“In our nation’s 246-year history, there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump,” claimed former Vice President Dick Cheney in a campaign ad in support of his daughter’s reelection campaign.
Cheney based his assertion on the fact that Trump is a liar. As per Cheney, Trump is “a coward” and is not an “real man” because “a real man wouldn't lie to his supporters.”
But would a “real man” ever lie to the world? That is exactly what Dick Cheney did.
In fact, Donald Trump stated in 2016 during the Republican debate prior to the South Carolina primary (which Trump won): “Obviously, the war in Iraq was a big, fat mistake. They lied. They said there were weapons of mass destruction. There were none, and they knew there were none.”
Cheney is widely believed to be the brains behind the presidency of George W. Bush's disastrous administration and was an architect of the Iraq War.
Cheney's naivete and reckless foreign venture cost America and its allies so much and brought terrible repercussions to those who inhabited Iraq.
A complete account of the misdeeds of Dick Cheney is more than what could be written in a single article. For example, there was the brutal beating of Iraqi prisoners that the Bush-Cheney administration's defense secretary approved, according to his U.S. brigadier general who managed the prison. That alone could take several pages. However, let's focus on the most important lies.
The Bush-Cheney administration first informed us that Saddam Hussein had WMD. We were informed that Iraq had tried to purchase uranium oxide, also known as yellowcake. This proved to be completely fake. Also, all attempts to connect Saddam Hussein to the 9/11 attacks were false. Saddam Hussein was a villain, but he was not a danger to the United States. We know now that the administration knew that the WMD “intelligence” was “imprecise.” However, they didn't let that hinder them from launching an attack on a nation that was not a threat.
Then, we were informed by the administration that U.S. forces would be “greeted as liberators.” The war would be a “cakewalk” as one neoconservative described it. However, U.S. fatalities in Iraq totaled 4,598, and another 32,000 were injured.
We were also told that by Bush-Cheney administration that they believed that Operation Iraqi Freedom would be the beginning of a wave of democratic change all over in the Middle East. It instead triggered the beginning of violence between different sects, terrorist attacks, instability in the region, conflict between migrant groups, and a genocidal ethnic elimination of the ancient Christian communities, so that there are hardly any Christians remaining in the region where Christianity began.
More than 306,000 troops and civilians perished during the Iraq War, and around three million Iraqis were forced to leave as refugees. The extent of the destruction is not known.
Consider all the soldiers who were killed because of Cheney's lies.
Think of the many veterans who were forever scarred due to his lies.
Imagine all the American children who were raised without mothers or fathers due to their parents serving in wars that were triggered by Cheney's falsehoods.
Think of all of the innocent Iraqis who witnessed their homes being destroyed, their nation taken over, and their world turned upside down because of the lies spread by Dick Cheney and George W. Bush. The consequences of their lies will be felt for a long time.
However, Dick Cheney wants us to believe that Donald Trump is “a greater threat to our republic” than anyone else in our 246-year history.
If anyone has earned this statement, it is Dick Cheney.