Dick Cheney sees all, tells all

"Greeted as liberators"? The "last throes" of the insurgency? What about London, Mr. Vice President?

Published July 11, 2005 4:10PM (EDT)

With a shout out to the TPM Cafe, we're pleased to bring you today's installment of The Wit and Wisdom of Dick Cheney. In the previous episode, the vice president of the United States predicted that U.S. troops would be "greeted as liberators" in Iraq and opined that we were seeing "the last throes" of the insurgency there.

Now hear Cheney extol the benefits of the "flypaper" theory for the war in Iraq: "Our military is confronting the terrorists, along with our allies, in Iraq and Afghanistan," Cheney said in a speech in 2003, "so that innocent civilians will not have to confront terrorist violence in Washington or London or anywhere else in the world."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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