Form of, “Did I Say That?”: Cheney on Occupying Iraq

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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2 Responses

  1. Dave Levine says:

    Was Cheney ignored or did he change position? The plot thickens . . . thanks for the post.

  2. AYY says:

    There are so many equivocations and hedgings in this post that I’m not quite sure what you’re saying.

    Just because all problems haven’t been solved doesn’t mean they weren’t planned for reasonably well. (You seem to have left out the fact that the Dems haven’t been all that keen on funding our troops properly.) And besides, we didn’t go into Iraq alone, so I don’t follow why you think that was a problem.

    At the time of the first Gulf War Saddam’s nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons programs were at a different stage than they were in 2003. Also at that time we thought France and Russia might cooperate to the point that sanctions would work. Also Saddam’s relationship with Al Qaeda was apparently quite different.

    So if Cheney changed positions, there might have been a good reason for it. Risks that might not have been worth taking in the early 90’s could have been worth taking in 2003.