On Mar. 14, 2003, Cheney asserted: “We know that [Saddam Hussein] has a long-standing relationship with various terrorist groups, including the al-Qaeda organization.”
On Mar. 16, 2003, Cheney boasted: “My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.”
Four days later the war in Iraq began. Since then 2,615 U.S. troops have died there; 19,609 have been wounded. In addition, about 100 Iraqis are being killed each day, one way or another.
On Jan. 22, 2004, Cheney claimed: “I think there’s overwhelming evidence that there was a connection between al-Qaeda and the Iraqi government.”
On Oct. 5, 2004, Cheney said: “I have not suggested there’s a connection between Iraq and 9/11.”
On June 20, 2005, Cheney predicted: “We may well have some kind of presence [in Iraq] over a period of time ... I think they’re in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.”
On June 19, 2006, Cheney shrugged: “I don’t think anybody anticipated the level of violence that we’ve encountered.”