June 19, 2014 8:13am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Fox News' Megyn Kelly Slams Dick Cheney: 'You Got It Wrong' on Iraq (Video)
Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly grilled former Vice President Dick Cheney over Iraq and his criticism of President Obama on Wednesday night.
The interview came after Cheney penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal blasting Obama over the way he's handled the crisis in Iraq.
Cheney wrote: "Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many. Too many times to count, Mr. Obama has told us he is 'ending' the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality. Watching the black-clad ISIS jihadists take territory once secured by American blood is final proof, if any were needed, that America's enemies are not 'decimated.' They are emboldened and on the march."
On her show The Kelly File, Kelly read a harsh response written by Paul Waldman in The Washington Post and asked Cheney: "The suggestion, then, is that you caused this mess, Mr. Vice President. What say you?"
"Well, obviously I disagree," Cheney replied, with daughter Liz at his side. "I think we went into Iraq for very good reasons."
Kelly later pointed out several statements of Cheney's that proved to be inaccurate.
"[T]ime and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong as well in Iraq, sir. You said there was no doubt Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. You said we would be greeted as liberators. You said the Iraq insurgency was in its last throes back in 2005, and you said that after our intervention, extremists would have to, quote, 'rethink their strategy of jihad.' Now, with almost a trillion dollars spent there, with almost 4,500 American lives lost there, what do you say to those who say you were so wrong about so much at the expense of so many?”
Replied Cheney: "Well, I just fundamentally disagree. … You've got to go back and look at the track record. We inherited a situation where there was no doubt in anybody's mind about the extent of Saddam's involvement in weapons of mass destruction. We had a situation where, after 9/11, we were concerned about a follow-up attack that would involve not just airline tickets and box cutters as the weapons but rather something far deadlier, perhaps even a nuclear weapon."
Watch the video below.