On February 23, Dick Cheney sat down for an interview with Jonathan Karl of ABC News. Here's what he said:
Q Back in 1991, you talked about how military action in Iraq would be the classic definition of a quagmire. Have you been disturbed to see how right you were? Or people certainly said that you were exactly on target in your analysis back in 1991 of what would happen if the U.S. tried to go in --
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, I stand by what I said in '91. But look what's happened since then -- we had 9/11. We've found ourselves in a situation where what was going on in that part of the globe and the growth and development of the extremists, the al Qaeda types that are prepared to strike the United States demonstrated that we weren't safe and secure behind our own borders. We weren't in Iraq when we got hit on 9/11. But we got hit in '93 at the World Trade Center, in '96 at Khobar Towers, or '98 in the East Africa embassy bombings, 2000, the USS Cole. And of course, finally 9/11 right here at home. They continued to hit us because we didn't respond effectively, because they believed we were weak. They believed if they killed enough Americans, they could change our policy because they did on a number of occasions. That day has passed. That all ended with 9/11.
So this, as near as I can tell, would be his answer to any questions about the discrepancies between what he said so famously in 1994 and what he's saying now. Which is to say that he'd not answer the questions at all and instead attempt to implicate Iraq in the '90s bombings and in September 11. He'd also entirely ignore the fact that--no matter how many acts of terrorism America suffered--nothing changed about Iraq that would make overthrowing the regime any less of a quagmire.
Also that last bit: "They believed if they killed enough Americans, they could
change our policy because they did on a number of occasions." I'd say
we proved them wrong they were entirely correct in their assumptions. And to devastating effect for the United States.