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Cheney: Obama Administration Should Thank Bush, Admit They Were ‘Just Dead Wrong’ On Iraq Appearing on This Week, former Vice President Dick Cheney attacked the Obama administration’s handling of Iraq and other national security issues. “They opposed the surge that was absolutely crucial to our getting to the point we’re at now with respect to Iraq. And for them to try to take credit for what’s happened in Iraq strikes me as a little strange,” said Cheney. “I think if — if they had had their way, if we’d followed the policies they’d pursued from the outset or advocated from the outset, Saddam Hussein would still be in power in Baghdad today. So if they’re going to take credit for it, fair enough, for what they’ve done while they’re there, but it ought to go with a healthy dose of ‘Thank you, George Bush’ up front and a recognition that some of their early recommendations, with respect to prosecuting that war, were just dead wrong.”

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