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There's a story segment tonight as you may know former Vice President Dick Cheney has written a new book with his daughter Liz entitled in my time a personal and political memoir.
We have invited -- Cheney on program but He is declined thus far but his daughter.
Is a different story.
Some -- Cheney is the co author of the book but that your other co -- That her parents say he's not here -- and I chopped liver I don't you know we we absolutely love you as a guest but.
I have never talk to you father the former vice president I don't believe He likes me very much.
And you know I'm a little perplexed He could be seen in the best for last but I think the fact that I was able to find time in my scheduled to appear out of these companies should be grateful I am very grateful and you know that all right there are two big deficits from.
The bush Cheney administration the first deficit is the economy.
That went down the drain at the end President Bush and Vice President Cheney were taken by surprise because of all the sub prime mortgages my question to your father.
Why do you know about that.
You know I think actually they spent a lot of time and they made efforts during the Bush Administration to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in those efforts were blocked by.
Most of the Democrats in congress.
But we did come to -- point that was clearly an economic crisis.
But I still don't understand that I -- President Bush this himself when I talk to him about his book.
Why there wasn't allowed to cry from the bush White House including your -- about the danger.
Of selling these sub prime mortgages all over the place I think clearly the crisis was deeper than anybody anticipated or could have -- -- So -- -- they just didn't know how bad it was it that that's a fair answer now and they took steps that the steps are really important so that the economy didn't follow up okay.
The second one is the Iraq War you know that I'm a supporter or was a supporter and I didn't and -- true I'm in I'm on a record.
Of supporting the enhanced interrogations.
The Patriot Act Guantanamo -- am you know it's consistently across the line.
But there's a historical record in the historical record is that Americans were not aware of the big threat that al-Qaeda.
Was posting them -- -- actually.
On al-Qaeda that the for an eleven we treated it like the law enforcement yeah.
Yes and Clinton did and bush the and I think that is -- key difference is that the president and the vice President Bush and Cheney understood after 9/11 this is war.
And we're warming got to do whatever it takes -- nations say all right three days before the Iraq War was launched here's what Vice President Cheney said on Meet the Press.
I think come.
Things have gotten so bad inside Iraq from the standpoint Iraqi People my belief is we will in fact be greeted as liberators look at -- it didn't happen and.
Would love -- -- it did happen we were greeted as liberators and then we saw a massive bloody dangerous insurgency began.
And it wasn't frankly until we were able in 2006 with the surge to adopt counterinsurgency strategy that we were able to friends because things are okay but here's why you're wrong we weren't greeted as liberators we were greeted -- in a way that was tentative nine DC this dissidents know.
He saw -- statue came to and I.
Rather -- how many people are doing a -- -- says Saddam Hussein can now do you know how many.
The you know -- and yes I -- couple hundreds not thousands Baghdad as it is a city of millions got a hundred and then right after this statue came down.
The armories were looted and the terrorists win in and they took all of Saddam Hussein's forms okay -- and government wasn't it.
I think that I know how much -- about no spin right.
And I think it's really important here Saddam was an incredibly repressive dictator no doubt the Iraqi People we're very glad to -- ago.
Saddam had in place there -- elements from his regime that stayed in place there were elements from al-Qaeda elements from Iran.
Who were there who were ready who launched -- very bloody insurgency correct -- it was not anticipated by us that insurgency was not anticipated -- 91 I think that's true was not anticipated when we remove Saddam Hussein.
We made sure that there wasn't going to be somebody in place to we -- had ties to terror who we knew -- had to make weapons of mass destruction -- we knew had used them before who we knew was supporting terrorists.
We also by the way as soon as Saddam was gone got a phone call from Moammar Qaddafi who didn't want to be next to gave up his nuclear whether we're good thing I -- And the notion that we now have in the heart of the Middle East a democracy that is not supporting terrorists it's not perfect.
But it is a huge accomplishment of the Bush Administration that we liberated all those people and the people in Afghanistan and I think it's just flat wrong feet Collins and that's okay and I disagree in the sense that He could have been done and a different way I wouldn't.
This same result which they would Cuba and Donna I want economic said -- yadda -- denying that.
I would have gone the bush the elder way.
The president's father and I would strangle them with the blockade I would have no fly zone it has even done and then when the -- -- -- a look.
The reports that were done by the Iraq Survey Group for example it was clear when we came into office in 2000.
That Saddam was a threat.
That He had between the time of the first bush administration and this Bush Administration completely ignored sixteen UN and no doubt that resolutions that the sanctions regime was crumbling.
So it's just not accurate to say He was in a box we could've strangled him and after 9/11 we couldn't run the risk -- -- I -- I'm.
View was going to share technology about -- -- -- with the enemy I don't expect you and you thought it to agree with me okay.
But the blood and treasure the United States spent in Iraq.
Has now come back to our country in a very negative way we need more time and I feel confident that I can -- -- of the rightness of my position I thank you for coming and it's generally appreciate it thank you.
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