs Found in Iraq 0
Saddam Ties to September 11 None

9/11 Hijacker Met with Iraqis

"Well, the evidence is pretty conclusive that the Iraqis have indeed harbored terrorists... report that's been pretty well confirmed, that [9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta] did go to Prague and he did meet with a senior official of the Iraqi intelligence service in Czechoslovakia last April, several months before the attack."

"Now, what the purpose of that was, what transpired between them, we simply don't know at this point. But that's clearly an avenue that we want to pursue."

Dick Cheney, December 9, 2001

"There is No Doubt" Saddam Has WMD

"There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends... and against us."

Dick Cheney, August 26, 2002

"Benefits" of War

Regime change in Iraq would bring about a number of benefits to the region. When the gravest of threats are eliminated, the freedom-loving peoples of the region will have a chance to promote the values that can bring lasting peace."

"As for the reaction of the Arab "street," the Middle East expert Professor Fouad Ajami predicts that after liberation, the streets in Basra and Baghdad are "sure to erupt in joy in the same way the throngs in Kabul greeted the Americans." Extremists in the region would have to rethink their strategy of Jihad. Moderates throughout the region would take heart. And our ability to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process would be enhanced, just as it was following the liberation of Kuwait in 1991.

Dick Cheney, August 27, 2002

U.S. "Greeted as Liberators"

"My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators... I think it will go relatively quickly... [in] weeks rather than months."

Dick Cheney, March 16, 2003

A "Strike at the Heart" of Terrorists that Attacked on 9/11

"If we're successful in Iraq ... we will have struck a major blow right at the heart of the base, if you will, the geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault now for many years, but most especially on 9/11."

Dick Cheney, September 14, 2003

Iraq/Al-Qaeda "Link"

"We haven't really had the time yet to pore through all those records in Baghdad. We'll find ample evidence confirming the link, that is the connection if you will between al Qaida and the Iraqi intelligence services. They have worked together on a number of occasions."

Dick Cheney, January 10, 2004

"Last Throes of the Insurgency"

"I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency."

Dick Cheney, June 20, 2005

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