Dec 9, 2002
Vice President Dick Cheney claims that Saddam Hussein has to go because he is a "murderous dictator."Saddam Hussein was also a murderous dictator in 1991, but even after the Gulf War, Dick Cheney told a group of oil executives that he definitely did not want to see Saddam go.
Whatever has changed, it's not the Iraqi dictator. In 1991, Dick Cheney was CEO of Halliburton, an oilfield supply company doing millions of dollars of business with Iraq. After the Gulf War, Halliburton's subsidiaries got contracts to rebuild Saddam Hussein's war-damaged oil fields. In fact, the Halliburton boys got more dollars in contracts than any other American business.
If Saddam being a murderous dictator didn't stop Cheney from dealing with him then – what's different now? Maybe Cheney figures that since he rebuilt the oil fields, he might as well just step in and take them over.