“Once you got to Iraq and took it over and took down Saddam Hussein’s government, then what are you going to put in its place? That’s a very volatile part of the world. And if you take down the central government in Iraq, you could easily end up seeing pieces of Iraq fly off. Part of it the Syrians would like to have, the west. Part of eastern Iraq the Iranians would like to claim. Fought over for eight years. In the north, you’ve got the Kurds. And if the Kurds spin loose and join with Kurds in Turkey, then you threaten the territorial integrity of Turkey. It’s a quagmire if you go that far and try to take over Iraq. And the question for the president in terms of whether or not we went on to Baghdad and took additional casualties in an effort to get Saddam Hussein was, how many additional dead Americans is Saddam worth? And our judgment was not very many, and I think we got it right.”—
-Dick Cheney, on not pushing on to Baghdad during the first Gulf War; C-SPAN 4-15-94
Dick Cheney is not a stupid man, just an out and out self serving liar. 20 years ago, He knew full well exactly how an Iraq intervention would go down but lied to the entire country anyway so he could benefit his personal interests. How worthless is the media in this country that these words aren’t thrown back in Dick Cheney’s face every time he does an interview criticizing the current administration about how they are currently handling Iraq?
I just realized I haven't been active here in 3 months
Guess I can just make the excuse of winter hibernation. A better excuse would probably be that I instead let reddit eat up most of my online time. In any event, am I missed? Or did I miss anything substantial?
Hiroshi Yamauchi, who turned Nintendo from a small maker of playing cards into a global videogame giant, dies at 85 years old.
I am nerd sad. Yamauchi-sensei was a true visionary and, despite the enormous damage Atari had done to the fledgling video game industry, ushered in a new age of prosperity to the beleaguered market segment. Nintendo single-handedly rebuilt video games with it’s deeply respected Nintendo Entertainment System and has remained a powerful entity among powerhouse competitors like Microsoft and Sony.
It’s a shame that he dies of complications from pneumonia. That sucks.
Journalist Michael Hastings died in a car crash in Los Angeles early Tuesday at the age of 33, according to a statement from his employer, BuzzFeed. Hastings, who was also a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, was perhaps best known for his candid Rolling Stone interview with General Stanley McChrystal, then the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, that eventually led to McChrystal being relieved of his command.