Vice President Cheney credits the War in Iraq as one reason there has not been another terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
But three years after the invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, the vice president still took pains to justify the war to a skeptical US public, saying that Saddam’s ouster was a blow to international terrorism.
“Iraq was a safe haven for terrorists, it had a guy running it who had started two wars, who had produced and used weapons of mass destruction. Taking down Saddam Hussein was exactly the right thing to do,” he said.
“It’s also, I think, in part responsible for the fact that we haven’t been hit again in nearly five years. That’s no accident,” Cheney said.
“The fact is, we’ve taken the battle to the enemy. That’s been the key to the safety and security of the American people these last few years, and we need to continue to do it,” he said.
“There have been attacks all over the world, in London and Madrid and Bali and Istanbul, as well as New York and Washington; that the key to our success to date has been to actively and aggressively go on offense,” he said.