Good old Dick Cheney is just like a bad penny: He keeps turning up right when you think you might finally be rid of him.
Cheney is back in the news this week serving as pimp for his latest book, co-written with his equally extreme daughter, Liz. The book, as you might have guessed, is not even worthy of being used as toilet paper.
But appearing on the usually friendly turf of Fox News this morning, Cheney, aka Dr. Evil, got his head handed to him by Chris Wallace. Wallace basically forced the former Vice President to admit that Iran’s centrifuges went from zero to 5,000 under his watch, and not under President Obama’s:
Cheney attempted to say that President Obama was merely appeasing the Iranians:
“If you look at what happened with respect to [Obama’s] Iranian deal, the only winners are Iranians. The losers are the United States, are the friends and allies of the United States in the region, the Israelis the Saudis and others. I think it’s a big deal, a major, major defeat — in my mind — in terms of our position in the region.”
Wallace then pulled out the Louisville Slugger of Truth and reminded Cheney of this:
“You and President Bush, the Bush-Cheney administration, dealt with Iran for eight years, and I think it was fair to say that there was never any real, serious military threat. 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?”
Cheney weakly offered a defense:
“I don’t think of it that way.There was military action that had an impact on the Iranians, it was when we took down Saddam Hussein. There was a period of time when they stopped their program because they were scared that what we did to Saddam, we were going to do to them next.”
Sure, Dick. You invaded Iraq for no good reason, made the Iranians stronger, and now it’s all someone else’s fault.
Wallace refused to let Cheney weasel his way out of culpability:
“But the centrifuges went from zero to 5,000.”
But Cheney insisted:
“Well, they may have well have gone but that happened on Obama’s watch, not on our watch.”
“No, no, no. By 2009, they were at 5,000.”
Finally, Dr. Evil tried to end the discussion with:
“What we did not do is what Obama did. He never had a military option on the table. He talked about it repeatedly but nobody believed him, especially after he waffled on the Syrian deal. There never was a military option that the Iranians had to worry about.”
But the fact remains: Iranian centrifuges went from none to 5,000 during Bush-Cheney, proving once again that Dick Cheney has absolutely no credibility on this issue. None!
Watch Cheney Try to Weasel His Way Around the Questions
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.