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Wednesday | March 26, 2003

Selling the public an easy war

From Meet the Press, March 16. All bold emphasis are mine.

VICE PRES. CHENEY: ... Now, I think things have gotten so bad inside Iraq, from the standpoint of the Iraqi people, my belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators. And the presidentís made it very clear that our purpose there is, if we are forced to do this, will in fact be to stand up a government thatís representative of the Iraqi people, hopefully democratic due respect for human rights, and it, obviously, involves a major commitment by the United States, but we think itís a commitment worth making. And we donít have the option anymore of simply laying back and hoping that events in Iraq will not constitute a threat to the U.S. Clearly, 12 years after the Gulf War, weíre back in a situation where he does constitute a threat.

MR. RUSSERT: If your analysis is not correct, and weíre not treated as liberators, but as conquerors, and the Iraqis begin to resist, particularly in Baghdad, do you think the American people are prepared for a long, costly, and bloody battle with significant American casualties?

VICE PRES. CHENEY: Well, I donít think itís likely to unfold that way, Tim, because I really do believe that we will be greeted as liberators. Iíve talked with a lot of Iraqis in the last several months myself, had them to the White House. The president and I have met with them, various groups and individuals, people who have devoted their lives from the outside to trying to change things inside Iraq. And like Kanan Makiya whoís a professor at Brandeis, but an Iraqi, heís written great books about the subject, knows the country intimately, and is a part of the democratic opposition and resistance. The read we get on the people of Iraq is there is no question but what they want to the get rid of Saddam Hussein and they will welcome as liberators the United States when we come to do that.


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