In an interview from 2009 which recently resurfaced, prior to launching his 2010 U.S. Senate campaign, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tore into former Vice President Dick Cheney and the Bush administration’s approach to foreign affairs. In the interview, Paul implied strongly that Cheney’s connections to the contractor Halliburton informed the George W. Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq. He added that the attacks of September 11 became “an excuse for a war they already wanted.”
The Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin has been working the phones for reactions to Paul’s take on the origins of the Iraq War. Former Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney, the former vice president’s daughter, had perhaps the strongest reaction to Paul’s insinuation.
“It’s not surprising since Senator Paul often seems to get his foreign policy talking points from Rachel Maddow,” Cheney asserted.
“Senator Paul should repudiate his remarks and apologize to Vice President Cheney,” Fox News Channel contributor and former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton.
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