DNC - New Television Ad Calling into Question Dick Cheney's Judgment: "Wrong Then, Wrong Now"

Ad Calls Cheney Out On HisWildPredictions on National Security Which Always Turn Out to be Wrong


WATCH “Wrong Then, Wrong Now”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPM01yipP_w

Washington, DC - In a new television ad released todayfor broadcast on national and D.C. cable stations, the Democratic National Committee is taking former Vice President Dick Cheney to task for his brash and frequently incorrect predictions regarding national security. The ad, “Wrong Then, Wrong Now,” highlights Cheney's false predictions regarding the war in Iraq, weapons of mass destruction and torture as further evidence that Americans cannot trust Dick Cheney’s predictions or conclusions on national security as they are alwaysflat wrong. Please see below for astatement from DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse:

“At every turn - in what he said about us being greeted as liberators in Iraq, about a connection between 9/11 and Saddam Hussein, about WMD's and about the effectiveness of torture - Dick Cheney's predictions andassertions on national security are dead wrong. Long ago, the American people concluded that Dick Cheney could not be trusted on matters of national security and why he thinks they should or would trust him now is mind-boggling. Cheney's shoot-from-the-hip, smug and cavalierapproach to national security made us less safe at home and less respected in the world. It is clear what is really going on here - Dick Cheney's primary interest is not in making the country more safe - but in defending a failed ideology and his own discredited reputation. If he thinks the American people are going to buy what he is selling - he's as wrong now as he was then."







CHENEY: “My belief is that we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.”


NEWS REPORT VO: "Baghdad’s brief calm ended today when three car bombs exploded in quick succession."



Cheney: “My Belief Is We Will, In Fact, Be Greeted As Liberators.” Cheney: “My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.” [NBC, “Meet the Press, 3/16/03]


ABC News: Baghdad’s Brief Calm Ended Today When Three Car Bombs Exploded In Quick Succession. News Report: “Baghdad’s brief calm ended today when three car bombs exploded in quick succession.” [ABC, “World News Sunday, 2/17/07]



CHENEY: “There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.”




BROKAW: “There were no large stocks of weapons of mass destruction.”


Cheney: “There Is No Doubt That Saddam Hussein Now Has Weapons Of Mass Destruction.” Cheney: “There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.” [Cheney Speech to VFW, 8/26/02]


Brokaw: “There Were No Large Stocks Of Weapons Of Mass Destruction.” Tom Brokaw: “There were no large stocks of weapons of mass destruction.” [NBC Nightly News, 1/28/04]





CHENEY: “Enhanced interrogation techniques were absolutely essential.”


MCCAIN: "I think the interrogations were in violation of the Geneva Conventions and the convention against torture."

Cheney: “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques Were Absolutely Essential.” Cheney: “Enhanced interrogation techniques were absolutely essential.” [Fox News Sunday, 8/30/09]


McCain: “I Think The Interrogations Were In Violation Of The Geneva Conventions And The Convention Against Torture.” McCain: "I think the interrogations were in violation of the Geneva Conventions and the convention against torture." [CBS, “Face the Nation,” 8/30/09]






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Dick Cheney’s Predictions


Iraq & WMD


2003: Cheney Said The U.S. Would Be Greeted As Liberators In Iraq. “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.”[Meet The Press, 3/16/03]


2002: Cheney Said There Was “No Doubt” Saddam Hussein Had WMD. “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us.” [Cheney Remarks To The Veterans Of Foreign Wars 103rd National Convention, 8/26/02]


2003: Cheney Claimed Saddam Hussein Had Reconstituted Nuclear Weapons. “We believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.” [Meet The Press, 9/14/03]


2005: Cheney Claimed Iraqi Insurgency Was “In [Its] Last Throes.” “I think we may well have some kind of presence there over a period of time. But I think the level of activity that we see today, from a military standpoint, I think will clearly decline. I think they’re in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.” [Larry King Live, 5/30/05]


2007: Cheney Admitted, “My Estimate at the Time – And It Was Wrong, It Turned Out to be Incorrect...” “Q Okay. Let’s go back. On this program, May of 2005, you said the Iraq insurgency was in the last throes. THE VICE PRESIDENT: Right. Q Why were you wrong? THE VICE PRESIDENT: I think my estimate at the time -- and it was wrong; it turned out to be incorrect -- was the fact that we were in the midst of holding three elections in Iraq, elected an interim government, then ratifying a constitution, then electing a permanent government; that they had had significant success, we’d rounded up Saddam Hussein. I thought there were a series of these milestones that would in fact undermine the insurgency and make it less than it was at that point. That clearly didn’t happen. I think the insurgency turned out to be more robust. And the other thing that happened, of course -- this was prior to the actions of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al Zarqawi with his bombing of the mosque up at Samarra in early ‘06, that in effect helped to precipitate some of the sectarian conflict that led to a lot of the Shia on Sunni battles.” [“Larry King Live,” CNN, 7/31/07]


