Dick Cheney granted an interview to Jonathan Karl of ABC News, where in summary, while self-congratulating, claims that the Bush administration’s eight years have been a success, he has no regrets for anything whatsoever (what torture? what law-breaking?), pre-emptive war is justified, everybody else is guilty until proven innocent, and intelligence will soon be offered as a course at an arts college near you. Good riddance arrogance-oozing evil man, good riddance…
KARL: Now, President Bush recently said that his greatest regret was that the intelligence was wrong on weapons of mass destruction. Is that your biggest regret?
CHENEY: No, I wouldn’t – I understand why he says that. I certainly share the frustration that the intelligence report on Iraq WMD generated but in terms of the intelligence itself, I tend to look at the entire community and what they’ve done over the course of the last several years. Intelligence – it’s not a science, it’s an art form in many respects and you don’t always get it right.
KARL: You probably saw Karl Rove last week said that if the intelligence had been correct we probably would not have gone to war.
CHENEY: I disagree with that. I think – as I look at the intelligence with respect to Iraq, what they got wrong was that there weren’t any stockpiles. What we found in the after action reports, after the intelligence report was done and then various special groups went and looked at the intelligence and what the validity was. What they found was that Saddam Hussein still had the capability to produce weapons of mass destruction. He had the technology, he had the people, he had the basic feed stocks.
On another lighter and far more entertaining note, as Gail Collins writes in the NYT
(…) we’re approaching the one-month-to-go mark on the George W. Bush Out of Office Countdown calendar. The presidential quote of the week is: “Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.”
Well done, well done…