*Dick Cheney probably thought he would never be challenged like this in his own backyard – a.k.a. the Fox News Channel.
Anchor Megyn Kelly is making headlines for grilling the former vice president over an op-ed piece in which he and his daughter hypocritically attack President Obama’s handling of the current crisis in Iraq.
In the op-ed “The Collapsing Obama Doctrine,” published by the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Cheney writes, “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.”
During her interview with Cheney and his daughter Liz Cheney on Wednesday night, Kelly introduced him as “the man who helped lead us into Iraq in the first place.”
She read the quote back to the former vice president and then said, “But time and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong in Iraq as well, sir.”
“You said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” Kelly told Cheney. “You said we would be greeted as liberators. You said the insurgency was in the last throes, back in 2005. And you said after our intervention that extremists would have to ‘rethink their strategy of jihad.’ Now with almost $1 trillion spent there, with 4,500 American lives lost there, what do you say to those who say, ‘You were so wrong about so much at the expense of so many’?”
“Well, I just fundamentally disagree, Reagan — uh, Megyn,” Cheney replied. “You’ve got to go back and look at the track record. We inherited a situation where there was no doubt in anybody’s mind about the extent of Saddam’s involvement in weapons of mass destruction. We had a situation where, after 9/11, we were concerned about a follow-up attack. It would involve not just airline tickets and box cutters as the weapons, but rather something far deadlier, perhaps even a nuclear weapon.”
It would’ve been “irresponsible for us not to act,” Cheney said.
The interview surprised plenty of Twitter users, many of whom praised Kelly for her tough questioning that the Cheneys, perhaps, didn’t see coming – as Fox News tends to cater to conservatives.
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Watch the interview below: