Cheney: No regrets

In his first televised interview since November’s election that aired last night, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney talked to ABC‘s Jonathan Karl about his eight years in office. Being called Darth Vader never really “bugged” him and Cheney says he’s going to miss being second in command. But does he share President Bush’s regrets about ...

By , an editor at Foreign Policy from 2013-2018.
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In his first televised interview since November's election that aired last night, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney talked to ABC's Jonathan Karl about his eight years in office. Being called Darth Vader never really "bugged" him and Cheney says he's going to miss being second in command. But does he share President Bush's regrets about the War in Iraq? Nope. Does he have any regrets? Hmm...not really.

In his first televised interview since November’s election that aired last night, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney talked to ABC‘s Jonathan Karl about his eight years in office. Being called Darth Vader never really “bugged” him and Cheney says he’s going to miss being second in command. But does he share President Bush’s regrets about the War in Iraq? Nope. Does he have any regrets? Hmm…not really.

Here are a few highlights.

On invading Iraq:

This was a bad actor and the country’s better off, the world’s better off with Saddam gone and I think we made the right decision in spite of the fact that the original NIE was off in some of its major judgments.”

On the “American public [being] overwhelmingly against the war”:

If we had responded to the polls I think the world would look very different today than it does. I think Saddam Hussein would still be in power. I think the progress that we’ve made in liberating 50 million people in Iraq and Afghanistan might well have not happened.”

On the Bush administration’s policies regarding interrogation:

On the question of so-called torture, we don’t do torture. We never have. It’s not something that this administration subscribes to.”

Regrets?

Oh, not a lot at this stage….I think given the circumstances we’ve had to deal with, I think we’ve done pretty well.”

On President George W. Bush’s recent handling of the shoe-throwing incident:

I thought he had some good moves, the way he ducked and avoided the shoe.”

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Rebecca Frankel was an editor at Foreign Policy from 2013-2018.

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