“In our nation’s 246-year history, there has never been a person who poses a greater threat to our democracy than Donald Trump,” says Former Vice President Dick Cheney in a campaign ad released Thursday for his daughter’s re-election campaign.
Cheney bases this assessment on his claim that Trump is a liar. According to Cheney, Trump is “a coward” and not a “real man” because “a real man would not lie to his supporters.”
A “real man” would lie. world? That’s what Dick Cheney did.
As you know, Donald Trump declare yourself in 2016 during the Republican debate right before the South Carolina primary (which Trump won): “Obviously, the Iraq war was a big, fat mistake. They lied. They said there were weapons of mass destruction. They didn’t exist, and they knew they didn’t exist.” (emphasis added)
Cheney—widely seen as the mastermind behind President George W. Bush’s disastrous administration—was one of the architects of the Iraq war.
Cheney’s short-sighted abusive adventure has cost America and our allies dearly in blood and treasure, not to mention the horrors his war has inflicted on the Iraqi people.
A full account of Dick Cheney’s misdeeds is beyond the scope of one article. (Did I mention that brutal torture of Iraqi prisoners that the Secretary of Defense of the Bush-Cheney administration approved, according to the US brigadier general who ran the prison? That alone would take many volumes.) But let us consider only the big lies.
First, the Bush-Cheney administration told us that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. We were told that Iraq had sought to purchase uranium oxide, aka yellow cake. This turned out to be completely false. So did all the attempts to link Saddam Hussein to the 9/11 attacks. Yes, Saddam Hussein was a bad man, but he was not a threat to the United States. And we know now that the administration does too he knew at a time when their WMD “intelligence” was “inaccurate”. But that didn’t stop them from starting one invasion of a country that did not threaten us.
Second, the Bush-Cheney administration told us that US forces would be “they were hailed as liberators.” The invasion would be, as one angry neocon put it, “type of dance.” In fact, US deaths in Iraq in total 4,598, with another 32,000 injured.
Third, we were told by the Bush-Cheney administration, backed by their neocon cheerleaders (most of whom happen to be the staunchest Trumps Ever), that Operation Iraqi Freedom would unleash a wave of democratization across the Middle East . Instead, it unleashed a wave of sectarian fighting, suicide bombings, regional instability, civil wars, migrant crises and genocidal ethnic cleansing of ancient Christian communities, so that there are hardly any Christians left in the region that gave birth to Christianity.
Think of all the service members who died because of Cheney’s lies.
Think of all the veterans who came home forever scarred because of Cheney’s lies.
Think of all the American children who grew up without fathers or mothers because their parents were serving in a war started because of Cheney’s lies.
Think of all the innocent Iraqis watching their homes destroyed bytheir country plundered, and their world turned upside down because of the lies of Dick Cheney and his little George W. Bush. The consequences of their lies will be felt for generations.
But Dick Cheney wants us to believe that Donald Trump is “a greater threat to our democracy” than anyone else in our entire 246-year history.
Sorry, Dick Cheney. If anyone has earned this distinction, it’s you.
Rebecca Mansour is Senior Editor-at-Large for Breitbart News. Follow her on Twitter at @RAMansour.