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Dick Cheney

Geburtstag: 30. Januar 1941

Richard Bruce „Dick“ Cheney [ˈtʃeɪ.ni] ist ein US-amerikanischer Politiker und Manager. Er war von 2001 bis 2009 der 46. Vizepräsident der Vereinigten Staaten unter Präsident George W. Bush sowie von 1989 bis 1993 unter dessen Vater George Bush Verteidigungsminister der Vereinigten Staaten. Von 1975 bis 1977 war er der bis dahin jüngste Stabschef des Weißen Hauses unter Präsident Gerald Ford. Wikipedia

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„Because if we had gone to Baghdad we would have been all alone. There wouldn't have been anybody else with us. It would have been a U. S. occupation of Iraq. None of the Arab forces that were willing to fight with us in Kuwait were willing to invade Iraq. Once you got to Iraq and took it over and took down Saddam Hussein's government, then what are you going to put in its place? That's a very volatile part of the world. And if you take down the central government in Iraq, you could easily end up seeing pieces of Iraq fly off. Part of it the Syrians would like to have, the west. Part of eastern Iraq the Iranians would like to claim. Fought over for eight years. In the north, you've got the Kurds. And if the Kurds spin loose and join with Kurds in Turkey, then you threaten the territorial integrity of Turkey. It's a quagmire if you go that far and try to take over Iraq. The other thing is casualties. Everyone was impressed with the fact that we were able to do our job with as few casualties as we had, but for the 146 Americans killed in action and for the families it wasn't a cheap war. And the question for the president in terms of whether or not we went on to Baghdad and took additional casualties in an effort to get Saddam Hussein was, how many additional dead Americans is Saddam worth? And our judgment was not very many, and I think we got it right.“

—  Dick Cheney

Cheney, on not pushing on to Baghdad during the first Gulf War; C-SPAN 4-15-94 Interview on CNN http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0708/13/sitroom.03.html
1990s

„If fine speech-making, appeals to reason, or pleas for compassion had the power to move them, the terrorists would long ago have abandoned the field.“

—  Dick Cheney

Speech at the American Enterprise Institute http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/05/21/cheney_obama_keeping_america_safe_96615.html (21 May, 2009)
2000s, 2009

„I think that the proposition of going to Baghdad is also fallacious. I think if we we're going to remove Saddam Hussein we would have had to go all the way to Baghdad, we would have to commit a lot of force because I do not believe he would wait in the Presidential Palace for us to arrive. I think we'd have had to hunt him down. And once we'd done that and we'd gotten rid of Saddam Hussein and his government, then we'd have had to put another government in its place. What kind of government? Should it be a Sunni government or Shi'i government or a Kurdish government or Ba'athist regime? Or maybe we want to bring in some of the Islamic fundamentalists? How long would we have had to stay in Baghdad to keep that government in place? What would happen to the government once U. S. forces withdrew? How many casualties should the United States accept in that effort to try to create clarity and stability in a situation that is inherently unstable? I think it is vitally important for a President to know when to use military force. I think it is also very important for him to know when not to commit U. S. military force. And it's my view that the President got it right both times, that it would have been a mistake for us to get bogged down in the quagmire inside Iraq.“

—  Dick Cheney

At the Washington Institute's Soref Symposium, April 29, 1991 http://web.archive.org/web/20041130090045/http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/pubs/soref/cheney.htm
1990s

„We also have to work, though, sort of the dark side, if you will.“

—  Dick Cheney

Interview on NBC http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/blog/2005/11/07/BL2005110700793.html (September 16, 2001)
2000s, 2001

„My belief is, we will, in fact be greeted as liberators.“

—  Dick Cheney

Meet The Press with Tim Russert. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3080244/ (March 16, 2003)
2000s, 2003

„I think what we did in Iraq was the right thing to do. I still believe that.“

—  Dick Cheney

At the Ringling College Library Association Town Hall Lecture Series in Sarasota https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/articles/2017/1/23/dick-cheney-sarasota (January 2017)
2010s, 2017

„Because if we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that we'll get hit again, that we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States, and that we'll fall back into the pre-9/11 mind set if you will, that in fact these terrorist attacks are just criminal acts, and that we're not really at war. I think that would be a terrible mistake for us.“

—  Dick Cheney

Speaking about the choice Americans would soon make in the presidential election at a Des Moines, Iowa campaign appearance on September 7, 2004 whitehouse.archives.gov http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2004/09/20040907-8.html.
2000s, 2004

„We haven't really had the time yet to pore through all those records in Baghdad. We'll find ample evidence confirming the link, that is the connection if you will between al Qaida and the Iraqi intelligence services. They have worked together on a number of occasions.“

—  Dick Cheney

Interview with Rocky Mountain News, January 2004 http://web.archive.org/web/20040213072434/http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/politics/article/0,1299,DRMN_35_2565269,00.html
2000s, 2004

„[W]atching a coordinated, devastating attack on our country from an underground bunker at the White House can affect how you view your responsibilities.“

—  Dick Cheney

National Secruity Speech, American Enterprise Institute http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124267920788831733.html (21 May 2009)
2000s, 2009

„I think this whole notion that somehow we can just say no more Muslims, just ban a whole religion, goes against everything we stand for and believe in. I wouldn't support a ban on all Muslims coming into this country.“

—  Dick Cheney

On the The Hugh Hewitt Show http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dick-cheney-more-conservatives-slam-trumps-proposal-to-keep-muslims-out-of-u-s/ (7 December 2015).
2010s, 2015

„Let us rid ourselves of the fiction that low oil prices are somehow good for the United States.“

—  Dick Cheney

Remarks after introducing a legislation to create a new import tax that would have caused the price of oil to soar by billions of dollars per year http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C01E3D91F39F935A35757C0A9629C8B63 October 1986
1980s

„The important thing here to understand is that the people that are at Guantanamo are bad people. I mean, these are terrorists for the most part.“

—  Dick Cheney

Interview talking about the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay on Fox News http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,159469,00.html (13 June 2005)
2000s, 2005

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