2003: Cheney Predicted Iraq War Would End In Weeks, “Rather Than Months.” “US Vice President Dick Cheney said if the United States went to war in Iraq, the conflict would end within weeks. ‘I have great confidence in the conduct of the military campaign,’ Cheney told CBS’ ‘Face the Nation.’ ‘I think it will go relatively quickly, weeks rather than months,’ he said.” [AFP, 3/16/03]


2001: Cheney Said It Was “Pretty Well Confirmed” 9/11 Ringleader Mohammed Atta Had Met With Iraqi Intelligence Officials In Prague. CHENEY: Well, what we now have that’s developed since you and I last talked, Tim, of course, was that report that--it’s been pretty well confirmed that [Mohammed Atta] did go to Prague and he did meet with a senior official of the Iraqi intelligence service in Czechoslovakia last April, several months before the attack. Now, what the purpose of that was, what transpired between them, we simply don’t know at this point, but that’s clearly an avenue that we want to pursue. [Meet The Press, 12/9/01]


Cheney In 2004: “I Never Said That.” BORGER: Well, let’s get to Mohamed Atta for a minute because you mentioned him as well. You have said in the past that it was, quote, “pretty well confirmed.” Vice Pres. CHENEY: No, I never said that. BORGER: OK. Vice Pres. CHENEY: I never said that. [CNBC Capital Report, 6/17/04]


2007: Cheney Repeated Claims Of Iraq/Al-Qaeda Link On Rush Limbaugh Show At The Same Time The Pentagon Released Reports Confirming To The Contrary. “Vice President Dick Cheney repeated his assertions of al-Qaeda links to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq on Thursday as the Defense Department released a report citing more evidence that the prewar government did not cooperate with the terrorist group. Cheney contended that al-Qaeda was operating in Iraq before the March 2003 invasion led by U.S. forces and that terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was leading the Iraqi branch of al-Qaeda. Others in al-Qaeda planned the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. ‘He took up residence there before we ever launched into Iraq, organized the al-Qaeda operations inside Iraq before we even arrived on the scene and then, of course, led the charge for Iraq until we killed him last June,’ Cheney told radio host Rush Limbaugh during an interview. ‘As I say, they were present before we invaded Iraq.’ However, a declassified Pentagon report released Thursday said that interrogations of the deposed Iraqi leader and two of his former aides as well as seized Iraqi documents confirmed that the terrorist organization and the Saddam government were not working together before the invasion.” [USA Today, 4/6/07]


2005: Cheney Said Iraqis Were “Well on Their Way” to Being Able to Defend Themselves. “We’ll leave as soon as the task is over with. We haven’t set a deadline or a date. It depends upon conditions. We have to achieve our objectives, complete the mission. And the two main requirements are, the Iraqis in a position to be able to govern themselves, and they’re well on their way to doing that, and the other is able to defend themselves, and they’re well on their way to doing that.” [Larry King Live, 5/30/05]


Enhanced Interrogation Techniques


Cheney Accused Obama Administration Of Selectively Releasing CIA Memos, Claimed Declassified CIA Memos Would Show That Torture Worked. “‘One of the things that I find a little bit disturbing about this recent disclosure is they put out the legal memos, the memos that the CIA got from the Office of Legal Counsel, but they didn’t put out the memos that showed the success of the effort,’ Cheney said. Cheney said he’s asked that the documents be declassified because he has remained silent on the confidential information, but he knows how successful the interrogation process was and wants the rest of the country to understand. ‘I haven’t talked about it, but I know specifically of reports that I read, that I saw, that lay out what we learned through the interrogation process and what the consequences were for the country,’ Cheney said. ‘I’ve now formally asked the CIA to take steps to declassify those memos so we can lay them out there and the American people have a chance to see what we obtained and what we learned and how good the intelligence was.’” [Fox News, 4/20/09]


NYT: Declassified Memos Do Not Refer To Any Specific Interrogation Methods or Assess Their Effectiveness. “Those reports, which former Vice President Dick Cheney had sought to have released earlier this year, do not refer to any specific interrogation methods and do not assess their effectiveness.” [New York Times, 8/25/09]


Washington Independent: Cheney Conflated Information Acquired From Detainees With Information Acquired Through “Enhanced Interrogation.” “Again, perhaps the blacked-out lines of the memos specifically claim and document that torture and only torture yielded this information. But what’s released within them does not remotely make that case. Cheney’s public account of these documents have conflated the difference between information acquired from detainees, which the documents present, and information acquired from detainees through the enhanced interrogation program, which they don’t.” [Washington Independent, 8/24/09]




2006: Cheney Predicted Republicans Would Retain Control of Both Houses of Congress. “Cheney flatly rejected predictions by pundits that Democrats will take control of the House and Senate in November. ‘We will retain control of both houses,’ he said.” [Washington Examiner10/5/06]