I think that we can safely ignore Dick Cheney on Iraq. He has a long history of being wrong. When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1991, Cheney was Secretary of Defense. The US had advance warning of Saddam’s plans, but Cheney did not believe the warnings. Then again in 2003, Cheney was wrong about Iraq’s possession of WMD. When Cheney issues criticism of President Obama’s Iraq policies, don’t believe him.
I have been thinking about 9-11 and it is hard to believe that a ragtag group of terrorists could have planned and executed the attacks. Some people believe that 9-11 was an inside job, executed by our government to put the US on a war footing. I find that equally hard to believe because of the Bush administration’s later demonstrated incompetence. There was the bungled Iraq war beginning in 2003, the Katrina fiasco beginning in 2005 and the financial meltdown beginning in 2007-2008. With 9-11 occurring only eight months into Bush’s first term, I doubt that they had time to plan and execute 9-11, besides keeping it a secret. An administration that could not catch bin Laden at Tora Bora when they had him surrounded, could not have been the authors of 9-11. Then if not al-Qaeda or the Bush administration, then who?
The war on terror is over; we won, al-Qaeda lost. However, the terror of war will be with us always, as long as there is war.
By 2016, the Predator drone is scheduled to be replaced by the Reaper drone. In camouflage black, it is already being nicknamed the Grim Reaper.
Who says ISIS is a threat to the US? The CIA? They excel at regime change but not at predicting threats to the US. Defense contractors will make billions in profits and contribute millions in campaign contributions and certainly will gain from a war on ISIS. Why give credence to threats from the leaders of ISIS when bin Laden and al-Qaeda threats were frequently ignored even after al-Qaeda caused the death of 3000 Americans on 9-11?