Hours After Iraq War Ends, Dick Cheney Calls For Missile Strike Against Iran
On Sunday morning, the last US combat troops pulled out of Iraq in a midnight convoy over the border to Kuwait. David Hickman, who died in November, officially became the last of almost 4,500 US casualties in the conflict. And on Monday night, former Vice President Dick Cheney suggested that US forces should attack another Middle Eastern nation.
Speaking on CNN about the US spy drone that crashed in Iran, Cheney said President Obama should have taken military action in Iranian territory to recover or destroy the sensitive technology:
The right response to that would have been to go in immediately after it had gone down and destroy it. You can do that from the air. You can do that with a quick airstrike, and in effect make it impossible for them to benefit from having captured that drone.
When pressed in a later interview on CBS, Cheney did not shy away from the possibility of precipitating a war:
Well, if you look at what Iran has done over the years, they’ve been the prime backers of Hezbollah, of Hamas, the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983 that cost us 241 American lives. These were Iranian-supported ventures. It’s not as though they haven’t already committed acts that some people would say come close to being acts of war.
For us to go in and take out the drone that crashed would have been, I think, a fairly simple operation…
Cheney’s last “fairly simple operation” just ended after almost nine years and over 100,000 related deaths. Another is still going with no end in sight, thousands of casualties, and questionable progress made on any major goals.