‘Wrong Then, Wrong Now’: White House Video Rips Cheney For Iran Deal Criticism

Timed to a speech given by former Vice President Dick Cheney slamming President Obama’s Iran deal, the White House released a video highlighting Cheney’s continual defense of the Iraq war.

The two-and-a-half-minute video titled “Former Vice President Dick Cheney: Wrong Then, Wrong Now” — which was featured prominently on the White House homepage Tuesday — spares no punches.

It begins with a Fox News host asking Cheney last week why anyone who believes Cheney was wrong on Iraq should listen to him about the Iran deal.

“Because I was right about Iraq,” Cheney said.

It then segues into the abundant news clips from the run-up to Iraq War in which Cheney offers scores of claims first urging then defending military action — from touting the presence of weapons of mass destruction to predicting that Iraqis would great American troops “as liberators.”

“I don’t look at it as that we got it so wrong,” Cheney says in a 2009 clip when pressed by CBS’ Bob Schieffer.

To a point from ABC News’ Martha Raddatz in 2008 that two-thirds of Americans say that the Iraq war is not worth fighting for, Cheney says with a smirk, “So?”

In his speech at the American Enterprise Institute Tuesday, Cheney reiterated his opposition to the Iran deal and suggested only the threat of military action would prevent Iran from developing its nuclear weapons program.

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Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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