Sunday was not a good day for conservatives and Republicans who have done all they could to destroy the Iranian nuclear deal. While Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed the deal on Meet the Press, Fox News host Chris Wallace did the unthinkable by asking former Vice President Dick Cheney follow up questions on his attempt to blame President Obama for the Iranian centrifuge buildup that occurred during the Bush Administration.
In the video, you can see that Dick Cheney is completely caught off guard by the follow-up questions from Chris Wallace. Undoubtedly, this is because Cheney believed he was in friendly territory at Fox News and never expected a host to challenge his false narrative.
Needless to say, those of us who understand the propagandistic machinations of Fox News were equally surprised by Wallace as Cheney. Who would ever expect real journalism that actually challenges conservative talking points? From the looks of this clip, Cheney clearly didn’t. Sure, to the lesser informed and intentionally obtuse, Cheney’s ramblings and contortions will sound convincing. But to those of us with enough working digits to see through the deflections, we saw Cheney collapse on a friendly national network.
Watch Actual Journalism On Fox News Destroy Dick Cheney (transcript below):[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiRby8sr8_k]
WALLACE: Mr. Vice President, you say that President Obama never put a serious nuclear option on the table but you and President Bush, the Bush-Cheney administration dealt with Iran for eight years. And I think it’s fair to say that there was never any real serious military threat. And during your time–let’s put these numbers up on the screen–Iran went from zero known centrifuges in operation to more than 5,000. So in fairness, didn’t you leave the–Bush-Cheney administration–leave President Obama with a mess?
CHENEY: Well, I don’t think of it that way. In fact, there was military action that had an impact on the Iranians, it was when we took down Saddam Hussein. There was a period of time when they stopped their program because they were afraid of what we did to Saddam we were going to do to them next. We also, when we took down Saddam, Moammar Gadhafi surrendered up his nuclear program. When we got that, then went and got his supplier, Mr. A.Q. Khan. We did a lot to limit nuclear proliferation in the region while we were there.WALLACE: But the centrifuges went from zero to 5,000.
CHENEY: Well, and they well have gone, but that happened on Obama’s watch, not on our watch.
WALLACE: No, no, by 2009, they were at 5,000.
CHENEY: Right. But I think we did a lot to deal with the arms control problem in the Middle East…
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