Cheney to Critics: Don’t Waste Time ‘Debating What Happened 12 Years Ago’

On This Week with George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning, Former Vice President Dick Cheney responded to a week’s worth of scathing and bipartisan criticism of his Wall Street Journal op-ed arguing for more American involvement in the crisis in Iraq, telling Jon Karl that relitigating the original 2003 invasion was distracting from contemporary threats.

“If we spend our time debating what happened eleven or twelve years ago, we’re going to miss the threat that is growing and that we do face,” Cheney said. “We’re missing the boat, we don’t understand that nature of the threat, and we’re unwilling to deal with it.”

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Rand Paul, with all due respect, is basically an isolationist,” Cheney added, specifying his foreign policy foe within his own party. “He doesn’t believe we oughta be involved in that part of the world. I think it’s absolutely essential. One of the things I worried about twelve years and that I worry about today is that there will be another 9/11 attack, and next time it will be with weapons far deadlier than airline tickets and box cutters.”

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