Quotes/Dick Cheney

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The Economy

  • Reagan taught us deficits don't matter.


Saddam Hussein, Iraq

  • I think that the proposition of going to Baghdad is also fallacious. I think if we were going to remove Saddam Hussein we would have had to go all the way to Baghdad, we would have to commit a lot of force because I do not believe he would wait in the Presidential Palace for us to arrive. I think we'd have had to hunt him down. And once we'd done that and we'd gotten rid of Saddam Hussein and his government, then we'd have had to put another government in its place.
What kind of government? Should it be a Sunni government or Shi'i government or a Kurdish government or Ba'athist regime? Or maybe we want to bring in some of the Islamic fundamentalists? How long would we have had to stay in Baghdad to keep that government in place? What would happen to the government once U.S. forces withdrew? How many casualties should the United States accept in that effort to try to create clarity and stability in a situation that is inherently unstable?
I think it is vitally important for a President to know when to use military force. I think it is also very important for him to know when not to commit U.S. military force. And it's my view that the President got it right both times, that it would have been a mistake for us to get bogged down in the quagmire inside Iraq.
April 29, 1991, The Washington Institute's Soref Symposium source
  • I would guess if we had gone in there, I would still have forces in Baghdad today. We'd be running the country. We would not have been able to get everybody out and bring everybody home.
August 14, 1992, remarks to Discovery Institute source
  • And the question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam (Hussein) worth? And the answer is not that damned many.
August 14, 1992, remarks to Discovery Institute source
  • Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.
    • August 26, 2002, in a speech to the VFW National Convention
  • [In response to Tim Russert's question: What do you think is the most important rationale for going to war with Iraq?] Well, I think I’ve just given it, Tim, in terms of the combination of his development and use of chemical weapons, his development of biological weapons, his pursuit of nuclear weapons.
March 16, 2003, NBC News' Meet the Press source
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